I was once stranded in Belfast for 24 hours after a wedding and fully embraced the opportunity to explore the city. The street art, buzzing coffee scene, rooftop bars and record shops filled my day, with much more on offer should I have had longer. See the Titanic Belfast, head to a museum and explore Game of Thrones locations, all only a 55-minute flight away.
If beautiful scenery is your thing, then Shannon is the one for you. Castles aplenty and for surfing fans, The Cliffs of Moher are must-sees, whilst Limerick city gives you the opportunity to get off the grid in some amazingly cosy (and proper Irish) pubs.
From £46 – Ryanair
Based on 28th – 30 August
A couple of hours flight from Manchester, get stuck into Hamburg and find out where the Beatles kick-started their career, visit the port and take a boat exploring the three rivers and Alster Lake. If you love going out, St Paul is full of energetic and creative people looking for a good time.
From £63 – Ryanair
Based on 20th – 22nd August
Portugal has been a big hit for many in the past few years with a record 20 million visitors landing there in 2017. Lisbon, with its very Instagrammable buildings, Porto with its picturesque beaches as well as the often overlooked Faro. Cobbled streets of the old city, the beaches, museums and seafood, Faro has it all for a weekend or midweek break. It’s also a great base in which to explore the rest of the Algarve.
From £110 – Jet2
Based on 15th – 17th August
Amsterdam is the ideal destination for a city break. The canals are easily walkable for miles, and you can get lost in the corner pubs and bars as you wander them. Culture at its finest, the renowned Van Gogh Museum also gives you the opportunity to get that Insta snap with the Amsterdam sign, whilst the Anne Frank Museum is not to be missed.
From £96 – EasyJet
Based on 21st – 24th August
And for those with a little more to spend in August…
Croatia is THE place to go to embrace heritage, culture and delicious food. Pula is a city bustling with all of this. Visit the Colosseum, head to Pula’s party scene, embrace the vineyards and check out the markets. All in a weekends work.
From £194 – Jet2
Based on 23rd – 26th August
*Prices correct as of 6th August