Discover some of Europe's greatest cities, right here at home
When you read the phrase "city breaks", a few cosmopolitan capitals spring to mind: Paris, Rome, New York and Barcelona are just a few of the usual suspects. Yet while some UK cities fight their way to the top of must-see destination lists, there are so many others we overlook and underestimate.
London needs no introduction, but what about Manchester and Edinburgh? Liverpool and Dublin will certainly surprise you, with flourishing art, culture and music at their hearts. There are so many cities that make the United Kingdom great, and it's about time you discovered them! Even if you've been before, you're sure to discover something new and exciting the next time you visit. Whether you're on a tight budget, tired of long-haul flights, or simply curious about what cities at home have to offer, there's never been a better time to go on UK city breaks.
Top UK destinations for city breaks 2014
Edinburgh city breaks
The capital of Scotland is a great destination for UK city breaks: there are seemingly endless attractions to keep you entertained. Travelling during August will take you to the the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but any other time of the year will still provide entertainment aplenty. Hike up to Edinburgh Castle, visit National Galleries and Museums, or simply tuck into some Haggis with a wee dram o' whisky. Cosmopolitan, cultured and brimming with beautiful architecture, you'll create unforgettable memories on Edinburgh city breaks.
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London city breaks
Undoubtedly, one of the best places for UK city breaks is London, with its endless array of attractions. Visit Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London before a ride on the London Eye, or admire Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before a shopping spree in Harrods. Of course, if you've been there, done that and bought the London Bus t-shirt, you'll still find plenty to do. On London city breaks, you could head to east-end restaurants for cockles or eels (vinegar optional!), or simply hunt for bargains at vibrant Portobello market stalls.
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Dublin city breaks
There are so many reasons to go on Dublin city breaks, and discover the beating heart of magical Ireland. You could take a tour of an Irish whisky distillery and the world-famous Guinness brewery, or visit famous buildings such as Dublin Castle and Trinity College. There are also great museums to explore and beautiful parks such as St. Stephen's Green, as well as the social side of life - Dublin's nightlife is second to none. For fantastic sightseeing and world-class hospitality, there's nowhere better than Dublin.
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Liverpool city breaks
Liverpool is a vibrant destination for UK city breaks. Ideal for lovers of art, music and culture, it's also the perfect spot for football fanatics. Liverpool is, of course, the birthplace of the Beatles, and there are plenty of attractions dedicated to the band (the Beatles Museum is right next to the Tate Gallery). But as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 800 years of history, Liverpool's also home to an astounding number of listed buildings. Whether you head for Albert Dock or the Merseyside Museum, you'll love Liverpool city breaks.
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Manchester city breaks
Often famed as the world's first industrialised city, Manchester is a great spot for UK city breaks. Whether you're travelling for world-class sport at Old Trafford, or simply curious about Manchester's unique character and culture, you'll be amazed at what the city has to offer. There are over 90 museums and galleries here, including the landmark Lowry Centre, and a number of magnificent buildings such as the Royal Exchange Theatre. For a holiday with a difference in a buzzing metropolis, choose Manchester city breaks.
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Although we may moan about them, we enjoy excellent travel networks in the UK. You can pick up cheap and convenient tickets when you book in advance, simply by travelling outside rush hour and the weekend. After just a short train or bus ride, you'll be amazed to discover some of Europe's greatest cities.
Renting private accommodation means you can save even more money, as you won't have to pay expensive hotel rates. Self-catering will allow you save hard-earned cash for the things that matter most, whether you want to visit attractions or try out new activities. There's no doubt about it - UK city breaks are a great idea this year. So why wait? Start planning your UK trip today with the help of HomeAway.
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