Manchester, Newcastle & Bristol revealed as best English cities for a summer break – with deals from £20 a night


WHILE we wait for news on international travel, Brits are locking in breaks in Britain, with coastal and countryside spots already getting booked up for the summer.

UK cities, meanwhile, still have room for tourists – and they offer plenty of things to do come rain or shine, plus cheap rooms from £20 a night.

Manchester took the number one spot for UK city breaks

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Manchester took the number one spot for UK city breaksCredit: Alamy

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Research by Staybridge Suites, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group, recently revealed the top UK cities for a summer break.

Manchester took the top spot, followed by Newcastle and Bristol.

The cities were ranked based on their summer amenities, including rooftop bars, percentage of green spaces, riverside activities and lidos, outdoor pools and open water swimming areas.

Those who fancy a short break this summer can find great deals in the top-ranking cities:

Bristol has lots of outside green spaces

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Bristol has lots of outside green spacesCredit: Alamy
Newcastle has great nightlife and countryside on its doorstep

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Newcastle has great nightlife and countryside on its doorstepCredit: Alamy

As well as being home to the most rooftop bars outside of London, Manchester has tons of bars and restaurants, which line the river Irvwell and the Bridgewater canal.

The northern hotspot is also great for watersports enthusiasts, who can try their hand at canoeing, sailing and windsurfing at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre or go open water swimming in and around the city centre.

While it doesn’t have as many rooftop bars as Manchester, Newcastle still has some great pubs and amazing areas of countryside close to the city, from ancient forests in Hareshaw Linn and quaint villages like Haydon Bridge, which is home to Hadrian’s Wall, and there’s a National Park on its doorstep. 

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Bristol, meanwhile, is a hub of summer fun right on the river Avon. It has loads of outdoor pools to relax by, including the historic Bristol Lido – a Victorian pool with a restaurant and outdoor bar with Mediterranean vibes.

If you’re looking for more staycation inspiration, we’ve found the best UK holiday parks with children’s entertainment and the best holiday parks with outdoor pools.

There are also great UK coach trips for families and campsites with availability for summer.

Alternatively, we’ve found holiday park party weekenders, cheap staycation breaks with hot tubs and treehouse stays.


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