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17 Best Places to Visit For Easter in the UK

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Easter is a beautiful time to visit the UK, as the long, dark days of winter slowly retreat, every green space seems to burst with spring flowers and glorious blossom, and you can think about going out without your “big coat”. It’s also a time when Brits buy (and eat) an estimated 80 million chocolate eggs!

As there are two public holidays at Easter in the UK, it’s a popular time for short breaks (and longer holidays). Each part of the incredibly diverse United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) offers unique and fascinating things to do. There are lots of places to choose from for your memorable Easter break.

If you are keen to explore what to do at Easter – beyond the UK – please see these helpful suggestions:

Here are the best places to spend Easter in the UK

It can be overwhelming to decide which places to visit in the UK during the Easter Holidays. Here’s a collection of recommendations from top travel bloggers who share their tips for the very best places to enjoy Easter in the UK, including what to see and do, where to eat and where to stay:

1. London

By Nicole from Go Far Grow Close

A Harry Potter Studio Tour is one of the Best things to do in London for Easter in the UK
Harry Potter Studio. (Photo courtesy of

When you think about Easter, you can’t help thinking about children, chocolate and fun. That is why London is one of the best places to visit for Easter in the UK. It is chock full of spectacular places for all to enjoy.

Best things to see and do

Make sure you spend time exploring one of the many amazing and free museums, including the Natural History and the Victoria & Albert (“V&A”) Museums

Discover one of the 80 million specimens owned by the Natural History Museum, including fossils in the world-leading Dinosaurs gallery and meteorites from outer space.

If art is more your style, then spend time in the V&A, the world’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design. It houses a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects.

For keen Harry Potter fans, consider going on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. This tour is an astounding interactive experience through two large sound stages filled with original costumes, props and sets from the Harry Potter movies.

To make sure you get the most out of your experience, book tickets far ahead of Easter, as this will be a popular time to go. Other essential travel tips for this London attraction include wearing comfortable shoes and purchasing tickets for an early morning entry.

Where to stay

For the best place to stay, Nicole recommends the Z Hotel at Gloucester Place. The location near shopping along Oxford Street is fantastic; the rooms are modern, comfortable, and reasonably priced, and there are complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine every day. 

2. York, North Yorkshire

By Coralie from GreyGlobetrotters

Visiting The York City Walls is one of the best things to do for Easter in the UK.
York city walls. Photo ©

The ancient city of York is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, with a history dating back to the time of the Vikings and Romans.

Some of the best things to do in York at Easter include:

  • Strolling through the warren of medieval streets in the “Shambles” and checking out the intricate chocolate creations in the windows of the iconic Bettys tearooms
  • Take in an atmospheric Easter service at York Minster to hear the incredible choir (and the bells).
  • Visiting the York Chocolate Festival to learn about York’s history as a major chocolate-making centre (Thu, 14 Apr, 09:00 – Mon, 18 Apr, 22:00)
  • Walking along the medieval City Walls and around Clifford’s Tower to see the swathes of golden daffodils bloom in the embankments, or join a York photography walk along the walls with a top local photographer helping you to capture all of the best shots.

Don’t forget to visit the free-to-enter National Railway Museum too, to see the best collection of historic trains in Britain. There’s even a Royal one! You’ll also want to pre-book a York Pass to make lots of saving on entry charges to the major attractions in the city.

How to get there

York is on the East Coast rail line between London (2 hours) and Edinburgh (2 1/2 hours). If you’re planning to drive, use one of the park and ride services around the city to save time and beat the traffic.

Where to stay

If you love historical buildings, you can’t beat the fantastically atmospheric and highly regarded Grays Court Hotel – it dates back to the 11th century. It is reputed to be the oldest inhabited house in York and is a hidden gem tucked away between York Minster and the City Walls.

3. Conwy Castle, North Wales

By Paulina from UK Everyday

Visiting Conwy Castle is one of the best things to do for Easter in the UK.
Conwy Castle, North Wales. (Photo courtesy of

Why go on an Easter egg hunt when you can search for swords instead at Conwy Castle? Lots of families visit the most beautiful fortress in North Wales to have some fun during the Easter break.

