That period between the summer holidays and Christmas can feel like it goes on for years. With not much to look forward to when the days are cold and the nights are even colder, it can really affect your mood. So if you are looking for a bit of a pickup this autumn but don’t want to pay a fortune to travel abroad, a city break could be just what you need. From historic cities to cultural capitals, the UK has a long list of lovely locations for you to explore this autumn.
London – If you fancy some fun in the Big Smoke then London is a great destination for a weekend crammed with great things to do. With Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, London Bridge and the Tower of London all a fairly short distance from each other you can quickly see all of the best tourist sights. The capital is also a great place for evening entertainment, so you could book to see a show on the West End and maybe dine at one of the amazing restaurants. Like to see places from a great height? You can go on the London Eye for spectacular views across the city and surrounding areas or how about afternoon tea at The Gherkin?
Edinburgh – The Scottish Highlands has plenty of beautiful and scenic places to visit and its capital Edinburgh is perfect for a short trip. You can visit the Edinburgh Castle, do some shopping in the modern city centre or if you like getting out to go for picturesque walks, Arthur’s Seat is a short distance from the city centre. If you enjoy the odd drop of Whiskey then you may like to visit the Scotch Whiskey Experience. Don’t forget to try some Haggis whilst you are in Scotland and bring back some shortbread and tablet!
Cambridge – Famous for its University and heritage, Cambridge is a stunning city to visit at any time of year. Its long River Cam is where you will find the University’s rowers in training for the famous Cambridge – Oxford Boat Race. The city is filled with wondrous architecture and historical buildings to explore as well as lots of art galleries and museums. The city is very cycle-friendly and this is one of the main modes of transport for its many students. A great way of seeing the place is to get out and pedal your way around the fantastic sights.
Liverpool – Head to the north west of England for a taste of typical northern culture. Whilst much of Liverpool has historically been seen as an area of deprivation, the city has been rejuvenated in recent years. You can enjoy a visit to the splendid Albert Docks, go on the Anfield Stadium Tour, go on a ferry ride across the River Mersey or visit Liverpool One for a high quality shopping experience. There is also plenty of great architecture to appreciate in Liverpool including the stunning cathedral. If you like your music then you must visit the Cavern Club, where The Beatles and many other great artists used to ply their trade. You can also go on a Beatles guided tour to see where the legendary band grew up and went to school.
Why not treat yourself to a mini-break to get you through the miserable weather this autumn? A change of scenery will do you the world of good and the Christmas markets will be popping up in most big UK cities over the next month, even if you find yourself out on business. With so many great places just a few hours drive away, the hard part is choosing which one to visit.