Got a day to spare? Spend it in one of the UK’s most popular cities – our five minute guides have all the info you need.
Best for: SHOPPING! With Selfridges and an assortment of high street and designer favourites in the city centre, plus four-floor mega shopping complex the Trafford Centre just a short bus ride away, expect to come home with an empty purse – but a full wardrobe, of course.
Food & Drink: If you really want to experience Manchester in style, a visit to Cloud 23 is a must. The highest point in Manchester, this sky bar is housed in the Hilton hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering an amazing view. Afternoon tea is served from noon until 5pm, with a variety of sandwiches, wraps, cakes and scones on offer. Cloud23bar.com
Sleeping: Sometimes you just can’t beat a Premier Inn, and Manchester city centre has no less than six to choose from. We recommend the new build Piccadilly on Dale Street, for its close proximity to the train station, and rooms from £29. Premierinn.com
Getting There: Advance return train fare from around £30 when booking travel with The Train Line. Thetrainline.com
Best for: Sightseeing – Cardiff Castle, Sophia Gardens, the Millennium Stadium and the Welsh National Museum are all worth a look.
Food & Drink: The Mermaid Quay waterfront development houses twenty-nine restaurants, from fast food chains, to boutique wine bars. We love TerraNova for its classic comfort food. Terranovacardiff.com
Sleeping: Sleeperz offers a central location and modern, minimalist rooms from £45 per room per night, including breakfast. Sleeperz.com/cardiff
Getting There: Return flights from Glasgow with FlyBe from £70. Flybe.com
Best for: A night out – trebles bar, anyone? Nightclub Tup Tup Palace has been made infamous by the Geordie Shore lot, and regularly plays host to celebs, from the JLS boys to Professor Green. Tuptuppalace.com
Food & Drink: The Gate centre is the perfect place to start a night on the town, with TGI Friday’s and Nando’s providing a reasonably priced bite, and Indigo bar supplying the cocktails. If you decide to stay put for the night, Tiger Tiger and the 24-hour Aspers Casino should keep you entertained. Thegatenewcastle.co.uk
Sleeping: Euro Hostel is a cheap place to rest your head for a night, and is close to the newly refurbished Eldon Square shopping centre, as well as all the nightlife. Beds from £16, private rooms from £29. Euro-hostels.co.uk/newcastle
Getting There: Advance return for around £30 when you travel with National Rail. Nationalrail.co.uk
Best for: A trip to the theatre. The bustling West End is currently home to some fabulous musicals and shows, including Billy Elliot, Les Miserables and Viva Forever!
Food & Drink: Bounce, situated in Holborn, is the latest London restaurant creating a buzz, as it allows you to play ping pong while you eat! The cocktails are delicious and average around the £8 mark – we recommend the Treacle Tart. Bouncelondon.com
Sleeping: The Hoxton Hotel in trendy Shoreditch has an uber cool design and annual £1 sales. That’s right: £1 per room per night. Hoxtonhotels.com
Getting There: Return flights from Glasgow with easyJet from £58, advance train fare from £40 return with Virgin Trains, return bus journey with Megabus from £3. Easyjet.com, Virgintrains.co.uk, Megabus.com