Getting Away From London For The May Bank Holiday


The May Bank Holiday is an opportunity to leave London behind for a couple of days , and while many people will opt for a cheap European city break there are lots of opportunities that could keep you right here at home.

If you aren’t that well-travelled around the country, you could use the bank holiday weekend to get to know some of our big cities a little better – Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol are all less than two hours away and offer plenty of opportunities for interesting cultural experiences – Liverpool in particular is a great destination. It has a whole host of museums dedicated to the history of the city, one of which focuses on the Fab Four themselves.

If the bright lights don’t appeal you could opt for a weekend in the rather more genteel surroundings of one of our old Cathedral cities or spa towns – places like Bath, Buxton, Canterbury and York offer a very different perspective from their bigger neighbours. York is a particularly good spot for the train enthusiasts – the National Railway Museum draws enormous numbers of visitors to the city, with its examples of engines and carrriages from every era, and Bath is a great destination if you want to rediscover our Roman past.

You could also consider recreating some of your best memories with a visit to a holiday lodge or mobile home on a caravan park. Remember the Devon caravan holidays of your childhood? Built to the latest construction standards, modern caravans have all the facilities that you’ll find at home, and the parks themselves have also moved with the times. It’s commonplace to find wi-fi being offered as part of the package on many sites, for example. After all, you might be on holiday but you don’t want to be cut off from Facebook for three days – think of the number of updates you’ll have missed while you’re away!

Of course we shouldn’t forget that old staple, the seaside holiday. Thankfully, most resorts now boast hotels from the big, dependable chains that you’re familiar with, so visitors to destinations from Blackpool to Bournemouth no longer have to settle for shared bathrooms in shabby bed & breakfast accommodation. Unless, that is, you really are determined to recreate that holiday experience of the 1970s and ‘80s over the coming May Bank Holiday…