With UK weather reaching soaring temperatures this Easter weekend, many may be wishing they had booked a city break in the UK. But where is best to try this year? Condé Nast Traveller have released their 10 best choices outside of London for 2019. Each of the cities on the list offers something special, whether that be incredible music venues or stunning beaches. Name-checked first? Bristol, which was noted as the independent city.
Beer fans will want to book a visit over May Bank Holiday to follow the East Bristol Brewery Trail.
Architecture won Cambridge second spot, with this year highlighted as particularly special thanks to the reopening of the University Arms hotel, which has been updated by architect John Simpson and interiors whizz Martin Brudnizki.
From architecture to design, with Birmingham placing fifth thanks to its new lease of life as a “dynamic cultural and commercial hub”.
Any weekend away would be nothing without delicious food, and Bath was noted for being the new foodie city.
Condé Nast Traveller name checked hole-in-the-wall Chai Walla, Vietnamese-flavoured Noya’s Kitchen and bar Beneath as venues to tempt hungry (and thirsty) travellers.
Those looking for a classic weekend by the sea should head to Brighton.
Yes, it is always packed, but new openings this year make it a worthwhile trip, including Soho House Brighton, which will bring not only the private members’ club but three new restaurants too.
Other cities to make the list were Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Dundee and Swansea.
The 10 best UK city breaks 2019
Bristol – The Independent City
Cambridge – The Architectural City
Manchester – The Festival City
Newcastle – The Riverside Revival City
Birmingham – The Design City
Bath – The New Foodie City
Liverpool – The Music City
Brighton – The Seaside-Escape City
Dundee – The Scottish Renaissance City
Swansea – The Welsh Arts City
Walking holidays are another great way to see the best the UK has to offer.
A new festival in Wales is jumping on the holiday trend this spring. Featuring an impressive 40 different routes across the attractive seaside coastlines, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival launches in May.
Keen ramblers can explore the 870-mile uninterrupted pathways with stunning views of the entirety of the stretch of rugged pathways.
They will also be able to witness a variety of rare wildlife in their natural habitat, starting at the Great Orme in north Wales, on May 4.
Ramblers Cymru have teamed up with the Wales Coast Path to plot the routes and celebrate the seventh anniversary of the pathway.