Top places to visit for the Jubilee Weekend 2022

The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend will take place in June 2022, here are some suggestions for places to visit to commemorate the occasion.
 
As Queen Elizabeth II marks 70 years on the British throne, both major cities and local communities are planning events for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend across the UK. With the Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday running from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June, there is also plenty of time to celebrate the occasion or find out more about the monarchy's history and the Queen's life. To help you decide where to spend your bank holiday weekend, here are ten of the most regal UK destinations.

Buckingham Palace

The most iconic royal destination and a residence of the monarch herself, Buckingham Palace is also the venue for the Queen's Platinum Party concert. From her Coronation to her Golden Jubilee and the marriage of her grandchildren, Buckingham Palace has played host to some of the biggest moments in the Queen's life and will now welcome some of the biggest British pop stars, including Elton John, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey on Friday 4th June. Plus, if you're looking to enjoy a full weekend in London, you can return the next day to see the weekend's carriage procession run down the Mall to the Palace before the whole Royal Family takes to the balcony for an RAF flypast.

Getting there: Avanti trains regularly call into London Euston station. From there, it is a short tube ride away to Buckingham Palace.


Hadrian's Wall

Mark the occasion in a unique and special way by witnessing the lighting of 60 beacons across the 70 miles of Hadrian's Wall. These beacons will be part of the 4,000 that will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth capital cities to start the celebrations on Thursday evening. Pipers, town criers and other community groups will also be involved in the event, which will see the Hadrian's Wall beacons lit last at 10 pm. So if you want to start your bank holiday weekend with an awe-inspiring example of British history, this encapsulates both perfectly.

Getting there: If you’re wanting to explore Hadrian's Wall, there are plenty of ruins that are easily accessible from Carlisle.

London Bridge

Another British landmark, London Bridge has overseen many key historical moments and will be the perfect vantage point to see the Platinum Pageant pass by. Thousands of boats filled with performers, community members and military personnel will pass along the Thames as part of the parade, which will have four separate 'acts' or sections filled with music and celebration. Motorbikes, vintage costumes and even giant puppet Corgis will all be taking part, making London Bridge and the nearby Southbank the perfect location to view this spectacle and complete your Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Getting there: Avanti trains regularly call into London Euston station. From there, it is a short tube ride away to London Bridge.


Palace of Holyroodhouse

Sitting at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh has been home to Scottish and English monarchs since the early 1500s. It's also the centre point of the Queen's 'Holyrood Week' which usually runs between the months of June and July every year and sees the monarch celebrate the best of Scottish culture, history and innovation. Gun salutes, military marches, pipe music and beacon lighting can all be expected as Scotland's capital marks this historical moment.

Getting there: Edinburgh Waverley is the terminus and the northernmost point of the West Coast Mainline. Many of our trains terminate here, and it is easy to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse from here.


Westminster Abbey

 

What better way to mark the Queen's accession than by returning to the site of her coronation. Westminster Abbey holds a special place in the monarch's history and is a majestic place to reflect on her reign. Kicking off with a family-friendly garden party on Wednesday 1st June, this event will include a wide range of activities to help children understand the history of the coronation and include performances from a huge range of Commonwealth artists. The Abbey will also feature on the route of the Jubilee Carriage Procession.

Getting there: Avanti trains regularly call into London Euston station. From there, it is a short tube ride away to Westminster Abbey.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Launched just a year after the Queen's coronation, the Royal Yacht Britannia served the monarch and her family as a floating royal residence for nearly 45 years before being decommissioned in an emotional ceremony in 1997. Having travelled more than one million nautical miles, the ship is now a major tourist attraction on Edinburgh's waterfront and is home to some of the Royal Family's most intimate history and artefacts. Take a trip to Leith to explore this amazing floating museum before heading back into the centre of the capital for more celebrations and exciting events.

Getting there: Edinburgh Waverley is the terminus and the northernmost point of the West Coast Mainline. Many of our trains terminate here, and it is easy to navigate to the Royal Yacht Britannia from here.

Clarence Park

Transport yourself back to 1950s Britain and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Manchester sunshine. Friends of Clarence Park are hosting a range of activities and events including live music and, of course, plenty of refreshments in this central green space. Toast the Queen with a bottle of your own fizz or treat yourself to a cream tea at the Green Cafe before celebrating the Jubilee in your best vintage dress or crown.

Getting there: Avanti trains regularly call into Manchester Piccadilly station. From there, take the Yellow Line to Bury followed by a short bus ride to Clarence Park.

Symphony Hall

Experience the Queen's life and history through music played by one of the world's greatest orchestras. From the music of the coronation to some of the monarch's favourite tunes and even some bagpipe compositions, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will start your Jubilee bank holiday with a bang. Enjoy marking this momentous occasion at the Birmingham Symphony Hall's Queen's Platinum Jubilee Concert before taking a stroll over to nearby Victoria Square to continue your celebrations at the variety of arts, food and events venues that will be based there for the whole weekend.

Getting there: Getting to Symphony Hall is made easy with regular Avanti trains calling at Birmingham New Street station (a quick 14 minute walk away).   

Taste of Liverpool

Liverpool and Merseyside were the site of hundreds of street parties during the Queen’s coronation and the area’s celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee will be no different. Promising to be ‘the most delicious weekend of the year’, Taste Liverpool, Drink Bordeaux will be running for the whole weekend and will showcase the best of city’s chefs, restauranters and producers. Enjoy some delicious dishes and a glass of wine as you take in all the sights of the city centre as the Taste of Liverpool upgrades the classic British street party. 

Getting there: Getting to Liverpool City Centre couldn’t be easier with Avanti trains. Pop on a train to Liverpool Lime Street from any part of the UK and you’ll soon be experiencing all this cultural hub has to offer. 

Travel like royalty

With a variety of group and individual tickets available to book in advance, you can enjoy comfortable seats, free WiFi and delicious refreshments as we take you directly to your destination. Whether you're travelling to one of the thousands of UK street parties or are marking the occasion at an official event, get there in regal comfort this Jubilee bank holiday with Avanti West Coast.

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