Living in a city comes with great perks but occasionally, it all gets a bit too much. The sirens become too loud, you don’t feel like going to your favourite café yet again and sometimes a change of scenery is in order just because. You needn’t travel far if you’re after a great weekend away and some new memories. There are a number of places in the UK for a family to travel to, no matter what kind of break you’re after, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
Many refer to Bath as one of the most beautiful cities in England and whilst it’s not rural (you will hear some city noises!), it’s really worth spending a weekend there. In 2017 the city was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its plethora of historical buildings and ancient Roman baths. If you’re a history buff, then this is a place for you as Bath is extremely proud of its heritage and is keen for you to discover it through countless museums. You will also be located within a stone’s throw of beautiful countryside and can choose to stay there, travelling into Bath during the daytime. The city can be expensive and if you’d like to save some cash then check out YHA’s beautiful Roman-inspired hostel, newly refurbished for 2018.
The Cotswolds are a favourite with many looking for a green escape. Set amongst over 750 square miles of incredibly pretty countryside, it’s a perfect destination for families who want to unwind. There are quite a few places to choose from like Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Somerset, all catering to whatever you’re looking to get from your break. Something that may be of interest to families with older children is clay pigeon shooting, a fun way to spend an afternoon in the countryside and get competitive as a whole family!
If being by the water is your idea of a relaxing time then add Padstow, North Cornwall to your list of must go places. The landscape is truly stunning, comprising of rugged coastline, mysterious coves, and golden beaches – all ready to be explored on foot or bike. It’s also a bit of a foodie destination with plenty of fresh seafood featuring across restaurants’ menus. Rick Stein’s famous Stein’s Fish and Chips is located there with plenty of classic and contemporary dishes for you to taste. You can mix up the time you spend relaxing with a range of water sports or even a speedboat ride.
The Lake District
The Lake District remains a popular destination for families and with very good reason. It’s a large region made up of charming villages, historic B&Bs, and magnificent lakes of course. The area will be of interest to any fans of the new Peter Rabbit film with the opportunity to visit The World of Beatrix Potter, located in Bowness-on-Windemere. You can take the whole family on many walks and hikes that can be customised according to how long you’d like to spend doing it. There’s a lot of choice in terms of price ranges too, from high-end hotels and foodie restaurants to more budget-friendly B&Bs and more casual places to eat.
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