UK short break ideas

Come rain or shine, the UK is an amazing place to explore. Discover new and famous places on an exciting city break or escape the hustle and bustle and soak up the scenery of the UK’s beautiful countryside. Plus, there’s nothing quite like a getaway to the coast, breathing in that fresh sea air and enjoying walks along the beach.

There’re so many things to do in the UK, so whether it’s a last-minute weekend break or fun filled family holidays, we’ve got it all. No matter where your next adventure takes you, you can rest easy knowing you’ll get the same great-value rooms and friendly service at any of our 800+ hotels across the UK.

So, with all this and more right on your doorstep, why wait any longer to start planning your short break?

Check out our awesome UK guides for a little innspiration and start planning! 

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Christmas 2021 at Premier Inn

The Christmas season is just around the corner. If you can’t wait for the big day, get ready to explore the magical Christmas markets and see how we've ranked towns and cities to find the very best Christmas shopping experience in the UK.

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Local guides

UK towns and cities have so much to offer, you’ll struggle to fit everything in one trip! So to help you plan your getaway, we've used our expert local knowledge in towns and cities across the UK to provide you local insider guides. From London to Glasgow or from Bath to Newcastle, spending New Year in Edinburgh and the summer in Blackpool, our guides can help you plan what to do – (and find out what Premier Inn hotels are nearby too)... With new adventures waiting and old haunts to revisit, what will you do?

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Guide to Christmas Markets

You can’t help but get carried away! Here are some of our favourites, listed from the north of the UK to the south. Plus, thanks to our new hotels in Germany, there’s never been a better time to visit some top German Christmas markets.

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Ultimate Christmas shopping

We reveal once and for all, the best Christmas shopping experience in the entire country! To do this, we’ve taken into account factors such as how busy each place is, how many shops there are to explore, the size and rating of the Christmas market, traffic, parking and that all important chance of snow.

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Christmas Market tester

If sipping mulled wine and snacking on festive treats while wandering down the twinkly lights of some of Europe’s most iconic markets sounds like a dream job to you – then you might just be in luck.

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Hiking in the UK

From remote Highland retreats to mountain tops with endless panoramas, the UK is best explored on two feet (and a comfy pair of hiking boots).

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Beach breaks in the UK

There’s much to explore along our beautiful coasts - from the amusement-lined promenades and vibrant seafronts of family resorts to the tranquillity of fishing villages.

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Cycling in the UK

From the shadow of Ben Nevis to the shores of Loch Ness, the Yorkshire moors to Brighton - we’ve selected the top two-wheeled routes just for you.

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Guide to family breaks

Looking for ways to make the most of the school holidays and time with the family? Look no further! We’ve got great boredom-busting ideas for fun-packed family breaks to keep kids of all ages entertained, amused and even educated (but don’t tell them that!).

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Guide to football stadiums

Make a football match into an amazing short break with our guides to the best bars, pubs and places to eat near sporting venues such as Anfield and Goodison Park in Liverpool, St. James' ParkOld TraffordThe EtihadElland Road and Ibrox and Celtic Park in Glasgow.

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Guide to shopping breaks

If you need retail therapy, make a weekend of it and discover a new city at the same time. From vintage boutiques to designer villages, we’ve got the ideal shopping breaks. Birmingham BullringTrafford Centre? Or shopping in London. The choice is yours.

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The most relaxing locations in the UK

Sometimes you just need to switch off, get away for a couple of days and enjoy a good break. Which got us thinking, what is the most relaxing city in the UK to escape to? Enjoy a change of scene and reset with these top 10 most relaxing cities in Britain. Whether you discover a new place to unwind or you’re just craving wide open spaces, what will you do?

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Stargazing in the UK

The UK boasts some of the largest areas of dark sky in Europe which means there’s lots of twinkling stars just waiting to be seen. Head down to Exmoor National Park in Devon to see the Orion constellation shining above you or work your way up to Scotland’s Galloway Forest to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way – what will you do? Find the best seat in the house and watch the best show in the sky.

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The UK's hidden treasures

Since 2001, award-winning location scout and manager Tom Howard has been sourcing the most picturesque UK locations for film and television. He shares his top hidden treasure picks with us.

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Vantage points of interest

We’ve taken some of Great Britain’s most popular landmarks and detailed a selection of the very best places to go to photograph them.

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Hidden tourist capitals

Look beyond the bright lights of London and you soon realise how many hidden gems are competing – and winning – when it comes to culture, nightlife, entertainment and shopping. They may not share the same reputation or size as the capital, but these towns and cities are quietly laying a claim to the best tourist destinations in the nation. They are the UK’s hidden tourist capitals.

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Insta landmarks in the UK

The United Kingdom has always been filled with landmarks, from the likes of Stonehenge, to London’s Tower Bridge. However, a whole host of alternative landmarks are popping up thanks to the enduring popularity of Instagram. With this in mind, we’ve scoured the country for these places and ranked them using the number of photos shared of each one.

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Romantic breaks in the UK

Make time for each other with a romantic weekend break in great locations right across the UK. Whether you’re foodies, thrill-seekers, socialites or adventurers, we’ve got the perfect break away for you and your loved one.

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The UK's favourite animals

The beautiful thing about the UK’s wildlife is that it’s all around us. You can visit one of over 200 National Nature Reserves, not to mention nearly 50 zoos and several safari parks right here in the UK. There’s really no excuse for not enjoying a date with nature now and then. To help you plan your next trip, we’ve gathered the best locations to see some of the nation’s favourite species right on your doorstep.

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Free days out in the UK

You don’t have to spend a single pound to enjoy fantastic attractions in the UK – you can find adventure, fun trips for the family and explore the UK’s rich history without breaking the bank. Great memories can be free when you take a day out in the UK.

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Great days out in the UK

There are so many fun days out to be had in the UK, it really comes down to what you enjoy the most. Whether you’re looking for classic trips through British culture, intense high-speed rollercoaster rides or activities for the kids, there’s something for everyone.

 

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The UK's most artistic cities

For many people, taking in local art and culture is one of the most exciting parts of exploring a new place. Luckily for those visiting the UK, our cities and towns are bursting with cultural hot spots – from world-leading galleries to tiny venues that host the hottest gigs.

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The British memory map

How well can we map our home country or locate our hometown? Is our mind’s eye akin to satellite navigation or a geographical Etch-A-Sketch? To find out, we surveyed 1,007 British people and asked them to draw a map of the British Isles, locate major UK cities and their hometown, and draw England’s most contentious boundary – the north-south divide.

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Premier Inn guides

Guide to UK Arenas

Whether you’re in town for a music concert, a comedy gig, or an exciting show that the whole family can enjoy, you’ll find a Premier Inn hotel close by so there’s no need to worry about catching the last train or beating the traffic. Simply settle in, enjoy those encores and get the most out of your trip.

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Emoji location guide

We've created the ultimate emoji location guide by pinpointing the top emojis for each city across emotion, food, sport, drink and gestures. This gives you an insight into cities around the UK. For example, who knew Cardiff is the destination for rugby, beer and a laid-back vibe.

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Local guide to Germany

With picture-perfect scenery and top cultural attractions across the country, Germany should be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Europe. Whether you’re visiting historic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate or Munich’s Marienplatz, exploring scenic spots like the Englischer Garten and the Speicherstadt district, or enjoying action-packed days out at top attractions like the Olympiapark München, there’s so much for couples and families alike to discover.

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