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12th May 2016 | National News, Park News, Regional News, UK Holidays

Top City Break Parks

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Love the atmosphere of being in the city but still want to be able to get away from it all with a coastal or countryside break? Have no fear, we have the perfect solution! Bet you didn’t realise how close lots of our parks are to some of the UK’s best cities. Take a look at our top choices here…

Inverness

Just up the road from the famous Loch Ness, is the charming Highland city of Inverness. From St Andrew’s Cathedral to the forested hill of Craig Phadrig, there’s lots to enjoy.

The city itself is small, compact and easy to get around. Visitors can enjoy the fine circular walk from Inverness Castle, along the river past St Andrew’s Cathedral, which dominates the River Ness, and through the Ness Islands where you will find anglers casting long lines to leaping Atlantic salmon.

The city boasts a number of historic buildings that can be appreciated while browsing the city shops. You’ll find a range of specialist retailers in the historic Old Town and Victorian Market while a great variety of popular high street names can be found at the Eastgate Centre. Stop by Chisholms Highland Dress and get yourself kitted out in a traditional tartan kilt or pop in McRaes (the largest independent Scottish souvenir shop in Ross-shire) and get all your holiday souvenir shopping sorted.

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Glasgow

As Scotland’s largest city you can expect a lively, bustling destination with plenty of things to do.

Take in the city’s striking mix of architecture styles as you wander the streets or stroll through the fascinating museums and art galleries. Often described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery, a trip to Glasgow wouldn’t be complete without a wee dram or two at the Glengoyne Distillery.

If you’ve got cash to splash then you’ll find that Glasgow is one of the best shopping destinations outside of London. Take a stroll down Buchanan Street at the heart of Glasgow’s famous shopping district. Check out the latest trends in the designers and high street shops or pick up some quirky vintage buys at The Glasgow Vintage Co. (whose sister store is in New York City’s East Village).

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Norwich

Norwich, the capital of East Anglia, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a year-round calendar of festivals and events, from culture to cuisine. Don’t miss the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, from mid to end May, the flagship arts festival for the East of England. Not forgetting the annual Shakespeare Festival from 15th July and the Norfolk Cricket Festival from 17th July.

Stroll around the beautiful Norwich Cathedral Quarter, relax on a river cruise or indulge in a spot of retail therapy while exploring all of the independent retailers on the cobbled Norwich lanes. Plus stop by the largest permanent open air market in England to sample the delicious range of quality local food including meat and fish, freshly baked bread, jam and chutneys plus a wide range of cheeses.

There’s plenty of history and heritage to be found with the streets still carrying a lot of their medieval charm. You’ll also find some remains of the ancient city walls and a wealth of historic buildings.

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Cardiff

Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, is a destination of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings so be sure to pack your camera as the shots are sure to impress. The views of the Cardiff Castle from Bute Park will not disappoint.

In terms of shopping the combination of designer brands, high street names and unique independent shops means there’s something for everyone.

If sport is your thing then you won’t be disappointed, whether you want to watch or play, Cardiff has gained itself a fine reputation as a sporting destination thanks to the quality of its events and facilities as a host of Olympic football during the 2012 games. Cardiff Bay is also home to Cardiff International White Water Centre, an on demand white water rafting facility. Its variable river flow means that adventurers at all levels can enjoy the thrill of white water as well as the indoor surf machine and the Air Trail zip wire.

Not forgetting a lively entertainment scene, including opera, ballet, musicals and live music. Cardiff is proud of its culture, history and language and across the city you’ll find a range of theatres, galleries and museums to experience this.

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Plymouth

Located by a stunning waterfront and harbour, Britain’s Ocean City, is one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. With its dazzling views, rich history and world class events, no wonder Plymouth is such a popular place to visit.

The independent shops, galleries, bars and cafes along the water’s edge give a real metropolitan feel and the quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour make for ideal photo opportunities. For a real treat be sure to sample the fresh fish caught locally on Sutton Harbour.

History buffs will love the fact that it’s home to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on their voyage to the New World in 1620. Not forgetting Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake is renowned to have played his last game of bowls before his sailing voyage to engage with the Spanish Armada.

Take your pick from the wide variety of shopping areas, from independent retailers and high street names to the outdoor markets, giving visitors the chance to taste some of Devon’s delicious local produce.

Plymouth

Truro

Being Cornwall’s only city, Truro is the host of many of Cornwall’s events including the popular September Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, which sees Truro’s Lemon Quay transform into a foodie heaven for three days of eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment.

Whatever the weather or time of year, Truro has something to offer all the family. Discover the historic buildings, stroll through parks (favourites include Victoria Gardens and Boscawen Park) or along river walks, take in the spectacular scenery or relax on a boat trip. Enterprise Boats run ferries down Truro River and into the Fal to take you through an area of outstanding beauty.

A trip to Truro wouldn’t be complete without a tour around the spectacular Truro Cathedral the heart of the city, plus you mustn’t miss The Royal Cornwall Museum with its extensive art gallery and eclectic mix of historical objects (including a mummy!)

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Whichever holiday park you choose, you’re sure to have a fantastic time exploring the very best that the UK has to offer!

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