There is no time like the present to book your summer getaway, and what better way to spend it than a Northern city break?! Cities make the perfect base for a night away, with countless places to explore right on your doorstep. So pack your suitcases, and travel to one of the UK’s fantastic city break destinations this summer!
Escape to the picturesque spa town of Harrogate!
Harrogate is a fantastic place to visit in the summer, as it is filled with things to do and see!
You could kick start your day with a coffee and cake from the flagship Betty’s Tearoom, which has been serving delicious treats to the people of Harrogate since 1919!
Fancy stretching your legs after your tasty treat? Take a stroll through the beautiful Harlow Carr gardens, blending into the Yorkshire countryside seamlessly. These RHS gardens are a great destination in any season, but in the summer, you will find beautiful sights bursting with colour and life!
To really make the most of your city break to Harrogate, the Turkish Baths are a must-visit. Steeped in history, the design of this breathtaking building really is one to stop and take in. Start off by following the ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing through the varying heat chambers and then, to complete the experience, you could book yourself a treatment, sending you home feeling well and truly relaxed.
Based in the centre of this iconic spa town, The St George Hotel makes a fantastic base for weekend breaks this summer. With fantastic en-suite rooms equipped with everything you need for a good night’s sleep, why not treat yourself to an upgrade and sit back and relax in one of our suites? With our brilliant Summer INN the City package, you will enjoy a delicious dinner when you stay with us. Our chefs have worked hard to create the perfect summer menu, brimming with seasonal specials and taste sensations. Paired with a tipple from our well-stocked bar, what more could you ask for from your weekend getaways?
Bask in the beauty of the historic city of York
It is safe to say that York is a fantastic destination any time of year, but make the trip this summer and you will see this beautiful city in all it’s glory, with so many outdoor spaces for you to explore and enjoy, soak in the summer sun in this historic Roman city.
The first thing to tick off the list is for sure York Minster, one of the largest Gothic Cathedrals of its kind in Northern Europe! If you want to learn more about the history of this incredible building, why not take a tour? Explore the history of the building itself, the extensive collection of stained glass and you can even climb the central tower, offering completely unbeatable views of the city!
Just a short walk from the Minster, you will find yourself strolling down The Shambles, a quirky medieval street right in the heart of York, filled with local businesses for you to explore. The narrow street was even an inspiration for the wizarding world of Harry Potter, so you could be walking the real-life version of Diagon Alley!
York Castle and the keep, Clifford’s Tower, are a must-see! The York Castle Museum is also jam-packed with things to learn about York’s rich history.
If it’s shopping that you fancy doing in York, the city centre is filled with all of your favourite shops, or you could hop on a short bus ride straight to York Designer Outlet, filled with all of your favourite brands at lower prices for a spot of retail therapy. Why not round off your night with a show? With York Barbican and the Theatre Royal in the heart of the city, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Dean Court is set in the heart of York, overlooked by the Minster itself, making it an exceptional base to explore this one-of-a-kind city. With everything right on your doorstep, what’s not to love? We have a range of rooms in our central hotel based on what you are looking for, whether you want to upgrade to a deluxe double or even a suite for a real treat? Wake up to a delicious Yorkshire breakfast cooked just how you like it.
Wander through the historic streets of Durham
This picturesque North East city is a brilliant base for your summer staycation, with so many fantastic sites in walking distance of each other! Wander the banks of the River Wear and soak in the sites of the beautiful cathedral and one-of-a-kind local architecture. Why not explore the river from the water for a romantic city break? Hire a rowing boat and enjoy a peaceful trip up the River Wear for a different way to take in the amazing sights of this architectural city.
From the riverside walk, you will find Durham Cathedral, a magnificent part of Romanesque architecture and filled with a thousand years of history to uncover. Put your adventurous foot forwards and climb the 325 steps up the central tower and you will be rewarded with unrivalled views of the historic city of Durham.
Durham Castle neighbours the magnificent cathedral and is now home to the students of University College, but why not take a tour to learn about its rich history? Head to the Durham University Botanic Gardens and soak in the beautiful range of plants and flowers that span the different landscapes for a fantastic way to round off the day.
The Kingslodge Inn offers the perfect balance of a countryside inn in Durham city, truly giving you the best of both worlds. With peace and quiet surrounding the inn, the city centre is just a 10-minute walk away! Make the most of our excellent Summer INN the City deal and enjoy a delicious homecooked meal from our fantastic summer menu, we have a range of dishes with something for everyone.
Stroll through the unique city of Sunderland
Sunderland is a fantastic base to explore the North East from, whatever it is that you want to do! The city itself is full of things to do. Why not take a trip to the stadium of light and learn all about the history of Sunderland A.F.C and even the iconic building itself, which took inspiration from the city’s proud industrial heritage in glassmaking, shipbuilding and coal mining?
Fancy a night at the theatre? Sunderland Empire has a fantastic selection of shows, with famous west-end tours all year round.
Do you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Why not take a trip to the beach! Seaburn beach is just a quick metro ride away and sits on a beautiful stretch of coastline, with a white sandy beach and plenty of rocks to explore it is a brilliant beach to visit.
Stack Seaburn has a fantastic atmosphere and is right next door to The Seaburn Inn, so why not make this brilliant pub with rooms the base for your Sunderland staycation? The Seaburn Inn serves delicious homecooked food all day, every day, with plenty of options to choose from, as well as having a fantastic selection of drinks, including cocktails! We even have a range of sea views and balcony rooms to make your stay extra special.
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Offer valid until 31st October 2022 and only available at The Kingslodge Inn, Dean Court and St George Hotel. Price varies by date, inn and room type. Headline rate of £99 available on selected nights at The Seaburn Inn. Offer unavailable on selected peak or special event dates. Rate includes £20 food allowance per adult. Additional spend, all drinks and child meals are charged as taken. No deposit required, credit card required as guarantee. There will be no cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled before 2:30pm, 2 days before your date of arrival. If booking is cancelled later than this, or in the case of a no-show, the full amount will be charged.