After months of calling myself a travelling nomad and returning to a more “normal” life by planting roots in my new home and in a new country that is Manchester, England; I quickly discovered that the sense of adventure, the need to see new places doesn’t vanish.
Instead one learns the power of time and distance. One must truly maximize on both to see what is around them. I have truly enjoyed, exploring my new home country by making weekend escapes to see its various towns, villages, attractions that make the UK, the beauty that it is.
Be you a local or new to a city who hasn’t really thought about visiting nearby neighborhoods, towns, etc. I challenge you to put on your holiday googles and explore your city and the places around your city from a tourist perspective. You may be surprised at what you can discover and possibly appreciate even more why you found yourself in this new place.
See my list below of great English Weekend Trips. I’m constantly updating as I’m constantly catching the travel bug so be sure to revisit this post when wanting to get ideas of where to visit in England.
Newborough Forest – Wales
In the island of Anglesey in Wales you will find a perfect place to spend the weekend camping and enjoying some beach side fun. Ensure you drive through “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”, the longest place name in Europe and the second longest official one-word place in the world. Sure the name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860’s to drive tourism and while it doesn’t have much for tourists if you find yourself near why not say you’ve been there.
Pistyll Rhaedr – Wales
Only a short 2 hour drive from Manchester in the Berwyn Mountains is Pistyll Rhaedr, where the highest waterfall in Wales may be found. Beautiful and mostly secluded if not visiting during a bank holiday. While there may not be much else in terms of attractions here, pairing a visit to Pistyll Rhaedr Waterfalls with a visit to Lake Vyrnwy Dam is a perfect way to discover how a short drive from a city can find you in tranquillity and nature.
Alnwick – England
This market town in Northumberland can make any member in the family happy. The Alnwick castle is another site for all things Harry Potter and the Alnwick garden is stunning. Join the ‘Alnwick Poison garden’ tour while visiting the garden. Be enchanted in the Alnwick Treehouse and enjoy a tasty lunch with a side of books at the quirky ‘Barter Books‘ which was the former train station here. Be sure to pair this visit with some days exploring Farne Islands with boat tours leaving from Seahouses and enjoying the beach side in the village of Alnmouth for a complete getaway.
York – England
A must see for any tourist exploring Northern England or just England for that matter. This medieval town is full of culture and history. Did I mention, it’s considered the best place for ‘Afternoon Tea’ and where some of the best English tea comes from? If that doesn’t sell it to you and you happen to be a Harry Potter fan than the fact this was a filming location and where a shop can be found will certainly attract you here. Be sure to check out ‘Betty’s‘ for a proper ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience in their tea rooms and if looking for tasty non-English grub head to ‘El Ambiente‘ for yummy Spanish tapas.
Edinburgh – Scotland
Scotland is another prime example of a place where multiple day trips can happen from a big city like Edinburgh for example. See my post HERE on how I made the most out of a long bank holiday in the U.K. and saw all that Scotland has to offer. It’s really no surprise to see why many people from England continue to return and take trips here.
Kilfinan – Scotland
A perfect nook in the Cowal peninsula in Argyll for going off the grid and unwinding from the day to day routine of hectic city living. Days can be filled doing hikes in the vast hillsides, strolling through the various loch’s (aka lakes) and visiting the neighbouring towns of Otter Ferry, Portavadie and Inverary.
Chester – England
An easy day trip for those in the Northwest part of England is none other than Chester. This walled city in Cheshire near the Dee River was a former Roman fortress and a picturesque town today. It’s perfect for a Sunday spending your time strolling the park, visiting the castle, grabbing a proper pub meal and enjoying a cheeky 99 flake cone from a street vendor along the river.
London – England
All roads lead to London and if you feel like getting your fix of London town than this is easily achieved from any part of England. It’s only a 2 hour train journey from Manchester and highlights can be easily done in 2-3 days. See my post HERE on my multiple visits to this city but be sure to google away as this city is constantly evolving.
Manchester – England (aka HOME)
I’m constantly trying to explore the city I now call home and since I still have the ability to camouflage as a tourist its easy to feel guilt free continuing to be mesmerized as I change hats from local and tourist. Click HERE to see a post dedicated to the city in England that I now call home and make sure to plan a visit. (Drop me a note here to ensure you get the latest updates from yours truly.)