Weekends are no longer solely for couch potato moments! These weekend getaways won’t require holiday leaves to be consumed. Simply explore beautiful places nearby and return home in time for the workweek.
- Ireland. This island is basically at the doorstep of UK. With just a train and ferry ride from London or any station in Britain, travellers can instantly escape to a place steeped in history and rich in magnificent landscapes. Leave for Ireland right after work on Friday night, and enjoy a two-night Ireland experience. Reserve a luxurious stay in the Trinity Capital Hotel, which offers low rates for advance bookings. Explore ancient Ireland by visiting Boyne Valley, home to the “largest and most important” megalithic sites in Europe, built before Stonehenge in England and pyramids in Egypt. On the last night, indulge in a literary pub crawl: stroll around Dublin’s pubs and let renditions of verse, prose, drama, and song from the literary hall of fame inspire and amuse you.
- Paris. Soak up romance on your weekend holiday by visiting the City of Lights, Paris! Hop on a Eurostar train from London, and in just two hours and 15 minutes, you’re in romance-land. While the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre offer incredible sights and collections, romantic hotels such as Hotel du Jeu de Paume, Chateu de Montvillargene, and L’Hotel provide travellers intimate holidays: strolling hand in hand by the Seine River, relaxing in a whirlpool tub, and warming up in the thermal baths.
- Brussels. Thanks to Eurostar, Brussels, Belgium is easily accessible from London in just one hour and 51 minutes. The historical sites in this capital are as appetising as its chocolates. Explore the city on foot and wander through Mini-Europe in Bruparck, Heysel. Here, travellers are transported to Europe’s various famous attractions: Leaning Tower of Pisa, London’s Big Ben, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, and more. A culinary tour is a must; visit Friteland near the Bourse for their cones of frîtes; Café des Spores, where humble fungus is the star; and Comme Chez Soi, which offers the best in local cuisine and specialties such as sautéed lobsters with truffles and chanterelles, roast saddle of lamb; and soufflé of preserved oranges in Mandarine Napoleon liqueur for dessert.
- Edinburgh. The old meets the new in this Scotland capital, which is just a train ride away from other UK cities. Among the famous attractions is the imposing Edinburgh Castle, which houses over a thousand years’ worth of history. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city on your weekend holiday by walking along the Water of Leith Walkway, a footpath beside the river where wildlife and woodlands can be observed.
- Cardiff. The capital of Wales has dramatically changed from being an overlooked city to one of tourists’ hotspots, especially during summer. The popular Taff Trail is an ideal escape from the city noise with its tranquil atmosphere and relaxing sights. Meanwhile, distinct landmarks such as the Wales Millennium Center, the fairy tale Castell Coch, and Millennium Stadium, home of the 1999 Rugby World Cup, serve as eye candies to travellers.