Top 10 UK Getaways
BedandBreakfast.com now has great deals and prices on thousands of bookable B&Bs in the United Kingdom. The UK is rife with towns and cities that make a perfect getaway, whether you want a peaceful beach retreat or an exciting city adventure. These 10 UK cities feature rich history and plenty to do.
Seaside town with well-located beach
Amusement park and attractions for kids
Casino and live entertainment for adults
Come to Blackpool for a seaside escape. A ride to the top of the Blackpool Tower, a 158-meter building inspired by the Eiffel Tower, provides unparalleled views. The tower complex is home to an aquarium, The Tower Circus, Jurassic Walk, a 3D cinema and dinosaur landscape, and Jungle Jim’s Towering Adventureland, an indoor children’s adventure playground. Adults can gamble at G Casino. Catch a live show or event at The Opera House Theater in the Winter Gardens or a variety show in The Grande Theatre. If you want a thrill, go to Pleasure Beach, an amusement park with roller coasters. But if you want to unwind, simply relax on the beach.
Seven miles of sandy beaches
Perfect for swimming, surfing, body boarding
Giant balloon with gondola gives stellar views
This seaside town has seven miles of sandy beaches. Simply relax on the beach or get in the water for a swim, body boarding, or surfing. Take a ride in The Bournemouth Balloon, a giant helium balloon with an enclosed gondola, to see great views of the area. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the colorful Bournemouth’s Gardens. The Pinewalk in the Lower Gardens is in an area amongst the pine trees that was considered by the Victorians to have healing air. Art lovers will enjoy touring the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Check out a live show at The Bournemouth International Centre or Pavilion Centre, or take dance lessons of your own at Pavilion Dance Centre.
Some of the best nightlife in the UK
Large art community with many galleries
Has Royal Pavilion, a stunning oriental palace
Brighton is a famous seaside resort on England’s south coast. Relax on the popular beaches and enjoy the seafront restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. Tour the Royal Pavilion, Brighton’s main tourist attraction, which is an extravagant former royal residence with Indian influence. The Brighton Pier, or Palace Pier, features arcade attractions. There is also a rich art community here; you can find many galleries and studios in the Brighton Artists Quarter. If you love going out, Brighton is home to one of the UK’s best nightlife scenes and has over 300 pubs. The city is also very LGBT friendly.
Royal family & UK government are based here
Great shopping and plentiful pubs
Many historic sites with beautiful architecture
Home of the British Royals and the capital of England, London is an ideal big-city getaway. Theater lovers can see a Shakespeare play in the recreation of his Globe Theater. Take a tour of Westminster Abbey, a staggeringly beautiful and historic church home to the recent royal wedding and the tomb of famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton. Next to it, you can find the iconic Parliament Building and Big Ben. Ride in the London Eye to see the busy city from high above. Get a taste of royal life by touring Kensington Palace or Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry VIII. London offers excellent shopping, such as the Portobello Market, a two-mile stretch of antiques, food, fashion, and more.
Scarborough Castle sits on a perch above town
Sandy beaches, great shopping
Popular nightlife and arts & culture scene
You’ll find more sandy beaches in this seaside town in North Yorkshire. Scarborough Castle stands tall above the city on a rocky hill and has been there for 2,500 years. Travelers can visit the grounds and see a panorama of the coastline. That rocky formation separates the coast into the North Bay and South Bay. Scarborough’s center features great shopping, and the town’s indoor market is filled with antique shops and independent traders. In the 17th century, natural spring water was found here and thought to be medicinal, so a spa was created around it. The spa was later closed, but the area around it is still known as the Scarborough Spa Complex. Go see the Scarborough Spa Orchestra perform in The Spa Grand Hall.
Fashionable city known as The English Riviera
Nine popular beaches
A Stone Age cave, Kents Cavern, is here
This stylish seaside town on the English Channel , also called The English Riviera, has plenty to offer visitors. It has nine popular beaches, many with very high-quality water, and 22 miles of coastline. You can go diving, swimming, water skiing, fishing, and boating here. Visit Kents Cavern, a fascinating natural cave that has been visited by humans and animals since the Stone Age. You can observe sea birds and coastal wildlife in Living Coasts, a coastal zoo. There are many nearby golf courses in addition to walking and hiking trails. Torquay was home to famous mystery writer Agatha Christie, and you can follow her trail to see the places that played a role in her life and stories.
Grand Pier has fun rides and attractions
Numerous bars, cafes, and night clubs
Playhouse Theatre has great live shows
Travelers at this seaside resort will enjoy exploring the Grand Pier, which features world-class rides, attractions, and events. Relax on the beach or enjoy water sports such as kite surfing. If you have kids, they will enjoy riding the famous donkeys here. You can catch an entertaining play, comedy show, or concert at the Playhouse Theatre. Weston-super-Mare also has plenty of great restaurants, bars, cafes, and night clubs. For an educational experience, visit the world’s largest helicopter museum, the Weston-super-Mare Museum, or the SeaQuarium.
Riverfront town founded in 656
Known for ruins of Whitby Abbey and fossils
Famous for being in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
Situated at the mouth of the River Esk, this small town is featured in Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" and was the home of explorer Captain James Cook. The city allegedly has many haunted areas and offers ghost tours. Visit Whitby Abbey, a ruined Benedictine monastery on Whitby’s East Cliff. You will enjoy great views of the town from its perch. While you can drive to the Abbey, you can also reach it on foot by climbing the famous 199 steps, also called Caedmon’s Trod. For more great views, climb up the 19th century lighthouse. Whitby s also famous for having ancient preserved fossils.
Ancient city enclosed by medieval walls
Largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe
World-class museums, pubs, shops
If you enjoy history, York is sure to please. The city’s center is still enclosed by its medieval walls, which were first built in 71 AD by the Romans. A popular activity is walking along the walls, whose perimeter adds up to three miles. You’ll be awed by York Minster in the center of town, the largest Medieval Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. One fun and easy way to sightsee is to ride a YorkBoat down the River Ouse, which once made York a port city. York is home to many world-class museums, such as the National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum, and the Jorvik Viking Centre. There are also plenty of pubs!
Capital of Scotland since 1437
Vibrant nightlife, popular festivals
Has historic castle and royal palace
Edinburgh makes a great spot for an urban trip. The impressive Edinburgh Castle sits on an extinct volcano on a cliff overlooking the city. Its construction began in 1130, and travelers can visit it and enjoy incredible views from the top. Soak in more royal history with a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens for gorgeous greenery. Edinburgh features many fantastic art and history museums, in addition to the fun Scotch Whisky Experience, where you can learn about the country's famous drink. Walk down The Royal Mile in Old Town to find Scottish souvenirs, or explore Princes Street in New Town, which is the main modern shopping area. The city also has an exciting nightlife and many festivals each year, such as the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Military Tattoo.