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UK City Breaks

Discover some of the UK’s finest cities with Macdonald Hotels. Make the most of vibrant locations and cultural attractions with a city break at our collection of 4 and 5-star hotels.

Whether you want an exciting weekend break filled with sightseeing and soaking up the atmosphere of bustling urban surrounds or a relaxed midweek trip gently exploring a new destination, we’ve got the perfect hotel for you. Learn more about our city breaks in the UK and the locations of our hotels.


Named after the Roman baths which use the only hot springs in Britain, this world heritage city has a fascinating past and countless attractions to enjoy. Our 5-star hotel in Bath city centre offers guests a luxurious, relaxing stay with access to outstanding leisure facilities and a renowned spa. Admire the city's sweeping Georgian architecture and heritage attractions or choose adventurous activities like hot air balloon rides and paddleboarding on the River Avon.


If you want to stay right in the heart of a cosmopolitan city, book a break at Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. The central location of this hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from New Street Station, makes it perfect for a city break by train. There’s no-end of attractions nearby, from inspiring museums and performance venues to the serious retail therapy on offer in the Bullring and boutiques of the Jewellery Quarter.


Whether you want an overnight stay after a day at the races or to visit the Roman walls and independent shops housed in the striking Tudor architecture of The Rows, a city break in Chester will be an inspiring experience. With New Blossoms in the middle of this historic city and the tranquil Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa just a short drive away, booking a getaway to Chester with Macdonald Hotels will allow you to enjoy this corner of the North West your way.  


One of the UK’s newer cities, Preston lies on the north bank of the River Ribble in Lancashire. You’ll find our hotel in Preston overlooking the river and easy to reach from the M6. With a city break here, you’ll be able to admire the grand Grade 1 listed Harris Museum and ride on restored locomotives at the Ribble Steam Railway. It’s also possible to mix urban and rural surroundings thanks to the acres and acres of rolling countryside just outside the city.


Experience a royal retreat at our hotel in Windsor, a contemporary townhouse located in the heart of historic Windsor.

Step out and discover the local area – a real treat, with several of England’s best-known attractions within easy reach. Explore the historic Windsor Castle, enjoy a leisurely walk in Windsor Great Park, or indulge in some retail therapy in the bustling high street.

Windsor is ideally placed for a weekend city break with good train connections, easy access to the motorway network, and Heathrow Airport just 30 minutes by car.


The city of Southampton has a rich maritime history and remains one of the most important ports in the UK. This gives it an intriguing culture that’s apparent in the numerous museums and art galleries, varied architecture and cool, contemporary cafes and bars.  A stay at our Botley Park Hotel will afford you easy access to the city centre while also making other nearby attractions accessible. With Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World not far away it’s a great choice for a family city break.


A stay at the historic Norwood Hall, not far from the centre of Aberdeen, is ideal for discovering this seaside city's vibrant yet underrated food scene and nightlife. Aberdeen has a beach within walking distance of the city centre - time your visit well and you might get to see dolphins frolicking in the North Sea. With a short journey along the coast you'll find world-class golf courses and stunning castles too.


Head north for your next city break. Inverness is well served by trains and domestic flights and our Drumossie Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the capital of the highlands. Enjoy a relaxed city break with strolls along the river bank, shopping at the Victorian Market and indulging in the finest gastronomic delights from the region.

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