Bank Holiday Bonanza | Top UK Cities for May Bank Holiday

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There’s no denying that this time of year is pretty great when it comes to long weekends and lazy Monday mornings, but deciding where to take a short break during bank holiday can be a bit of a dilemma. You need to make the most of these precious extra days off work, you don’t want to travel too far but far enough to feel like you’ve been away, and it needs to be decent value. With so many popular cities to choose from in the UK, it’s hard to know where to start. So, we’re here to help! Here are our Top 5 UK cities for bank holiday weekend and why they’re worth visiting.

The medieval architecture of Chester


For a laidback break with plenty of history and culture to keep you occupied, there are few places better than Chester. Get lost in the romance of the city’s medieval past by exploring the traditional buildings and discovering what life was like hundreds of years ago. Chester takes on York and Bath for the crown of the most culturally stunning city in England, being the perfect market town with an abundance of magical trips and tours. If you’re bringing the family with you then make sure you check out Chester Zoo, with more than 7000 animals!


It’s no secret that Britain offers some of the most fabulous beaches to be found in Europe, and Bournemouth is no exception. This vibrant seaside town is great for a brisk walk along the promenade after indulging in some traditional fish and chips. The Dorset countryside and Jurassic Coast make it one of the most photogenic spots in the UK, so make sure you remember your camera!

Bournemouth beach huts


If you fancy a weekend full of shopping, eating out and taking in a cosmopolitan city, then Leeds is for you. It’s always been a haven for shopaholics up north, but thanks to the introduction of the huge new Trinity complex in the city centre, the city’s drawing shoppers from far and wide. An abundance of bars, eateries and swanky new hangouts await you and all just moments from the central station – so what are you waiting for, get yourself on a short break in Leeds!


A personal new favourite of mine is Liverpool. As 2008’s European City of Culture, the area saw a complete overhaul and is now one of the most beautifully urban cities in the British Isles. The best thing about Liverpool…its nightlife! It’s often described as offering a different night out for each day of the week. Whatever your taste in music or favourite drink, Liverpool has got it covered. There are loads of great hotels within walking distance of Albert Dock and the main shopping centres, so there’s plenty to keep you busy when you’re working off the hangover the next day.

Edinburgh Castle for the Twin Room
Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh makes most people’s bucket lists of UK cities to visit, and there are plenty of reasons why. Its stunning surroundings, impressive historical landmarks, wealth of fine dining, great sightseeing trips and of course, the bar scene. So whether it’s a trip with the kids, a romantic weekend away or a group outing, you’ll be sure to have an amazing time in the Scottish capital. Make sure you take the time to visit Edinburgh Zoo – it’s the best one I’ve ever been too!

So that’s our top 5 cities for a bank holiday break, do you agree or would you like to see some other locations make the list? Let us know by leaving a comment below! 

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