Make the most of the 4-day weekend this Easter bank holiday by planning the perfect mini-break. Whether you will be amongst friends or family this year, we’ve compiled a guide of five great British cities to discover. All that’s left for you to do is jump in the car or on the train and pack for the infamously changeable April weather.
For each city we’ve found a must-vist restaurant, destination hotel and three must-see tourist spots.
One of the biggest draws to Bath is the exquisite Georgian architecture, juxtaposed against the famous Roman Baths. It’s easy to understand the appeal to Jane Austin as much of the city has remained unchanged since her era. Today, tea rooms have been replaced with restaurants and cool cafes with a recently opened shopping quarter meaning the historic city has something for everyone.
Martini Restaurant: A gorgeous Italian restaurant tucked away at the top of George Street, the dishes are simply divine and the service matches the quality of the food. (We recommend the bruschetta)
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa: Immerse yourself in the luxury of Bath by staying on it’s most famous street (well, crescent), this world famous hotel & spa will cater for your every need.
- Pulteney Bridge: Historic bridge built in 1774 with notable architecture & rows of stores lining each side.
- Victoria Art Gallery: Historical and contemporary European and British artworks including Bath artists and Gainsborough.
- Bath Abbey: Late Medieval church with a Victorian Gothic interior by Sir George Gilbert Scott and tower tours.
Famed for its Regency-era Royal Pavilion and the seaside, Brighton has many faces for the British public, but always maintaining it’s image of friendliness and a slightly bohemian vibe. Only a stones throw from London too, you aren’t even obliged to stay the night and enjoy the boutique hotels on offer.
Isaac at: Traditional British food with a modern twist, all the ingredients are locally sourced. It’s also the first restaurant in the world to offer an exclusively all English wine list!
Hotel Una: This elegant and friendly boutique hotel in the heart of Brighton has 18 individually designed rooms, we suggest booking into one of the two with a private sauna & jacuzzi.
- Royal Pavilion: Distinctive Asian-style palace built for King George IV, with restored rooms, gardens and tours.
- Brighton Palace Pier: Opened in 1899 and home to fairground rides, bars, restaurants and deckchairs to enjoy the sea view.
- North Laine: a happening, bohemian vibe with vegetarian cafes, vintage clothing stores, and jewellery stalls centred on busy Kensington Gardens pedestrian road.
Scotland’s most populated city is often outshone by Edinburgh, but Glasgow has evolved over recent decades into an exciting and diverse city. The striking Victorian industrial-era architecture meets Charles Rennie Mackintosh is reason enough alone to pay a visit, and when you take into account the museums and galleries on offer, well it would be rude not to go!
Ox & Finch: Perfect for tapas and wine, be prepared to have your taste buds wowed in this trendy fusion restaurant in Glasgow’s West End.
Cathedral House: A boutique inn with plenty of character and welcoming atmosphere. Offering you a relaxing retreat from the busy city between activities.
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Impressive sights of diverse Scottish and international art with a museum and interactive displays.
- Glasgow Botanic Garden: Acclaimed 27-acre park for plants, working vegetable plot and Victorian cast-iron glasshouse
- The Lighthouse: Landmark Rennie Mackintosh-designed exhibition space dedicated to architecture, design and the city.
Whilst not strictly a city break, we wanted to include one ‘wildcard’ location: The Isle of Skye is Scotland’s second largest island, famous for its breathtaking scenery made up of jagged mountains and crystalline lochs. With a rich history dating as far back as the dinosaurs, there will be no shortage of activities on this fair isle. Whisky tasting or walking, castles or climbing, nobody will be left out on a weekend away to Skye.
Ullinish Country Lodge Restaurant: Serving some of the best food on the island, this 3 rosette restaurant produces only fresh, locally sourced dishes.
Croft No. 3: A small family run B&B, the perfect way to feel welcomed and cosy against the harsh Scottish landscape.
- Fairy Pools: Multiple waterfalls, seemingly vibrant blue & green in colour, with cold swimmable pools.
- Dunvegan Castle & Gardens: Oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, with tours, gardens and boat-trips to seal colony.
- Talisker Distillery: Waterside whisky distillery with copper vessels and oak casks, plus guided tours and a shop.
Liverpudlians are famed for the love of their city and everything associated with it, from the Beatles to football, creating a positive and friendly atmosphere for all visitors. Liverpool also boasts the largest collection of museums and galleries anywhere outside of the Capital meaning there are plenty of cultural excursions to be had.
The Art School Restaurant: A fine-dining experience of modern British cuisine in a fantastic light-filled room, a certified top-spot in Liverpool.
2 Blackburne Terrace: Previously featured in the Conde Nast Traveller and the Sunday Times, this centrally located B&B is in a beautiful Georgian mansion offering guests a luxurious stay in the city.
- Royal Albert Dock: Renovated red-brick dock buildings now housing a range of museums, restaurants, cafes and bars.
- The Beatles Story: The Beatles’ lives and times told through memorabilia, interactive exhibits and high-tech displays.
- Tate Liverpool: Converted dock buildings housing temporary and permanent contemporary international art exhibitions.