Last minute weekend breaks
If you are short on time and just want to get away somewhere for a quick breather, then booking a last-minute weekend break is just what you need. There are many places within the UK that cater for a short stay, allowing you a respite from the busyness of daily life. The following are our most recommended places to stay for a last minute weekend break in the UK.
5 places to see in the UK
Being the capital and largest city in England, there is an abundance of sight-seeing opportunities in London. From historical monuments to museums, boutique shopping districts to vibrant entertainment and nightlife options, there is something for everyone here. Although you won’t be able to see all that takes your fancy in just one weekend, you will, however, discover plenty of fascinating and exciting activities.
It is easy to see why Cornwall is so high up the list of favourite UK tourist spots, as it boasts beautiful coastal scenery and stunning beaches. With its mild coastal climate and sandy beaches, Cornwall attracts surfers and sun chasers alike. Cornwall’s picturesque coastal towns like Newquay are also popular as getaway locations for those seeking a laid-back weekend away.
3. Lake District
One of the most popular national parks in the UK, the Lake District is an idyllic region of massive lakes, mountains and lush green forests that has inspired poets, writers and artists for centuries. Over 15 million travellers visit the Lake District each year, drawn to its spectacular countryside and walking trails, as well as quaint market towns and villages such as Kendall and Ambleside.
4. Scottish Highlands
Rich in culture, history and dramatic scenery, the Scottish Highlands is one of the most striking and fascinating landscapes in the UK. Dominated by the towering Grampian Mountain range and dotted with rugged cliffs and freshwater lochs, the Highlands have a unique beauty to them, while the many villages and castles speak to Scotland’s intriguing history.
Formed by glaciers over several ice ages, the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia are a majestic place to explore. Being the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia has many extensive walking trails where you can visit unspoiled lakes, peaks and caves. Along the coast, you will also find many castles and settlements that provide an engaging insight into Welsh history and culture.
The best hotels for a weekend in the UK
Located only a short walk from bustling Oxford Street, The Mandrake offers elegant boutique accommodations within easy reach of many of London’s major attractions. With your choice of a Mandrake Room or a Terrace Room, your stay is guaranteed to be both comfortable and sophisticated.
Situated on a cliff overlooking Fistral Beach, the Fistral Beach Hotel & Spa offers panoramic views of the Cornish coast in a luxury setting. Each Sea View Room is stylishly decorated to give you a sense of tranquillity and relaxation during your stay.
Secluded on the banks of Lake Ullswater, this refurbished country house offers a serene rural retreat within driving distance of many of the Lake Districts attractions. Staying in an Upgraded Super Deluxe Room, the Macdonald Leeming House combines Georgian-era charm with up-to-date comfort and luxury.
Overlooking the River Ness and Inverness Castle, Columba Hotel combines classic architecture with contemporary design within a quiet area of Inverness. Each Executive Room features lovely city views and modern amenities and is the perfect place to base yourself when exploring the Scottish Highlands.
Sitting on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Palé Hall Hotel mixes Victorian-era charm with modern luxury, set within 16 acres of delightful parkland and gardens. Choose between a Classic Room or a spacious Grand Room, both elegantly decorated for maximum comfort.
Planning your last-minute weekend break in the UK
The best time of the year to travel in the UK
Spring and summer are generally the most popular times of the year for holidays, but it is best to research the average climate of the region you are travelling to. Be aware that during peak season or special events, it may be harder to find last minute bookings, so it may be expedient to travel during the shoulder or low seasons.
Going to your weekend destination
All destinations listed are reachable via car or public transport, depending on where you are travelling from. It is advisable to check with your hotel as to what parking facilities they have available if you are planning on driving there. It is also worth researching alternative ways to travel to and from your destination, as there may be more vehicles on the roads during peak season or special events.
Our practical advice for a last-minute weekend break in the UK
What should I pack for a weekend break in the UK?
- Seasonal clothing
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Swimwear and sunscreen
- An umbrella and/or raincoat
What budget should I plan?
If you are driving to your destination, then you will need to ensure sufficient fuel for a return journey, as well as any other expenditure such as road tolls and ferries. Depending on your destination, it is a good idea to plan for additional expenses such as optional excursions, dining out and the like. Finally, do not forget to budget for any potential emergency situations that may arise. Thankfully, you can save on short weekend breaks by booking with Voyage Privé. You can get up to 70% off by booking with us, enabling you to stretch your holiday funds even further.