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Lisa Mackinnon, Senior Short Break Specialist

"We have so many beautiful places right on our door step from the rolling hills in the countryside to the urban cities full of high-street hits there's a stay-cation for everyone. Or why not try a tranquil spa hotel to unwind over a long weekend, many of which are housed in grand manor houses or even castles – how picturesque! "

England & Wales at a glance

You don’t have to travel far to experience the perfect short break.The towns and cities of England and Wales offer a diverse range of options to make the most of a stay-cation.

Brighton is a short break classic, from its famed Victorian seafront to the vibrant boutiques, bars and restaurants of The Lanes.

Elegant Bath has been a well-being destination since Roman times and there is much to enjoy in this architectural gem.

Over the Severn Bridge, Cardiff has seen a resurgence built around its dynamic waterfront and a similar story can be found in Liverpool, though its sport, culture and, of course, The Beatles draw visitors from around the world.

World-wide fame also brings people to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, and its a great base from which to explore the Midlands.

Finally, York is one of the UK’s most popular destinations with its stunning Gothic Cathedral, the National Railway Museum and the Jorvik Centre all mapping its long history.

We also feature ScotlandEdinburgh, London and Belfast.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Historic sights
  • Beautiful countryside
  • Shopping and restaurants 

Osprey Holidays top tips

Why not visit more than one of these beautiful England and Wales locations on your short break? The easiest way to travel between them is by driving, train or ferry. 

Get your tailor-made short break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to England or Wales designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 66.44 million
Languages English
Currency Sterling (British pound)
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
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Distance from airports
Railway stations
York Railway Station
Bath Spa Railway Station
Brighton Railway Station