Spring time has arrived in the UK, the weather has started to pick up and the blossoms are making everything that seemed mundane suddenly gorgeous and rightfully so.
In my opinion the coming weeks are the perfect time to go on a weekend away particularly with bank holidays coming in abundance. Be it with the the other half, the bestie or a group of bosom buddies, whoever it is, tell them to pack their favourite weekend holdall and take your pick of some of the most beautiful locations in the UK for a weekend getaway.
This little known village in Suffolk is my favourite secret location getaway. The village is chocked full of those quintessential wonky cottages housing many a tea room, little art galleries, shops and as always with the English country side, pubs upon pubs. This beauty of a village is also home to the gorgeous Melford Hall which is well worth a wander around and there are a number of quaint bnb’s to call home for the weekend, my personal favourite is the Blacklion.
Bury St. Edmunds
Only down the road from Long Melford is the beautiful town of Bury St. Edmunds. I first came across this place with thanks to my sister getting hitched in the grand Hengrave Hall that calls the town home. Go and have a stroll through the lanes, stop for a spot of cream tea in one of the many cafes and explore the ruins of Bury St. Edmund’s Abbey. Stay in the ivy covered Angel Hotel or keep that countryside vibe and stay on the outskirts of the town at the Ravenwood Hall.
Burford, a small little village known as the “gateway to the Cotswolds” and it could not be a more quintessentially British escape for the weekend. It’s the perfect spot for country walks and not to mention has an enormous amount of pubs to choose from for dinner. Also check out the nearby Blenheim Palace for some regional history thrown in the mix for good measure.
Cromer, a quaint seaside town in the county of Norfolk. Though not loads to do in the town, if all your looking for is good food and some sea air then this is a great option.
Cambridge, obviously a location full of history, architecture and home a culture all its own. This beautiful town makes for a great weekend getaway, either with your friends thanks to the great nightlife and abundance of things to do, but also for a romantic weekend with thanks to the charm of punting along the River Cam.
On the competing side of the Varsity, we have Oxford. Another beautiful town full of history, culture and obviously some extremely smart cookies wandering around the place. Admittedly I would recommend actually staying somewhere in the Cotswold like Burford (above), enjoying the countryside and then spending a day exploring this city, but that’s just me and I’m a sucker for a piece of the countryside.
Bath is a truly stunning place and personally I feel like it can be quite the romantic little spot. From the beautifully terraced house lined streets to the actual historic baths themselves, the town has a air to it that is intoxicating all the while maintaining that quintessential British feel. There are some stunning Airbnb’s for this place which I would recommend, however we also found a gem of a hotel placed in a Georgian Town House called Henrietta House, which if you can get a reservation is well worth a stay.
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Let me know your favourite spots to visit in the UK for a weekend getaway!