Living on a small island has lots of advantages. One of those is the ability to travel around in a short space of time. The UK benefits from an extensive motorway network which, if I’m honest, has its moments, especially during bank holidays. But on the whole, it can be pretty convenient for day trips.
As more of us embrace the concept of a staycation, day trips are becoming more popular. Rather than sit around the house and garden on our day off, we head out, whatever the weather. On your next day off, try one of the following destinations. Or if going over the top and making the day extra glam is more your thing hire a limousine and take in lots of different sights.
In The North
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
is a sprawling stately home, complete with stunning art and extensive gardens. It even has a maze. You may remember it from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It became Pemberley, home to the brooding Mr Darcy. In reality, it is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, but much of the grounds are open to the public.
Allow yourself several hours or longer to take in the full splendour of the estate. There are shops and places to eat or take a picnic to eat in the grounds.
Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
If you like shopping, and you like your products handmade, Hebden is the destination for you. Set in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire, Hebden Bridge is a popular market town. The fast flowing streams and canal network made it the ideal location for woollen mills. Nowadays it is renowned for its independent shops and artist community.
There are lots of cafes and restaurants to grab a coffee or eat a meal. Or go to the local chippy and eat your chips along the canal bank.
In The South
Hampstead Heath And Village, London
If you’re heading towards London, Hampstead makes a great day out. Go for a walk on the Heath or walk around the cobbled village. On very hot days, cool off with a dip in the Ladies’ Pond. It’s even open in the winter for those hardy enough to try it.
A great way to get to know the area is to take a guided walk. With a professional tour guide, you can learn about residents old and new and visit some of the hidden watering holes.
Highclere Castle, Hampshire (Downton Abbey)
Fans of Downton Abbey will love Highclere
. It is, perhaps, best known as the setting for the award-winning Downton Abbey. But in real life, it is home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. It has been in the Carnarvon family since 1679.
The house and grounds are open to the public at certain times of the year. As well as immersing yourself in the Downton experience, there are lots to explore. The current castle is Victorian and is set in 1,000 acres of stunning parkland. Go above and below stairs or go for a walk around the beautiful grounds. There are countless places to visit for a day trip throughout the UK. These are just a few. The next time you have a day to yourself, venture a little further and go exploring.