There are times when we all need to get away from the city, not to mention during the busy summer months in London. Whether you are looking for a quick nature getaway or simply want to escape into a new town for the weekend, we have got you covered. Below, we will go over the top 5 places to go when you just need a little bit of an escape from the city. There is no shame, we have all been there. So, without further ado, let’s go ahead and dive into these top picks of the summer:

 

1. Bristol

If you want to escape to the foodie capital of London, by all means, take the next train out to Bristol. Yes, Bristol is known to be the foodie capital, therefore, you can spend all weekend getting lost in Bristol’s large variety of restaurants. However, there are plenty of other activities that are worth mentioning while in this beautiful town.

You can always fix that caffeine craving by stopping by the beloved indie joint known as Small Street Coffee Shop. This little coffee shop can fulfill all of your caffeine needs, from espresso shots to flat whites, you name it, they can make it.

You can also spend the weekend hunting for vinyls. Bristol has some of the coolest record shops in town. To name a few: we have Specialist Subject Records, Friendly Records, and Idle Hands.

 

2. Manchester

Manchester is known for its rich musical history as well as for its world-renowned restaurants and art exhibitions. Manchester truly has it all, so where do we even begin? Whether you are out and exploring the weekend for just a weekend or plan to spend the summer in Manchester, there are plenty of things to do and see in this town. One of the most exciting things that come around every two years in the summer months would have to be the Manchester International Festival. This 18-day long festival includes world premieres by major artists from all over. This, however, is more of a seasonal find, and as previously mentioned, this festival only comes around every two years. Not to worry, though, as there is still plenty to do throughout Manchester, and these are things you can do all year round.

To name a few things that can be done all year long in Manchester: it is highly recommended that you go on a coffee crawl through the city. This is due to the fact that Manchester is known for its thriving coffee scene. Another exciting thing to do while in Manchester would be to visit Chinatown, also known to be Europe’s largest Chinatown. Here, you can enjoy delicious baked goods and explore different restaurants, bakeries, and supermarkets. Lastly, while in town, you absolutely must visit the Manchester Natural History Museum.

 

3. Oxford

Oxford is a beautiful city to escape to for the weekend. With its large variety of art galleries, parks, history, and more, you will never find yourself unamused while in this city. A great place to start while visiting Oxford would be the Museum of Oxford, of course. This museum is a great place to go and learn about the city’s rise to fame and fortune. Next on the list would have to be the massive variety of art galleries. To name a few of these art galleries: we have the Modern Art Oxford, which is known for its ever-changing exhibits, there is also the Arts at the Old Fire Station as well as the North Wall Arts Centre. Many people also enjoy the many walking tours Oxford has to offer. Last but not least on this list, you must visit the Covered Market. Be sure to plan ahead when doing so, as this market can get pretty jam-packed.

 

4. The Gower Peninsula

The Gower Peninsula is home to some of Britain’s best coastal scenery. With its charming and welcoming Welsh villages, local pubs, freshwater pools, sand dunes, and more, there is plenty to explore and keep you busy throughout this weekend getaway. The Gower Peninsula is also home to a diverse bird and plant life, which is always beautiful to see. This is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a more peaceful, welcoming two-day vacation. Here you can enjoy the beautiful and peaceful landscapes and award-winning beaches while enjoying a drink at a few of the nearby Welsh pubs.

 

5. The Peak District

The home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire Is located near the Peak District, which is known to have some of the purest mineral water in the world. The Peak District includes parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, West Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire. This beautiful national park was actually the first among Britain’s fifteen other national parks. Visitors love to come to the peak district to enjoy a scenic hike as well as nature watching, biking, and more. This breathtaking getaway spot is also perfect for anyone who is interested in photography or simply wants to get away to see a few historic houses. After a long day in the peak district, you can enjoy a nice cup of tea at one of the tearooms located in the area or dine at one of the country pubs in the area. A few nature highlights of the Peak District include red deer, birds of prey, mountain areas – the only UK population outside of the Scottish highlands, and water voles.

 

Of course, these are just a few suggestions when it comes to a Londoner’s guide to getaways. There are plenty more sights to see as well as new restaurants to try. On the other hand, you can always escape the city by visiting a few relatives. It is safe to travel now, so there is no excuse. If this is not something you fancy, then, by all means, distract yourself by getting lost throughout Bristol. After all, we have all been there and done that.

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