Fancy a citybreak?

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Since the relaxation of lockdown many people have been anxious for a holiday or t least the opportunity to get away from their houses and flats to which they have almost been glued since March.

Edinburgh Castle; one of the main attractions not just in Edinburgh but in Scotland

Initially the thoughts of some people turned to familiar destinations like Spain and Greece, Italy and France spurred on by cheap deals and availability.

Other people, wary of travelling abroad opted for a staycation with the most recently available data suggesting that outdoor and rural areas were the biggest draws.

The “don’t fly” advice concerning Spain that came out last weekend and on Monday has made many people consider a staycation after concluding that other countries might be added to the “don’t visit” list or that a fourteen day quarantine on their return was impractical.

The keep at Cardiff Castle.

Have you tried to book a staycation in parts of the UK this week?

It isn’t easy.

The Lake District, the Peak District, North Yorkshire, Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia all have little on offer. Some smaller B&B’s, farm cottages and the like are not on the market as owners consider the necessary sanitary protocols they must go through are not worth the hassle. So there are fewer places available and others are jacking up the prices.

Kew Gardens in London is open

What’s the alternative?

Have you considered a citybreak?

Visitors to our major metropolitan areas are way down, even in London and Edinburgh, places that at this time of the year ought to be very busy.

canal boats in the heart of Birmingham

Part of the reason could be that people consider less populated areas to be safer but that isn’t necessary the case. It is how you conduct yourself that is the answer. Mixing with crowds seems to be a concern so the simple answer is that – at the moment – our cities aren’t busy.

Many museums, heritage sites, gardens and parks are open and cities take on a different life when they are quiet. Added to the fact that prices are cheaper than they usually are in August and now could be the time to visit that city that you have always wanted to visit but have been put off by high prices.

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