I’ve decided to compose a quick list of my favourite places to visit on a mini-break in the UK! I don’t go on proper holidays often, instead I go away for long weekends. These are my favourite places to go that aren’t too far away.
If you’ve read my blog before then it’ll be no surprise that the capital of Wales would be at the top of the list since I never stop going on about it. I’ve not been to every city down South (I’ve not been to Bath which is apparently stunning) but I have been to a large number and Cardiff comes out piles above the rest (other than Bournemouth which is fairly close behind). One of my favourite things about Cardiff is that it might be a city, but there are still places you can go where you completely forget that it’s a city because it’s so peaceful. When I go away there, I feel like I’m going home. I often hear people refer to it as a ‘small’ city but it isn’t small compared to what I’m used to.
I used to go on holiday to Swanage a lot when I was a teenager and I haven’t stopped loving it since, despite how long it has been since my last visit. It’s a small place, but if you stay by the beach then you have pretty much everything on your doorstep – perfect for a sunny, short weekend away. I have some amazing memories there.
My favourite seaside county in the UK (apart from Cornwall, but I’m more used to Pembrokeshire these days). I can’t spend too long there else I do find myself getting a little bit bored, but it’s absolutely perfect for a long weekend away. Especially if you don’t live too far away. The beaches are stunning and you’re never far away from ice cream. My parents run a camping and caravanning site there so if you’re a member and like a small, quiet site then you should check them out!
There’s no where in the UK that going to for a weekend feels quite as exciting as London. I absolutely hate the tube and the fact I can never find anything cheap to eat, but there’s just a certain feeling I get when I go there that I love. St James’ Park is my ultimate favourite place to visit, I adore being around all of the wildlife. I want to go back so much. It’s not far from me at all it’s just so pricey to stay over. I’ve not been since 2016 for the Soap Awards!
I can’t even tell you how much I miss Cornish holidays!! Neither my boyfriend or I can drive and I don’t fancy a ten hour coach trip so I’ve not been in so long. A week away would be needed more than a weekend, but I still had to add it to my list because it couldn’t go forgotten. The best beaches in the UK are there. I always remember Bedruthan Steps being the best beach I’ve ever seen and Padstow has always been one of my favourite places.
Another seaside town. I live so close to Bournemouth yet only got round to going there the other week. There are so many beaches and you’ll never run out of things to do. I just found it so beautiful and the beach was gorgeous. I mentioned in my previous post how I can’t resist a good beach.
I went to Brighton for the first time this year and despite how much it rained the whole time, I really enjoyed it. It isn’t somewhere I could spend too long. I like the classier cities with big, clear buildings that are a little quieter (I’m not sure how to explain it – I just prefer cities like Cardiff and Bournemouth) but Brighton has a lot to do. I will definitely go there again, there’s a great atmosphere. The pier is a lot of fun – way better than the one at Bournemouth and there are some super quirky shops.
8. Bristol & Somerset
I’m not sure why I’ve grouped them both together, because they’re so different! But you’d be able to visit both in the same weekend if you really want to. Bristol is a nice city (not my favourite, but it’s still very nice). I went when it was snowing in 2017 and it was freezing so I don’t recommend going then since the shopping centres are outside! Somerset is just beautiful if you like beaches and the countryside – similar to Devon which can somehow be included in this group.
I have never really been up north (but special mention to Norfolk because I remember liking it there, but it was too long ago) so this list is very Southern!
Maybe you could recommend some places up North that I should visit?
Where are your favourite places to go on a weekend away?
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