Ten UK Escapes

3 August 2014

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Looking to escape London for a weekend? Here are 10 UK destinations I love for a little getaway.

Bath

Only an hour and a half from London, Bath is a pretty little city chock-full of history, beautiful architecture and attractions to explore. The Roman Baths are easily considered Bath’s most famous attraction, drawing over a million visitors each year. There is plenty more to see though, including Thermae Bath Spa, Bath Abbey, The Jane Austin Centre, as well as some stunning parks and gardens.

Bournemouth

Before I moved to England I thought all beaches here had pebbles instead of sand. It wasn’t until I saw some travel photos posted by a friend of mine that my eyes were opened. When I asked him where his photos were taken, he told me it was in Bournemouth. From that moment on I couldn’t wait to plan a weekend trip there. Beware though, the beaches get very crowded in summer.

Brighton

Even though the beach here does consist of pebbles, Brighton is still a picturesque seaside town. There’s something for everyone here: history, architecture, beaches and nightlife. Make sure you check out the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Pier, and The Lanes for a spot of shopping.

Cambridge

There’s more to Cambridge than just the University. It’s a beautiful historic city, and only a short journey from London’s Kings Cross. Be sure to take a walking tour to see everything Cambridge has to offer as well as a punt on the River Cam.

Cardiff

Cardiff is a city of sport, culture and attractions, and is a surprisingly short trip from London. The historic Cardiff Castle is worth a visit and for sports fans there is Millennium Stadium. Cardiff Bay is also the home of the Doctor Who Experience, a must for fans of the TV series.

Causeway Coastal Route

For my last birthday I took a long-weekend road trip from Belfast to Giants Causeway on the Causeway Coast Route. This is one of the most scenic drives in the UK and there’s plenty to see along the way. We visited Carrickfergus Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery and of course the Giant’s Causeway. Check out my photo diary.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is a scenic area containing some of England’s best countryside and is within easy driving distance of London for a day tour or weekend. Its sleepy villages made of the local limestone with thatched or slate roofs make it the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Edinburgh

As the UK’s second most visited city, Edinburgh is an excellent option for those looking for a more laid back city to escape to. There’s so much to see and do including Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, Arthur’s Seat and Princes Street Gardens.

Oxford

This academic city is home to a rich history, fine architecture and of course its world famous university. Another must for Harry Potter fans, parts of the movie series were filmed in Oxford and The Great Hall at Christ Church was the inspiration for the Hogwarts dining hall.

York

Just two hours by train from London, York is home to one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Visitors can also enjoy hundreds of attractions, museums, historic buildings, restaurants, shops and bars among the quaint cobbled streets. Eating a traditional roast with Yorkshire pudding is essential.

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