A British bank holiday is upon us once again. An extra day off of work, long weekends and time spent with family and friends. What more could you ask for? Well, a place to go to spend all this extra time of course!
We have been talking to our teams across the UK to find out their favourite bank holiday destinations. So whether you’re considering a few nights away on a staycation or an effortless day trip, look no further.
We’ve put together a shortlist of 5 incredible destinations that we know you’ll love! Thank us later!
Home to the famous Cambridge University and sitting on the River Cam in the East of England, Cambridge offers travellers a sophisticated and historic bank holiday weekend.
Charles Darwin and Sir Stephen Hawking called Cambridge their home whilst they studied inside the halls of the local University. If you are aspiring to walk the halls yourself whilst studying for your master’s degree or you just want to have a nose around, there are plenty of tours on offer which are guided by graduates and alumni. These will give you a taste of what the UNI has to offer and help you to explore the history of some of its most famous students.
To unwind after a jam-packed tour, why not head down to the river and go punting! This famous pastime is one of the best ways to see the city, and great news, you don’t have to work up a sweat as someone else can do the pushing of the punt for you!
As there is plenty to see and do within this city, you can hire a bike or even take your own with you (which fits snugly within our coaches) to help you get around and see everything that is on offer.
Canterbury is a Cathedral city in the southeast of England and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Pretty fancy right? Situated near local beach escapes within the garden of England, if you want to stay within this city, there is most definitely plenty to do, both in and around the surrounding areas!
Canterbury Cathedral is one of the most famous religious structures in England and is home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. There is plenty of history stored within its walls, so for those interested in religious cultures and the history of the city, this is worth a look.
If you are a lover of the arts, some fantastic art classes take place in the local town and you will also find galleries filled with pieces from local artists that will give insight into the diverse cultures within the county of Kent.
If you are staying for a couple of days, the city has fantastic transport links to the coast so you can enjoy a couple of hours in Herne Bay or Whitstable before returning to indulge in the Canterbury cuisine and nightlight.
If you are looking for somewhere to let your hair down, there is no better place than Brighton. A seaside resort on the coast of East Sussex, Brighton (part of Brighton and Hove) is proud of its vibrant, colourful and creative nature.
For those who love everything vintage, especially clothes, or antique trinkets then we suggest a visit to the Brighton Lanes. The lanes are packed with incredible vintage outlets where you can treat yourself to an array of second-hand goods at bargain prices. Grandad jumper and funky shirt galore!
If you fancy a bit of laughter in your day, there are weekly comedy shows at the Komedia Comedy Club. That is a sure way to add something different to your evenings either before or after you tuck into the food at the incredible restaurants featured within its local town or on the seafront.
For a 360 view of the city, you can head up on the British Airways i360 experience. Towering at 160m tall, this observation tower stands proud on the shores allowing you to capture a glimpse of every corner of Brighton.
Once you make your way back down to the solid ground, a visit to the famous Brighton pier is a must. From arcades to amusements rides, it’s the perfect setting for fun with family and friends. Indulge in seaside treats, fish and chips and the best doughnuts in town! We recommend a visit whilst the sun is setting – that is a view not to be missed!
Bournemouth was voted as one of the UK’s best beaches within the TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice awards in 2018 & 2019; and who are we to argue with that!
With 15 incredible miles of idyllic coastline, award-winning beaches and blue flag accreditations, there is clearly a reason that tourists flock to this classic English town year after year.
Hop on-board Frieda’s Teabus and enjoy afternoon tea whilst touring the local area or head over to the Bournemouth Aquarium to discover creatures of the deep!
Bournemouth is great for a family bank holiday weekend as there is simply so much to do. Hire yourselves a bike and cycle around the coast or go for a family walk through the Garden’s Tree Trail. Located by the seafront is Sea Life Aquarium, which would be perfect for a family activity and tickets can be purchased with us!
If you want to head onto the sand, there is the beautiful Boscombe Beach which has been transformed from a traditional 1950’s style resort to a place packed full of adventure and activities.
If you are feeling strong, you can have a go at bouldering and see how high you can climb. Or if you want to head into the water, the local water sports school has classes to help get you started or equipment you can hire to help you ride the waves! We hear paddleboarding is a perfect way to burn some calories to make space for that delicious ice cream, but on a day of calm waters, it is the perfect way to relax and be at one with nature. Why not give it a try and let us know how you get on?!
Finally, the last stop on our August bank holiday adventure is England’s capital, London. We could write a book or even a few books on the things we love to do in London. From exploring local bars and restaurants to visiting historic sites and famous sporting venues. But we don’t have that much time, so here are a few of our favourites!
A visit to the West End is great for those who love the performing arts. Around every corner is a theatre showing the next big stage hit, and with most allowing you to purchase tickets on the door – you’ll never miss a showing!
Love the Royals? Then Buckingham Palace is your next stop. Take your photo in front of the grand gates and witness the changing of the guards at this historic and world-famous site. If you want a really good photo of your visit, we suggest a walk down The Mall to the Admiralty Arch where you can capture St James Park, the Victoria Memorial and Buckingham Palace all in one.
Head through the arch and your next stop is Trafalgar Square. Here you will find the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery which houses some of the world’s most famous artworks. Right nearby you can also take a peek at 10 Downing Street and head round the corner and you will find Westminster Abbey and Big Ben!
If you would like to see more of the diversity that London has on offer, we suggest heading to Soho or Camden Market. Soho is home to dozens of fantastic bars, clubs and restaurants and Chinatown! Pop over to Camden and find the famous Camden Market which not only has incredible stalls with bargain buys but some unbelievable street food!
So, what do you think? Your bank holiday’s sorted right? The UK has so much to offer, and these 5 destinations are just a small taste of places that you can visit this weekend.
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