10 of the best places to go on bank holidays

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Many of us are looking forward to an extra holiday this year thanks to the Platinum Jubilee.

If you’re looking to spend some free time on a short break, we’ve uncovered some hidden gems across the UK and Europe that are quick and easy to get to.

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Here are 10 getaway ideas for the upcoming holidays.

Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight.

A classic seaside holiday destination, visiting the Isle of Wight is an escape from mainland Britain but offers the benefits of staying at home – for example, no passports are required and it’s quick and easy to get to.

With its bustling capital, Newport, full of comfort and familiarity, the Isle of Wight also offers a selection of independent shops that capture the essence of this island paradise.

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The Needles landmark offers stunning scenery and offers tours in speedboats or slow boats. There is also the option to drive to Ventor to see the beautiful botanical gardens.

The Osbourne estate takes you to Queen Victoria’s summer home, while Carisbrooke Castle offers a dose of local history.

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The Isle of Wight is easily accessible by ferry, which takes around 40-45 minutes depending on the journey. Tickets vary by season but can cost up to £200.

Although the island has airports, they are designed for light aircraft and are considered airfields rather than airports and are not accessible to commercial flights.

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Oslo, Norway

Norway’s capital Oslo offers some nationalists a vision of a new future for Scotland, but are the financial risks worth it? (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Nestled between mountains and sea, this country embodies the “something for everyone” vibe.

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In the summer, take an easy trip to marvel at the Oslofjord on its main island, Hovedøta, which is packed with activities such as B. a hike, a relaxing day at the beach or a visit to monastery ruins.

Visit Vippa, the city’s food court in an old industrial building, for an eclectic mix of dishes. With a mix of locals and tourists, this ideal spot offers scenery and relaxation.

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Oslo offers saunas and snow, and with a range of parks and attractions such as the Opera House and the Nobel Prize Centre, it’s a perfect place to spend a bank holiday.

Oslo is two hours from London on a direct flight, making it the perfect destination to say “hassle-free vacation”. Find direct flights from London during the Queen’s Jubilee dates via Skycanner from £111 per person.

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Brussels Belgium

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium. Image: CPN-stock.adobe.com

Gilded glamor abounds in Brussels’ Grand Place, but for something more contemporary, take a look at the towering Atomium.

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Perfect for someone unsure of their holiday mood until they arrive, this capital city offers 15th-century monuments as well as tours of world-famous chocolate shops such as Chocopolis Brussels or Maison Pierre Marcolini.

Art history fans can head to the Musée Magritte Museum, dedicated to Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte, or to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium to see the works of Pieter Bruegel.

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Flights from London take 1 hour and 15 minutes, with the cheapest costing £192 per person. Alternatively, you can take the Eurostar direct from London to Brussels, from £49.50 per person, the journey takes 2 hours.

Cardiff, Wales

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With a medieval castle standing proud at its centre, Cardiff offers a range of activities from exploring dense forests, seeing traces of Victorian architecture and dining in quirky restaurants.

Get a dose of culture with castle hopping and insightful museums, or simply stroll through Cardiff’s impressive city center. Spending a weekend in this peaceful place is an ideal way to spend a summer vacation.

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Cardiff is accessible via the mainland and also by train. However, prices vary depending on rush hours.

Isle of Skye

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Portree on the Isle of Skye. Tourism businesses on the island fear for their future amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This enchanting and dazzling island is full of natural landscapes, making it a fantastic vacation for campers and sightseeing enthusiasts.

From the Old Man of Storr, a selection of geological formations, to the Cuillin Hills, at the bottom of which are Fairy Pools, the Isle of Skye is perfect for active adventurers who enjoy walking.

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Being close to the Scottish mainland, this island is also perfect for anyone looking to do a road trip as the island is 80km long and 40km wide.

Stop along the way to see Portree, the capital of Skye, and marvel at Kilt Rock viewpoint and Mealt Falls.

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Access the Isle of Skye via Inverness, via bus services or by train to Kyle of Lochalsh. You can cross the Skye Bridge with bus services or reach the island by ferry

Edinburgh, Scotland

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Edinburgh City in Winter from Calton Hill, Scotland, UK

Bursting with wild art and Gothic buildings, Edinburgh makes for a stunning weekend getaway with food and whiskey tours of the city. For all architecture fans, Edinburgh offers its famous castle or a climb up Calton Hill to admire its iconic buildings.

Stroll up the cobbled Royal Mile or take part in the bustling dining scene, Edinburgh promises a scenery and experience you’re unlikely to forget.

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Edinburgh is accessible via roads across the UK, or you can fly direct from London during the Queen’s Jubilee for £115 per person.

Kings Cross to Edinburgh train tickets are also available on the same dates from £138.00.

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Barcelona, ​​Spain

City view from Park Guell in Barcelona, ​​Spain. Image: gatsi – stock.adobe.com

Barcelona is a two hour flight away and a perfect getaway to recreate your holidays.

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Barcelona is a sizzling choice that offers an intoxicating experience that blends old with new. With sights like the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Casa Milá and the Palace of Catalan Music, Barcelona is teeming with activities.

Immerse yourself in Spanish authenticity in the kitchen and try delicious dishes from food stalls or popular restaurants.

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Flight tickets from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Sunday 5 June 2022 can cost up to £219 return per person from Birmingham but prices from London can go up to £400.

Milan, Italy

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Milan, Italy (Image: Getty Images)

Milan is an Italian escape less than two hours from London and features the world famous Duomo di Milano.

Known for its historical touch, this city is full of opera houses like the Teatro alla Scala and art museums housing masterpieces like Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie.

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Also known as the fashion capital of the world, Milan is home to Via Montenapoleone, the main shopping street that should be visited by anyone looking for fashion inspiration.

Flights from London to Milan from Thursday 2 June 2022 to Sunday 5 June 2022 cost from £200 and take approximately 1 hour 55 minutes.

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Jersey, Channel Islands

Jersey is for unforgettable family holidays, for that sweet mix of water activities and historical monuments. With zoos, the Maritime Museum, quirky statues like the SandWizard or castles like Elizabeth Castle or Mont Orgueil, it’s perfect for those who love the sea and history.

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Of course when it comes to cuisine, Jersey offers a range of international dishes and the standard fish and chips, so you’ll never run out of food!

Flights to Jersey start from £186 per person and take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

You can road trip around Northern Ireland (Image: Getty Images)

Picturesque and stunning Northern Ireland is the inspiration for many historical and fantastical settings. On this short excursion you can see some prominent features such as Giant’s Causeway, Norman Castles and some Game of Thrones filming locations.

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Perfect for road trips, Northern Ireland is for adventurers who are always on the go.

Flights from London to Belfast for the Queen’s Jubilee start from £123 or you can opt for the ferry journey which takes 2 hours 15 minutes.

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