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We asked, you answered: favourite places for a UK weekend away

Everyone has that One Great Thing they love to see or do on a weekend trip. We wanted to find out about yours

By Time Out in association with Premier Inn

When you’re treating yourself to a weekend away, it’s great to have a little insider knowledge – especially about things to do nearby. That’s why Time Out has teamed up with Premier Inn to bring you the brand new One Great Thing guide.

From shopping to star-gazing, art-loving to wine-tasting, our online guide is packed with the UK’s best hidden gems and experiences. It also includes the nearest Premier Inn hotel to each attraction, which means wherever your next adventure takes you, you’ll have a great place to start.

Your favourite places

Time Out writers across the country have picked their favourite places, and as part of our exciting competition with Premier Inn, we wanted you, the readers, to share yours with us too.

Unsurprisingly, there were a lot of city-lovers. Thanks to their vibrant music scenes, Brighton and Manchester were popular choices, and Edinburgh’s thriving creative culture made it a firm favourite nationwide.

But you also loved escaping to the country – some because of fond memories, others because of the fresh air and picturesque landscapes.

Here are just a few of your highlights. And for plenty more ideas, remember to check out the One Great Thing guide with Premier Inn at

Baltic Triangle, Liverpool. For use with Premier Inn print hub campaign, winners choices
Photo: Pete Carr

Baltic Market, Liverpool

‘I love a visit to the Baltic Market in the up-and-coming Baltic Triangle. The Baltic Market is an epicentre for all things independent. It’s in the iconic Grade II-listed Cains Brewery which was rejuvenated back to its former glory specially for the market. A plethora of independent food vendors are hosted, each offering a unique culinary experience in an amazing atmosphere, including a live DJ and huge fake blossom trees. Look out for the amazing halloumi fries which are now a permanent fixture at the market. It feels great to support local businesses.’ Rebecca

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Hay on Wye

‘You can get completely lost in secondhand bookshops in the morning, spend time in any of the many pubs, then hike Hay Bluff in the afternoon.’ Ailish

HRP Hampton court Palace gardens
Photo: James Linsell-Clark

Hampton Court Palace

‘To be here is to imagine Henry VIII sweeping through the corridors, his court trailing in his wake. The ghost of Catherine Howard is said to dwell here – her sadness seeps through the walls.’ Judy

Stock photo for use with Newcastle, Northern Ireland, for Premier Inn print hub, winners feature.

Newcastle, Northern Ireland

‘A town where “the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” (as the song goes). Miles of wild mountain and caves to explore – all less than an hour from Belfast. A more romantic setting you’d struggle to find.’ Graham

Isle of Skye, for use with Premier Inn print features hub, winners feature.
Photo: John McSporran/Flickr

Isle of Skye

‘Eerie, magical, rugged, beautiful and everything in between. The weather can change in an instant but despite that, the place makes you want to explore.’ Freya

Do not reuse. Premier Inn hotel room and bed, for use with Premier Inn print features hub, winners features.

A great place to start

With powerful showers, Hypnos® beds and tasty buffet breakfasts, Premier Inn has got your ‘where to stay’ sorted which means all you have to think about is what to do while you’re there.

Fancy a cycling weekend away? At Premier Inn, you can sleep with your bike in your bedroom.

Or how about exploring a different part of the country? You’ll find Premier Inn hotels almost anywhere you go in the UK, from city centres to the heart of the countryside.

Explore even more of the UK

The ‘One Great Thing’ guide

Things to do

From the top of Scotland to the tip of Cornwall, from vibrant cities to the wilds of Wales, find what you’re looking for in Premier Inn’s brand new UK One Great Thing guide. Whatever your idea of the perfect weekend away is, you’ll find it here.


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