Spring 2019 UK city breaks
It’s going to be blooming marvellous
Can you believe it is nearly Easter? Neither can we. Slowly but surely the dreary British winter is bidding us farewell and we can finally start to look forward to longer days and (slightly) less rain. So, it’s definitely time to put away those woolly jumpers and scarfs (maybe keep one or two around though, this is the UK after all) and start planning for the season ahead.
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At this time of year, when you step out at Edinburgh Waverley Station, you’ll see Princes Street Gardens in full bloom. Unlike in summer, there are less tourists at spring time, so you can enjoy the city at a calmer pace.
Take the kids to the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April for fun and educational shows, events and displays. Or, celebrate Scotland's 'water of life' with World Whisky Day on 18th May 2019.
Spring is a lovely time to be in London - there's just so much going on. Kick start your trip with a brew at the London Coffee Festival on 28th-31st March before having a cheap day out at one of London's museums.
It may not be full-on sunbathing weather, but the milder temps are ideal for exploring London’s parks. Hyde Park and Regents Park are popular with tourists, so if you're after something less commercial, head south to the likes of Battersea Park or Clapham Common.
Mobile Tickets are available to London on Great Western Railway, East & West Coast Mainline, Virgin Trains and Greater Anglia routes.
Bath is one of England’s prettiest cities, so it’s no wonder it is one of our favourite destinations. This normally reserved city comes alive in spring, with a variety of big calendar events.
Things really kick off at Party in the City, a free event sees the city come alive with over 2,000 performers at 30+ venues. This year it'll happen on Friday 17th May 2019, quickly followed by the Bath Festival – a week that celebrates words, music and literature. All this, and then you might find some time to see the Roman bathhouses or do a spot of shopping in some of the city's independent shops.
Mobile Tickets are available to Bath on Great Western Railway routes.
City breaks don’t come more relaxed than a trip to York. Thanks to its almost car-free city centre, strolling through its winding streets is as peaceful as it gets. Visit before the peak summer months, and even this medieval city’s big attractions are fairly tourist-free.
History buffs can immerse themselves in the past as they follow the city walls towards the magnificent gothic cathedral of York Minister.
Mobile Tickets are available to York on First TransPennine Express and CrossCountry train routes.
Newcastle's no stranger to partying and shopping, making it a top weekend break location. This city is definitely the place to let your hair down for a few days, with a huge variety of bars, cheap-eat restaurants and craft beer establishments that seem to constantly be popping up across the city. For a more cultural break, visit the Great North Museum to see a variety of exhibitions, including a virtual Hadrian’s Wall (the real one isn’t too hard to get to from Newcastle either!) or see contemporary art at BALTIC free of charge.
Mobile Tickets are available to Newcastle on First TransPennine Express and Virgin Trains routes.