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Top Days Out In The UK

Discover your next day out in the UK with our list of top attractions up and down Britain! Plan your next adventure with McCarthy Stone.

a large rock formation over a body of water
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Posted 10 February 2017
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Top Days Out In The UK

Get ready to explore the United Kingdom with some amazing attractions!

From castles and contemporary art to mountains and meadows, we’re blessed with a huge variety of things to see and do. Here are our top ten days out in the UK.

Whether you’re interested in the life of the Mitford sisters at Chatsworth, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim or the royal residences of Holyrood house and Buckingham Palace, there is plenty to keep the stately home addict interested in every corner of the country. Most properties are managed by either the National Trust or English Heritage, and all make for a wonderful day out.

Holyrood House

If you’re after bracing sea air and dramatic landscapes, the amazing rock formation of Durdle Door is a must-see. Discover this amazing beach, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, with some of the most excellent water quality in the UK. Take a picnic and take in the scenery of the beach, or take a boat ride around Lulworth & Weymouth! If you're interested in living in Dorset, discover more on the area here!

Anyone with an interest in history will have heard of Culloden Battlefield in the Scottish Highlands – the site of one of the bloodiest battles fought between the Jacobites and English forces in 1746. Visit the exhibition centre before stopping off at Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire is one of Europe’s largest wildlife parks – home to more than 2,500 different animals. If you aren’t able to tick them all off in one day, the zoo offers a unique ‘Lookout Lodge’ glamping experience to let you stay the night.

Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan cover an amazing 100-acre site filled with woods and parkland as well as glasshouses and formal gardens. Plant varieties not seen anywhere else in the UK thrive here due to Cornwall’s temperate microclimate. If Cornwall sounds like your ideal place to retire, then take a look at what retiring with McCarthy Stone is like here!

Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Warner Bros Studio Tour conjures up movie magic for Harry Potter fans young and old. The original props, vehicles and backdrops really help you get a feel for what it must have been like on set, and the tour boasts a blockbuster show-stopper that you’ll never forget. Like the sound of retiring in London? Discover more on the area here!

Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard in Hampshire is home to one of the country’s largest collections of wartime vessels – from Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, and Henry VIII’s own Mary Rose, to First World War submarines and modern cruisers. If you’d rather view the scene from above, take a trip up the Spinnaker Tower and look down through the famous glass-floored platform. If Portsmouth sounds like your ideal retirement location, discover more on the area here!

HMS Victory

The Beamish Museum, near the town of Stanley, County Durham, is a must for history buffs. This open-air working museum takes visitors back to the start of the twentieth century, giving a fascinating insight into what the North East used to look like.

The UK’s Tate galleries house national art collections in London, Liverpool and Cornwall. Completely free to visit (excluding special exhibitions), they display works by some of the best-known names on both the contemporary and classical art scenes. Tate St Ives reopens in Spring 2017.

Tate Gallery

You can’t visit North Wales without a trip to the top of Mount Snowdon. Those who enjoy the view more than the climb can take a train to the summit, and anyone who wants to come back down the quick way can brave the world’s fastest zip line at Zip World, Gwynedd.

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