But you’ve got some decisions to make. The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland—that’s a lot of ground to cover, so let us help you choose your path.
Game of Thrones fans will want to head straight to Northern Ireland. Even if you don’t know Jon Snow from a hole in the Wall (see what we did there?), don’t worry. You don’t need to be up to speed on Westeros to be awed by these impressive landscapes. On the northern coast, the 12-m basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway were formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions—or by duelling giants, depending on who you ask.
You can get as medieval as you want on UK holidays, especially at Wales’ Conwy Castle. Climb one of the guard towers for kingly views of the town, mountains and sea—and perhaps a haunting or two from the ghostly apparitions of former inhabitants. Conwy is just 130 km from Manchester, the perfect place to indulge in the UK’s favourite pastime: footie! Practice your “Uni-ted!” chants and head to a Liverpool game at Old Trafford stadium for one of the sport’s best rivalries.
You don’t need an extra suitcase and one of lastminute.co.nz’s swanky London car hire options to have a shopping spree. Holidays to the UK town of Gateshead, near Newcastle, put you in a shopaholic’s playground. The MetroCentre covers almost 20 hectares, housing 340 shops, 50 restaurants and more. If you prefer your shopping more personalised than Guinness-record-sized, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers quirky boutiques on Victoria Street and all the luxury brands on Multrees Walk.
If you want to eat like a Brit on your UK holiday, familiarise yourself with these strangely named dishes: toad in the hole (sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter with gravy), spotted dick (bread with dried fruit “spots”) and singing hinnies (currant pancakes). Of course, meat pies and bangers and mash are on the menu, and the Brits certainly got their hangover food right: A full English breakfast is a must after a night of pints and Pimm’s cups.
The popular phrase may be “All roads lead to Rome”, but in the UK, all roads lead to London—especially the nightlife road. London holiday packages are your chance to really get out on the piss, sloshed, bladdered…well, the Brits have a lot of expressions for “drunk”. From superclubs in South London to basement dives in King’s Cross, partying ’til 4am is always just a stone’s throw away. Feeling more like a class act tonight than a hot mess? Speakeasies, mixology bars and more await in SoHo.
If you’ve been talking about the holiday of a lifetime for ages, but your break still managed to sneak up on you, we’re here to help. Thanks to lastminute.co.nz’s UK packages, you’ll be on your way to a smashing adventure. Just choose your fave airfares and accommodation, and you’ll look like you spent months planning every last detail.
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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge LondonNZ$323Park Plaza Westminster Bridge LondonNZ$323
20 Oct. - 21 Oct.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tower Bridge, Tower of London and HMS Belfast. Tower Gateway Station is 6 minutes by ...
The Tower HotelNZ$231The Tower HotelNZ$231
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.
Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Stockley Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunel University and London Motor Museum. Windsor Castle ...
Hyatt Place London Heathrow AirportNZ$119Hyatt Place London Heathrow AirportNZ$119
25 Oct. - 26 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Manor Royal Business Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Gatwick Aviation Museum and Crawley Town ...
Hilton London Gatwick AirportNZ$143Hilton London Gatwick AirportNZ$143
26 Oct. - 27 Oct.
Located in London City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Covent Garden Market, Piccadilly Circus and London Dungeon. Big Ben and ...
The Strand Palace HotelNZ$320The Strand Palace HotelNZ$320
20 Oct. - 21 Oct.
Located in London City Centre, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Kensington High Street, Natural History Museum and Kensington Gardens. Kensington Palace ...
Point A Kensington OlympiaNZ$122Point A Kensington OlympiaNZ$122
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.
Located in Hillingdon, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Kempton Racecourse, Twickenham Stadium and Stockley Park. London Motor Museum and Bushy Park are ...
Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4NZ$102Holiday Inn Express London Heathrow T4NZ$102
15 Nov. - 16 Nov.
Situated in Gatwick, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Manor Royal Business Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Crawley Town Hall and County Mall Shopping Centre. ...
BLOC Hotel GatwickNZ$132BLOC Hotel GatwickNZ$132
1 Nov. - 2 Nov.
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