Daycation vs Staycation
Whatever you choose, stick to the UK this bank holiday
With the Ash cloud hovering over UK airspace, multiple flight cancellations and delays are upon us for the bank holiday and half term break. So why not save yourself the stress and hassle of catching a flight and enjoy the rare spate of sunshine in the UK. Whether you’re after a daycation to keep the kids occupied or a romantic staycation for two, leading online travel retailer, www.lastminute.com reveals its top tips for a truly memorable UK based break.
GREAT DAYS OUT
Dr Who Experience, London Olympia, from £20 per person
Follow the Doctor on a journey through time and space, encountering some of the best-loved and scariest monsters from the hit international television series. Special scenes filmed with current Doctor Matt Smith, amazing special effects and the chance to enter a recreation of the modern TARDIS interior – topped off by a breathtaking 3-D finale, make this the perfect trip for all the family.
Buckingham Palace Tour, from £17.50 per person
Visit the home of Her Majestry, Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace. Make your way through the exquisite State Rooms, lavishly furnished with some of the finest treasure for the Royal Collection, exquisite example of Sèvres porcelain, and some of the finest English and French furniture in the world.
Family VIP Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park & Overnight Stay, £250
Enjoy a great family day out with VIP access behind the scenes at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Meet the famous meerkat family and take an off road safari tour of the African Plains. Your experience will be complete with an overnight stay in the nearby Ramada Encore Doncaster Hotel for two adults and two children, including a full English breakfast in the morning so you’re ready for the trip home.
Visit the Eden Project, from £40
Dubbed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the Eden Project is a dramatic global green house, nestled into an old Cornish clay mine the size of 30 football pitches. This is the perfect day out for all the family to enjoy – exploring the sights, smells and sheer scale of some of the world’s rarest plants.
JUST THE TWO OF US
National Trust day out for two, £42 for two people
Discover the mystery of an historic house and garden, or the fascination of a castle or archaeological remains on your day out for two at a National Trust property. Top it off with a delicious cream tea for two and remember your day with a commemorative book. Available at various locations across the UK.
Tipi Eco Retreat for two, £364
Spend two nights in an authentic Native American tipi, remotely situated in the stunning mountains of mid Wales. With the exception of food, everything you need is provided, including a wood-burning chimney, plush sheepskin rugs, beautiful fabrics, sensuous double bed, romantic lighting and an organic welcome food hamper .
BANK HOLIDAY CITY BREAKS
Take advantage of the long weekend with one of lastminute.com’s fantastic city breaks to some of Britain’s most loved cities.
Edinburgh, from £525 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh; with spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle, this hotel is located in the perfect spot to explore the history of the medieval Old town and the architectural interest of the New town. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday 27th May.
Belfast, from £312 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the five-star The Fitzwilliam Hotel which is located in the very heart of Belfast. Situated on Great Victoria street, you are situated beside the renowned and glorious Grand Opera House. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday 27th May currently at promotional rates of 20% off.
York, £234 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the five-star Cedar Court Grand hotel and Spa. As the first five star hotel in York it is guaranteed to be a luxurious stay. With its key position you are promised stunning views of the famous Minster and of the city’s stunning ancient walls. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday, 27th May.
Glasgow, from £289 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the four-star Grand Central Hotel. Located at the centre of the city it is in the ideal location to discover one of Glasgow’s numerous museums and galleries or escape the hustle and bustle in one of Glasgow’s 70parks. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday, 27th May currently at promotional rates of 20% off with free breakfast.
Cardiff, from £249 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the three-star Maldron Hotel. The hotel is located right in the centre of the city, close to both the Central Rail Station and Millennium stadium. Only a short walk from St Davids shopping centre, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff International Arena, you will be spoilt for choice on which activities you choose to indulge in. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday, 27th May.
London, from £427 per room
Price includes a three night stay at the three-star Pembridge Palace Hotel. The hotel is positioned close to some of London’s most famous sights, including, Hyde Park, Bayswater, the Albert Hall and Kensington Palace. With this prime location you will be able to explore London to the fullest. Prices are based on two adults sharing for three nights on Friday, 27th May.
TOP BRITISH BEACHES
With summer on its way, why not soak up the sunshine at some of the best coastal shores the UK has to offer with these great hotel deals.
Fistral Beach, Newquay from £230 per room
Prices include a two night stay at the four-star The Bay Hotel and Fistral Spa. Located alongside the world-famous surf at Fistral Beach, The Bay Hotel is perfectly situated for enjoying coastal activity and relaxing whilst also having a bustling night life only a short distance away. A great location for a haven of simple sophistication. Prices are based on two adults sharing for two nights on Friday, 27th May.
Bournemouth Beach, from £219 per room
Prices include a two night stay at the three-star The Cliffeside. Ideally positioned overlooking the golden beaches of Bournemouth’s prestigious East Cliff and yet minutes from the town’s vibrant café society. Many of the rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean as does the harbour bar terrace. Prices are based on two adults sharing for two nights on Friday, 27th May currently at promotional rates of 15% off.
Meadfoot beach, Torquay, from £295 per room
Prices include a three night stay at the four-star Osborne Hotel. One of the finest hotels in Torquay, this location enjoys serene and spectacular views of the elegant Regency crescent, six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds stretching down to the Meadfoot Beach, and stunning views across the English Riviera. Prices are based on two adults sharing for two nights on Friday 27th May.
South Bay Beach, Scarborough, from £175 per room
Prices include a three night stay at the three-star Grand Hotel Scarborough. Situated in Scarborough only yards away from restaurants, casinos, theatres, including the world famous Stephen Joseph Theatre, and the South Bay beach. Scarborough is a great place to visit or stay, with the sandy, accredited North Bay beach and the popular South Bay Beach. Prices are based on two adults sharing for two nights on Friday 27th May.
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