The UK's best city breaks The UK's best city breaks
The UK's best city breaks

Great city breaks in the UK (that aren't London) - in pictures

From roman baths, Michelin starred restaurants, inspiring museums to brilliant shopping arcades - whatever you seek in a city break, there's a U.K. hotspot that can provide it for you

Curious about the country you live in? Short on time? Keen to travel more sustainably and avoid unnecessary flights? There's many reasons to take a city break in the UK. And, fortunately, there's a plethora of interesting places here to explore.

It can be easy to overlook the rich history, cultural variety, sumptuous food scene and architectural grandeur that the U.K. has to offer, dismissing the notion of taking a holiday relatively nearby as something you can always get up to in the future. Reader, it's a great time to take a city break here. Cheaper, easier, and without any of the attendant stress of negotiating a different language.

The NationalWorld team is made up of journalists who live and work across the breadth of the U.K., so we've collaborated on a list of our favourite nearby holiday spots.

Some plumped for locales that were great for theatre, culture, museums - others for towns that offer the award-winning cuisine. Others yet opted for cities by the beach, for added surf-side fun, while some predicated their picks on where to find fabulous tipples.

There's so much to see and experience in the U.K.- from the towering spires of Oxford, the buzzing music scene of Manchester, to the historic majesty of Bath. So jump a train or hop in your car, take your family, your best friend, your lover or just yourself and a desire for fun - here are the best city breaks in the U.K. (without falling back on good ol' London).

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