Make the most of the Summer, whether you're on holiday or simply enjoying a day trip, get out and about and experience the best of what's on offer throughout England & Wales.
Alnwick Castle - If you're staying in one of our self catering cottages in Northumberland you shouldn't miss a trip to Alnwick Castle a 14th-century crenellated castle, best known as one of the locations for the Harry Potter films.
Opening times: daily 10am-5.30pm from 24 March 24 until 30 October.
Contact: 01665 511100
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National Railway Museum, home to the UK's national rail collection. Includes online exhibitions of collections, special events and information for visitors to the museum.
Opening times; open 10am - 6pm
Contact: 0844 815 3139
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Derbyshire & The Peak District
Chatsworth House - a great day out for all the family if you're staying in a derbyshire holiday cottage - this stately home with grounds containing maze, sculptures, ancient woodland, water garden and 1,000-acre park. Also a working farmyard and adventure playground.
Opening times: daily 10.30am-5pm
Contact: 01246 565300
The Lake District & Cumbria
Honister Slate Mine, Cumbria - one of the Lake District’s last working slate mines where visitors will find the "Infinity Bridge". There's a gorge traverse at 1,200ft up - and mountain activities, along with stunning views.
Opening times: Daily 9am-5pm. Pre-book for tours and activities
Contact: 01768 777230
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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, exhibits over 260 different species of animals and is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK. The park is set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens.
Opening times: April to October 10.00am - 6.00pm. November to March (GMT) 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Contact: 01993 823006
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Battlefield Falconry Centre is a new and exciting family run business that offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy.
Opening times: The Centre is open from 10:00 till 15:30 every day.
Contact: 01939 210204
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South Stack Lighthouse, where you have the chance to experience breathtaking sea views and visit a working lighthouse, which provides a valuable service to shipping and seafarers.
Opening times: open apart from April when it closes for maintenance.
Contact: 01407 763 207
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Snowdonia National Park, the biggest mountain in Wales and England, Snowdon at 3,560ft, where you can visit by foot or train. The perfect location for days out and has plenty of events on offer, family friendly attractions and over 200 activity providers.
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Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, situated to the north of Saundersfoot and Tenby in Pembrokeshire, is a visitor attraction in Wales with over 400,000 visitors each year. Initially a farm attraction, the park is now also home to an indoor vintage funfair, a zoo with over 200 different species of animal and extensive indoor and outdoor adventure play areas.
Opening times: 10am – 4pm but closed over some Winter weeks.
Contact: 01834 812731
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Paignton Zoo, the zoo covers an 80-acre area containing a crocodile swamp and six habitats, including savannah, forest and wetland, plus botanic gardens. Daily events include animal talks, bird shows and feeding times.
Opening times: daily from 10am, closing times vary according to season
Contact: 0844 474 2222
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Eden Project in Cornwall for a great day out for the whole family: explore the largest indoor rainforest in the world and enjoy special events.
Opening times: varies; generally 9am-6pm in peak season
Contact: 01726 811911
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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, 50 historic buildings, including barns, a Victorian school, timber-framed farmhouse, market hall and water mill, all rescued from demolition and reconstructed on a grassy site.
Opening times: daily 10.30am-6pm February 15-19 and February 29 until October 29; after that until 4pm
Contact: 01243 811363
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Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.
Opening times: 10-6 but closed some days in winter.
Contact: 01304 211067
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Isle of Wight
Osborne House, a great day out for all the family with lovely grounds which contain a trail and play area. A short walk from the house is the Queen’s private beach with her 1840s bathing machine, deck chairs and great ice cream.
Opening times: 10am-4pm daily February 13-21, weekends only until March 25
Contact: 01983 200022
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Pleasure Beach, seaside fun next to the resort’s sandy beach, where highlights include a Twenties wooden roller coaster and fairground horse carousel. Also dodgems, swinging pirate ship, and 70ft sky-drop.
Opening times: vary; generally 11am-5 or 6pm in summer season; until 9pm in August (10pm on Wednesdays)
Contact: 01493 844585
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Ickworth house nestles in an evergreen landscape. Explore the gardens for inspiring views, hidden glimpses and magical areas, ever changing and never fully discovered.
Opening times: various please check website.
Contact: 01284 735270
Wells Cathedral has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals”, is set in the medieval heart of England’s smallest city and is the earliest English cathedral to be built in the Gothic style. The current building was erected between the 12th and 15th centuries and is a significant landmark in Somerset and the South West.
Opening times: 7-6
Contact: 01749 674483
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The Tank Museum is a collection of armoured fighting vehicles at Bovington Camp in Dorset. With almost 300 vehicles on exhibition from 26 countries it is the largest collection of tanks and the third largest collection of armoured vehicles in the world.
Opening times: 10-5
Contact: 01929 405096
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