Backpacking in the UK: Make the Most of Your Weekend Away

The UK offers some wonderful locations for weekend breaks, whether you’re going away with your family or want to spend a couple of days rekindling your romance. You have a wide range of available weekend break choices, including countryside breaks, spa weekends, or city explorer breaks. Making the most of your weekend away will generally entail planning your itinerary, so you fit in as many activities as possible. You could consider some of the following weekend breaks for your short holiday.

Backpacking in the UK: Make the Most of Your Weekend Away

Countryside breaks

A weekend away in the Lake District offers some of the most spectacular landscapes and scenery in the UK and is a popular choice for families, single people and couples. You can opt for relaxing, lakeside hotels or stay in one of the charming, historic Lake District towns or villages such as Keswick. You’ll discover a host of activities and attractions in the Lake District, whether you enjoy hiking or climbing, relaxing boat trips, or exciting theme park family outings. What’s more, the beautiful Lake District scenery provides a stunning backdrop to your activities, no matter what time of year you visit the area.

Foraging For Food in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England

Backpacking in the UK: Make the Most of Your Weekend Away

Of course, the undulating UK countryside offers a wide range of locations for relaxing weekend breaks, so take the time to research and plan your countryside weekend away in advance and take advantage of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

Spa weekends

Many city or countryside hotels offer relaxing spa breaks, which can be a fantastic and romantic choice for any couple. You can also combine your spa weekend break with a visit to popular destinations, for local sightseeing tours and explorations. That said, you may find it difficult to pull yourself away from the attractions of the hotel spa! Do your home and source the best spa weekend to suit your requirements; it’s often possible to find discounted deals or spas offering special offers on available treatments.

It’s important to find out exactly what’s included in your spa weekend deal, as many treatments incur an additional charge. However, unwinding after a busy week at work with massage therapies or seaweed detox treatments can be the perfect solution any time of year.

Backpacking in the UK: Make the Most of Your Weekend Away

City weekend breaks

The UK is home to some stunning cities, offering a wealth of activities for visitors. Exploring a new city is a fascinating experience and gives greater understanding of the culture and history of the location. York is a wonderful city for weekend breaks, offering character and history galore, though it can be busy. You could opt for a boutique hotel in central York, allowing you to explore the ancient alleys and cobbled yards of the area around the Shambles, or stay in a country house hotel closer to the attractions of the spa town of Harrogate. Some of the fabulous attractions well worth a visit in York include the city walls, York Minster and the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Some other city breaks well worth consideration include the former industrialised cities of Leeds and Manchester, which provide a vast selection of cultural experiences and have been refurbished to impressive standards. Leeds is actually the third largest UK city. Or if you plan to combine your city break with some time by the sea, then Plymouth, Portsmouth, Brighton, Cardiff or Liverpool could prove to be the perfect destination.

Lee and I at the Kelloggs Factory, Manchester

Whether you’re enjoying a quiet weekend away in the Lake District or a bustling city, planning your UK weekend away can be a lot easier when you do your research and organise your trip down to the finer details.


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