5 UK Staycation Cities to Visit in 2021

May 17 meant that hospitality and staycations are now back on the table.

I don’t know about you but I am dying for a vacation. Work life and chronic fatigue have been tough so I like to think I deserve one right?

I know many of you feel the same- you deserve a break! This list so more for those who want to travel to explore and see the sights as opposed to those who want to relax (don’t worry this will come soon). You can get just as much of a cultural hit with UK City Breaks as you can abroad. Here are 5 of my suggestions for your UK 2021 Staycation.

(Disclaimer: All activities in this article consider the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and do not include any time dependant activites such as festivals)


1. London

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I mean, this one has to be obvious right? The UK’s Capital city is a collection of culture, life, business and has a little something for everyone.

What to do there?

  • See a show at the West End (now that they are starting to reopen)
  • Ride the London Eye
  • Find fantistic food at Borough Market
  • Seek out the street art and quirky cafes of Shoreditch
  • Spark your curiousity at the many museums– including the Natural History Museum and the V&A
  • Shop till you drop on Oxford Street
  • Shop for all things indie at Camden Market
  • Take in living history at the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace
  • Get a breath of =fresh air in Hyde Park
  • Find the best view in the city by going up The Shard

Bonus Recommendation: A personal recommendation (if you’re a bit of a nerd like me 😉 ) is to visit Draughts. It is a really funky board game cafe with tons of selection and fantastic food. Oh- and bonus: You can find the entrance inside the Leake Street Tunnel– the home of London Street Art and visited by Banksey himself!

2. Manchester

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Ah Manchester, my home town; the Capital of the North, the epicentre of British Industry and the birthplace of iconic musicians such as The Smiths and The Stone Roses.

It may not be as internaltionally iconic as London but Manchester has an incredible amount to offer.

What to do there?

  • Hit the shops in the City Centre and The Trafford Centre
  • Celebrate LGBTQ+ life and party in the Gay Village
  • Check out the amazing restaurants around Spinningfields
  • See the incredible architecture of Manchester’s Libraries at Central Library and John Ryland’s Library
  • Channel your inner indie creative with the shops and foodie spots in the Northern Quarter
  • Find all the fun of Camden in one building at Afflecks Palace
  • Have one of the world’s top 10 Pizzas at Rudy’s
  • Get footy mad at Old Trafford, The Emirates Stadium and the Football Museum
  • Check out the amazing nightlife venues- (that are open and Covid safe!)

Bonus Recommendation: Have the best brunch of your life at Moose Coffee or 19 Cafe Bar! Also, if you’re a sushi lover, check out Wasabi in the Printworks- tasty plates at really reasonable prices! (Can you tell I’m a bit of a foodie 😂?)

3. Edinburgh

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Edinburgh: The Capital of Scotland. As hub of culture, architecture and Scottish Pride, Edinburgh is such an incredible city to visit. The last time I went, it was pre-covid at Christmas time and the whole city just buzzed with life! I can’t wait to get back here.

What to do there?

  • Visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle
  • See over 20,000 unique pieces at the National Museum of Scotland
  • Listen to some incredible bagpipe music by street performers
  • Check out the shops, bars and hotels on Princes Street
  • Get WOW’d at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
  • Embrace natural beauty and the calmess of a village (in the middle of a city :O) in Dean Village (my personal favourite)
  • Harry Potter fans can sit in in the same cafe that the author sat and wrote some of the series at The Elephant Cafe
  • Take a hike up Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s extinct volcano

Bonus Recommendation: Go for a lovely lunch at The Painted Rooster- it’s the best toastie I’ve ever had!

4. Liverpool

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Liverpool has undergone a HUGE transformation and is now one of the most bustling metropolitan hubs in the whole of the UK. Walk the same streets as The Beatles and take in the vibe of the city.

What to do there?

  • Shop ’till you drop at Liverpool One
  • Music fan? Check out The Beatles Story
  • Take in the stunning scenery while walking along the Royal Albert Docks
  • Art Connoisseurs will feel right at home walking around the Tate Liverpool
  • Fancy some football? Check out Anfield Stadium.
  • Learn the history of the city at the Liverpool Museum
  • Check out all the Liver Bird statues dotted around the city
  • Be amazed by the stunning Victorian Architecture in the city’s St George’s Quarter
  • Surround yourself with natural beauty in the stunning Sefton Park
  • Check out the amazing nightlife venues- (that are open and Covid safe!)

Bonus Recommendation: Get your brunch on at Liverpool’s most instagrammable cafe ‘The Florist.’ Also, if you’re looking for some fantastic food and cocktails, then head down to ‘The Smugglers Cove.’

5. York

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Ah York, the blossoming heart of Yorkshire. It may be one of the world’s most haunted cities, but there is nothing scary about how beautiful this place is.

What to do there?

  • Marvel at the stunning architecture of York Minister, one of the most stunning cathedrals in the UK.
  • Walk around the city on a piece of history with the Bar Walls
  • Dive into the history of the Vikings in the Jorvik museum
  • Be transported back to the medieval times whilst walking along The Shambles (another one for Harry Potter fans!)
  • Go for afternoon tea at Betty’s
  • Are you a trainspotter? Check out the National Train Museum

Bonus Recommendation: Got a sweet tooth? Check out the York Chocolte story to learn not only the history of chocolate in York, but the full story from bean-to-bar.


So there you have it! 5 cities that are fab for your Covid-safe city break!

What do you think of these cities? Let me know down in the comments!

Much love,

Charlotte ❤

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