Sunderland and 9 more top May Bank Holiday weekend getaways

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As we approach the first of the May Bank Holidays, a study has revealed Sunderland is among the top 10 destinations for a long weekend getaway.

While the weather forecasts predict an "unsettled" Bank Holiday weekend, a study by gopili has found Brits are still looking for seaside destinations to enjoy some spring sunshine, with Sunderland alongside Bournemouth, Scarborough and Blackpool in the top 10.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower

Away from the coast, Brits tend to opt for historic and capital cities with Cambridge, York and Paris also in the list.

Rodolphe Morfoise-Gauthier, gopili's UK country manager, said: "Brits have access to a rich variety of weekend breaks accessible in just a few hours. Seaside, historic or capital cities are available to suit all budgets, even at the last minute, as coach and ride sharing provide a low-cost alternative to travel."

Is your favourite weekend break destination in the top 10? Have a read of the list to see if yours is there.

1) Bournemouth

The Grand-Place in Brussels

The Grand-Place in Brussels

The south coast town came top of the list, with the famous Bournemouth beach being a popular attraction for those who want to relax on a hot Bank Holiday weekend. Cycling, coastal walks and over 2,000 acres of glorious gardens and parks also added to the Dorset town taking the top spot.

2) Scarborough

With its two bays, each with its own very different character, Scarborough offers a diverse range of attractions and activities for all to enjoy. From live entertainment, to great days out at some fabulous museums, galleries, beaches and award-winning parks, Scarborough as a holiday destination has it all.

3) Plymouth

Brighton pier

Brighton pier

There is plenty to see and do in Plymouth. From following in the Pilgrim Father’s footsteps and wandering down the cobbled quayside, to visiting the National Marine Aquarium with its deepwater fish tanks, or even sampling Plymouth’s finest export at the Blackfriars Gin Distillery, come rain or shine you will find something for everyone.

4) Cambridge

For those who prefer a city break, Cambridge has a choice of galleries showcasing an impressive range of art, from the contemporary to the classic. You can also enjoy all kinds of live music, from internationally acclaimed orchestras and ensembles to touring pop stars, with the world-famous Folk Festival, an ever-popular Beer Festival and magical Secret Garden Party festivals making this city an ideal long weekend destination.

5) Sunderland

Our very own city ranked fifth in the top 10. With a mix of things to see and do both inside and out, there is something for everyone in Sunderland. For those who like their arts and culture, the Empire has a host of shows on throughout the year, while for those who like their history, Penshaw Monument and Roker Pier are just two of many picturesque sites in Sunderland.

6) Paris

For those who want to cross the Channel for a weekend, the city of love obviously boasts its iconic Eiffel Tower, which sees almost 7million visitors a year walk up the 324 metre attraction. You can also sit and watch a film in the open air cinemas, while the Notre Dame Cathedral is also one of the most popular attractions in Paris.

7) Blackpool

From one tower to another, the Lancashire seaside resort has plenty to see and do, including visiting Blackpool Tower. The town also boasts the Pleasure Beach, which is home to The Big One, one of the biggest and fastest rollercoasters in the country, and the Sandcastle Waterpark, which became the first indoor waterpark to build a slide that takes you outdoors.

8) York

York has an incredible wealth of things to see and do, with the ancient walled centre offering more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, including York's Roman, Viking, and Medieval heritage as well as a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster, the National Railway Museum, Castle Museum and Cliffords Tower.

9) Brussels

The main attraction in the Belgian city is the Grand-Place, which is now a World Heritage Site. The cobbled medieval site is now the main market square in the city, and there is a daily flower market between March and October that are often accompanied with concerts and a light show in the evening.

10) Brighton

Last but certainly not least, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the traditional seaside fun of the famous Brighton Pier and pebble beach, Brighton offers something for every walk of life.