When thinking of getting the girls together for a weekend away, you may be thinking something along the lines of the Amalfi Coast, the south of France, or somewhere in Spain. But there are many exciting places in the UK from countryside escapes to city breaks to seaside resorts, there’s something to suit all your needs. Plus, you don’t need a passport or to wade through airport security. Here are eight perfect UK destinations for a girls’ weekend.
Even if you live in London – especially if you live in London – there’s very little chance that you’ll explore all that the UK’s capital has to offer. London has a mix of eateries from boasting the most Michelin-starred restaurants in Britain to grabbing a burger at Shake Shack, there’s something to suit everyone’s budget. Plus, there are swanky cocktail bars, rooftop bars, and unique experiences to be had all over the city. For shopping, you can splurge on Oxford street or hit up retro and vintage shops on Brick Lane.
If you’re feeling more cultured or adventurous, you can go to a museum, or gallery, or take a walking (or bus) tour. There are easy transport links too, which is always a bonus.
Known for: sightseeing, shopping, bars, restaurants, bottomless brunches, history
Pop your hair in rollers and don the sparkle! Liverpool is one of the great places for a girls’ weekend. You can visit the Royal Albert Dock for a cultural hotspot or some food and drinks. During the day, you can revisit the Beatles’ beginnings. At night, you can head to Concert Square or the Baltic Triangle.
In Liverpool, unlike in London, the bars and restaurants aren’t booked up for months so you can walk around and decide what to do on the spot.
Known for: Hip nightlife, food, shopping, the Beatles
If you want a stylish weekend away, look no further than Chester. This small city is quaint with multiple shops, spas, and restaurants – perfect for unwinding in a place that’s smaller than your usual big city.
You can visit Roman walls, a medieval amphitheatre, Elizabethan timber-framed palaces, and cutting-edge architecture, all in one city. You can see the iconic Chester Cathedral, Chester Racecourse, and Chester Zoo. For a luxury spa, there’s the Carden Park Spa.
Known for: WAGs, restaurants, relaxation, shopping, spas
Bath has Roman ruins, tea rooms, the Thermae Bath Spa, museums, and filming locations for Jane Austen adaptations and Bridgerton. You can feel like you’re living in the pages of a Regency-era novel while you visit Bath Abbey and the iconic Pulteney Bridge. Jane Austen fans will want to see the Jane Austen Centre.
There’s so much to do but much of it is doable in a weekend.
Known for: Jane Austen, the famous Royal Crescent (where scenes from Bridgerton were filmed), exploring, culture, relaxation
#5 The Cotswolds
One of England’s most beautiful regions with quaint villages and market towns provides a low-key girls’ getaway with picturesque landscapes (perfect for those Insta snaps). Explore small towns and then delight in an afternoon tea to ward off fatigue.
The Cotswolds is known for being a foodie place with multiple farmer’s markets or you can have a spa day. Some of the more popular towns to explore include Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Cheltenham, and Bibury.
Known for: Chocolate box cottages, rolling green hills, stone walls, woodland, charming towns and villages
If you’ve ever seen the film About Time and seen Porthpean House high on a cliff, you’ll know the beauty of Cornwall. You can visit Cornwall for an English seaside weekend getaway. There are many gorgeous Cornish beaches with breathtaking landscapes, dramatic coastlines, rugged cliffs, lush countryside, and blue water – all with a mild climate.
Popular places to visit include St Ives, Falmouth, and Land’s End, all with picturesque harbours. There’s so much to do that you might want to create an itinerary before you go!
Known for: beautiful beaches, cocktails, watersports
Edinburgh is simply a stunning city, especially when you see Edinburgh Castle lit up at night. There’s so much to do that it can’t be compiled into a short list but The Grassmarket is a good place for an evening out. The Royal Mile is perfect for the day, at the heart of the Old Town. Edinburgh boasts cobbled alleys dating back to the Middle Ages.
You can even spend hours exploring Holyrood Park, visiting museums, going on bus and walking tours, visiting attractions like Dynamic Earth or Edinburgh gin or exploring the city’s affinity to Harry Potter. There’s endless food and fun to be had!
Perfect for: Harry Potter, history, pubs, restaurants
For vibrant nightlife, cultural exploration, and plenty of culinary delights, Cardiff is your place. The Wales Millennium Centre allows you to immerse yourself in culture with artistic activity and performances.
Plus, there’s Cardiff Castle, museums, galleries, and parks. Cardiff Bay has pubs, clubs, and dining.
Known for: culture, partying, activities
When you go with the girls on a getaway, where do you like to go? Do you set your sights on destinations abroad or do you prefer to explore the beautiful sights we have in our very own UK? Did we miss something off the list that you’d have included? Let us know on Tria Beauty UK’s Facebook or Instagram where you’re heading off this year on your weekend getaways.