If you're in the market for a break from the big city living, then be sure to get on a train or hire a car and go to Sheffield, and/or York in the UK.
By far York is my favourite place to visit in England. With the discounted department stores and small town living there isn't much missing from enjoying a quiet weekend away. It has everything you need to enjoy all the essentials- good food, retail therapy and comfortable accommodation.
Make sure you check out the York Castle, The Shambles - beautiful little shops, and cafes, and the museums that may interest you. I wouldn't recommend more than a couple days in York but be sure to browse what festivals and events are happening and don't be afraid to check them out.
In 2015 we attended the Comedy Film Festival in town and for a few laughs and 10 pounds it was well worth a good night out. In saying that the night life in York is a good shout as well. There are pubs, bars and small eateries with happy hour and cheap food for you to start the night.
Getting there is fairly easy by train but once you are in town you're relying on buses to get you around to all the places. If you have a car you're probably better off parking for the day and taking York by foot and really getting lost in the small city.
Sheffield has lots to offer. I stayed in a town close to Chesterfield. It was a really beautiful and safe place for a day or two. I was lucky enough to take a few road trips outside sheffield to Calke Abbey, and the Chatsworth House. Both were a great day out and to this day am very thankful for the opportunity to see them.
Chatsworth is such a beautiful day out, a lovely lunch, a good walk around the grounds and unimaginable scenery. We visited Calke Abbey for a food and wine festival, again another good day out. I was lucky enough to visit, as it was only on for a couple days so be sure to do some research and see whats happening around you.I look forward to visiting both the small towns again!