Short breaks

Make the most of your free time with a weekend getaway in the UK. Whether you’re thinking of a last-minute break to the city, spotting wildlife in the countryside or a lovely lazy break at the beach, you’ll find a Premier Inn hotel close by all the best places to spend a weekend in the UK.

 

Below you can find our guides for brilliant free trips for the whole family, top cycling trails, shopping breaks and other hidden treasures throughout the country – get the most out of your weekend with Premier Inn.

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Insta landmarks

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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Insta landmarks

Local guides

UK towns and cities have so much to offer, you’ll struggle to fit everything in! So to help out, we've used our expert local knowledge in towns and cities across the length and breadth of the country to provide local guides. We travel from London to Glasgow and from Bath to Newcastle, spending New Year in Edinburgh and the summer in Blackpool so our guides can help you decide what to do and where to stay.

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Local guides

Guides: hiking in the UK

From remote Highland retreats to mountain tops with endless panoramas, coastal treks navigating sub-tropical gardens and fossil-lined beaches to family-friendly hikes that epitomise the magic of the Lake District, the UK is best explored on two feet (and a comfy pair of hiking boots).

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Guides: hiking in the UK

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 Bullring? intu Trafford Centre? Or shopping in London. The choice is yours.

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Shopping breaks

Romantic breaks

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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Romantic breaks

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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Artistic cities

Things to do for free

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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Free days out

Coastal breaks

Time for a break? There’s nothing more refreshing than a British seaside getaway. There’s so much to explore along our beautiful British coast - from the amusement-lined promenades and vibrant seafronts of our family resorts to the peace and tranquility of our picturesque fishing villages.

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Sporting events

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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The UK's favourite animals

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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Great British memory map

Hidden treasures

Award-winning location scout and manager Tom Howard sources the most picturesque locations for film and TV all over the world. His credits include the hit BBC series Great Expectations and The Night Manager. He shares his top UK hidden treasures with us. 

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Explore the UK

Guides: cycling trails

From the shadow of Ben Nevis to the shores of Loch Ness, the romantic Yorkshire moors to the Brighton coast - we’ve selected Scotland and England’s top two-wheeled routes just for you. Whether you’re ultra pro or budding beginner, there’s no time like now to plan your adventure.

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Cycling trails

Guides: 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' Park, Old Trafford, The Etihad, Elland Road and Ibrox and Celtic Park in Glasgow.

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Football stadiums