By Editor on 04 June 2015

It's the last one of the year - at least until Christmas rolls around all too quickly. Bank holidays are the perfect excuse to book a little getaway with your partner, friends or family (before the kids go back to school).

August 25 is a great time to have one, too. The sun is still shining, the finishing touches are being applied to our tans, and yet you can find some great last minute deals.

But where do you go? That's a question which is always fun to answer. There are so many wonderful weekend getaways to be had without having to fork out a month's pay or spend an entire day travelling to your destination. Let's have a look at some suggestions...


Why start with the Dutch capital? It's just so close. And pretty. And there's enough to do here that there'll never be a dull moment.

The entire flight time from London is a mere hour and five minutes long, while flights from Newcastle are only ten minutes longer. The flight attendants on the plane barely have enough time to serve passengers a drink before it's time to buckle up ready for landing.

This is ideal for a quick weekend away; you want to spend as much time as possible at your destination, not wasting time getting to it. Once you arrive and drop your bags at your hotel, Amsterdam is your oyster. Walk round the beautiful cobbled streets and stop for a stroopwafel (a big, delicious chewy cookie) by the many canals. Consider yourself a historian? A look around the Anne Frank house is a sobering but essential educational experience. A lover of the arts? The Van Gogh museum celebrates the native artist's work with some of his most famous paintings on display. Like beer? Then the Heineken Experience is the place to be.


From the Colosseum and the Vatican to shopping in Piazza di Spagna and enjoying delicious authentic Italian cuisine, Rome is the perfect way to blow off a little extravagant steam before the summer is over.

With a flight time of two and a half hours (from London), your travel days will still leave you plenty of time to soak up the Italian capital and all it has to offer. It might be more on the pricey side compared to some of the other destinations on our list, but, y'know, when in Rome...


In just two hours and 16 minutes by Eurostar from London St Pancras (or an hour and fifteen by plane), you could find yourself in the city of love.

For first timers, the check-list of things to do in Paris will be pretty standard: The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame etc...but when those incredible sites are 'standard', it just goes to show how amazing this city is. Simply walking around the boulevards, sipping delicious coffee and enjoying a baguette is the idea of heaven for many, but if you're feeling adventurous this bank holiday then why not look into visiting the Catacombs?

For parents, if you're really feeling adventurous, you could always take the kids to Disneyland Paris. Let them get it all out of their system before they have to buckle down at school come September.


If you're looking to get away for a couple of days of sun, sand and sangria, Barcelona could be a great choice.  There's an abundance of beautiful beaches here where you can catch some rays, take a dip or just relax with a good book.

The metro makes getting around the large city easy, saving you time and money on cabs. If you choose to walk around you'll get to see some incredible architecture, like the Sagrada Família and La Pedrera, but make sure you stop for a glass of wine and some tapas en route.

Flights from London take just over two hours, so you'll be able to spend the vast majority of your weekend enjoying all that Barcelona has to offer.


Easily one of the most breathtaking and picturesque locations on our list, Prague is wonderful in the summertime, and comparatively inexpensive. Flights from London take just an hour and 55 minutes.

Chock full of historic gems and gothic architecture, the Czech capital is something of a wonderland. Walk up to Prague Castle and check out the changing of the guard while enjoying the wonderful views across the city, or enjoy a bit of retail therapy on Wenceslas Square.

Czech beer is world famous for its refreshing taste, and there are many fantastic bars throughout the city where you can sample the goods in style.


The Berlin way of life is one to admire; no longer known for division, it's now a city unified and uplifted, and can be enjoyed over a weekend through visits to the many museums, squares and wonderful cultural stops.

From historical sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie to the shopping squares of Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße, Berlin has something for everyone. Although it's a year-round city (visiting at Christmas time is a particular delight) Berlin in the summertime is superb. To get there it'll take you just an hour and 45 minutes on a plane from London.

So what are you waiting for? Book your August bank holiday getaway today! If you're looking for holiday deals, have a look at our recent article finding them here.

Image credit: Flickr, with thanks to Moyan Brenn

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