The kids are going back to school and then we’re going into the ‘long haul’ before Christmas. Whilst the clamour grows to introduce a bank holiday during the autumn months, for now we must make the most of what remains of the year and what better way than by enjoying a short break in some of the UK’s most spectacular and relaxing locations. So for this post we’re going to highlight three places in the UK that are seemingly tailormade for a short getaway.
Short Breaks in York
There is something about the bustling vibe in York that is addictive. There seems to be a perfect balance between the overt history that manifests across the city and the essentials of modernity with a great selection of bars and restaurants. The ancient Roman ruins blend with the gothic cathedral and the 18th century timber clad lanes that make York famous. The history of the city literally stares you in the face and this extends to the subterranean with the hidden Viking city exposed in the fascinating Jorvik Centre. York’s past is also intertwined with the story of the steam train and the National Railway Museum is located conveniently close to the city centre and is a great way to entertain fascinated children and adults alike. With great links to the rest of the country, York is eminently accessible making it a great choice for your next short break.
Short Breaks in the Cotswolds
The beautiful rolling Cotswolds is home to some of the most charming rural villages in England. This part of the world is renowned for its limestone cottages, traditional village inns and of course the ubiquitous village green. Set against the backdrop of beautiful greenery the tranquil village surroundings are a perfect haven of peace for any summer break. Villages such as Chipping Campden, Lower Slaughter and Stow on the Wold exude ‘Englishness’ and quite rightly are considered some of the prettiest in the country. The Georgian spa town of Cheltenham by contrast has an excellent range of shops and modern cuisine with Michelin star restaurants and wine bars. With London within very easy reach, the Cotswolds are perfect for a few days away.
Short Breaks in the Peak District
Late summer is a time when the Peak District is at its striking best. Whilst the weather is clement the spectacular natural surroundings are perfect for long summer walks across a National Park. Rocky outcrops and scenic moorland make the Peak District the destination of choice for walkers and cyclists alike, or for the more intrepid, the landscape is also home to some of the best caving sites in Britain. It is as if the raw power of nature inspires an active spirit, drawing on our innate sense of adventure. These hills are steeped in history, whether it be the ‘plague village’ of Eyam or the majestic stately house at Chatsworth there is plenty to keep an inquisitive mind occupied. For a memorable activity based holiday, head to the Peak District for a Great British short break!