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9 Perfect Weekend Getaways in UK

9 Perfect Weekend Getaways in UK

After living in the UK, for a couple of years, during my post graduation, if there’s one thing I learned about it, it is… traveling in the UK is easier due to its compact size. You can drive all the way from London to Edinburgh in under eight hours on a good day. While that doesn’t make for a good day trip (as you’ll have spent the whole time driving), it does get to the point that wherever you are staying in the UK, you’re probably only a short drive or train ride away from another part of the country. I mean, for an travel blogger from India, having such a small country size seems unrealistic, but those who are not into full-time blogging, and want holiday destinations to be convenient and nearby, the size of the UK makes a perfect sense.

London in particular is one of the most frequented towns in the UK, with enough places to explore than in most cities in the world. One can spend many weekends only exploring London and still not get over its charm of history and pubs. Other smaller cities, like Bath and Oxford and Edinburgh are equally as fascinating with a lot of culture and fewer crowds. You have the beautiful mountainous north, the rolling hills of Scotland, Stonehenge, Hadrian’s Wall, and Tudor cities like Chester! The countryside has fascinating estates and natural beauty.

So given the tiny country’s small size, here are 10 weekend getaways in UK that can be reached from any part of the country:

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1. Hiking The Hadrian’s Wall

Hiking The Hadrian’s Wall
You won’t be able to hike the whole thing on a day trip—it’s about 150 miles long—but journeying to this ancient wall and hiking along even a small portion of its length can be an otherworldly experience. It’s a nice way to get some exercise and connect with the island’s hist.

2. Take The Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Take The Warner Bros. Studio Tour
If you’re not staying in London and you want a specific reason to venture into town, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is as good as any. It’s fascinating for any film fan, but this is a particular draw for fans of the Harry Potter franchise, given that it shows and tells you a lot about how the magical movies were made. I’m not even one for this sort of tour ordinarily, but this one is special. And if you have kids to take out for a vacation over a weekend, there can’t be a better place. A visit to the Warner Bros studio will give them a reason to revisit their childhood fantasies.

3. Visiting The Stonehenge

Visiting The Stonehenge
Stonehenge might just be the most legendary landmark in the UK, so naturally it belongs on the list. It’s the sort of thing that shocks you in person, even if you’ve seen it in a thousand pictures before. The scope and scale of the monument will blow you away when you see it in person, and the sense of history is incredible.

The town of Salisbury , where the Stonehenge is located, is moreover a highlight. Beautifully preserved, this picturesque English country town offers a lot to do. Just walk around this historical town, visit Stonehenge, its little cousin Avebury, the cathedral, and journey into the country.

4. Check Out The Eden Project

Check Out The Eden Project
When you think of the best countries in the world for green living, . Japan has made enormous strides in this area, and other countries around the world are also taking innovative steps. But it’s mostly the Scandinavian nations that are leading the way. The Eden Project is one indication that the UK is attempting to follow suit. It’s not a large-scale environmental effort, but it’s a celebrated attraction celebrating plants from around the world and contributing to the environmental education of visitors. The massive biomes housing plants and lighting up at night also just make it a beautiful sight to behold.

5. Catch A Soccer Match In Manchester

Catch A Soccer Match In Manchester
Truth be told, catching a soccer match anywhere in the UK can be an amazing experience. But if you want to see the best fans, the most historic venues, and often the best teams, Manchester is a nice city to aim for. Man City and Man United are consistently among the better teams in the English Premier League, and a ticket to either club’s match will undoubtedly enhance your trip. Visit historic stadiums like Manchester United’s Old Trafford to soak in the history of one of the world’s most famous teams.

6. Take A Cotswolds Balloon Ride

Take A Cotswolds Balloon Ride
The UK is known for its beautiful expanses of land, and the Cotswolds in England represent the best of the best. This is a region full of rolling green hills, sprawling fields, and quaint villages filled with cottages, winding paths, and stone bridges over creeks. Any way you can find to tour the Cotswolds can make for an incredible experience, but a hot air balloon over the region is particularly special. It is a great experience to slowly fly over the town and capture its beauty from an aerial point of view - a kind that you end up cherishing for a lifetime.

7. Tour Oxford

Tour Oxford
The University of Oxford might be the most historic school in the world. It may also be one of the more picturesque, which puts it right up there with the UK’s most famous landmarks as something to see on a day trip. Touring Oxford almost feels more like wandering through some kind of sprawling palace estate than visiting a college. Plus, if you take a guided tour, you’ll wind up learning quite a bit about the fascinating history of the school and some of its noteworthy alumni.

Tip: And if you just happen to be travelling solo, a few days of stay in a hostel in Oxford can moreover help you make friends. The town is full of friendly students.

8. See The Lake District

See The Lake District
First of all, make sure you’re getting the name right — it’s called the Lake District, alternatively the Lakes, but never the Lakes District. Now, like the Cotswolds, the Lake District is among the most beautiful areas in a nation famous absolutely loaded with scenic sights. You can camp, hike, ride a bike, or even take a canoe or kayak out on the water. Simply seeing this gorgeous national park district in person is well worth however long the drive takes from where you’re staying.

If you have more time, do not forget to visit the nearby towns too. My friends live in Lancaster, which was equally beautiful, when I explored it. It’s a more populated version of the Lake District, but still has all the charm. Ancient stone walls sectioned off vast numbers of sheep, green hills rolled on forever in all directions, and tiny English stone cottages dotted the landscape.

9. Relax At The Blackpool Sands

Relax At The Blackpool Sands
If there’s one thing that’s decidedly underrated about traveling in the UK, it’s the beaches. The climate can be a little unforgiving for much of the year, but there are beautiful and unique coastal stretches all around the country. Blackpool Sands is and almost feels more like a Mediterranean getaway than a corner of England. Though I have always been a mountain person (to speak of mountains, let me tell you that my favorite activity is camping in Manali town in the Himalayas) some beaches have left a long lasting impression on me. And Blacpool Sands is one of them. The town of Blackpool, moreover, has a relaxing and a laid back vibe, so do not forget to give its city center a quick look too.