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UK city breaks are a perfect way to spend a weekend, but it’s hard to know which city is for you if you’ve never visited before. We’re often afraid to venture to new places in case they aren’t what we expected, and we worry we’ll end up feeling like we’ve wasted our precious weekend time. If you’re interested in visiting up and coming, stylish cities, look no further than our list of the top 4 stylish cities in the UK for a great weekend break.
An up and coming city to watch, Bristol has all the style and culture of London with less of the hustle and bustle. Bristol is a melting pot of culture with a strong community feel, unique street art and a vibrant music scene. Soak up the culture of Bristol with a visit to M Shed, an exciting and innovative new flagship museum for Bristol with gallery space and a packed events schedule. Take in the distinctive architecture with a walk through stylish Clifton village to the Clifton suspension bridge, the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In the evening, enjoy a cocktail on the waterfront in one of the many lively harbourside bars.
If you’re looking to visit a beautiful as well as stylish city for your UK break, York is the place to go. Absorb yourself in the history of York with walks around the beautiful Rowntree Park or Goddard’s Garden and visits the breathtaking buildings such as York Minster cathedral and the city’s many stately homes. If you fancy a flutter, take a trip to York racecourse or visit York dungeon for an insight into England’s grim and bloody past. York has a great selection of shops too, so before your day out you can put yourself together a stylish race day outfit.
Venture up north to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, for an unforgettable weekend. In August this vibrant, stylish city is home to the famous Edinburgh Festival, which comprises individual festivals of art, film, books, jazz and politics. If you’re looking for an action packed UK break, Edinburgh is the perfect city for you as one of its most popular experiences is a climb to the top of Arthur’s seat, the tallest of Edinburgh’s seven hills and part of an extinct volcano. If you’re less interested in hiking and more interested in drinking, visit the Scotch Whiskey Experience to become a Scotch connoisseur.
If you’re looking for all of the romance of Venice but in a stylish UK city break, then look no further than Cambridge. The famous university town boasts beautiful scenery and stunning architecture which can be viewed leisurely by taking a punting tour along the river. King’s College Chapel, The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs are just some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during a 45-minute chauffeured punt tour. Grab your picnic hamper and glass of Pimms, then sit back and enjoy the ride!