Easter is an important time of year – for some it’s all about spending quality time with family, for others it’s all about spending quality time eating chocolate, but for most of us it’s all about having a four-day weekend.
Based on the most popular destinations for the bank holiday weekend, we’ve put together the best hotel deals from around the UK and Ireland – so you can make the most of the time off.
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While London is a great destination to visit any time of the year, the capital really comes alive at Easter, when its wide array of museums and galleries put on great events for the whole family. Make the most of the spring weather with strolls along the Thames or wait out any rain spells in any of the city’s free indoor attractions.
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from just £43 / €54
The unofficial capital of the North, Manchester is famous for its great nightlife. But the Northern powerhouse is also a great destination for a relaxing romantic weekend. Take advantage of the emerging foodie scene and peruse the boutiques of the Northern Quarter, before unwinding at the spa in one of the city’s chic hotels.
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from just £83 / €94
Offering something for everyone, Edinburgh has to be one of the best city breaks in the UK. History buffs can get to grips with Scottish history at Edinburgh Castle, foodies can tuck into the best of Scottish cuisine (Haggis burrito, anyone?), while families and kids can enjoy the interactive museums of Camera Obscura or St. Mary’s Close ghost tours.
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Blackpool’s back: that’s the message that Visit Blackpool are promoting and it’s hard to disagree – the family-friendly seaside resort is returning to its former glory, making it a great value destination for the Easter weekend. Families can enjoy the Zoo, Madame Tussauds, the SEA LIFE centre, the Dungeons – and of course the Pleasure Beach. What more do you need?
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Galway makes a great Easter break for any culture or nature lovers. The city is famous for being a stronghold of Irish culture and for its lively atmosphere, with the sounds of countless street performers and the nostalgic tones of traditional music ringing in the air. The city’s many stores also sell locally-produced Irish crafts, which make a wonderful souvenir. Meanwhile, Galway is ideally located for trips to the breath-taking Aran Islands or some of the area’s fantastic beaches.
Read more: Ireland’s best beaches
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Anyone visiting Liverpool should head straight for Albert Dock, the city’s rejuvenated cultural centre. Here you’ll find bars and restaurants, events and exhibitions, as well as Liverpool’s best attractions: from the thought-provoking International Slavery Museum to the interactive and exciting Liverpool Museum. Away from the dock, you’ll find plenty of shopping options and anything and everything to do with the city’s most famous sons: The Beatles.
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It’s easy to see why Killarney is a popular choice for Easter. A charming town set amongst some of Ireland’s most impressive natural scenery, Killarney is used to entertaining tourists, meaning that the range of restaurants, pubs and accommodation on offer is top-notch. Outside of town, visitors can explore the lakes and mountains of Killarney National Park.
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While Cork might be the second biggest city in the Republic of Ireland, its proud residents nevertheless term it the ‘Real Capital,’ in a nod to the role it played during the Irish Civil War. Found in the south of the country, Cork is a bustling city that mixes old and new: visitors are just as likely to find hipster coffee bars as Georgian architecture and traditional pubs.
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Another city on the up, Glasgow has rightfully gained a reputation in recent years as a hub for contemporary art, music and nightlife. Scotland’s biggest city grew up during the Industrial Revolution, leaving behind a heritage of Victorian architecture but visitors will also find plenty of contemporary sights, such as the Riverside Museum.
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A popular city break all-year round, York brings in tourists from all over the world thanks to its impressive historic landmarks – including the iconic York Minster. The city also offers plenty to do for families, with museums such as the JORVIK Viking Centre and the York Dungeons being particularly popular amongst children and adults alike.
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