Whether you’re craving some sun, desperate to simply chill out to the sound of the sea, or looking to live it up, there’s a short break to suit all tastes, regardless of budget. If you don’t want to travel far, then explore the UK’s beautiful countryside and coastline, or soak up some history in our ancient towns and villages. In Europe you could grab some sun in Spain, or immerse yourself in the culture of some of the most exciting cities in the world, such as Barcelona, Stockholm, Prague or Lisbon. Luxury or budget, the choice is yours.
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If you can’t bear the thought of leaving pooch at home, there are plenty of dog friendly breaks to take advantage of in the UK. For a dose of vitamin sea, the coastlines and paths of Cornwall, Northumberland and Scotland are perfect for dog walking holidays, offering miles of coastline with sandy beaches and cliff-top walking paths. Or combine a dog walking holiday with history and take a tour of the ancient castles England and Wales, many of which are dog friendly.
Craving a short getaway that won't break the bank? There are plenty of cheap breaks available in Europe that will recharge those batteries and feed the soul. Flop on a beach in Cyprus or mix sunbathing with scuba diving among the coral reefs and shipwrecks in Malta. For culture vultures, soak up the art and architecture in Barcelona, enjoy a spa in Budapest or wander the canals in Amsterdam.
One of the most popular destinations for breaks is the stunning Lake District. A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers with its craggy hills, lush valleys and serene lakes, it’s also perfect families, couples and solo travellers. Many literary greats have been inspired by the area, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Beatrix Potter, whose original sketches can be seen at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead.
If you’re looking for a last minute break to recharge the batteries and add some excitement into your life, then go for one of the many great city breaks in the UK. Head to Bristol for the culture and some excellent craft breweries, or discover the ancient castles of Cardiff. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the music scene in Manchester, the nightlife of Newcastle, or the art and festivals in Glasgow.
If you're longing to escape for the weekend, or even for a few days, there’s a whole world of opportunity out there for a last minute break. Close to home, there’s the Lake District for hiking, biking and generally soaking up the spectacular surroundings, while Glasgow offers a thriving art and festival scene. Paris is a perennial favourite for foodies, while Brussels is a hit with craft beer lovers.
Ring the weekend changes with friends, family or a treasured loved one on a UK or European mini break. Staying in the UK may have you sailing off the coast of Cornwall, walking the Pennine Way or delving into the history of York. Further afield, you’ll be even more spoilt for choice. Whether you’re in Stockholm, Strasbourg, Paris or Prague, there’s culture, entertainment and new experiences for all.
Whether it’s living the highlife in the Scottish Highlands or cosying up in the Cotswolds, there’s a luxury holiday in the UK for you. Edinburgh offers swish apartments with historical touches and chic decor, or you could find yourself in an iconic townhouse in the 18th-century Royal Crescent in the city of York. For nature lovers, consider a Yorkshire Dales, Lake District or Cornish holiday home, complete with hot tub.
These days there’s more a seaside break than a sand-filled sandwich and a cold beach. Take a 2-day seaside break in Margate or Brighton and you’ll come across cool cafes, hip eateries and cutting-edge culture. Be amazed by the white sand Porthcurno Beach on a coastal break in Cornwall, or visit Crosby Beach near Liverpool with its unique sculptures by one of the UK’s most famous artists, Antony Gormley.
They say a change is as good as a rest, so these short breaks abroad and in the UK should be perfect for rejuvenation. Soak up the sun at the seaside, or take a luxury short break in one of Europe’s most glamorous capital cities. From buzzy apartments and elegant houses in historic town centres, to beachfront villas and cosy countryside cottages, you'll be sure to return home refreshed.
For a quick blast of vitamin A, consider a short break to Spain where the sun rarely stops shining. A couple of hours away by plane and you could be staying in a stylish apartment in the culture-soaked streets of Barcelona, a holiday home on the Costa del Sol or a traditional finca in Andalucia. Or consider taking in the Moorish palaces, gothic cathedral and flamenco shows in Seville.
If you’re feeling the need for bracing countryside walks, fresh country air and cuddling up with a loved one in front of a roaring log fire, then a lodge break in Scotland, Wales or England could be the perfect answer. There are lodges across the UK, ranging from luxurious properties, complete with hot tubs and panoramic views, to cosy log cabins the whole family can enjoy.