Looking to spend the bank holiday weekend as far away from home as possible? Then you’re in luck; here are eight destinations you can escape to for under £200.
The Scottish capital is just a 4.5-hour blast up the scenic East Coast Mainline, with return tickets from London starting at £135. Once you’re there, soak in the city’s medieval history, scale Arthur’s Seat, see an exhibition or two and rehydrate in the city’s excellent pubs.
If Edinburgh isn’t quite far enough, you could head further north to the Highlands. It’s a bit of a schlep alright – the London to Inverness service (return tickets from £162) takes eight hours – but passengers are rewarded with exquisite scenery en route. When you eventually get there, in Inverness you’ll find a handsome Highland city with fine restaurants, cosy pubs and monster-spotting excursions to nearby Loch Ness.
Head to Zurich this weekend to celebrate the centenary of Dadaism, a cultural movement that changed art forever and began in the city’s narrow, cobbled streets in 1916. There are plenty of events – from walking tours to art exhibitions – going on to mark the occasion. Vueling can get you there and back (from Luton Airport) from £198.
Return tickets to Paris on the Eurostar this weekend start from £199, though you’ll have to set the alarm pretty early. Admittedly the pound is down against the euro, but Paris has scarcely been so affordable, with hotels slashing prices in a bid to tempt tourists back after the recent terrorist attacks. Despite the headlines, the city is safe and very much open for business.
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Arguably the best preserved medieval city in Europe, Bruges’s cobbled streets, quaint canals and timeworn bars are just a few hours away from London thanks to Eurostar, which has return tickets to any Belgian station for £199.
Enjoy the dying embers of summer in Jersey, which boasts gorgeous beaches, fine restaurants, terrific coastal walks and some fascinating historical sites where the ghosts of Nazi occupation still lingers. British Airways will get you there and back from £173. Alternatively, take Condor’s fast ferry from Poole (return £130).
The historic links between Hannover and Britain run deep: from 1714 until 1837 the king of Hannover was also the British monarch. Forge fresh links by visiting the German city this weekend, taking time to explore its pretty old town, baroque gardens and bountiful bars. British Airways has return flights from £172.
8. The Hague
Stena Line can ferry you and your bicycle between Harwich, Essex and The Hague this weekend for just £78 return. According to Telegraph Travel’s destination expert, Claire Wrathall, the city is staking a claim as Holland’s cultural capital. Upon arrival, visitors can sizzle on The Hague’s sandy beach, admire its stately architecture, kick back in leafy parks and flutter between world-class cultural attractions such as the Mauritshuis gallery.