At this time of the year, kids can enjoy creating their own shields and learn a bit more about the history of the amazing Conwy Castle.

Best things to see and do

After exploring the medieval castle, you can walk around the town and visit some great cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss out on checking out the Conwy Town Walls for stunning views of this small town.

Look out too for the smallest house in the UK at Lower Gate Street. This little red house is a Guinness Book of World Records holder.

Conwy offers a unique experience during Easter, thanks to its excellent location and near distance from other amazing places in North Wales. Whether you want to visit a castle or spend time at the beach, there is plenty to do for everyone in this charming town.

Llandudno and Colwyn Bay are just five miles away. A plethora of possibilities makes Conwy one of the greatest places in North Wales to visit during Easter. However, keep in mind that it rains a lot in Wales, so don’t forget to bring a waterproof jacket with you to stay dry during your Easter break.

How to get there

Conwy is about 1 1/2 hours away from Manchester International Airport, but it’s a lengthy 3+ hours by public transport from the airport, so you’ll definitely want to stay for a day or two to make the trip worthwhile!

Where to stay

The Quay Hotel and Spa has a fabulous location at Deganwy Marina, looking out over the Conwy River towards the castle. There’s also a fantastic restaurant with a riverside terrace, so you can drink in views of the castle as you dine.

4. Wells-next-the-Sea

By Katja from

Visiting Wells next the Sea is one of the best things to do for Easter in the UK.
Colourful beach huts at Well-next-the-sea, Norfolk. (Photo courtesy of

There are a lot of pretty places in Norfolk but none quite so lovely as Wells-next-the-Sea. This popular seaside resort is famous for its vast stretch of golden sand and wooden beach huts painted in candy stripes and rainbow colours.  

Wells-next-the-Sea (the name comes from the many spring wells that once peppered the area) is a small town, so it’s easy to get your bearings.

Best things to see and do

The quay is a buzzy place to wander along and popular with families who come here to try the traditional British beach town ‘sport’ of crabbing. Make sure to grab some fish n’ chips from French’s Fish Shop while here too.  

The weather at Easter in the UK is unpredictable, but the beach is much quieter than in the summer months, and it’s the perfect time to hire a beach hut for the day. Many of these huts were former fishermen’s huts or boat sheds and today have been transformed into seaside boltholes, many stocked with deckchairs, beach games and picnic blankets. Spending the day on the beach in a traditional hut is one of the best things to do in Wells-next-the-Sea.  

Another fun activity is to head out for the day with the Coastal Exploration Company on a traditional fishing boat. Run by ex-marine Henry Chamberlain, these seafaring trips are a wonderful mix of tradition, history and adventure.  

How to get there

Wells-next-the-Sea is 20 miles to the west of Cromer, 10 miles north of Fakenham, and about 30 miles from Norwich, which has train connections to London.

Where to stay

Katja recommends the Crown and Anchor Hotel as one of the most popular hotels in town, and there are lots of very cute little cottages to rent too on

5. Harrogate, North Yorkshire

By Coralie from GreyGlobetrotters

The Stray, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
The Harrogate Stray in Spring. Photo ©

North Yorkshire’s elegant spa town of Harrogate is a year-round magnet for visitors wanting proximity to the Yorkshire Dales, combined with the attractions of a thriving town.

At Easter, Harrogate plays its master card. The glorious green 200 acres of parkland in the middle of the town burst into bloom, first with carpets of snowdrops and multi-hued crocus, then hosts of gently swaying daffodils: Harrogate is one of the best places in the UK to see cherry blossom.

Best things to see and do

Aside from visiting the Stray, Easter is the perfect time to stroll through the Valley Gardens to the outstanding RHS gardens at Harlow Carr. Pause for silver-service afternoon tea at Bettys Tea Rooms, and maybe pick up one of their special Easter treats from the bakery too.

At Easter, Harrogate is a good base for road trips or hikes into the Yorkshire Dales, where the fields abound with fluffy white lambs. Yorkshire’s abundant waterfalls are spectacular, and you can’t visit Harrogate without a trip to the incredible original Harrogate Turkish Baths – once favoured by European Royalty!

