Bring history alive in England, from the majestic Houses of Parliament in London, to prehistoric, mysterious Stonehenge. The sun shines on Brighton’s pebbly beach dotted with striped deckchairs, and limestone walls snake their way across Yorkshires verdant dales. Bath’s gracious Georgian terraces are a contrast to trendy canal-side flats in converted Manchester warehouses.
From Edinburgh's dramatic hilltop castle to the remote West Highland steam train, a holiday to Scotland is a trip through an untamed landscape and noble history. Picturesque fishing ports with pastel-hued houses and the Shetland Islands' heather-coated hills bring peace and tranquillity. Glasgow’s Georgian and Art Nouveau architecture keeps urbanites happy.
Famous for its spectacular scenery and rich heritage, Wales offers a medley of things to do - making it ideal for every type of break. Bursting with history, hear the tales of times past as you visit historic sites and castles – many of which can be enjoyed whilst exploring the spectacular scenery. Think of Wales, and no doubt you’ll visualise its expansive valleys and mountainous National Parks. However, this compact country is also home to glorious sandy beaches and a constantly evolving capital city.
Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s smallest region of 1.7 million people, is compact and universally welcoming, yet diverse. Rural tranquility combines with the vibrant friendliness of the cities – Belfast, the capital, and Derry-Londonderry – to create an intriguing British/Irish uniqueness and cultural richness. Taste and hear it in the cuisine (an ‘Ulster fry’ breakfast or a bowl of champ mash) served to a soundtrack of pipes and fiddles amid local craic (witty banter) in pubs and cafés across the land.
Enjoying more sunshine than any other corner of the British Isles, the Channel Islands can feel more like the Mediterranean than a distant relative of Britain. This, alongside a stunning natural landscape of secluded coves, magnificent cliff-top views and rolling country lanes provide the ideal setting for outdoor pursuits. The perfect remedy to Jersey’s thriving gourmet scene – where you’ll indulge in scallops in Bouley Bay and oysters in Grouville.
Visit the stunning ‘Emerald Isle’ and explore the lush green landscapes that earned Ireland its nickname. Rugged coastline and beautiful historic cities – including the captivating capital of Dublin – are all waiting to be discovered in glorious Ireland.
Making the most of just 48 hours in one of the world’s greatest cities is not easy. So, we asked founder of The Layover Life and British Airways cabin crew member, Jess Parr, to give us her top tips for a perfect weekend in London.
Wonderful London ventures outside in the warm summer months and takes advantage of its stunning outdoor spaces. Whether you’re looking for lazy park days, leafy outdoor theatres, balmy courtyard cinemas, or a spot of sport, London’s summer season should hit the spot.
London has layers of history, world-class museums and some of the most recognizable sights in the world, familiar from films and literature. It’s a huge city, but first-time visitors needn’t venture far from the centre, which is easy enough to get around. With a bit of careful planning, it’s possible to pack a lot in to make the most of 48 hours in the capital.
Fly into London Heathrow, Gatwick or City airports and get ready to explore England’s incredible capital. From the centuries-old Tower of London to the soaring Shard – take in a bewildering array of sights. See celebrated musicals in the glittering West End and shop at iconic stores or bohemian boutiques. Then take the short flight to Edinburgh and stroll around its hilly, cobbled streets crammed with historic landmarks. Stop for a ‘dram’ at a cosy pub and absorb the buzz at Fringe Festival time.
When you’ve exhausted the abundant attractions of London – from its iconic landmarks to the musicals Mecca that is the West End – let the legendary spirit of Dublin carry you away. Discover its remarkable literary legacy. Sample the famous Guinness in a lively traditional pub. Or gaze upon the awe-inspiring basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway along the Causeway Coastal Route. Then head to Belfast and trace the well known Titantic story to its source, wander among fragrant roses at the Botanic Gardens or tee off on a world-class golf course.
Hire a car in London and drive to the idyllic Cotswolds, through glorious countryside peppered with postcard-perfect villages. Continue to historic Stratford-upon-Avon – the birthplace of Shakespeare – where the River Avon meanders past timber-framed Elizabethan buildings. Gaze in awe at the breathtakingly beautiful Baroque architecture of Blenheim Palace, nestled amid lush Oxfordshire greenery. Then climb into a punt for a gentle cruise around the city of Oxford, where spire-topped towers huddle around the prestigious university.
London is world-renowned for its majestic monuments, famous shopping streets and buzzing theatre district. Catch a connecting flight to Manchester to discover this city’s thriving music scene. Or take in the sights while cruising leisurely along historic waterways. Hire a car and head to the Lake District, where the spectacular scenery will take your breath away. Continue to Liverpool and immerse yourself in culture at abundant museums and galleries. A must for fans of the Fab Four – take a stroll down to Albert Dock and visit the Beatles Story museum.
Fly to London and get ready to explore England’s captivating capital. Step aboard the EDF Energy London Eye for awe-inspiring vistas of the city’s iconic monuments. Shop at famous stores or sing along to a show in the glittering West End. Boasting its own West End, Glasgow is a hub of culture and a retail paradise. After a day of gallery browsing or shopping, relax over afternoon tea in the innovatively-styled Willow Tea Rooms – designed by famed Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.