3 Best UK Weekend Break Spots

Weekend breaks with Hilden LodgeWho doesn’t love a weekend break? Whether it is spontaneous or pre-planned we all enjoy
getting away from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives; de-stress after a hard week at work; or just visit some of the new, amazing places that we have right here in the UK.

The number of places that you could visit for a weekend break is far from exhaustive, but we thought we would pick out our 3 UK favourites. Whether you want to enjoy some shopping, soak up some culture, relax in a spa, or explore some beautiful countryside, we have found it all for you.

Cheltenham – Home of Hilden Lodge

If you want to find an ideal combination of a cosmopolitan city centre location, with access to beautiful countryside, then you can’t go wrong with Cheltenham. This historic city is the cultural centre for the Cotswolds, whether you come to visit the historic town, attend one of the famous Cheltenham Festivals or explore the beautiful Cotswolds, Cheltenham is ideally situated to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Originally designed as a pleasure health resort in the 18th Century, this amazing city really has the most exceptional range of accommodation, which of course includes our very own Hilden Lodge Bed and Breakfast.

Just a short distance from some of the most amazing country towns and villages, you can take in some of the amazing walks, rivers, country houses, local pubs that the Cotswolds has to offer, before heading back into the city to enjoy a vast array of restaurants and entertainment that Cheltenham has to offer.

As mentioned one of the top attractions to Cheltenham is its many festivals that are held throughout the year:

  • Times Cheltenham Literature Festival – If you, like many of us, love to settle down with a good book, this is one of the biggest and best literature events in the UK
  • Cheltenham Music Festival – Anything from jazz, electronica, film and family the Cheltenham Music Festival has genres that will suit pretty much everyone.
  • Cheltenham Jazz Festival – This annual music event, draws hundreds of jazz fans from all over the UK, a truly amazing and colourful event.
  • Cheltenham Racecourse – One of the country’s most famous racecourses, hosting the Gold Cup, The Festival and many other prestigious races and events.


Brighton is a treasure trove when it comes to things to do. Famous for its Pier, this attraction sums up everything great about a British seaside holiday; arcades, candy floss and rides.

It’s not all about Brighton Pier though, the city has been described as vibrant, colourful and creative with must see attractions including the Royal Pavilion, Regency Town House and the Artist’s Quarter.

If the pebbly beach, amazing architecture and culture are not enough; located at the edge of the Sussex Downs, you can head into the beautiful countryside, where you will find parks, country houses, castles and much more.

Here are some things to do in Brighton:

  • Take a bus up to Devil’s Dyke, part of the South Downs National Park. The Dyke itself is a steep gulf made from chalk during the Ice Age.
  • Visit Brighton’s flea market to browse antiques, furniture and a whole host of other collectables.
  • Have a look at what is on at Brighton Dome, this iconic building always has plenty to offer from dance shows and gigs, to plays, workshops and conferences.


Last but not least on our list of top weekend break destinations in the UK is York, this historic city is packed full of attractions and things to do. If you are looking for a similar vibe to Cheltenham, then York is a great alternative, but if you are based down south, like us, then the drive up to York might not look quite as favourable as the one to Cheltenham.

If you do choose to head to York for a short break, then at the top of your list of must see attractions should include:

  • York Minster is one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world, and also one of the tallest. If you are feeling fit, take the steps to the top to be rewarded with magnificent views across the city and the countryside beyond.
  • The National Railway Museum, where you can learn all about steam locomotives and also step onto a real Japanese bullet train.
  • York is steeped in Tudor history, why not step back in time and visit The Shambles, where 14th Century Tudor buildings are perfectly preserved. An array of little shops selling handmade items are hidden amongst them.

Where Will You Be Off to On Your Next Trip?

So whether you will be heading down to the beach, soaking up some culture and history, enjoying fine food or just a well-earned rest, we hope you will enjoy your next weekend away.

If you are heading to Cheltenham or the Cotswolds on your next weekend away, and are looking for somewhere to stay call us today on 01242 583242 to make a booking, or book a room now on our website.