Our resident Travel Editor is back with your UK city guide to help you decide on your next break away.

Ryanair has another €9.99 seat sale. Yes, I know, it’s truly shocking. Besides that, I think the UK is the perfect destination for a flying visit- see what I did there? It’s a super short flight, it has some wonderful cities, and you don’t have to go all the way to Dublin airport to catch your flight. It’s a handy trip for those of not from Dublin. There are flights to the UK from every airport in Ireland.


You don’t often hear of people going on a weekend trip to Bristol but you have to be odd to be number one, right? From Bandon Hill Park you can catch a nice view of all of Bristol by walking up a staircase to Cabot Tower. There is also an abundance of impressive street art to see and some funky little record shops. Visit St.Nick’s Market to try all sorts of food or take part in one of the Haunted & Hidden walking tours. It’s a great city when it comes to theatre and music and also, Ribena was invented there. Bet you didn’t know that. 


Birmingham has more going for it than you may have thought. It is the home to Cadbury World. A visit here means a day surrounded by chocolate- what more could you want? If you’d like to take a shopping trip this is the perfect place. The Bullring (not actually a bullring) has over 160 shops, which is surely plenty. Birmingham museum of art holds over 24,000 artworks as well a variety of events, and of course, general admission is free. There are plenty of museums- National Motorcycle Museum, Soho Museum and Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. If you love chocolate, shopping or museums, then Birmingham is the perfect place for you.


Besides the obvious attractions, Old Trafford etc, there’s plenty to do in Manchester. See a hilarious stand up comedy show in the Apollo. Visit the Royal Exchange Theatre or the Opera House. If nature is your thing, there are so many gardens and parks to choose from in Manchester. There are room escape games in the city and an array of museums and art galleries. The city is also home to Europe’s largest Chinatown. Manchester is the perfect place for coffee lovers, craft beer fans and foodies in general. There are food markets there all year around.


Scotland’s largest city has plenty to offer and is another great option for a quick getaway. Not only is it a gorgeous city, it’s also full of art galleries and museums. Visit a ‘mega-brewery’, check out the kinetic theatre or catch a play in Orán Mor. Pollock Country Park is the perfect location for a scenic stroll. And of course, like every other city, there are tons of shops to choose from!


I’m sure everyone knows what London has to offer- Madame Tussauds, the London eye, Big Ben etc. There are plenty of typical museums and galleries but London has some unique ones to offer too. Check out the Sherlock Holmes Museum, if you’re a fan, or visit ‘God’s Own Junkyard’ to see some neon artwork. The Warner Bros. studios are a huge attraction for Harry Potter fans. Camden Market is my favourite place in London and definitely worth a trip. This is only a tiny fraction of what London has to offer, so if you haven’t been, you’re missing out!

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