Most of us think about the warm tropics when planning a getaway, but this would involve extensive planning, expense, and a lot of days off from work. But if you are thinking about a weekend getaway, what better way to spend it than by traipsing across the UK and exploring a new place within the country? We have our fair share of gorgeous beaches and coasts, stunning cities, historic locations, dramatic land- and seascapes coupled with quaint villages and towns. You don’t even have to take a lengthy plane ride to enjoy these gorgeous sights and immerse yourself in a whole different environment. If you’re wondering which places you could go to for a weekend break, here are the best-rated weekend break destinations within the UK.
Ahh, Cornwall – it brings to mind amazing coastlines and warmer climes, and the beauty of it is that it’s just a few hours’ drive or train ride away. Located in the southwest of England, Cornwall has welcomed many a traveller and tourist, and its beaches are a sight to behold. But not only does Cornwall have the best scenery featuring secret coves and surging waves – but it also boasts some of the tastiest cuisines in England, like the seafood spot of Rick Stein in Padstow. If you want to relax to the utmost whilst you’re there, you can always rent a large private home – and there are plenty of party houses to rent in the area where you and your friends or family can bond in privacy (and in the best style).
2. The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds have always been the go-to place for weekend breaks for many, and the villages dotting the area are as quaint as can be. If you feel like taking deep breaths of country air, The Cotswolds is the perfect spot, and you can do some exploring and check out antique and vintage shops, historic homes and buildings, and old and charming pubs. The area has five counties, each one prettier than the last, with cobbled pathways and beautiful riverbanks. There are various inns and private dwellings available for rent in the area as well.
Many people see Kent as a day-trip destination due to its proximity to London, but you can very well make it your next weekend break destination! It’s diverse and features a string of beaches and towns by the beach ranging from hipster to classic, and if you’re a foodie, don’t forget to try out the pubs with Michelin ratings and shacks serving delicious pizza right on the shore. You may also want to take a tour of Hush Heath Estate and check out the vineyard, which is open to visits from the public.
Dorset is less popular than its neighbor, Devon, but it’s a worthwhile weekend break location nonetheless. In fact, it may even be better to be far from the crowds. The coast is fantastic, which includes the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site stretching 95 miles. Another must-see location is the majestic arch of Durdle Door made of limestone, near the coves of Man O’ War and St Oswald’s Bay. On the other hand, if you would like to explore the countryside, you won’t regret it, either. Have fun!