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Spring into a UK short break for less

Published 21 March 2019

Winter is so last season

It's time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the warmer spring weather and longer, lighter days. How about a weekend away with your friends? A fun family day trip? Or a solo jaunt somewhere new?

The UK is packed with cool cities so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite short break locations...

Manchester

This energetic city is jam-packed with attractions. The best things to do in Manchester include a visit to the Manchester Art Gallery, taking a waterfront amble along The Quays, and taking in the gothic architecture at The John Rylands Library.

Top Events

  • Manchester Jazz Festival
    23-27 May 2019 - A celebration of jazz in the heart of the city
  • King Street Festival
    1-2 June 2019 - A free festival of food, music, shopping and performance
  • Manchester Day
    23 June 2019 - Soak up the atmosphere of the city’s epic carnival

Cambridge

Surrounded by greenery and history, this beautiful city is perfect for a relaxed weekend away with friends or loved ones. Go punting along the river, tour the university, and see if you can spot famous locations from the hit TV series, The Crown!

Top events

  • Cambridge Big Weekend
    7-9 July 2019 - A huge free festival of entertainment in the historic open space, Parker’s Piece
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
    1-4 August 2019 - Enjoy eclectic music and an unrivalled atmosphere at one of the world’s most famous folk festivals
  • Cambridge Cocktail Weekend
    24-26 August 2019 - Grab your friends and head to the Corn Exchange for cocktails, dancing and live music
     

Sheffield

Also known as The Steel City, Sheffield combines industrial heritage with buzzing city living. On the doorstep of the Peak District National Park, top city picks include discovering history at the Millenium Gallery, the peaceful calm of the Botanical Gardens, and unique shopping in the Antiques Quarter.

Top events

  • World Snooker Championships
    20 April-6 May 2019 - The pinnacle of pro snooker at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible Theatre
  • Tramlines Music Festival
    19-21 July 2019 - A weekend of outstanding live music, plus comedy, food and drink
  • UK Invictus Trials
    22-26 July 2019 - The first national Invictus Games trials come to Sheffield. Keep an eye out for a royal visit!

Bristol

On the banks of the River Avon, this truly remarkable city is great for sightseeing, culture, and fun! We recommend a visit to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, finding masterpieces on the Banksy walking tour, and a casual waterside lunch at the famous Three Brothers Burgers.

Top Events

  • Dot to Dot Festival
    25 May 2019 - Discover the best new music talent across various cool city venues
  • Bristol Harbour Festival
    19-21 July 2019 - Daredevil stunts, performance and food to celebrate Bristol’s maritime history
  • Bristol Balloon Fiesta
    8-11 August 2019 - Watch hundreds of hot air balloons take flight at this magnificent free festival

If you’re feeling inspired, why not book a UK short break? Head over to our destinations page and find somewhere new to visit from the hundreds of UK destinations we serve. It’s easy to get where you need to go by coach, and our fares start from as low as £5 one-way (plus £1 booking fee).

Book one of our great value fares today and discover somewhere new.

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