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Whether you’re looking for a countryside retreat or an exciting city escape, the UK is full of great girls’ weekend destinations!

From the exciting city of London where a wealth of activities awaits to the Cotswolds, where cosy pubs and charming landscapes are aplenty, the UK has it all.

Once you’ve had a browse, all you have to do is send your top picks to the girl’s WhatsApp group and try and find a date that works for the perfect girly weekend away (good luck!).

Discover 10 of the best girls’ weekends away in UK destinations below…

1. Bath

Bath Somerset

Perfect for: Exploring, culture, and relaxing.

First, on our list of girls’ weekend away ideas is the beautiful Somerset city of Bath! Bath’s Roman ruins, elegant tea rooms, and honey-coloured buildings, plus the amazing Thermae Bath Spa, make it feel like you’ve stepped into a Jane Austen novel.

Bath has a lot to see, yet the city centre is small enough to squeeze into a weekend. Discover the city’s most famous attractions, including the historic Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Bridge, as well as the fascinating Jane Austen Centre.

You can even head out on a dreamy Bridgerton filming locations walking tour or enjoy the picturesque Bath Skyline Walk to see the city at its best.

Use our Cotswolds Travel Guide to discover even more inspiration for your girls’ trip!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Bath

2. Edinburgh

Edinburgh's Victoria Street

Perfect for: History, pubs, and restaurants.

With its cobbled alleys dating back to the Middle Ages, hidden passageways, and world-famous castle, Edinburgh is an undeniably charming hot spot for a girly weekend away.

The list of things to do in Edinburgh seems to never end with its exquisite dining options and historic attractions. Admire the incredible architecture on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park. Discover life in the medieval period by taking a little walk down one of the narrow hidden alleys.

If you’re a lover of Harry Potter facts, don’t miss out on Victoria Street, which is supposed to have inspired J. K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley and is dotted with eccentric little stores and cafés. Getting lost in this city’s history is why it is one of the best places to go for a long weekend.

Make sure you visit the best Edinburgh restaurants with your girls to get the most out of the culinary delights on offer. And use our Edinburgh Travel Guide to plan your entire trip all in one place!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Edinburgh

3. Liverpool

Liverpool skyline

Perfect for: Nightlife, shopping and food.

It’s time to pack up your hair rollers and get your best sparkly outfit ready because Liverpool is the place to be with your girlfriends!

The Royal Albert Dock is a cultural hotspot in the city and the perfect place to book a table for some good food and drinks. Enjoy the beauty of the Mersey just a short walk away from vibrant nightlife – of which there is plenty.

Choose from the lively Concert Square, step into The Beatles past at the Cavern Quarter, or head to the Baltic Triangle for an edgy night at industrial food markets.

One of the best things about Liverpool is the fact you can walk into the city and decide what you want to do on the spot. And, of course, the warm hospitality that elevates the vibe of this cool North West hot spot for the perfect girlie weekend.

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Liverpool

4. London

Girls weekend away in London

Perfect for: Sightseeing, shopping and bars.

Renowned as one of the best city breaks in the UK, London is one of the best places to visit with the girls! With countless opportunities for retail therapy, late-night drinks and bottomless brunches, what more do you and the gals need?

Shopaholics will adore London’s retail spots! There’s no better place for a shopping spree than Oxford Street, whilst Brick Lane boasts some of the best retro stores and vintage markets.

And, if you want an unforgettable night in the town, there is no shortage of vibrant bars and clubs in England’s capital.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, food! In Camden and Islington, you can find a diverse and trendy collection of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from.

Alternatively, if you want something more upscale, there are a number of high-end options located in Covent Garden for an extra special treat.

The best thing about London is its easy transport links for a girls’ night away, meaning you can enjoy a more cost-efficient getaway at a Home Counties cottage!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in London

5. Cotswolds

Garden in the English Cotswolds

Perfect for: Walking, markets and quiet.

The Cotswolds is one of England’s most beautiful regions, with quaint villages and market towns yearning to be discovered. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, surrounded by picturesque landscapes, the Cotswolds is the place for a lady’s weekend away.

Spend some time indulging in some retail therapy in one of the charming market towns. Then, finish off the day with some of the most delightful afternoon tea you’ve ever had at a local tearoom.

Alternatively, treat yourself to a day at the spa complete with facials, massages, catch-ups, and prosecco!

The Cotswolds AONB is bordered by a variety of attractive towns and cities that each offer something unique. Spend a day trip on your lady’s weekend away at one of the many quaint locations including CirencesterBourton-on-the-WaterChipping CampdenMoreton-in-Marsh, Cheltenham, and Bibury.

