With the clocks going forward to signal the start of spring, there isn’t a better time plan a weekend away in the UK. That’s why we have picked our favourite cities for an April Weekend Break.
Bristol was named as one of the top 10 cities to visit in the world by The Rough Guide, so there is no way we can afford to leave it off our list. The City is known for its nightlife, independent businesses, and because of artists such as Banksy, street art. This April Bristol will be hosting a chocolate festival across the Easter Weekend. There is no better place to spend Easter, than where the world’s first Easter Egg was made.
Bristol isn’t the biggest city, so most attractions will be within walking distance if you stay somewhere central. We would recommend the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel as a great base for your weekend.
The Welsh capital of Cardiff is a great place to spend a weekend, the host city for this seasons Champions League Final has rich sporting heritage. With a wide variety of things to do, no matter what your interests are you will be catered for in Cardiff. Those of you who have always wanted to try their hand at water sports, should plan their trip around the 30th of April. The Cardiff International White Water centre will be hosting Paddlefest. A great chance for beginners to experience canoeing, kayaking and other water sports.
For great views of the city from a great location. We would suggest staying in the Clayton Hotel Cardiff, one of the newest luxury hotels in the city.
Frequently topping polls for the best city in the UK, Newcastle has a well earned reputation for being a welcoming city where a great night out is guaranteed. However, don’t expect just drunkenness and stag parties. The craft beer revolution has reached Newcastle, and not many places are doing it better. Travelling with children? Then make sure you check out the Brick History exhibition at the Life Science Centre. This exhibition will showcase some of the most important moments in history using Lego models, and will be open to the public throughout the month.
Stay in the Royal Station Hotel for a great city centre location within easy reach of Newcastle’s main public transport hub.
The biggest city in the United Kingdom will never leave you short of options for things to do. There are hundreds of attractions, events and sites to see spread across the entire city. It’s impossible to fit everything in over one weekend. On the 23rd of April the 37th running of the London Marathon will take place. The race itself is a great spectacle. With over 50,000 runners of all abilities attempting to complete the 26 mile course. You should be able to find a great vantage point almost anywhere along the route, as long as you avoid the traditionally busy areas. These are Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge and Pall Mall.
The public transport system in London is easily the best in the UK. This means as long as you stay within the boundaries of the tube stations, most attractions will be within easy reach. However, if you will be arriving in the capital by train, a hotel near Kings Cross and Euston will save you some hassle.
Manchester is known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. The people here are proud of their heritage but the city itself is modern, vibrant and has no shortage of experiences on offer for visitors. This attitude perfectly encapsulates the Crystal Maze exhibition currently in the city. Running throughout April at Granada Studios, this is your chance to take part in the cult 90s TV show. Early booking is advised as this will be a popular attraction, which has limited availability.
While Manchester has good public transport links, including the Metro tram system. This an another city where staying centrally means you can walk to most of the major tourist spots. Stay in the Roomzzz Manchester, and you will be located within easy reach of the cities two main train stations.
Liverpool is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for a weekend break. Consistently named in polls naming the best cities in the world to visit. Liverpool boasts the most museums and galleries of any city in the UK outside of London, a musical history which can’t be matched, and a famously hospitable population. Sport takes centre stage in the city in April, with the Merseyside Derby taking place on week before the Grand National. The world famous steeplechase takes place on the 8th. Use the unique horse race as a great excuse to plan a trip to the city.
There aren’t many hotels which offer a better view than The Hilton Liverpool City Centre. Not only that but the hotel is in a great location. With many of the cities top attractions, bars and restaurants within easy reach.
Looking cities for an April weekend break further afield? Then check out our top alternative holiday destinations for 2017.