Many people mistakenly think that you need to go abroad for rest and recuperation, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The UK is actually packed with great cities, towns, and destinations that will give you a much-needed break without all the hassle of getting on a plane. No wonder more than 30 million visited the UK in 2022 alone!
In this article, we’ll share five of the most relaxing UK city breaks to book in 2023.
One of the most renowned cities in the world, Cambridge is loved for its university spires, cobbled streets and picturesque waterway. The university colleges offer plenty of fascinating architecture to marvel at, and if you get to a decent height you can enjoy marvellous views of the whole historic city. It’s easy to get to thanks to its being so popular, with cheap train tickets available from Biggleswade to Cambridge or from locations even further afield.
This city has been the go-to for wellness breaks in the UK since Roman times. The ancient baths from which it gets its name may mainly be for show nowadays, but your still guaranteed to have a relaxing and enjoyable time whenever you visit here. This is thanks to its many fantastic eateries and bars, a huge selection of independent shops – not to mention its many museums and galleries.
Scotland’s buzzing capital has plenty to offer, including an enchanting medieval Old Town and a sophisticated Georgian New Town. From almost anywhere in the city, you’ll be able to see Edinburgh’s fascinating 13th century castle where Scotland’s crown jewels are kept safe under lock an key. There’s also Arthur’s Seat casting its large shadow over the city – an extinct volcano you can climb up and from the peak of which you can enjoy beautiful views of the North Sea.
Dominated by its Romanesque cathedral from which you can see panoramic views of the County Durham countryside, this cultured city is full of treasures. From the castle near the River Wear to its collection of shopping streets, there’s lots to explore here besides the university. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Durham Dales, part of the Northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty.
As one of the oldest cities in the UK, York has a rich heritage for you to explore. From its old city walls to its 13th century Gothic cathedrals, it’s so simple to get a fix of history here – especially when you consider York is home to more than thirty world-class museums. Spend a weekend ambling down its cobbled streets and sampling its quaint independent shops and you’re sure to fall in love.
Which of these UK city breaks will you be trying first?