Short breaks in England

Large flock of birds at sunset near Palace Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Strike out on long country walks through summer meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Plan an adventure with the kids in a canvas cottage or whisk your loved one away on a romantic city break. Discover a different side to an English seaside resort or eat your way around a foodie city; we have hundreds of ideas for short breaks in England.

Large flock of birds at sunset near Palace Pier, Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Strike out on long country walks through summer meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Plan an adventure with the kids in a canvas cottage or whisk your loved one away on a romantic city break. Discover a different side to an English seaside resort or eat your way around a foodie city; we have hundreds of ideas for short breaks in England.

Strike out on long country walks through summer meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Plan an adventure with the kids in a canvas cottage or whisk your loved one away on a romantic city break. Discover a different side to an English seaside resort or eat your way around a foodie city; we have hundreds of ideas for short breaks in England.

Choose from hundreds of short break ideas...

A family walking down a path towards Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.

Days Out in England

It's time to enjoy your England again. Find day trips and days out near you with our handy guide and discover your next big adventure. From relaxing coast walks to action-packed theme parks, there's a day out for everybody to enjoy.

Couple in the swimming pool, Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

Romantic breaks and getaways

Take time for just the two of you on a romantic break to some of England’s most loved-up locations. From spa breaks to stargazing, there’s an amazing range of romantic places to go for dates, escapes, and even proposals.

Peppa Pig and family visiting a botanical garden.

Family breaks with Peppa Pig

Discover your next big family adventure with Peppa Pig and her family. From iconic seaside resorts to magical forests, England is packed with family-friendly things to do - start making new memories with your little ones today.

A couple driving down the Cornish Coast in a retro red Jaguar.

England's most scenic road trips

There's nothing quite like a road trip, and they're a perfect excuse for a short break! Take a trip along one of these scenic routes and rediscover the joys of driving - book a hotel at either end and turn it into the ultimate long weekend!

Aerial view of Bamburgh Castle on the coast of Northumberland, England.

Coastal and seaside breaks

Grab a bucket and spade and head down to the seaside for one of the country’s favourite breaks. Rockpooling, sandcastles, piers, and boat trips all await you along the English coast. Pick your favourite beach and settle in for a relaxing, traditional coastal holiday by the sea.

A group of puffins on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, north England.

England's best beaches for wildlife spotting

From seal pups to bottlenose dolphins, there's a wide variety of wildlife to see from beaches up and down England. Grab your binoculars and head to your nearest beach and see if you can spot something truly exotic!

Sunrise on Catbells Mountain, The Lake District, Cumbria, England. Hiker walking along a path on the mountain ridge.

Activity breaks and holidays

Shake things up on your next break with some of the amazing activities waiting for you in England. Conquer mountains and hills on foot, bike, or even Segway. Swing through gnarled forests that have stood for centuries, or take to the water for boating and surfing.

People having a drink at The Rooftop St. James, Trafalgar St. James Hotel, Trafalgar Square, London, with Nelson's Column in the background.

City breaks and holidays

Head into the bustling warren of a city in England and immerse yourself in the people, culture, and history. From local food and arts, to nightlife and science centres, there are a wealth of activities to indulge in to get a true taste of city life on a short city break.

People walking in Greenwich Park, London, England in spring.

Seasonal breaks

There are so many ways to enjoy England come rain or shine, from romantic boat trips along scenic rivers in spring; summer holidays soaking up the sun by the coast, sampling delicious autumnal delights at a food festival or enjoying cosy winter breaks.

17 secret gardens to visit

Explore hidden worlds of colour with these secret gardens, found up and down the country. Ideal to plan a short break around, each garden offers a completely unique experience with thousands of colourful plants to discover.

Blond woman wearing hat and jeans walking on bridge across river in Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

Countryside breaks

With its ancient forests, rising mountains and powerful rivers, England makes for amazing rural breaks. Providing a range of activities and a selection of views you simply wouldn’t find anywhere else, the English countryside is a sure path to a fantastic country break.

A woman walking along the England Coast Path in Cornwall, south west England.

Discover the England Coast Path

Set to open in its entirety in 2021, the England Coast Path will be the first route that covers the country's entire coastline. With routes suitable for everyone from families to hardened hikers, your next coastal short break is a lot closer than you think.

A view across Birmingham's historic waterways, central England.

Explore England's hidden gems

England is packed with quirky alternatives and hidden gems. From Margate's cool arty culture to Birmingham's historic waterways and Haworth's literary legacy, a short break at any of these destinations is bound to be an exciting one.

Weekend breaks

Whether you’re up for a camping trip, a city break or just want to escape to the country, we have loads of ideas for making the most of a weekend break in England, including great places to stay. Get planning your next getaway.

An aerial view of Monsal Head in Derbyshire, England.

Green spaces with stunning views

Enjoy stunning views and unforgettable vistas at these green spaces across the country. From the shimmering waters of the Lake District to the rolling hills of Derbyshire, these picture-perfect countryside spots need to be seen to be believed.

High angle close up of person eating freshly baked pizza at Purezza Vegan Restaurant, Brighton, East Sussex

Foodie breaks and holidays

For the foodies among us there are a host of delicious foodie breaks available up and down the country. An eclectic mix of cultures, tastes, and skills come together to form a country of amazing dining, so pick a destination and make sure you arrive hungry.

Historic timber-frame buildings line a street in Chester, north England.

4 Roman road trips in England

These ancient routes were first constructed by the Romans in an effort to make England easier to traverse. Happily, their efforts were not in vein; take one of these road trips and you'll literally be following the footsteps of history.

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