The Best UK Cities for a Weekend Break

A city break doesn’t have to mean heading overseas to Paris or Barcelona – lovely though that may be. If you’ve only got a few days and are travelling with kids, a quiet getaway could be just the ticket for your family. Whether you want to explore the sprawling streets of London or the cobbled lanes of Oxford and Cambridge, you’ll most definitely be able to find your perfect weekend city break right here in the UK. 


Let’s start with the obvious choice – the legendary city of London. If it’s your first family trip, why not take your kids on a sightseeing tour of the most iconic sights, like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben? There are also plenty of family shows to go and see, such as the Lion King. Besides, with attractions like Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and the London Dungeon around, there’s no chance you’ll be hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” any time soon. 


Located in West Sussex, Chichester is a charming – and rather underrated – historic city. It’s a market town with museums, art galleries, and a beautiful cathedral, so there’s plenty to explore. It’s also home to the wonderful West Wittering beach, where the whole family can partake in water sports if you’re an adventurous bunch. After a day full of fun activities, you can enjoy a Sunday lunch Chichester based. There are some fantastic pubs that will be perfect for the entire family. 


Although slightly smaller than its iconic counterpart and rival, Oxford, Cambridge is the more picturesque of the two towns. The stunning architecture of Kings College is arguably the town’s most iconic sight but there are plenty of beautiful sights to see around here. The best way to sightsee is to punt along the river banks. You can choose to go with a guide who will do the work for you and share some tidbits and local legends, or you can punt yourselves if you’re feeling up to the challenge.


“The city of dreaming spires” makes for a dreamy UK city break. The Radcliffe Camera outside the Bodleian library is a must-visit for a quick photo, but unfortunately, visitors aren’t allowed inside. You can, however, explore Christ Church college where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. 


Nowadays, Newcastle is notorious for its boozy nightlife, but the city is actually rich in culture with plenty of museums and art galleries to explore. It’s a fairly small city that somehow manages to feel much larger than it actually is and there’s some fantastic shopping in the city centre. Moreover, it’s one of the most affordable cities in England and its picturesque quayside will have you falling in love instantly.


Last but not least, Scotland’s capital city is a truly magical place with secrets just waiting to be uncovered. From the postcard-perfect townhouses of the Royal Mile to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the architecture will have you constantly snapping away. Hike up to Arthur’s Seat to soak up the gorgeous views, marvel at St. Giles’ cathedral, or learn more about the Royal Navy aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

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