UK city break recommendations?

broona

Moderator
We're booked to go to Turkey for 10 days at the end of September, but ever the pessimist, I'm looking at an alternative nice weekend away in the UK instead should that air bridge collapse...

I've been looking at Edinburgh, York, Bath, etc, preferably a 4* minimum hotel as it's for a special birthday, has anyone got a location and a hotel they could recommend please?

And then if we do go abroad, I've got some ideas for a break next year too, win, win! 👍
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
For Edinburgh I can recommend the Balmoral hotel, its 5 star and centrally located. Not sure how services/availability is impacted by the pandemic though and I would also note that the Scottish Government doesn't pull its punches when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions so things could be locked down at short notice.
 

BT Bob

Distinguished Member
Thought about coming to Cardiff?
The St. David's Hotel in Cardiff Bay is 5* and excellent. Loads of bars & restaurants around there, and you're about a 20-minute walk, or 5 minutes drive or Uber/Ola into the City centre - even more bars/restaurants, shopping, castle, open-top bus tour.
You're about an hour's drive to the Brecon Beacons or to the Glamorgan coastline or even a little further to the Gower peninsula - stunning.
In the city centre itself, there's the Park Plaza, Hilton or Angel (both 4*) - the Park Plaza & Hilton are newer than the Angel, but the Angel is less corporate and more "charming".
 

broona

Moderator
Thanks for the replies, some lovely looking places, especially The Witchery, wow!

I think Edinburgh looks to be my best bet, Cardiff would be amazing, but it's about a 6hr drive, and I'll check out The Grand too. 😁
 

FishDUDE

Well-known Member
Thanks for the replies, some lovely looking places, especially The Witchery, wow!

I think Edinburgh looks to be my best bet, Cardiff would be amazing, but it's about a 6hr drive, and I'll check out The Grand too. 😁
The Witchery people also own the prestonfield but I've not stayed so not sure what it's like bu the Witchery is a special place, never eaten there but i've heard the secret garden is good.
 

broona

Moderator
The Witchery people also own the prestonfield but I've not stayed so not sure what it's like bu the Witchery is a special place, never eaten there but i've heard the secret garden is good.

Not available on the dates we want to stay, sort of relieved as it's 1200 quid for 2 nights, lol! 😍

Can't really book anything yet either, just in case Turkey goes ahead, but at least I've got some lovely looking options.
 

hyperfish

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the replies, some lovely looking places, especially The Witchery, wow!

I think Edinburgh looks to be my best bet, Cardiff would be amazing, but it's about a 6hr drive, and I'll check out The Grand too. 😁
We stayed here to visit Edinburgh. Lovely place if you don't mind a short commute.

 

broona

Moderator
Having a look through, a lot of hotels offer a reserve now, pay later option, and free cancellation, suppose it wouldn't do any harm to book a risk free couple of nights? 😉
 

Dony

Distinguished Member
Belfast? Boat from Cairnryan and you've arrived.

I've just stayed in the Titanic Hotel and would recommend it. Great bar area and food. You've then got the awarding winning Titanic Experience right outside.
This was the view from my window.

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The bar area is the original shipyard drawing room.
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broona

Moderator

hyperfish

Distinguished Member
We stayed here to visit Edinburgh. Lovely place if you don't mind a short commute.

Should have mentioned that our commute was by train from Wallyford station. I was pleased that I didn't attempt to drive into the city TBH.
 

domtheone

Distinguished Member
Skeg-vegas, if you are 4*+ there you can really lord it over the locals

I’d be surprised if there was actually a 4* hotel around Skeggy.:eek:

Can’t see there being much of a demand for one tbh.:D
 

broona

Moderator
I've provisionally booked The Balmoral in Edinburgh for a couple of nights, £450'ish pay on the day with free cancellation, can't complain. 😁

Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely be trying out some of the other recommendations next year too.
 

mcbainne

Distinguished Member
Appears to be closed until the end of October unfortunately. 😪

Aw sorry never realised. If you're ever back up and looking for a relaxing break you won't do better than Gleneagles, my fav hotel anywhere in the world
 

broona

Moderator
Why not try Jersey, lovely place, just back from 4 days there.

So far, we're still heading for Turkey in 10 days, or Edinburgh in 14 days, hadn't thought of Jersey though, another one to look at for next year.
 

JimmyMac

Distinguished Member
Food for thought for another time

The manor house at castle combe, easily my favourite hotel in the country, not cheap but stayed a few times and going back in novemeber for our anniversary. The rooms are all different with the cottages having some amazing setups. All based in the gorgeous little village of castle combe and only about a 20 min drive to bath
 

phatbear

Active Member
Another shout out for Belfast, post shutdown obviously.

Been here for two months working, staying at the hilton which i recommend for its location, colleagues stayed at the ac marriot and rated it highly too.

If youre a game of thrones fan hire a cheap car from sixt and head up to the coast and which is stunning, inc giants causeway, and you will get to visit loads of locations where they filmed game of thrones.

Lots of amazing street art to see and theres a really vibrant food scene, well there was pre lockdown.

Also you could mix it with a visit to dublin which is only a couple of hours on the train
 

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