SACO City Hitlist for 2021Thursday 25 February 2021 by Kayleigh Little Steeped in history, filled with excellent restaurants for foodies and perfect for both couples and families, there is something for everyone in our list of the top 10 UK city breaks.
With 2020 putting a stop to travel plans across the world, we’re all looking forward to something a little different in 2021. With jetting off to exotic places no longer an option at the moment, it’s time to make the absolute most of the best cities in England and the rest of the UK.
The Best Cities to Visit in the UK in 2021
Planning a break closer to home in 2021 brings several exciting possibilities with it. There’s plenty of destinations on offer, including some of the top cities in the UK for exploring and sightseeing.
If you’re wondering where to visit in the UK this year, take a look at our top 10 UK city break ideas and start planning so that you can be ready to explore when the time is right. And if you’re waiting for winter to arrive before you make your move, we’ve already got you covered for staycations in the colder months.
Browse our top 10 UK city breaks to find out more and get started on the first step of your journey.
London is considered one of the top cities to see before you die, and it’s clear to see why. Filled with sightseeing opportunities, excellent food - ranging from small businesses to Michelin-star restaurants - and a variety of exciting things to do. There’s also a number of free attractions to check out, including museums and art galleries. More of an outdoorsy person? London has over 3000 parks and green spaces to choose from, so you’re in the right place! It’s one of the busiest cities in the world and filled with an eclectic range of people from across the globe – making it a true multi-cultural giant that places itself amongst the best cities in England.
Looking for accommodation close to the best parts of the capital city? Book your weekend away in a serviced apartment with SACO.
Where better to visit this year than the 2021 UK City of Culture, Coventry? The city is the second largest city in the West Midlands behind Birmingham and is steeped in history, making it one of the best city breaks for families. Learn about the legend of Lady Godiva, the Midlands’ answer to the Sistine Chapel at the Holy Trinity Church or even visit the ruins of one of England’s most incredible cathedrals – all are essential learning and perfect for a family getaway. The history of the city makes it a fascinating place to stay, and Coventry’s cultural significance makes it well worth a visit.
If you’re looking to feel truly integrated in your destination’s culture on your travels, Liverpool is certainly one of top cities in the UK. As one of the friendliest cities in the country, you will instantly feel at home regardless of whether the focus of your trip is history, shopping or food. There are iconic visits such as the legendary Beatles’ venue the Cavern Club, or Aintree Race Course, as well as a number of exceptional bars, activities and restaurants – some of which can be enjoyed right on the Albert Docks.
There are few cities across the UK that host as much beauty as Cambridge does. For those with an interest in architecture, walking around the college or visiting the King’s College Chapel is a must, whilst the greenery surrounding the River Cam and the option of punting your way down the waters make this romantic getaway one of the best city breaks for couples. With a young student population, there’s plenty of bars and eateries to explore, offering a mix of modernity and history that plants Cambridge firmly in our top 10 UK city breaks.
Warm and welcoming, Newcastle is one of the best cities to visit in the UK for a reason, perfectly mixing an industrial city with hearty Geordie culture to provide some of the best shopping and nightlife across the United Kingdom. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there’s a packed offering of stylish cafes and restaurants, as well as a number of outstanding museums and galleries to tickle your fancy. There’s also several beautiful landmarks to explore, and the opportunity to stroll along the River Tyne and quayside. It’s hard not to fall in love with Newcastle!
Regardless of how you’re looking to spend your time, SACO has a number of serviced apartment partners in Newcastle to choose from.
York is one of the top cities in the UK to visit because of the abundance of things on offer. Historical, welcoming and filled with picturesque views, the medieval cobbled streets of York offer some of the oldest streets in Europe to explore. The Shambles are some of the best-preserved medieval shopping streets in the world (and they’ve even won an award for the most picturesque street in Britain), whilst there’s also things to do involving ghosts, Vikings, wizards and even trains. York is considered one of the best city breaks for families, but is also a great choice for couples, too.
Birmingham. Brum. The Second City. However you want to refer to Birmingham, it doesn’t change the fact that it is one of the top cities in the UK, providing an exciting, culturally diverse destination for visitors. With a wide variety of places to wine and dine, it’s definitely a place for the foodies. The city also offers a range of options for those looking for retail therapy, sports and history, and surprisingly it hosts a longer mileage of canals than Venice! For those with a sweet tooth, there’s definitely a reason to visit the easily-accessible Birmingham – as it’s home of the Cadbury factory.
A hub for culture, entertainment and history, Cardiff is the very worthy capital of Wales. The city offers a unique buzz that mixes traditional Welsh culture and stylish modern culture so well that you’ll want to visit over and over again. If you’re wondering where to visit in the UK, then visit the recently-awakened sleeping dragon in the heart of commercial Wales. A hub for soothing shopping options, incredible cuisine and hundreds of great pubs, Cardiff is a perfect option for a city break that offers both vintage and modern in one place.
With a rich heritage in music and sport, Manchester is a modern cosmopolitan city with lots to see and do, which is exactly why it features in our top 10 UK city breaks. The ‘capital of the north’ was the place to be in the 90s, and it’s the place to be again in 2021 as it continues to be the centre of culture, music and arts in the North of England. There’s world-class attractions like the Manchester Art Gallery, the Museum of Science, the Football Museum (with two huge stadiums that are home to two fierce rivals), as well as a diverse and welcoming evening scene and renowned shopping centres such as the Arndale Shopping Centre and the Trafford Centre. Manchester is not to be missed!
Scotland’s historical capital is like no other, and this World Heritage City is as exceptional as they come. Quirkily blending ancient beauty and a modern touch, Edinburgh offers everything you could need in a city break. History in abundance is showcased by an incredible castle, world-class eateries for dining in style and even the month-long Edinburgh Fringe Festival for those who love music, art and laughing (and who doesn’t love a good laugh?). The city has so much to offer and is just waiting for you to start planning your next trip.
Find holiday apartments in the top cities in the UK
Picking the location you’re travelling to is the easy part, but where are you going to stay? Regardless of the city you visit, the need for comfortable, clean and convenient accommodation remains the same, and luckily SACO have a variety of UK serviced apartments that cover those needs.
Situated in a number of perfect places and tailored to the city break you’re visiting, our apartments are fitted with fully-equipped kitchens, modern furnishings and cosy living and sleeping areas, giving you the perfect base for a delightful, memorable trip.