How to get there

Harrogate is ideally located on a train loop from Leeds to York, with a journey time of around 40 minutes to each city. The town is 30 minutes north of Leeds by car and about 10 minutes from junction 47 of the A1 motorway.

Where to Stay

For a short break, stay in town at the Hotel du Vin or the West Park Hotel. Both are well located and have great rooms, a pleasing ambience, and excellent restaurants. Both are also just a few minutes from the Stray.

6. Glasgow, Scotland

By Moumita & Sankha from Chasing the Long Road

Glasgow is one of the best places to visit for Easter in the UK
Fabulous Glasgow. (Photo courtesy of Chasing the Long Road)

Glasgow is a fantastic place to spend Easter in the UK. With its many world-class museums, parks, historic buildings and shopping centres – it has something for all ages. Known as the cultural capital of Scotland, there are loads of things to do in Glasgow

Best things to see and do

One of the must-visit tourist attractions in Glasgow is the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Within its 22 galleries, you will find an extensive collection of 8000 objects – from priceless Renaissance art to a great collection of armour.

Next, visit the historic Glasgow Cathedral. Dedicated to Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, this medieval cathedral is the oldest building in the city.

Also, the city is famous for its many colourful street arts. Follow the Glasgow mural trail to admire these impressive artworks by local artists around the city. For the Easter egg hunt, head towards the Pollok House, located inside the Pollok Country Park.

Also, this city is a great base to explore Loch Lomond – the largest freshwater lake by surface in the whole of Britain and one of the must-see attractions in Scotland. From fine dining restaurants to chic cafes – there are many amazing places to eat in Glasgow. Head out to Glasgow’s bustling West End for brunch or a night out with friends.

How to get there

Glasgow is well-connected with other cities and towns of Scotland and England by train and bus. Also, The Glasgow International Airport is just 15 minutes bus ride from the city centre. 

Where to stay

Moumita and Sankha say you’ll find plenty of hotels and B&Bs to stay in Glasgow. They recommend the Jurys Inn Glasgow and Maldron Hotel Glasgow City as excellent choices to stay near the city centre for your Easter break.

7. Bodmin, Cornwall

By Kirsty from Lost in Cornwall

Bodmin Jail Cornwall - one of the best places to visit for an Easter Break
The imposing entrance to Lanhydrock House. (Photo courtesy of Lost in Cornwall)

Many people head to the Cornish coast for the Easter break for a little bit of a seaside holiday.  Cornwall has so much more to offer than just the beach, so how about spending your Easter around the inland town of Bodmin?

Best things to see and do

There are a lot of things to do in Bodmin and the surrounding areas.  In Bodmin town, you should definitely check out the imposing Bodmin Jail, which was built in the 1700s and has a dark history and perhaps some ghosts too.

Just on the outskirts of town is Lanhydrock Estate, a beautiful National Trust site which is perfect for long lingering walks in the countryside.  I encourage you to explore the house and gardens, which are impressive and an excellent place to escape to if the rain starts.

For those who love the great outdoors and nature, you’ll also love that Bodmin Moor is also on your doorstep with stunning views, ancient stone circles and legendary landscapes to explore.  Dozmary Pool is a location said to be the home of the Lady of the Lake in King Arthur’s legend.

How to get there  

Bodmin is in Cornwall in the very South West of the UK.  It’s located right on the A30, which is the main road in Cornwall, so very easy to get to if you’re driving.  Alternatively, Bodmin can be accessed by train from London in around 4 hours or by air to the local airport in Newquay.

Where to stay

For somewhere to eat and stay, Kirsty suggests Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, which dates back to 1750. It was a coaching inn for travellers in the area, some of whom used it for smuggling, plus it was the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s book of the same name. There’s a small museum there, the food is excellent, and you’re right on the moor for exploring more.

8. Plockton, Scotland

By Jiayi from Diary of a Nomad

Plockton Village Scotland is a beautiful place to visit at Easter in the UK
Plockton Village. (Photo courtesy of Diary of a Nomad)

If you’re looking for a quiet and unique place to spend Easter in the UK, look no further than Plockton, Scotland. This picturesque lakeside village offers an incredible escape into nature.

