10 best places for a UK weekend break

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As we’ve seen recently with holidays to Spain, France, Croatia and other European destinations, little at the moment is guaranteed where international travel is concerned.

The upside to this peculiar summer is that many British holidaymakers are discovering how much there is to see, experience and admire on our green isle. Cities are quieter, trains half empty, hotels spruced and the countryside wide open if you make the effort to explore.

So instead of a weekend in Palma or Puglia, pick Yorkshire, the Highlands or London. It’s time to reconnect with Britain.

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Coastal gem: Rye, East Sussex

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Rye has plenty to keep you busy (istock)

Tucked away on the East Sussex coast between Hastings and Camber, historical Rye has enough to fill a day or two but not enough to have you overdoing it. This is a place of three parts: the harbour, which gives onto a nature reserve; the sea-level antiques shops, where there are genuine bargains to be had; and a cluster of half-timbered houses up top. Head up cobblestoned Mermaid Street and climb the bell tower of St Mary’s church for startling views across to Dungeness, the North Downs and Camber Castle. The ringing chamber contains one of the oldest working turret clocks, dating back to the 1560s.

Be sure to call at Knoops for an artisan hot chocolate and perhaps sink a pint of Mermaid Ale in the Giant’s Fireplace Bar at the wood-beamed Mermaid Inn, which has stood here for six centuries. Book ahead for a bird tour of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, or to explore that castle you saw from St Mary’s (restricted opening times). The yawning sands of Camber are a 30-minute drive east along the coast.

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Doubles at the Mermaid Inn from £140, B&B. Camber cottage and caravan

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