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27 Jul 2020

Summer in the City

So, you’re ditching the plane, and planning a staycation? Good shout!

The UK is home to a long list of vibrant cities, with each city offering its own unique flavour, and atmosphere. Need some staycation inspiration? Whether you’re looking for a city break away as a family, a romantic weekend break as a couple, or a fun-packed road trip with your friends, check out these fantastic cities that are well worth a visit this summer!



We could be here all day listing off attractions to visit in Edinburgh, there are so many!

You’ve got the must-see heritage sites such as Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood Palace - the Scottish residence of the British Monarchy. The charming Old Town, which is steeped in fascinating history, with rumours of hauntings and murders - a great way to learn about the history of Edinburgh. 

But did you know Edinburgh is also home to some amazing natural wonders? Just 20 minutes from Village Hotel Edinburgh, you have Portobello Beach. Take a stroll along the lengthy promenade, and enjoy the golden sands, amusements, and some great places to eat and drink! For something more secluded, visit one of the UK’s best kept secrets, Seacliff Beach. Perfect if you want to avoid the crowds.

Want to get your bloody pumping and endorphins flowing? Take a hike up Arthur’s seat - a dormant volcano and one of the highest points of Edinburgh. The effort is certainly worth it once you get to the top and have the most incredible view over the city!



Right in the middle of the UK, you’ve got the city of Coventry. For a relatively small city, you’ve got so much to keep you entertained - interesting museums, great food and drink, and enjoyable green spaces too, making it a great location for a city break. 

Fancy yourself as a bit of a petrol head? Even if not, you must visit Coventry Transport Museum - home to the world’s largest collection of British road transport - and a fascinating journey through British time through vehicles! On your doorstep is also the Heritage Motor Museum too.

Maybe music is more your thing? Check out the multi award-winning Coventry Music museum, celebrating not only 2-tone and ska which is what the city is famous for, but other styles too. It’s a treasure trove of musical history!

When you’re ready to stretch your legs, and enjoy some fresh air, take a trip over to Coombe Abbey, it’s a beautiful place to take a stroll. If it’s sunny we definitely recommend taking a picnic! 



With Swindon Designer outlet on your doorstep, and a number of great independent shops throughout the city, the keen shoppers among you will be in your element.

 But don’t let that put you off if shopping isn’t your idea of fun! You’ve got great places to eat & drink too, and don’t forget about the picturesque countryside in and around the city - from Village Swindon, you are only a short drive away from the Cotswolds, and the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!



Solihull strikes the balance between city fun, and relaxing green spaces perfectly, making it a great choice for a fun but relaxing weekend away.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for places to enjoy the outdoors. Take a stroll through Malvern and Brueton park, home to lots of wildlife, not just the ducks on the pond! There are also tennis and basketball courts to be enjoyed too (whoever loses buys dinner!). Or how about Elmdon park, a gorgeous, scenic park, with a large lake - perfect to blow the cobwebs away!

Staying at Village Solihull, you are also only a short drive away from Birmingham, which is packed with things to see and do, From the Mailbox, one of the best and unique shopping centres in the UK, to trendy bars and a diverse range of restaurants. Plus, if you’re here with the kids, look no further than Cadbury World or the National Sea Life Centre.


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