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UK City Breaks

There’s nothing more I love than a city break, both in the UK and in Europe. In the past 10 years I’ve hardly had any…


uk city breaks

There’s nothing more I love than a city break, both in the UK and in Europe. In the past 10 years I’ve hardly had any sun holidays – all my trips have been a weekend in a European City or in the UK.

While going abroad is always fun, trips in the UK can be a lot more convenient. You don’t have to faff around changing money, you can drive so then you’re not trapped by travel times and having to figure out public transport and you can experience some of the UK’s fantastic history and architecture.

uk city breaks


Glasgow is home to the Glasgow Science Centre which has a spectacular state-of-the-art fulldome digital projection system. Here you can go on journeys through the solar system, into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond, offering a truly out of this world experience led by an expert team of astronomers and science communicators. There’s also hundreds of interactive exhibits that will fascinate you for hours.

There’s the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which is one of the most visited free-to-enter museums in the UK. The museum has 22 themed galleries displaying 8000 objects with themes such as World Cultures, Ancient Egypt, Natural History and Arms and Armour.

Two must visit restaurants are Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery and Gamba fish and seafood restaurant.

Find hotels in Glasgow at InterContinental Hotel for a perfect city break.


I went to Newcastle for 3 nights a few years ago and had a fantastic time.

The Centre for Life is a great hands on museum with interactive science activities for people of all ages. Plus a fantastic 4D ride that sparked my love for 4D rides. Beamish isn’t far from Newcastle, for those that enjoy Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian life. It’s basically a recreation of a village from the olden days with things like an old dentist, school and even an old fashioned sweet shop and I remember going there with my parents when I was a child. There are many more museums, but those are my favourites.

There are so many places to eat and drink, we ended up meeting up with some people who took us to some nightclubs and we had a great night!


York is beautiful. I recommend going when it’s going to be decent weather because you’re going to want to stroll around this charming city and sit at a bar by the river with a beer.

York Minster is one of the most overwhelming places I’ve visited. I went on a school trip as a teenager and remember how immense it felt. You know when you have those moments where you feel really grounded, peaceful and small. Similar to how it would feel laid in the middle of a field looking up at the stars in total silence? That’s how York Minster felt to me. I had goosebumps on my neck while we walked around with the organ music playing in the background. It was stunning.

York Castle Museum and York Minster are also worth visiting.


Now it wouldn’t be right not mentioning my home city of Leeds. I’ve lived in Leeds for around 6 years and the amount of bars, shops and restaurants opening all the time make it an ideal place for a city break. When I went to London in July and it was horrendously busy, I just keep thinking I want to go back to Leeds – it’s basically London but with less people and you can walk everywhere. I might be bias saying that, but I don’t care.

Leeds as various museums, such as the City Museum, the Royal Armouries, Thackray Medical Museum and Emmerdale’s Studio Tour. For family entertainment outside the centre there’s Cardigan Fields which has a bowling alley, a cinema, lazar tag, trampolining and restaurants.

For bars and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some of my favourites are Little Tokyo’s, Hedonist Project, Revs de Cuba, and Bundobust.

What are your favourite UK citys?

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  1. I’ve never been to the UK at all but I’ll keep this in mind when I do go. These all seem like lovely places. I never want to go like I’m a tourist though, are there any great places that the locals love?

  2. I love Glasgow, I only live 20 minutes away so I’m there a lot. I did just recently have a mini break there which was amazing, I’d definitely love to take mini-breaks in more UK cities. I might to Edinburgh next (it’s only 30 minutes away)

  3. When I think of York all I can think of is the Viking museum, I went there as a kid and loved it lol I love Glasgow though, one of my favourites, Edinburgh is good too 🙂

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  4. I remember going to York when I was about 9/10, and I loved it – even though it rained all week! 🙂 Tania Michele xx

  5. I’ve never been to Leeds or Newcastle, but I would like to visit them at some point 🙂 It’s always nice to visit new places x

  6. The only UK city, I’ve ever visited is London but I’d love to go back and explore some of the others you’ve mentioned here some time.

  7. I’ve been to a few of them, but I would like to visit them again, there are so many things to see that is impossible to see everything in day-trips. x

  8. Some great suggestions, York is beautiful. I’m a great believer in seeing the place where you live before venturing abroad. Staying over means more time to enjoin what is on offer Lucy x

  9. Sheffield. I was born and bred here but moved to the South Coast. It’s only now I truly appreciate how good Sheffield is for shopping, dining, nightlife and leisure.

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