Weekend breaks are great ways to relax in between longer holidays. However, you may need a few ideas on where you can get away for a few days. One of the first places to consider is the New Forest. Created in 2005, it is one of the newest National Parks in the UK. It is less than two hours away from the heart of London. There is regular train service to the Forest from London Waterloo station. You can also get there on the M3 or A31. A few highlights of the New Forest include the Beaulieu Estate, the marina at Buckler’s Head, or Lymington Quay. You can get maps and other information at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst.
Another popular place for weekend breaks is the Cotswolds. Located mainly in the counties of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, this area is one of the Areas of Outstanding Beauty. With rolling hills, dry stonewalls, sleepy villages, and market towns, this area of the UK is both a national and international favourite. Take a turn on the 102 mile long Cotswold Way. You might try the town of Broadway for a wonderful view of the countryside while strolling through shops, cafes, and art galleries. For a bit of Harry Potter or Pride and Prejudice, you might visit the village of Lacock where filming happens quite often.
If you want a place of ancient history outside of London, you should consider taking one of your weekend breaks in York. York is a two-hour train ride out of London. You can start at the largest medieval cathedral in England, the York Minster. There are tons of historical streets to wander through. You can find entrances to the 13th century walls at each of the medieval city gates, known as York’s Bars. You can catch a performance at the York Theatre Royal or take a riverboat tour through the town.
If you want to take one of your weekend breaks in another city, you need to consider Manchester. This town has just about everything you would need for a weekend. Some of the best restaurants in the UK sit in this city. There are tons of stylish places for nightlife. Those that love romance will love to stroll along the streets of the 19th century heart of the city. A typical train ride from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes around 2.5 hours. These are just a few ideas for getting away for the weekend.