Top destinations for bank holiday weekend trips

Epic bank holidays. When else can you enjoy a long weekend away from work with the rest of the country? There’s all that extra time to spend with friends and family. The extra day at the pub, or even to catch up with some housework! But, for something more, you could get in your car or jump on a train and check out somewhere new.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best destinations for bank holiday weekend trips across the UK. Of course, we’ve picked out some of the best pubs near you to visit along the way.


London’s the place to be on a bank holiday. Check out the London Eye, the London Dungeons and the O2 Arena, not to mention the best pubs nearby. London’s calling — will you answer?

Sports between sights

Craving live sports this bank holiday? Get off the busy London streets at the Fox Under The Hill and see the big game on the biggest screen you can. The pub is a short Tube trip from Greenwich Park and Canary Wharf. So see the sights then see the sports. Fuel up with pub grub and get back out there for whatever’s next.

Hungry in Hounslow

From Hounslow Urban Farm to Hounslow Heath, there’s lots to see and do for the whole family in this corner of London. Whether you’re visiting the fun-filled Hobbledown Heath or watching the rugby at Twickenham, head to the Honeycombe to fuel up on good food and great times. 

interior of the restaurant and seating area


Got your eye on the North? Manchester has it all. Music, history, shops, bars. Get up to the Northern Quarter for some culture or grab a tram down to Deansgate for some great food. And all through the city, you’ll find tons of pubs to enjoy a few bank holiday drinks.

Light up the trip

Salford is a cracking day for the family. It’s a tram ride out of the city where you can see the Lowry or the Museum of Science & Industry. Once you’ve had your fun, duck into the Matchstick Man for some hearty pub food to round out your bank holiday.

Manchester’s mountain

Ready to hit the slopes? This bank holiday, get down to the famous Chill Factore. If you can ski or snowboard then you’ll love the UK's longest indoor ski slope. Then warm up in the nearby Old Rectory afterwards. This pub nails the balance of classic food favourites and a whole load of drinks to choose from — again, all for a great price.

interior restaurant and seating area

City visits

There’s more than just London and Manchester to get out to this bank holiday. Take a trip to Bristol for something a bit different than you’re used to. Or head up to Liverpool for a seaside city packed with culture. Every city in the UK has something for you and your family to enjoy.

Lions, tigers and beers, oh my!

In Bristol, see the Bristol Zoo Gardens or Clifton Suspension Bridge before crashing at the Brunel. It’s a pub that puts proper pub food on your plate as well as an ice-cold beer in your hand.

Marinas, music and meals

Liverpool loves its music, but it’s also massive in the pubs, bars and restaurant scene. Come to this city for the famous Beatles’ Cavern Club. Stay for the sunny walks through Birkenhead Park and around Marine Lake. Then, once you’re worn out and fancy a cold one, pop into the Arrowe Park in Birkenhead to finish off the bank holiday.

The beer garden of The Whitebarn.

Countryside breaks

Don’t feel like a busy city is your bag this bank holiday? Head out to the countryside instead and bring your family, friends and even dogs. From Cheshire to Buckinghamshire, you’ll find spots that work for you all over the UK. And hidden in the greenery, there are plenty of pubs to check out when you need something to eat and drink.

Tree-top thrills

In Cheshire, enjoy the fresh country air while getting stuck into activities like Apple Jacks Adventure Park or the tree-top adventure Go Ape. Then grab a beer in the sun at the beer garden at the White Barn in Middlewich.

Beers, blocks and family bonding

Kids love Lego, and if we’re being honest, adults do too. So grab your kids and take a trip to Legoland this bank holiday. It’s tucked away in Buckinghamshire, so start off your day with one of our epic breakfasts at the nearby Crooked Billet before getting out there and exploring it.

Destinations you can bank on

Wherever you want to go, there’s so much to see and do on bank holidays in the UK. You don’t just have to sit at home or even stay local. Get out there and see some sights, make some memories and try some killer pubs.

Find a pub near you for your next bank holiday destination.