Country Vs. City: The UK Short Break Debate

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So, you’ve decided you need a short break…let the exciting planning begin!

With literally a ‘world’ of choices out there, you can easily put together the perfect short break to suit your preferences, and of course, we’re always here to help.

Our Vikki is a big advocate of the country break! She loves nothing more than sticking on the wellies for a woodland stroll and cosying up with some hearty pub grub. Me? I love the city. I can’t get enough of the vibrant atmosphere you find in cities, and with plenty of sightseeing and shopping on offer, you’ll never be stuck for something to do!

Needless to say, Vikki and I have been battling out the Country Break vs. City Break dispute all day and there’s no winner in sight…yet. As always, we like to do battle ‘professionally’, which prompted us to put together this post. Picking out some of our best short break deals on offer at the moment, we’re putting it to you guys to end the debate. (No pressure.)

City Break: The wonderful rooms, facilities and sights to see when staying at the Holiday Inn Kings Cross/Bloomsbury Hotel in London

City Breaks

Where: 4* Holiday Inn Kings Cross/Bloomsbury, London
Price: From £75pp per 2 night stay.
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Dinner on the 1st night included.

With its super convenient location and inclusive dinner deal offer, this city break to London has value and ease written all over it. With stress-free routes to The British Museum, Covent Garden and Oxford Street, you can really cram in the all-important London sightseeing. Back at the hotel, relaxation is on the cards with a delicious dinner followed by a quick dip in the pool at the wonderful Ozone Health & Fitness Centre.

What you had to say:
“An amazing weekend in London, including the journey on the train. The hotel was situated in a lovely location for King’s Cross Station and Underground. The room, facilities and food was excellent and the staff were very helpful and friendly.”


Where: 4* Holiday Inn, Edinburgh
Price: From £115pp per 2 night stay.
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Dinner on the 1st night included.

Fancy staying in a hotel next to a zoo? Well, now’s your chance. Located just a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh Zoo, waking up to the sound of roaring lions can become a reality – amazing! Animal madness aside, exploring the Scottish capital and the famous attractions on offer is just a simple bus ride away. After a busy day sightseeing you can head to the hotel’s very own sauna, spa pool and beauty rooms for a relaxing treat or, finish the day off with a delectable inclusive dinner!

What you had to say:
“I just had an amazing time in Edinburgh, thanks Superbreak, I just loved every second of my break!”


Where: 4* Arora Hotel, Manchester
Price: From £124.74pp per 2 night stay.
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Dinner on the 1st night included.

Stay at this fabulous 4* grade II listed hotel in the vibrant centre of Manchester for a luxury UK city break. Close to Old Trafford for sport lovers, and near to Manchester Art Gallery for culture enthusiasts, the location caters for everyone’s needs…including shopping. With a bar and grill restaurant and swanky cocktail bar onsite, this stylish and vibrant hotel has everything you need for a lovely short break up North.

What you had to say:
“Excellent hotel, central. Staff very friendly and helpful. Lots of shopping in superb town centre shops.”

Country Break: Enjoying picturesque views & relaxing in the spa…all part of the short break experience at Low Wood Bay in the Lake District 

Country Breaks

Where: 4* Shrigley Hall Hotel Country Club, Peak District
Price: From £37.50pp
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Afternoon Tea on arrival and on each afternoon of their stay.

Sat out in the beautiful Peak District countryside, this is one hotel offering seriously amazing views! When you’re not blissfully daydreaming out the window of your room, this revamped 19th century country mansion offers all the luxury and relaxation you’d expect on a country break. Enjoy your inclusive afternoon tea treat, play a round of golf, go for little wander or, unwind in the hotel’s unique Chapel converted spa and leisure club…perfection in the country.

What you had to say:
“Great relaxing break, friendly staff. Weather not great but plenty to do both at hotel and in locality. Stunning landscapes and good value for money. Highly recommended.”


Where: 4* Low Wood Bay, Lake District
Price: From £129pp per 2 night stay.
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Dinner on the 1st night included

Idyllically situated on the banks of stunning Lake Windermere, Low Wood Bay is the perfect place for a tranquil escape with awe-inspiring views. Make use of those trusty walking boots by exploring the nearby villages at Windermere, Ambleside and Kendal, or go rural up the mountains for breath-taking sights across the Lake District. After discovering the local area, you can relax and revive in the hotel’s leisure facility or, wine and dine in the stylish onsite restaurant.

What you had to say:
“Had a fantastic weekend. Good food, clean room, friendly staff and fantastic facilities. Would definitely go back to this hotel.”


Where: 3* Burley Manor Hotel, New Forest
Price: From £79pp per 2 night stay.
THE DEAL: Bed & Breakfast PLUS Dinner on the 1st night included

Set in the heart of New Forest National Park, Burley Manor Hotel is surrounded by a staggering 90,000 acres just waiting to be explored. You can even take a trip to the hotel’s stables to meet the animal residents, and if you’re feeling confident organise a horse ride through the beautiful parkland. To finish off your wonderful day out in the country, you can get cosy next to the roaring open fire and enjoy tasty traditional dishes at the hotel restaurant.

What you had to say:
“We enjoyed looking around the village shops, the village craft fayre, Furzey Gardens, Ringwood Brewery and, viewing the deers from our hotel room and discovering some of the local pubs.”


Now it’s time for your say…which do you prefer, a country break or city break? Come on Superbreakers, don’t be shy! Get in touch with us using the comments box below.

*All prices were correct at the time of publishing. All Reviews can be found on our website plus many more. 


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