Imagine London, with all its amazing places, but with a few hours away and you’ll find yourself in a whole new country. 5 hours outside of the city and you can find yourself in vastly different landscapes, from geothermal pools and dramatic coasts to quiet beaches and small English towns.
A wonderful city for weekend getaways, Manchester is a city steeped in history and culture. You can tour the iconic Etihad Stadium or delve into the history of football at the National Football Museum during football season between September to December. You can also see some of the highlight architecture from the 19th century John Rylands Library in Manchester.
Manchester’s got a booming culture of music, which is on full display at The Deaf Institute and Band On Wall. If you want to experience a pint at local institution Port Street Beer House, you can sample 100 beers from around the world, including some gluten-free options.
Located in Southwest England, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a short train ride away from London. Apart from 2000-year-old Roman Baths, Bath was in the wellness business long before it became a trend. While you can’t swim in the waters of the baths, you can explore them on guided tours and relax with spa treatments at the nearby Thermae Bath Spa.
The city of Bath does, however, offer a number of things to see and do. Fresh off a long day of exploring the rich history and stunning architecture, take in what it has to offer with a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. See the Pulteney Bridge and Royal Crescent before refueling at The Pump Room. Take a boat trip on the River Avon or even just wander around the gorgeous shops popping up all over this historical city.
Oxford, England is the oldest university in Europe and there a number of things to see and do in the “small city” when visiting. The University Church of St Mary the Virgin is a great start as it has gorgeous views for any photographer! And nearby you can find Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant or Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant to indulge in amazing meals.
Brighton on England’s South coast has been a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers in London ever since the 1800s! Join a walking tour to explore the city’s favorite landmarks, like the nineteenth-century Royal Pavilion and The Lanes. Then head over to Brighton Beach and hit up some of its many water sports, fly over the waves on a zip wire, or climb up to the Sky Walk around one of its many viewing pods. Visitors will love playing fairground games at Brighton Pier.
Hungry? This food tour will introduce you to some of the best food spots in Brighton. You’ll also learn about the town’s history, which will help any prospective tourists understand what makes it so popular during the summer months.
Did you know that Cardiff, Wales is home to many historical landmarks? It’s easy to explore them on this fun day trip. Start by taking the Cardiff Castle walking tour and visit the original building of Principality Stadium, before hopping on a bus for a tour of Cardiff’s Victorian-era buildings. If walking isn’t your thing, take a boat ride up and down Cardiff Bay Barrage for an aerial view of the city’s architecture.
Cardiff Bay has a lot to offer in the way of food and nightlife. From cool seafood restaurants to trendy cafés, it’s a culinary destination with something for everyone. If you’re in the mood for dancing at a club, head over to St Mary Street, which is lined with clubs from across the spectrum; from Irish bars to cocktail lounges, you’ll find plenty of options that match your fancy. For those who enjoy more traditional cocktails and live music, try TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award-winning Be At One Cardiff or one of the many other amazing music venues like The Live Lounge or Clwb Ifor Bach.