City Breaks ‘Popular’ This Bank Holiday

Date Posted: 21/08/14

City Breaks ‘Popular’ This Bank Holiday

A large number of Brits are expected to go away this Bank Holiday weekend, with more than two million people estimated to be escaping from daily life for at least the long weekend, if not longer.

Figures released by ABTA - The Travel Association predict that more than two million people will be heading overseas, with many of these choosing to go on city breaks around Europe.

Among the most popular places for a short getaway are Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam, according to the travel organisation.

ABTA also expects Eurostar to be particularly busy, as many travellers take the opportunity to visit other parts of France over the weekend.

The London airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton are likely to be among the busiest air hubs in the country, with almost one million people departing from them collectively, while Manchester and Birmingham airports are also set for an influx of travellers departing from the UK over the coming days.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, commented: “This weekend is set to be one of the busiest of the year as we see lots of holidaymakers heading off for the bank holiday weekend.

“Whilst a holiday budget will go further abroad this year thanks to a strong pound, we are also expecting lots of people to enjoy the long weekend at home.”

Edinburgh and London were singled out as particular favourites for UK-based city breaks, with the Scottish city attracting people keen to catch the end of its annual Fringe Festival, while London’s Notting Hill Carnival is set to be the main draw for visitors to the capital this weekend.

Of course, both of these cities have more than enough attractions to keep visitors occupied away from their famous events.

In Edinburgh, the likes of the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh Castle, the National Portrait Gallery and the shops of the Grassmarket area are high on the list of places to explore for first-time visitors.

Anyone travelling to London will be spoilt for choice with the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the British Museum among the highlights, not to mention the varied and extensive shopping opportunities around Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Carnaby Street and Regent Street.

Posted by Michael Middleton

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