Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there are so many things to see and do around the UK. Swap the couch for breath-taking scenery, explore castles and stately homes, enjoy theme park thrills, and tuck into lots of delicious afternoon teas. If you’re looking for fun activities closer to home, let us inspire you with a few suggestions.
Want to escape the city? From river rides in Canterbury to the dizzy heights of Spinnaker Tower, you'll find some of the UK's most beautiful attractions within a couple of hours travel time from London. Scroll through our colourful guide and prepare to be inspired.
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With its lush green hills and beautiful coastline, Yorkshire attracts visitors from all over the world. York is a must-visit, with its ancient walls and streets, including The Shambles, museums, ghost walks, and tearooms. The Jorvik Viking Centre is a great experience for all the family and train enthusiasts will love the National Railway Museum, containing 280 rail vehicles such as the Japanese 0 Series Shinkansen. Days out in Yorkshire can also include getting back to nature, with a walk in the stunning national parks such as the Dales, the Peaks and the Moors.
Kent is a great destination for families, thanks to its great beaches and walks. The famous White Cliffs of Dover, Broadstairs beach, and Dreamland amusement park will keep everyone entertained for hours. Days out in Kent visiting its coastal towns is always a pleasure, pop into Whitstable and Margate and browse the Turner Contemporary art gallery, boutique shops, and the mysterious passages of the Shell Grotto.
With lots of history, days out in Essex are ideal for all the family. Take a stroll around Audley End House and Gardens, Colchester Zoo, and Layer Marney Tower with the tallest gatehouse in Britain. Make a splash at Lee Valley White Water Centre with rafting and canoeing, and discover the biggest Norman Keep in Europe at Colchester Castle Museum. Kids will love the Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk – keep your eyes peeled for the teddies in their teddy bear houses.
Discover historical treasure with a Chester sightseeing tour on a double decker bus and see the wild and wonderful animals at Chester Zoo. Get close to birds of prey and owls at the Royal Falconry Centre and see ice cream scooping JCB diggers at the surreal Ice Cream Farm, just one of many days out in Cheshire.
Get out and see all the UK has to offer with all these ideas and more. From Scotland to Hampshire and inbetween, a wealth of history, natural beauty, fun activities and more awaits. However you choose to spend your day, we’ve got you covered here at lastminute.com.