It’s also dotted with excellent seafood restaurants and a few tourist amenities, just enough for comfort. Plus, Plockton is only one hour by car from the breathtaking Isle of Skye.   

April is actually one of the best months to visit Plockton. The days are long, and the weather is temperate, with fewer days of rain than the rest of the year.

Best things to see and do

The top thing to do in Plockton is to take a boat tour and see some adorable seals. Your guide will also give you an insightful glimpse into the history of the village.

A 20-minute drive from Plockton will take you to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in Scotland. This island castle was used to protect the island from the Vikings up north. Inside the castle, you’ll find plenty of historical weapons, Jacobean artefacts, and other ancient items. 

Don’t forget to take a stroll along Harbour St., the most picturesque road in Plockton. On a good day, you’ll see the village houses reflecting in the lake, and it’s an absolutely breathtaking sight. Don’t leave without having some delicious seafood at The Shores Plockton.

How to get there

The best way to get to Plockton is to drive. This town is around 4.5 hours from Edinburgh and 2 hours from Inverness by car. Alternatively, you can take a train, although the journey would be 6.5 hours from Edinburgh. 

Where to stay

Jiayi recommends treating yourself to a luxurious stay at the Duncraig Castle B&B, which has its own private beach and offers incredible lakeside views. It’s one of the most serene places to escape and invest in yourself for Easter in the UK.

9. Windermere  

Kenny at Knycx Journeying

Beautiful Windermere in the UK Lake District
Beautiful Lake Windermere. Image © Adobe

Windermere, in England’s Lake District National Park, is a beautiful place to unwind and appreciate the breathtaking natural scenery of the largest lake in the UK. While there’s no single best time to visit, Windermere is beautiful at Easter, before the summer crowds of tourists arrive.

Windermere has a unique and poetic charm, thanks to its deep connection to artists, poets, and writers, many of whom were inspired by the town, including Beatrix Potter, creator of the Peter Rabbit stories.

Best things to see and do

Celebrate a literary Easter in the UK by visiting the World of Beatrix Potter attraction – her famous stories have been some of the most popular children’s books of all time. The museum recreates Peter Rabbit’s world in 3D. It’s a vibrant site that offers a unique experience for all the family.

Alternatively, hop on a Windermere cruise for a scenic tour, go trekking on one of the many scenic trails, experience fine dining at L’Enclume (named by the Good Food Guide in 2020 as the best restaurant in the UK) or take a historic train ride on Lakeside’s Haverthwaite Railway – with the backdrop of the incredible scenery that’s hard to forget. 

How to get there

Trains from Manchester Airport to Windermere take 2 hours and 10 minutes, or you can make the journey by car via the M6 and A651 in about an hour and a half.

Where to stay

Kenny recommends checking into an intimate B&B for the best Easter break experience. You can’t get better than the highly-rated Kenilworth Guest House or the Denehurst, where you’ll get a stupendous Cumbrian breakfast to set you up for the whole day.

10. The Isle of Wight

By Zoe from Together In Transit

Compton Beach Isle of Wight - a great place to spend Easter in the UK
Compton Beach, Isle of Wight (Photo courtesy of Together in Transit)

One of the best places to visit for Easter in the UK is the Isle of Wight, located on the Southern Coast of the country. The best way to get around the Island during Easter is by car, but the local public buses have a good network with day or weekly tickets for your stay. 

The Isle of Wight is the perfect Easter destination with lots of local activities, events and parks to enjoy. There are also gorgeous Spring hiking routes and superb local restaurants for a local treat (such as the Spyglass Inn in Ventnor).  

Best things to see and do

One of the top places for all to enjoy is Osborne House, once the royal home of Queen Victoria. It can be explored all year round; however, the gardens are exceptionally beautiful during Easter.

There is also Carisbrooke Castle, once an artillery fortress but now a historical spot with shows, dungeon tours and a friendly donkey as the primary resident.

For those who prefer more adventure, why not hike or mountain bike one of the many routes across the island? You can also speed over the water in a rib-adventure boat at Alum Bay or go kite surfing and swim along Compton Beach. 

In short, there is so much to do on the Isle of Wight that just visiting for Easter is not enough to experience everything!   

