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Bank holiday breaks: Top tips and deals for a getaway to London, Paris and more

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WITH Easter behind us we are now onto our second bank holiday in as many weeks!

Many people in the UK will be looking to escape their home town and entertain themselves by getting away and making the most of the long weekend.

Here are some top tips and deals if you’re looking to get away from Edinburgh, Dundee or Glasgow between April 28 and May 1, with thanks to travel search engine




Beautiful Belfast

Belfast is a bustling metropolis
Belfast is a bustling metropolis

Looking to tick that city break off your bucket list? With you can get to the historical capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast for just £62 return via ScotRail.

When you’re there, be amazed by the award-winning Titanic Experience or explore stunning parks and the rugged Northern Irish coastline.


Escape the rat race and visit the Lake District 


Lake District
Lake District

Ready to escape city life for somewhere more open? Then the Lake District is your answer.

With direct buses for just £30 return you can travel to Windermere and back again.

The area is surrounded by mountain peaks and villages, including Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll find the wonderful World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

In the north, trails lead to Orrest Head, a hill with views across the lake and the fells beyond, and Holehird Gardens with their alpines, heathers and shrubs.




London Calling

London Eye and the River Thames (Getty Images)
London Eye and the River Thames (Getty Images)

Fancy a spot of sight-seeing but don’t want the faff of going abroad? London has everything you could dream of!

From family attractions such as trips to see the Crown Jewels and the London Dungeon, to days in the park looking over the London skyline on Primrose Hill, this city has it covered.

Travel from Edinbugh via British Airways and RyanAir booking through to London for £70 return, or opt for the Megabus for just £40.

Bonjour Paris


Get from Edinburgh to Paris for £58 from Birmingham Airport direct with EasyJet.

France’s romantic capital is famed for it’s bohemian beauty and is a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture.

Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine as well as landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral.



Lovely Liverpool

Liverpool Pier Head (Getty)
Liverpool Pier Head (Getty)

For just £34 return on the MegaBus, you can enjoy a trip to Liverpool for the long weekend.

This maritime city in northwest England has lots on offer for visitors. Ferries cruise the waterfront, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the “Three Graces” – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier Head.

For musical inspiration this home to the cheeky Scouse was also the birthplace of legends The Beatles.