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3 best city breaks in the UK

Written by Fiona

August 07 2020

Do you need a break? For many of us, holidays have been cancelled and we’ve become accustomed to the same four walls for the past few months, leading us to look to other travel options without having to board a plane or breach social distancing restrictions. If you’re looking for inspiration and you enjoy outdoor activities and walking, then it’s time to pack up the essentials and head for a travel break closer to home.

Whether you’re looking for the closest thing to a sunny beach resort, fancy a spot of sightseeing, or you just want to explore a thriving new city, there are some great options. Read on for three of the best city breaks in the UK.


If you’re looking to escape to the seaside, sunny Brighton is the city for you. Brighton’s seafront is picturesque and thriving during the summer. A walk along the promenade or a day spent at the beach can be the perfect way to relax and have fun whether it’s with family, friends or loved ones.

As a vibrant and lively city, there are plenty of bars and local restaurants available with many seafood choices, and plenty of fish and chips if you’re looking to complete your traditional UK beach holiday. The pier is also a fantastic place to take children, with seaside attractions and arcade games for the whole family to enjoy.

For a bit of culture, the Royal Pavilion is a great place to start. A seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, the spectacular Brighton Dome, which is part of the Pavilion estate, houses some of the most amazing decor and art pieces including famous work from Banksy.

Merseyside Maritime Musuem. Credit: Caitlin Goble


Many people visit Liverpool to walk along the Royal Albert Dock as it was the most famous port during the late 19th century. Liverpool’s growth as a port city has also been home to one of the most influential rock groups of all time, The Beatles.

Thousands also flock to the city because of its renowned football clubs Everton and Liverpool, with LFC being crowned Premier League champions this year.

Admire Liverpool’s architecture by foot and take in one of the UK’s most recognisable cityscapes including the iconic Royal Liver building and modern museum layout.

Climb to the top of the Anglican Cathedral for a view from the top, or walk along the Liverpool waterfront from Otterspool to the Albert Dock, and take a moment to enjoy the views of the cityscape, with a mixture of historic buildings and exciting new developments such as the upcoming Parliament Square, listed by property company RWinvest.


Manchester is a true northern powerhouse and a city filled with beautiful architecture, land to the foodies and home to the soap stars. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, head to Spinningfields. With delicious Asian inspired stylish cocktail bars and Manchester’s highest rooftop restaurants, it’s hard not to fall in love with the panoramic views of the city.

If you fancy walking in the shoes of some of the stars of Coronation Street, book a tour and wander through Weatherfield. Manchester has some sensational outdoor sets at MediaCityUK giving you a chance to experience the famous nooks and crannies of the top TV soap.

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