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Discover the Ultimate UK City Escapes: Revealing the Best Urban Break Destinations

By Simi Kaur Gill

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Whilst curating this list it was difficult to narrow down cities, but ultimately I chose these cities due to the depth and breadth of activities as well as accessibility. 


UK City Escape Number 1: Edinburgh 

 

The capital of Scotland is a historical and cultural hub for Scottish history. If you are feeling like revisiting the history of Scotland, then I highly recommend you visit. Edinburgh castle and the National Museum of Scotland is great for history buffs. For those who are seeking the outdoors then the Royal Botanic Gardens are a must. If you are feeling adventurous, then a small trek to Arthur’s Seat is highly worth it, alternatively if you are looking for something more advanced then I recommend Calton Hill. 

 

UK City Escape Number 2: York

 

Looking for a small and cute getaway for a weekend? Look no further, York is the place for you. Shambles is one of York's most famous landmarks and one of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe. Its small cobblestone alleyways and niche artsy shops will have you feeling like you are at Hogwarts. In fact, it is believed to have been the inspiration behind Diagon Alley from the movie adaptation of the Harry Potter series.There also happens to be a Harry Potter inspired shop called ‘The Shop That Must Not Be Named’. There are so many historical sites to see across the city, ranging from York Minster, York Castle Museum, and the York City Walls. 

 

UK City Escape Number 3: London

 

The buzzing capital, and one of the most diverse cities in the world. Home to the best restaurants in the UK and Europe. There are endless ways to spend your time in London, particularly as everything is open very late. Whether it be visiting palaces, parks, museums, or going to restaurants and clubs, there’s something for everyone here. Some of the best options include, dinner and drinks at The Shard. If you are looking for an urban area to hit the nightclubs/ bars then check out Shoreditch. If you are into art and history then visit The British Museum (particularly versatile as it includes artefacts from across the world) and The National Gallery. The parks in London are incredible too! Kensington Gardens, Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park are only some of the very instagrammable spots in the city.

 

UK City Escape Number 4: Manchester

 

The biggest up-and-coming city in the North. Manchester’s Northern Quarter is very popular amongst students and young professionals with its hip bars and niche cafes. The art scene in Manchester is pre-eminent for its indie artists; there is always live music and concerts somewhere. Deansgate is the most vibrant area with bars, clubs and shops. Arndale shopping centre is great for those looking to browse, and there are also food markets close by every weekend. If you are football crazy then Old Trafford is the one for you, but do bare in mind that this is in Greater Manchester. Etihad stadium is also a great option, and is closer to the city centre. It is also worth visiting the National Football Museum. If you are looking for a beautiful walk in the sun, then hit up the Manchester Ship Canal which runs through the city, connecting to the Irish sea.

 

I hope I inspired you to visit another city in the UK. Follow us for more tips on travel related content. 

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