Autumn is the perfect time of year for a city break. As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change, we all have more energy to explore and experience something different; even if it’s only for a short while. Before the freezing cold of winter sets in, it’s well worth taking a weekend to see a city you’ve never been to before. Of course, there’s also the simple matter of logistics to factor in. With work, school in session, and various other responsibilities, you likely don’t have time to go rushing off without proper consideration. One way to ease the burden is to plan a city break in the UK or Ireland, which is beneficial for a number of reasons. Staying close to home reduces your travel time and makes planning easier, as well as ensuring you’re close to home if you need to return urgently. So where could you go, and what should you do while there?
- Thames River Cruise
No matter what the season, a cruise down the River Thames is always going to be wonderful. Take in the sights from the river, then stop at Hampton Court Palace to enjoy an afternoon exploring this Tudor wonder.
- The Tower Of London
Ah, the Tower. No castle in English history has such a reputation; nicknamed the “Bloody Tower” due to the monarchs who used the Tower as a prison and execution ground. A modern-day visitor can enjoy tours by the famous Yeoman Warders, and spend a pleasant afternoon in the sumptuous grounds.
- Hyde Park
Before it’s too cold, take the time to head to Hyde Park. The huge park is a green haven in the midst of the London metropolis, perfect for an autumn stroll where you can admire the changing colours of the leaves.
- Cycling Tour
Just Eat’s recent sponsorship of a Dublin bike share scheme has been a roaring success, so make sure you take advantage of it while you’re there. Travelling the city by bike is the perfect way of combining a weekend city break with a little additional exercise.
- Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is a beautiful, well-preserved castle with a strong history. The best feature is the grounds, while you can while away an afternoon recovering from the night before!
- Guinness Storehouse
You can learn more about the history of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse, which makes for a charming day out sampling the wares and enjoying the almost bistro-like setting. The perfect city break afternoon in the heart of Dublin.
- Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle is beautiful, well-preserved, and offers an array of different exhibitions and galleries to lose yourself in.
- Arthur’s Seat
The famous hill that overlooks the city itself, Arthur’s Seat features a hiking trail that’s not to be missed. If you want to add a bit of physical activity to your city break, why not test yourself by attempting to reach the summit? You’ll be rewarded with spectacular, panoramic views of the city below.
- The Scott Monument
If you love your reading, then pay a visit to the Gothic-style monument that is the largest dedicated to a writer in the world. Climb to the top of the nearly 300-steps and enjoy the view of the city from above, if Arthur’s Seat isn’t quite your thing!
As the capital of Scotland, it’s safe to say that Edinburgh has got plenty going for it.
No matter which city you choose to visit, there are delights to be enjoyed — and you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to experience them.