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 to all the best places.

Below you can find guides for brilliant free trips for the whole family, top cycling trails, shopping breaks and a sprinkling of hidden UK treasures – make sure you get the most out of your weekends with Premier Inn.

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Christmas at Premier Inn

The Christmas season is just around the corner. If you’re like us and can’t wait for the big day, get ready to explore the magical Christmas markets popping up all over the UK. Rows of Alpine chalets, each with festive treasures to sample and buy, and the waft of mulled wine and mince pies.

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Christmas at Premier Inn

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

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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Emoji location guide

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 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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Local guide to Germany

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. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and pack hot drinks! 

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Stargazing in the UK

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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Hiking in the UK

The UK's most relaxing cities

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 whole of the UK to do exactly that? Find out where to go if you want to chill out, with the top 10 most relaxing cities in Britain.

 

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The UK's most relaxing cities

Family breaks in the UK

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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Family breaks in the UK

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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The British memory map

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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Great days out in the UK

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 UK's most artistic cities

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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Free days out in the UK

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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Hidden tourist capitals

Vantage points of interest

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

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Vantage points of interest

The UK's hidden treasures

Award-winning location manager Tom Howard sources the most picturesque locations for film and TV.

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The UK's hidden treasures

Premier Inn 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

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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Coastal breaks

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

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Shopping breaks

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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Guide to UK arenas

Guides to cycling in the UK

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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Guides to cycling in the UK

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

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Guide to football stadiums