Sometimes you just need to get away, if only for a weekend. Regardless of the reason, your next UK weekend retreat is waiting for you. In such a rich and varied part of the world, it won’t be hard to find the perfect spot. Here are just a few suggestions.
Victorian Seaside: Broadstairs, East Kent
Visit the historic town of Broadstairs and enjoy the Victorian homes, sample the wares of the ice cream parlors, and be amazed by the cliffs that inspired Charles Dickens as he visited in years past. In Broadstairs you’ll also find traditional tea houses, lovely gardens, and a lighthouse. If you’re looking for a Victorian bed and breakfast to complete your experience, the Burrow House lies right at the seaside; you can stroll along the beach to your heart’s content. Several bays in the area make relaxing swimming spots.
Chocolate Indulgence: Cardiff, Wales
The Vale Resort near Cardiff features just what you might expect at a first-class resort: golf courses, spa treatments and massages, and even family packages that allow parents and children to enjoy activities together. But the Vale Resort also offers special packages, or “breaks,” that you’ll have to see to believe. These packages include a hands-on Welsh cooking workshop and a chocolate-making workshop. These breaks are offered only on certain dates, so book early if you’d like to participate.
Shakespeare’s Home: Stratford-upon-Avon
You’ll find more than a weekend’s worth of adventure in Stratford-upon-Avon. Stroll along the river and enjoy the historical half-timber architecture. Visit the graves of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway at Holy Trinity Church. Take in a play by Shakespeare himself at the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre. According to the website of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the boards of the original stage have been re-laid in the foyer, so you can walk on them yourself. Stratford-upon-Avon is a must for Shakespeare fans, history buffs, and anyone else seeking a delightful adventure.
Romantic Retreat: Pamos Farm Cottage in Devon
For a romantic weekend getaway for just the two of you, you’ll enjoy visiting the Pamos Farm Cottage, a bed and breakfast near Upottery, Devon. Its thatched roof and Old World appeal will remind you of an English farm cottage, and that’s just what it is. Surrounded by woodlands and fields, you’ll literally be hidden away from the rest of the world. If you want to explore the nearby area, you’ll find the coast less than an hour’s drive away. The city of Exeter is 25 miles away, which is close enough to visit for fun, but far enough away that it won’t be at your doorstep.
Ancient History: Bath and Stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of those breathtaking must-see places. If you haven’t already visited it, a weekend getaway would be a perfect opportunity to do so. Next, visit the Roman baths in the city of Bath, originally built by the Romans themselves around a natural hot spring. Both sites offer stunning views of architecture dating back thousands of years. Both are only a short trip from London, and could be visited together over one weekend.
There’s something for everyone in this land of so much culture, history, and varied landscapes. The next time you’re ready to get away, look no further than one of the many attractions the UK has to offer.
Diane Magruder is a hotel and resort reviewer and, while she’s in between destinations is a freelance blogger for lakecomo.org.uk where you can look up Hotels in Lake Como. She often recommends a stay in the city of Bellagio for an unforgettable trip.