Tips for planning a luxury UK city break

things to do in york

Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away with the other half, or a staycation with friends, a city break is a popular option for many, but how do you get it just right? By planning ahead and doing research, you can be sure your break is as relaxing luxurious as possible. Here, we will explore some top tips for planning a luxury city break in the UK.

Disclaimer: AD | Article in collaboration with The Grand, York.


The first step to planning any holiday is getting the location just right. From bustling concrete jungles, to historic walled cities and those which have culture at their heart, there are a variety of cities to explore across the UK and picking the perfect one for you is important.

First decide how far you’d like to travel, then map out some potential destinations. Depending on what you look for in a luxury getaway, from the finest restaurants to cultural landmarks, your research will determine which city is perfect for your trip.

the grand

Place to Stay

Once you’ve selected your city, it’s time to choose that perfect place to stay. For a luxury getaway you’ll want to ensure your accommodation has everything you need. Five-star hotels such as The Grand, York are ideal for a luxury city break, offering room packages and luxury experiences from the moment you arrive. Plus, with the city and culture on the doorstep, you won’t have to venture far from the comfort of the hotel to experience everything on offer.

Remember when picking your place to stay, that this is more than just somewhere to lay your head after a day exploring, it can often be at the heart of the trip, with some destinations having amazing luxury offerings.

York walls

Getting Around

Exploring a new city can be daunting, and for your luxury getaway you’ll want to make it as seamless as possible. Each city offers their own transport options, and ways to get around; whether it’s renting a bike or utilising local transport options such as trams and trains. Do some research before you travel to see if you need to purchase tickets for transport ahead of time; this will help ensure you’ll be ready to go once you arrive.

the shambles

Become a local

It may seem easier said than done, but there are plenty of ways to get in on the local’s way of life, from finding the best restaurants to secret hidden gems across the city. To truly find out what the city has to offer, you’ll want to know it (or at least some of it) like a local.

To get the inside scoop, look up some of the local social media groups for restaurant tips, or perhaps ask local shop owners the best places to go. Your accommodation may also have some fantastic tips for you, so make sure you ask when you arrive.

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Touch of Luxury

Your getaway wouldn’t be complete without ensuring there are luxury touches throughout. From your accommodation, to the restaurants and experiences you choose. Before you travel, check the luxury offerings in the city, whether it’s as simple as breakfast in bed at your hotel, or dining at a Michelin starred restaurant. For the most luxurious eateries, you may need to book well in advance to secure a place and make sure you don’t miss out.


There are many different aspects to consider when booking a luxury getaway, and for the city lovers, a touch of luxury can make the trip even more special. Make sure you do your research ahead of time and look in to whether your chosen hotel or apartment offers everything you need to make the stay special.

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