Short breaks in England

The historic Roman Baths in Bath, now reopen following a new renovation for 2021.

Plan ahead for 2021. Enjoy long country walks through autumn meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Find ideas for a 2021 October half-term adventure with the kids 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.

The historic Roman Baths in Bath, now reopen following a new renovation for 2021.

Plan ahead for 2021. Enjoy long country walks through autumn meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Find ideas for a 2021 October half-term adventure with the kids 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.

Plan ahead for 2021. Enjoy long country walks through autumn meadows and shady woods and stay over in classic English pubs to sample real ales and tasty regional grub. Find ideas for a 2021 October half-term adventure with the kids 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 2021 short break ideas...

Autumn breaks 2021

Find gorgeous gardens, pumpkin patches, spectacular steam train journeys and much more for your autumn break

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 for you to tuck into.

A view of Brindley Place in Birmingham during the summer.

Accessible breaks and places to stay

Find a range of accessible accommodation and places to stay with our collection of guides, designed to help you plan and enjoy relaxing accessible destinations across the country.

Children dressed in Halloween clothes

Family-friendly events for Halloween 2021

Dust off the fancy dress box - the spookiest time of year is just around the corner and there's plenty of frights to be had.

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

Days Out in England

From relaxing beach days to action-packed theme parks, find day trips and days out near you and discover your next big adventure.

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

England's best beaches for wildlife spotting

Whether it's seal pups or bottlenose dolphins, grab your binoculars, head to your nearest beach and see if you can spot something truly exotic!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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