5 amazing Easter breaks in the UK
Easter falls early this year, with Easter Sunday being celebrated on the 27th of March, so if you’ve not yet booked a getaway for the Easter weekend, now’s the time to do it. To give you some inspiration, here are five of our favourite UK weekend break destinations – all of them within an easy drive of Oxfordshire.
As one of the country’s finest cities, Bath has all the ingredients of the perfect city break. History and culture are abundant, with the Roman Baths, the glorious Abbey and a museum dedicated to Jane Austen just three of the most famous attractions. For lunch, head to the upmarket Pump Room or try the quaint Sally Lunn’s, situated on a historic alleyway not far from the Abbey. Not to be missed on a trip to Bath is Thermae Bath Spa, a beautiful spa where you can bathe in the famous mineral-rich waters that have brought visitors to Bath for hundreds or even thousands of years. Don’t miss its gorgeous rooftop pool, which offers fabulous views over the Bath roofscape.
Stow-on-the-Wold is the ideal base for a relaxing break in the Cotswolds. Not only is this attractive market town a great place to pass the time of day wandering quintessentially Cotswolds streets and sampling tasty treats at its many tearooms, but there’s loads more to do in the neighbouring villages as well. Climb Broadway Tower for views stretching over several counties, and visit the popular Daylesford Organic Farmshop just down the road to stock up on high-quality organic produce.
Shakespeare’s home town makes a wonderful destination for a cultural weekend break. You can visit five historic houses connected with Shakespeare – including his birthplace, his mother’s farm and house where he courted his wife, Anne Hathaway – all on one ticket, and the town has the added bonus of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where you can watch world-class performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Stay at the Alveston Hotel and combine a spa break with a cultural stay in this historic town.
The ultimate hip seaside town, Brighton is a lively spot for a weekend break on the coast. As well as the pebbly beach, its most famous attraction is undoubtedly the Brighton Pavilion, an Oriental-inspired Regency palace built for the Prince of Wales and completed in 1823. As well as its thriving cultural scene, Brighton has a great mix of things to do, from its famous pier to the Brighton Wheel, a giant ferris wheel offering superb city and coastal views. Add to that The Lanes, a charming higgledy-piggledy network of small streets crammed with quirky shops, and you have the perfect weekend break by the sea.
Ok, so the Scottish capital may not be within easy driving distance of Oxford, but Heathrow and Birmingham Airports both are, and Edinburgh is little more than an hour’s flight from either airport. Once there, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do. Climb the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat for fabulous views across the city, visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle and tour 16th century Holyroodhouse Palace. When you need some caffeine, Edinburgh’s numerous stylish coffee shops don’t disappoint; don’t miss the cake at Lovecrumbs. Get your weekend off to a great start by hiring a chauffeur to get you to the airport in style.