Four British Weekend Holidays To Add To Your Bucket List

One of the best things about the UK is that it’s so varied and yet small at the same time – not only are there endless places to visit, but you can also travel to most places from almost anywhere else in the UK for a weekend trip without having to take any time off work. Here are some top tips for your next weekend break away…
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Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of the most picturesque places in the whole country. It’s a city on two levels, with a beautiful central old town including Edinburgh Castle and a whole host of shops in the New Town over the bridge. Easy to navigate with a great public transport system, Edinburgh is a friendly and quirky city with plenty to do, along with fantastic restaurants. If you want a really busy and cultural holiday then why not go during August, when the Edinburgh Arts Festival takes place? With actors, comedians, artists and writers descending on Edinburgh from all over the world to create and perform world class shows, it’s one of the most exciting places to be in the whole of the UK.
Shakespeare Country
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Some of the most lush and gorgeously green places in the whole of the UK, Shakespeare country is truly the heart of England and the most quintessentially English place in the whole country. From the years of history at Warwick Castle and the pleasant, pretty shops in Leamington Spa, there’s plenty to visit. If you’re a theatre or history buff, you’ll absolutely love visiting Stratford Upon Avon to see the town where Shakespeare was born – you could even go to see a play at the theatre there! Try a hotel like the Wood Norton for a really great relaxing experience.
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Samuel Johnson once said ‘When you are tired of London, you are tired of life’ – and it’s certainly true that you’ll never run out of things to do there. Whether you want to go for afternoon tea at the Ritz or go to an all day breakfast café in East London, you’ll find something to occupy you in London. With thousands of years of history behind the city, you could visit monuments like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace before walking along the banks of the Thames to look at Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament along with the Millennium Wheel. If you have kids, they’ll absolutely love the biggest toy shop in the country, Hamleys, along with a day trip to London Zoo.
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If you want to go somewhere with a great café on every corner where you can stop for a cream tea – a pot of tea along with a freshly baked scone, fruity jam and delicious clotted cream – then Dorset’s your place. Try fresh ice cream as you walk along the front in Lyme Regis, and go for fossil walks along the beach – just make sure you take your waterproofs in case the weather doesn’t turn out as well as you want it to! If you get a sunny day, get yourself to the beach before it starts to rain again – at least you can always sit on the pier with some old fashioned fish and chips if it goes terribly wrong!

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