For more information, our Cotswolds Travel Guide has it all.

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in the Cotswolds

6. York


Perfect for: Culture, attractions and restaurants.

Famed for its charming, cobbled streets and historical buildings, York is the perfect getaway for a girls’ weekend away in the UK.

While York is ideal for every occasion, it is one of the greatest cities in the UK for spending time with your girls. Not only is it very stunning and ideal for sightseeing, but it also boasts a stunning selection of speciality gin bars, afternoon teas, and restaurants serving everything from local to international cuisine.

The city of York is full of exciting attractions. The city offers a myriad of museums, a racecourse, and an ancient wall where you can find fantastic restaurants and shops.

Rainy days are perfect for trying out the best cocktail bars for a bottomless brunch, or browsing the shops in The Shambles, known for its resemblance to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter!

Above all, York has a great vibe that makes it ideal for girly weekends away. City living might be scary, but York is a location where you can enjoy yourself and feel safe walking about at night and is one of the best places to go for a long weekend.

Discover even more treats and activities with our York Travel Guide.

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in York

7. Cardiff


Perfect for: Partying, culture, and activities.

For a girls’ weekend that combines cultural exploration and culinary delights with vibrant nightlife, Cardiff is the place to go! You’ll never run out of things to do in the exciting Welsh capital.

Firstly, the locals in Cardiff know how to throw a good party, and there is a big choice of dining options to try out during your UK ladies’ weekend getaway.

Visit the Wales Millennium Centre to immerse yourself in Cardiff’s culture even more; it’s a hive of artistic activity that hosts a wide variety of performances. After that, take a stroll down Cardiff Bay, where a wide variety of dining, pubs and clubs can be found.

Our Wales Travel Guide is the perfect place to discover more things to do on your girls’ trip away.

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Cardiff

8. Chester


Perfect for: Restaurants, chilling and spas.

Chester is the ideal destination for a stylish girlie weekend. Those who live in the country will love the quaintness of this small city with its intriguing shops, spas, and restaurants. It’s also a great weekend escape for those who live in major cities and need to unwind.

Its allure and distinct ambience make it a popular short-break destination where you can view the renowned Roman walls, mediaeval amphitheatre, Elizabethan timber-framed palaces and cutting-edge architecture.

There are many things to see and do in Chester, including the iconic Chester Cathedral, Chester Racecourse, and Chester Zoo.

Carden Park Spa is a must if you want to treat yourself to a luxury experience with all the bells and whistles!

Once you’ve been pampered, venture over to one of the many stunning Chester restaurants! We recommend Artezzan Restaurant and Bar, Opera Grill, and The Forge.

Our Chester Travel Guide is the perfect place to plan your girls’ night away!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Chester

9. Belfast


Perfect for: Exploring, fun and Guinness!

As one of the best girls’ holiday destinations in Northern Ireland, Belfast is full of things to do that are easy to get to by foot or bike.

The city is filled with bars where you can enjoy pool, karaoke, arcade games, and cabarets that combine local food with live comedy. This, along with so much food, shopping and Guinness, Belfast is one of the most fun destinations to visit with your friends!

Make your way to the Cathedral Quarter, where lively streets are home to a number of warm taverns and restaurants that you can try. Alternately, head to St. George’s Market, a Victorian market with a wide variety of food vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Browse around our Northern Ireland Travel Guide to find even more things to do!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Belfast

10. Cornwall


Perfect for: Beaches, cocktails and watersports.

Cornwall is a great destination for a girly seaside weekend getaway because, no matter where you are, you’ll always be close to some amazing Cornish beaches.

Cornwall offers the best experience of majestic English landscapes, including dramatic coastlines, rugged cliffs, blue waters, and lush countryside. A lovely, mild climate combines these factors to make it the perfect girls’ weekend away.

St Ives and Falmouth are both creative hubs with a plethora of galleries and picturesque harbours to visit. While Land’s End is the most south-westerly point in the UK, the view is spectacular!

Some of the greatest UK music festivals are also held along the shore, with Fistral Beach holding Boardmasters in August.

Cornwall has so much to do that you and your girlfriends may need to plan a detailed itinerary to maximise your holiday.

Use our Cornwall Travel Guide for all the information you need!

Where to stay on your girl’s holiday in Cornwall

Ready to Explore

Are you ready for the best girls’ weekend away? Find the perfect place to stay by browsing the top UK holiday destinations for 2024, inspired by UK cottages. Already booked on? Use our travel guide as a starting point for your trip.

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