NEW: Hand-picked UK city & countryside breaks for Saga’s independent guests

Monday 18 May 2015

• Three nights’ B&B plus first night’s dinner and a walking tour from £169

NEW: Hand-picked UK city & countryside breaks for Saga’s independent guests

Escape to some of the UK’s most beautiful cities and stunning countryside to stay in hotels chosen for their comfort and convenient location.

From the ancient cities of Chester, Norwich and York to the rural Cotswolds and Mid-Wales, each short break combines a delightful setting with inviting accommodation, plus the freedom to spend each day at leisure.

To start the holiday in style, Saga includes dinner on the first night and a walking tour with an expert local guide the next morning to offer guests a taste of the surrounding area. Breakfast is included each morning to set up guests for the day.

Saga holiday creator Neil Cron said the new short breaks have been created to attract independent guests who like to explore for themselves but enjoy also enjoy home comforts. He said:

“The UK is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes and destinations all enriched by our fascinating history. I have hand-picked these breaks as they reflect our wonderful heritage and guests can experience some of the most captivating towns and cities at their leisure.”

Chester
A classic, yet contemporary city bursting with must-see treasures. Stay at the Best Western Premier Queen Hotel Chester which is next to the train station and a few minutes’ walk from the Roman walls, museums and an array of shops. Lillie Langtree and Charles Dickens were regular guests at the hotel which has vaulted ceilings, impressive staircases and beautifully decorated rooms.
Price from £169 with availability on June 14, July 12, August 23 and October 18

York
Stay at the Best Western Monkbar Hotel in the heart of York where each bedroom overlooks the city walls or a courtyard garden. The hotel is a stone's throw from landmarks including York Minster and the historic Shambles. Do not miss the city’s museums including the Jorvik and the National Railway Museum. For some retail therapy, York boasts an exciting array of individual shops and boutiques.
Price from £199 with availability on June 7, July 19, August 23 and October 4

Stratford-upon-Avon
The birthplace of William Shakespeare offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in world-class theatre and visit Shakespearean landmarks. Stay at the Best Western Grosvenor Hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian property that is five minutes’ walk from the High Street. The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre is nearby and so too are the Shakespeare houses: five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens which are directly linked to the Bard.
Price from £199 with availability on July 11, August 15, September 25 and October 19

Knaresborough
The delightful market town lies alongside the River Nidd, close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stay at the 15th century Dower House Hotel which is set in one acre of gardens. The 31-bedroom hotel has an AA Rosette restaurant which is considered one of the finest in the area. There is a health club with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room so guests can relax after walking in the Dales.
Price from £199 with availability on July 5, September 6 and 27 and October 4

Llandrindod Wells
The Victorian spa town is ideally located to explore the Brecon Beacons. Stay at The Metropole, a top-rated hotel featuring the AA Rosette-awarded Radnor and Miles Restaurant which serves cuisine prepared from fresh, local ingredients. An alternative is Spencer’s Bar and Brasserie, offering a more relaxed alternative for lunch or dinner. The hotel’s health club and spa has an 18-metre indoor pool, gym and five holistic treatment suites. Golf, fishing or boating can be booked through the hotel.
Price from £199 with availability on July 12 and October 25

Norwich
Norwich was England’s first UNESCO City of Literature and has more than 1,500 heritage buildings including a cathedral and castle. The four-star Maids Head Hotel is the oldest in the UK and dates to the 13th century and past guests have included Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine of Aragon, Horatio Nelson and Edith Cavell. The hotel’s central location is perfect for exploring historic attractions as well as the largest undercover market in Europe, museums and theatres.
Price from £199 with availability on July 15 and 29, August 8 and 19

Chipping Camden
Chipping Camden is the Cotswolds’ jewel in the crown being one of the best preserved towns in the area. Stay in the historic 28-bedroom Noel Arms Hotel where Charles II rested after his Scottish Army was defeated by Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester. The hotel has a fine stone facade and has been a high street landmark for centuries. It serves traditional food, prepared from the best local produce.
Price from £219 with availability on July 20 and 25, August 8 and 24 and October 3

Windsor
Royal Windsor is steeped in the history and the Harte and Garter Hotel & Spa boasts the finest location in town with views over Windsor Castle. The hotel is formed of two 14th century inns; The Garter Inn, named after the Most Noble Order of the Garter and The White Harte, named in honour of the Royal Emblem worn by King Richard II. Visit the castle, stroll in Windsor Great Park and hire a boat on the Thames or cross the river to see Eton College.  
Price from £269 with availability on July 29, August 5 and 12

For details call free on 0800 414 441 or visit saga.co.uk/choice

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