How to get there

There are up to 200 Isle of Wight ferry crossings a day from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, with good onward train connections. The ferry crossing takes 30 minutes and trains to London from 2 hours.

Where to stay

Zoe’s recommendation for a cute place to stay, central to the island, is the Goshens Farm B&B for somewhere to rest after a long day. It’s also the perfect start to the day with breakfast freshly served (with lots of choices) at a time of your choosing.   

11. Brighton, England

By Natasha Karcz of Planes, Trains and Karcz

The Victorian pier at Brighton - one of the best places to spend Easter in the UK
Brighton Pier (photo courtesy of Planes, Trains and Karcz)

A visit to the charming city of Brighton is a pleasure during any given time of year, though travelling to this seaside resort at Easter boasts some quaint holiday traditions and events you won’t want to miss! Upon reaching the coast, you’ll find the town is riddled with colour; adorned with Pride flags and vividly painted street art.

Brighton – informally recognized as the UK’s LGBTQ+ capital – might just be the biggest Rainbow City in the world and is remarkably inclusive and built on foundations of activism and camaraderie.

Best things to see and do

Take in one of the esteemed “Piers & Queers” walking tours, which will take you on a 90-minute tour through Brighton’s downtown and along its famed beachfront, touching on over 200+ years of queer history.

From there, you’ll have your choice to continue exploring Brighton’s sandy shores or its artsiest district at “The Lanes“, which boasts the town’s most alternative cafes and shops.

If something more Easter-oriented is on the agenda, opt for an Easter egg decorating class (yes, those exist!) or an Easter Egg hunt around Devil’s Dyke, which doubles as the perfect opportunity to experience some of Brighton’s legendary countryside with a day hike over rolling hills and through plunging valleys.

How to get there

To get to Brighton, you’ll first need to fly into either one of the international airports located in London and make the hour/hour and a half drive or train ride south.

Where to stay

Natasha’s advice is to retire at the end of the day to the centrally-located hostel of YHA Brighton for budget-friendly accommodation or the King’s Hotel for a more sophisticated, pampering option complete with unbeatable coastal views!

No matter how you opt to spend your Easter getaway to Brighton, you’re all but guaranteed to leave feeling the buzz this exciting waterfront city emanates. 

12. Cardiff, Wales

By Cath from Wales with Kids

The Millennium Dome - Cardiff. A great place to visit in the UK at Eastertime
The Millennium Centre Cardiff (photo courtesy of Wales with Kids)

The Welsh capital is a great place to spend Easter. Whether you’re going for a day trip from London, the long weekend or planning to spend more time in the city, Cardiff is a vibrant place during Easter and at other times of the year.

Best things to see and do

Several Easter-themed events take place throughout the city, and in the past, Cardiff Castle has held events such as an Easter-themed trail, egg rolling, and Easter egg decorating. Whether events are taking place or not, Cardiff Castle is a great place to visit in the city with its Norman Keep, Castle Apartments and battlements which hold a surprise.

Combine your visit with one to the National Museum across the road, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through Bute Park behind the castle afterwards.

Another great place to visit in the city is St Fagans, the National Museum of History, where visitors can get a glimpse into the history of Wales through buildings dating back one thousand years. And Cardiff Bay is another must-visit in the city, with the Senedd Building, Norwegian Church and the Millennium Centre to visit.

And as for food, visitors certainly won’t go hungry in the Welsh capital. Cardiff Bay has lots of different restaurants to choose from, and St David’s 2 and Mill Lane in the city centre offer everything from Thai food to Mexican and beyond.

Cardiff is a city with something to offer everyone, whether you are a solo traveller, a couple or visiting with kids.

How to get there

Reachable from London by train, a journey that takes just 2 hours from London Paddington, Cardiff has lots to offer those who choose to visit. The city is also conveniently located off the M4 meaning it is also accessible by car from anywhere in the United Kingdom.

Where to stay

Kath says that there’s a host of places to stay in Cardiff, from budget-friendly Premier Inns to luxury St David’s overlooking the Bay.

