Many holiday makers within the UK make the presumption that an enjoyable break away means immersing yourself in a rural setting; the thousands who flock to Cornwall or Devon each year are testament to this. But what if your idea of a great week away doesn’t involve eating pasties or going for long walks in the countryside? What if you enjoy a bit more of a buzz? Fortunately, the UK’s cities have plenty to offer. Here are two cities that offer the perfect metropolitan getaway.

Manchester

ManchesterManchester is widely regarded as a sort of unofficial capital of North West England, and it’s easy to understand why. In the past few decades, this once industrial metropolis has completely transformed itself into a thriving UK tourist spot. Not only does it feature a burgeoning arts and culture scene, but it’s also home to some of the UK’s biggest music stars and most popular football teams. The top attractions? There are too many to list. For lovers of art and culture, you can’t go past The Lowry or the outstanding Royal Exchange Theatre. And if you fancy seeing a live gig in the same city that brought us The Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smiths and Joy Division, there are countless options: party with the student crowd in Oxford Road, soak up some bohemian vibes in the Northern Quarter or head to Canal Street to enjoy the legendary bars and clubs of the city’s famous gay village.

Edinburgh

EdinburghEdinburgh is in many ways a perfect mix of old and new. Though a vibrant and exciting capital city, it hasn’t lost any of the reminders of its rich history. Through the cobbled alleys of Old Town and the timeless architecture at Edinburgh’s historical houses and castle, you’ll get a real sense of why this Scottish destination has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Step outside of the historical quarter, and you’re hit with endless opportunities; outstanding pubs, Michelin-starred restaurants, the National Museum of Scotland and countless other attractions. Stay at Ardmor House through Chic Retreats, and you’re in the perfect location to see it all.

History, Culture and Nightlife

Though more rural destinations tend to be the hotspots for UK holiday makers, a country getaway is not to everyone’s taste. Particularly if you’re keen to soak up history, culture and nightlife in equal measure, you can’t go past Manchester or Edinburgh.

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