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City breaks

Explore our city breaks

Looking for a memorable city break? Make lasting memories at some of the most iconic tourist hotspots across England and Wales.

With breaks from Newcastle to London and Liverpool, you can stay on some of the very best city centres and absorb popular culture across the UK.

YHA has some of the best locations for a city break, with friendly people, comfy accommodation, practical facilities, and delicious food. We'll always make sure you'll have a visit to remember.

Popular city blogs

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Things to do in Newcastle

Newcastle is one of the liveliest cities in the UK, with plenty of attractions to suit everyone. Good food, sandy shores, live entertainment and plenty of sight-seeing – Newcastle could be up there with one of the best places...

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Colourful sights – YHA Brighton

by Julie Musk After setting off from YHA South Downs Way, it’s about 9 miles walking along the South Downs Way before you reach Brighton Racecourse. The last 1.5 miles is through town, on the way down to the...

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Explore things to do for free in London

London is crammed with tourist attractions, with a gallery, a theatre, a sporting venue or a historical feature on every other street corner, drawing people from around the world. However, London can be an expensive place to...

Places to stay in the city

Stay with YHA and discover the sightseeing and cultural possibilities located in major city hubs.

Experience well known landmarks, vibrant nightlife and various eateries all within easy reach of your doorstep. Our hostels are located close to some of the very best tourist attractions in England and Wales, so take your pick and make your city escape one to remember.

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One of the world's most famous cities and the heart of the UK, there is something for everyone: from arts, history and culture to fine foods and iconic landmarks.

Places to stay in London

Brighton beach


Located on England's south east coast, Brighton is a thriving bohemian city, home to miles of pebble beaches, the world-famous pier and great culture and nightlife.

Places to stay in Brighton

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Bristol is a vibrant city, with a growing reputation as a great escape for lovers of art, culture, quirky festivals, nightlife and quality food and drink.

Places to stay in Bristol

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Liverpool is the perfect spot for a city break, famed for The Beatles and the Albert Docks. It’s a bold city that boasts a variety of amazing activities suitable for everyone.

Places to stay in Liverpool

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Manchester is a great place to mix with a lively crowd, with its world class music scene, rich industrial history and trendy Northern Quarter.

Places to stay in Manchester

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Relive by-gone times in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. Bath is famous for its Roman Baths, its natural spa water and Georgian architecture.

Places to stay in Bath

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This medieval market town is best known to be the birthplace of Shakespeare, offering lovely walks, boutique cafes and boat tours on the river Avon.

Places to stay in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Famed for its universities, colleges and 16th century architecture, the city sits on the River Cam where you can delight in long, lazy days and punting.

Places to stay in Cambridge

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Famed for its cathedral, as well as being a world heritage site, Canterbury is at the heart of Kent and offers laid back activities and stacks of history.

Places to stay in Canterbury

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Newcastle was the hub of the Industrial Revolution but now focusses on business, arts and science. Sitting on the River Tyne, it offers friendly nightlife and plenty of Geordie traditions.

Places to stay in Newcastle

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A visit to Swansea is a must. This fabulous city is home to Swansea Bay and the stunning Gower Peninsula. Breathe in crisp sea air whilst indulging on one of the many famous ice cream parlours.

Places to stay in Swansea

Properties to hire in the city

Hire the whole property to yourself and explore both lively and laid-back cities across England and Wales.

Capture the iconic landmarks in your memory and experience the charming history, culture and nightlife that these great cities have to offer. Our hostels are at the heart of it all, so take your pick and make your city break one to remember.

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Take your pick from three of our city seaside properties, as you discover the breadth and bounty of the coastal city of Swansea.

Properties to hire in Swansea

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Enjoy the best of both worlds for city and countryside and hire YHA London Lee Valley, a 20-minute train journey to London city centre.

Properties to hire in London

View over River Dee, Chester


Chester's beauty and unique atmosphere make it one of Britain's most popular places for an unforgettable short break.

Properties to hire in Chester