13. Whitby, North Yorkshire

By Lavinia DSouza from Continent Hop

Whitby North Yorkshire
Whitby Harbour (photo courtesy of Continent Hop)

What makes many places in the UK worth visiting at Easter is that there are fewer tourists around than in the summer, making them easier to visit – and sometimes cheaper too!

Lots of visitors to the UK flock to well-known British destinations like London and Cornwall, while places in the North, like Whitby that are full of culture and have lots to do, tend to go unnoticed by many.

The weather can be a little unpredictable. However, there are brighter rain-free spells from the end of March.

Best things to see and do

Whitby has some of the best fish and chips in all of the UK, however, what makes it fun to visit during Easter is that numerous egg hunts are conducted at various locations around the town, making it a fun day for families, while others can enjoy special events like detective trails and special events at the museums.

In Whitby, you’ll find the whalebone arch that isn’t taken from a whale but is an exact replica. From here, you’ll get beautiful views of the harbour and also, and the 199 steps that connect down to the harbour are also located here. 

Whitby Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey, sits perched on top and is the most popular attraction in the town. Visiting the abbey will probably answer why it was here that Bram Stoker chose to write Dracula

How to get there

The closest international airport is Teesside airport (previously Durham) however, Whitby is connected by trains too.

Where to stay

Lavinia’s tip is to stay at the Resolution Hotel in Whitby, and to eat at any of the fish and chip shops for delicious fresh fish.

14. Manchester., England

By Pauline from Beeloved City

Manchester is the perfect city for Easter in the UK

Located in North West England, Manchester is one of the best cities to discover in the UK, and the Easter break is just the perfect time to do that.

Four days is the ideal amount of time to visit Manchester since it will give you enough time to discover the city, go to a couple of museums, experience the nightlife and take one or two-day trips!

Best things to see and do

Manchester is known for its industrial heritage. It was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Europe, and that’s why you can find so many old warehouses here.

There is a lot to do in Manchester. If you have four days, consider taking a bus or walking tour of the city, strolling along the canals in Castlefield, visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and doing a bit of shopping!

If you like street art and quirky cafés, make sure to head to Northern Quarter. It’s one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Manchester, and there is so much to see here! You should also consider taking one or two day-trips from Manchester. The Peak District National Park can easily be accessed by train or car (30 minutes), and there are loads of hikes you can take.

You can also choose to go to Chester, York, the Lake District, Liverpool or Snowdonia. In terms of food, you will find many amazing restaurants in Manchester, but here are a few recommendations: Northern Soul Grilled Cheese are Tib Street, Evuna in the Northern Quarter for tapas on Thomas Street, TROF for an amazing Sunday roast, and Koreana for delicious Korean food.

How to get there

Manchester is about 20 minutes from Manchester International Airport by train and 3 1/2 hours by train from London (via Leeds).

Where to stay

Pauline’s tip is to make sure to book your accommodation in the city centre (Deansgate, Piccadilly, the Northern Quarter or Spinningfield) so you can easily walk around the city centre, and you won’t have to take public transport. The city centre is quite small and compact so it’s very easy to explore on foot.

15. Castleton, The Peak District

Jenny from Peak District Kids

Castleton in the Peak District is a great place to visit for Easter in the UK
Castleton (photo courtesy of Peak District Kids)

The Peak District is the UK’s oldest and most visited National Park. Easter is the perfect time to visit as the National Park bursts into life again from the slumbers of winter; daffodils carpet the woodlands, and the greenery from trees colours the escarpment views. As it’s lambing season, you are guaranteed to spot lambs gambolling in the fields on a walk.

Best things to see and do

Castleton, in the heart of the Dark Peak, is a good place to base yourself. Visitors flock here for its underground show caverns (some of the best in the country, including Speedwell Cavern, Devil’s Arse, and Treak Cliff Cavern), as well as a starting point to hike up to some epic viewpoints, including Mam Tor, Lose Hill, and Winnats Pass.

It’s also a charming place to wander around before popping into a pub (there are no less than six in this village!). For a small village there are surprisingly a lot of things to do in Castleton.

A car is the easiest way to get around Castleton and the Peak District. However, there are buses that stop in the village.

Make sure you pack your hiking boots and dress for all seasons. Up on the hills around Castleton at Easter, you could be walking in snow one day and in a T-shirt the next. 

