The world is slowly re-opening, there’s a sense of positivity in the air and many of us are busy planning day trips, weekend breaks and activities to get us all out of the house again. David and I have been lucky enough to go ahead with our wedding earlier this summer, as well as enjoy a ‘mini-moon’ to the beautiful city of York. And keen to make the most of newlywed life, we have also looked into a few more weekend breaks in the run up to Christmas. In case you’re keen to do the same but stuck on inspiration, here’s a few options you might like to look into…
With the Autumn Internationals on the horizon, an ideal weekend getaway for the sport lovers include aligning a hotel stay with this incredible event. Saturday 13th November will see England v Australia at Twickenham Stadium so why not team this main event with a stay at the nearby Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa. Saturday’s excitement could be followed by dinner and drinks at this gorgeous boutique hotel, while Sunday could be spent strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens (10 minutes away) or indulging in a few spa treatments. Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum are only a stones throw away, so should you have extra time to spare – there’s plenty to see and do!
If shopping is more your sport, then you’d love a weekend break in Edinburgh. After checking into your hotel (I recommend Hotel Du Vin or Old Town Chambers), head straight to the 1.2km long Princes St which is the shopping hub of the city. As well as many well-known brands, you’ll also find an assortment of unique and unusual shops and attractions, so it’s well worth allocating an entire afternoon to this one street! If you happen to visit during December, you’re in for a real treat as the Christmas markets in this area are unrivalled (in my opinion) in comparison to anywhere else in the UK.
If you’re a keen history-buff, look no further then the York which is arguably one of England’s finest and most beautiful historic cities. The Viking invasion of York took place in 866 AD and prospered under their rule. Today this interesting heritage is celebrated at the JORVIK Viking Centre, which takes visitors on a journey to relive what life at that time may have been like. Stay at Galtres Lodge, an elegant Georgian-themed boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the city offering beautiful rooms in a characterful building. Dine at their Forest restaurant (don’t miss out on their famous Yorkshire Steak & Ale Pie with a Yorkshire pudding base and puff pastry lid) and book a place on a ghost tour after dark!
And if you’re in need of a real wellness retreat, Bath is one of my favourite places for spa-seekers. A wellbeing destination since Roman times the city hosts the very popular Bath Thermae Spa which harnesses the natural springs to create a series of relaxing attractions. For something a little luxurious, hire the open-air Cross Bath exclusively and enjoy sipping a glass of bubbly in a fluffy white robe while dipping your toe in the natural thermal waters!
Do you have any weekend break suggestions?
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