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Top short breaks this weekend

If you are planning any short breaks this weekend, we might be able to help with these top ideas. Living in the UK, you are spoilt for choice for places to go.

The UK itself has many places that are worth a visit - there are big bustling cities, quiet and secluded areas in the countryside, beautiful rivers and lakes, clean beaches and some of the most scenic waterfalls in Europe. The continent is just a short flight away and it's inexpensive to travel to.

Here are a few ideas on places to visit for a weekend away:

1. Visit Edinburgh. It is a must do for all Britons - a stunningly beautiful city that's especially attractive over the winter months. There is a lot of history to explore and many attractions to keep you busy, whether you are a couple looking for a laid back weekend away or a family hoping to keep busy. Later this year, Edinburgh Zoo will be the proud home of two giant Pandas. Check out the castle, Camera Obscura and find some hidden gems around the cobbled streets. Tip: keep an eye on your watch. At 1pm the castle cannon is fired and it can be pretty scary if you're not expecting it! Return rail fares from London start at £45.

2. Visit Stockholm. Stockholm is a great choice for short breaks this weekend. Wander the streets of Gamla Stan and take in the shops, cafes, attractions, bars and restaurants. The Skansen open air museum has enough to keep you entertained all day, while the Vasa Museum is also well worth the trip. A boat tour is one of the best ways to see the city, which is actually made up of dozens of small islands. Tip: check what airport you fly into. Some airlines fly into "Stockholm airports" that are over 100km away from the city. That's a couple of hours on the bus that you might not have been expecting! Return flights to Stockholm from the UK start at £165.

3. Visit Paris. Paris is regarded as one of the world's most romantic cities – and rightly so. It is a beautiful place. Walk along the River Seine and take in the famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame cathedral. Disneyland is a little out of the city but quite easy to reach by train. Tip: learn a bit of French before you go, even if it is very basic. French people tend to be proud of their history and language and will appreciate the effort. Return tickets on the Eurostar start at £179.

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