How to get there

Castleton is about 45 minutes away from Manchester International Airport, or almost 4 hours from London in a car.

Where to stay

For places to stay, if you’re on a budget, Jenny recommends the Castleton YHA. Otherwise she suggests a room in one of the characterful pubs, like the George Inn or Ye Old Nags Head. However, for an authentic Peak District experience, Jenny recommends renting a holiday cottage on a farm in one of the surrounding villages.

16. Liverpool

By Mark from Wyld Family Travel

Visit Liverpool for Easter in the UK
Liverpool Docks (photo courtesy of Wyld Family Travel)

Easter in Liverpool is a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company. There are many events and traditions that take place at this time of year in Liverpool, such as egg hunts, church services and parades.

Things to do

Liverpool is a thriving modern city, thanks to redevelopment from the EU development fund. The city really comes alive along its waterfront to the River Mersey, with museums, attractions, shopping and food all located in this area.

You can visit Madame Tussauds, The Tate Museum, The Beatles Experience and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, just to name a few. While at the waterfront, you should not miss catching the famous ferry across the Mersey

Opposite the Albert Dock, you will find the Liverpool One shopping centre and entertainment area, with over 170 shops including Skechers, Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Lego and Disney for families visiting Liverpool, plus 3000 car parking places.

No trip to Liverpool is complete for football fans without a tour of Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC.

Grab a bite to eat off the food vans at Albert Dock selling traditional fish n chips, or go upmarket and visit one of the three different Maray restaurant sites across the city of Liverpool. Maray opened its first location in the summer of 2014 in Liverpool’s Bond St, with the goal of bringing a piece of Paris’ 4th arrondissement to the city.

How to get there

Liverpool is close to Manchester (45 minutes) and only 90 minutes from North Wales and Blackpool, making it easy to make day trips while maintaining Liverpool as your base for a holiday.

Where to stay

In the city centre, stay at the luxurious DoubleTree by Hilton or the mid-budget Aloft Liverpool by Marriott, or head for the beautifully airy Hope Street Hotel in the historic Hope and Knowledge Quarter that’s packed with beautiful Georgian houses and plenty of fine places to dine. It’s a history lover’s dream!

17. Bourton-on-the-Water

By Mal from Raw Mal Roams

Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds is great for Easter Breaks
Beautiful Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds (photo courtesy of Raw Mal Roams)

One of the prettiest villages of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water is the perfect destination to spend the long Easter weekend with plenty of exciting activities, excellent pubs and traditional tea rooms. 

Bourton-on-the-Water is set along the River Windrush and is famous for its picturesque low, arched stone bridges that connects two banks of the river and give the village its nickname – “Venice of the Cotswolds”.

Things to do

On a sunny spring day, bring some goodies from the nearby shops and make a picnic on the vast stretch of grass by the river! Alternatively, have a traditional English cream tea at the family-run Green & Pleasant Tea Rooms by the river.

Stroll through the charming streets of the village to admire its quaint honey-coloured cottages built from yellow limestone, typical of Cotswolds architecture. 

Pop into the Model Village, which exhibits the exact replica of Bourton-on-the-Water but in a smaller size. The cottages of the replica were built in the 1930s from the same stone as the original, and the plan of the village is exactly the same, which is fascinating!

Another interesting place worth paying a visit to is the Cotswolds Motor Museum, set in an old mill in the heart of the village. It showcases a rich collection of old motorbikes and cars, with the oldest car exhibit in the collection being Alldays & Onions Victoria from 1911.

How to get there

Bourton-on-the-Water is located 83 miles west of London, and the best way to get here is by car. You can also take a train to Moreton-in-Marsh and then a bus to Bourton if you don’t drive.    

Where to stay

Stay at the Chester House Hotel set by the river in the heart of the village which offers excellent breakfast and complimentary parking for guests.  


As you can see, Easter is a wonderful time to visit the UK. There are fewer crowds than in the height of summer, making spending Easter in the UK a really attractive idea.

Whether you prefer castles, cities, or something wild and remote, there is much to see and do in the UK. The most challenging thing is picking just one place to visit for Easter in the UK!

Until next time Grey Globetrotters

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