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The best weekend getaways in the UK

The best weekend getaways in the UK

Ever wondered where the best place to holiday in the UK is?

Don’t worry, Vogue have compiled a list detailing all the best places to travel to, meaning that you don’t have to do too much research, you can just get booking and go on your relaxing weekend break.

The Cotswolds

According to Vogue, the Cotswolds is brilliant if you love the whole ‘toy town’ feel, with ‘chocolate box villages and countryside ambles‘.
There are plenty of little Bed and Breakfasts to stay in, failing this, you can always head over to Air BnB and go all fancy with a rented out country house.

In terms of where to eat, the Cotswolds is home to Channel 4’s ‘The Baker Brothers’, yes, you head that right, the two strangely attractive bakers that were on telly a few years back. They own quite a few restaurants around town as well as bakeries and butchers. There are also endless adorable bakeries and cafes for you to visit and some great ice cream spots for you to enjoy in the sunshine.

You can take a walk and maybe a cheeky picnic along the banks of the River Eye, if the weather is rubbish then just stay in the tea rooms and relax.

This getaway is definitely more sedate and picturesque, suited probably to a couple or a lone traveller.


Peak District

‘glorious scenery and vintage interiors shopping’

The Peak District National Park is situated in the Pennines and consists of rolling landscapes, ancient stone cottages, and mysteriously dark pools. The Peak District is perfect for a getaway deep into the countryside for a weekend of walking and adventuring.

You can channel your inner Jane Austen and head to some period houses such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

You can spend your stay at Hodgkin’s Hall in Matlock and spend your time dining at endless pubs and drinking at plenty of picturesque taverns.

Of course, you can always go camping, there are plenty of camp sites dotted around the park, meaning that the Peak District is also perfect for a weekend budget getaway complete with plenty of drinking.

The Peak District suits everyone, just adapt it to how you would like to spend your time and money.


Vogue labels Bath as a small scale country city complete with a spa break– they’re so good at these descriptions, aren’t they?

Bath truly is a beautiful town locked firmly in time with endless spas, walks, museums, galleries and delicious restaurants to chose from and enjoy. Bath offers the usual bed and breakfasts and chain hotels, but if you are going on a budget, there are also plenty of hostels to chose from.

The hotels are beautiful, with Georgian facades. Vogue recommends The Olive Tree for a place to eat, a beautiful Italian restaurant in the city centre, and according to them, if you only do one thing, you have to have the spa experience!

Lonely Planet have much more information here.


Vogue describe this one as ‘cream tea and Cornish views’ and I think that’s a pretty apt description. With hot weather, this bank holiday, heading down to Cornwall for sun, sea and fun always seems like the best option. You can hit up Watergate Bay which has pretty impressive waves for body boarding and surfing, or dine out at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant on Fistral Bay.

There are plenty of camping and caravan sites to choose, again, failing this- or if camping isn’t really your thing, you can always rent out coastal cottages through sites such as Air BnB. If you would love a day out then Padstow Seaside town is the perfect getaway, you can try Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips. Similar to Padstow, Newquay is a picturesque town on the coast which attracts a young demographic.

This is the perfect weekend getaway for everyone! It’s ideal for a camping trip with friends, a family getaway or a couple’s retreat.

Visit this site for more information on what Cornwall has to offer.


Aberdeen is the powerhouse of north-east Scotland and doesn’t really spring to mind when thinking of a lovely weekend getaway. Don’t be fooled , owever, the city is home to a brisk seaside, beautiful architecture, a pretty good drinking culture and heaps of history.

You can pick up some great deals on hotels and hostels and brilliant places to eat range from Silver Darling- a seafood restaurant, through to Granite Park for some ‘modern Scottish dining’.

You are also pretty close to the highlands, meaning that you can also grab yourself an extended trip and head up there after your short city break in Aberdeen. Check out lonely planet for more information.


Situated in the South East of England, Dorset holds host to the ginormous jurrasic coastline which you can stroll along, sightseeing the glittering bays and the rocky coasts.

There’s plenty to do in Dorest from relaxng on the beach, swimming, hiking and mountain biking.

You can stay at The Bull, Bridport, which is a fantastic period inn or you can head off along to one of the many coastline camping sites for a weekend of camping!

There are plenty of fish restaurants and bars along the Lime Regis coast, you can also have a drink in one of the many pubs scattered across the towns.

Dorset is perfect for a relaxing retreat, yet it’s also great for holidays with friends with plenty of sport activities to chose from, from mountain biking through to rock climbing.

Visit Lonely Planet here for more information.

The Highlands

If you would like to head further afield then you can always visit the hills and glens of the Scottish Highlands for a weekend full of beautiful scenery, hiking and adventure.

The Highlands stand as ‘one of the last corners of Europe where you can experience genuine solitude‘ and are great for a relaxing weekend away from the chaos of every day life.

Scotland’s national drink has been distilled in the highlands for hundreds of years. Most distilleries do guided tours that you can go to, tasting the whisky as you go!

There’s no shortage of hiking routes, you can walk the West Highland Way along the Caledonian canal. There are plenty of beautiful castles to visit, from palaces through to the stone fortresses of Inverness.

There are plenty of inns and taverns to stay in or failing that, and if you would like to head off on a holiday of camping and hiking, you can also camp as you go.

Wild camping is a great experience in the highlands with the abundance of fresh water streams, locks and camping sites.

The Highlands is perfect for anyone. If you would like a beautiful retreat and to be plunged into nature, then the Highlands should be at the top of you travel list.

Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a history graduate currently working in content and communications.