Updated May 17, 2023
Published August 20, 2020
Gearing up for the bank holiday weekend? Us too! But where to go to make the most of the extra day off? These days out around the UK should provide inspiration for family fun, romance or spending time with your mates.
Discover the latest dinosaur newcomer to London’s Natural History Museum - a colossal Titanosaur! Come face to face with one of the largest creatures to have walked our planet and shudder with fear in the earthquake room. With its interactive exhibitions and activities, the museum is not only loads of fun but also an educational day out. And the best bit? Admission is free! Pre-book your tickets here.
For an active bank holiday in the great outdoors, the largest dedicated mountain bike trail in the UK is hard to beat. At Coed y Brenin, in North Wales, you can bring your own bike or hire one before hitting one of the fantastic tracks designed for a range of abilities. Free perk? Views of some of the most spectacular bits of Britain.
4. Get lost in Wilderness Wood, East Sussex
7. Walk the Cornish coast
Cornwall is famous for its surfing but the coast is also super-romantic to walk along with someone special. Peer into rock pools and explore smugglers’ coves, before rounding the day off in a cosy country pub. St Ives, Polperro, Tintagel and Polzeath are particularly beautiful towns and villages to use as a base.
For walks elsewhere in the country, try one of these circular walks. The best part? They all start and end at a pub!
Step into the world of Bridgerton when you pull up at Bath's No. 1 Royal Crescent. Thanks to the Netflix hit, the spotlight is on this historic city. Visit the show's filming locations, then discover the city's headline attraction, the Roman Baths.
Further north, beautiful York is a top city break destination. Check out the quirky Shambles, follow the York Chocolate Trail or learn all about the Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Pack a picnic and take a romantic walk in the beautiful and ancient New Forest. With plenty of trails through the woodlands, the area also teems with wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for deer and New Forest ponies.
Dolphin-spotting might be something you associate with warmer climes but, with a bit of persistence, you can spot bottlenose dolphins, along with seals, porpoises and Minke whales, off the Moray Firth inlet in Scotland. Chanonry Point is as a particularly good spot; head there as the tide rises for your best chance of seeing them. Watching a dolphin pod leaping from the water amid the dramatic Scottish scenery makes for a pretty romantic memory.
Elsewhere, Blakeney Point in Norfolk is prime seal spotting territory - both common and grey seals call this area home and you can join a boat trip to see them up close.
How to combine adventure with a camping break on the cheap? Take to the wilderness and pitch your tent away from a camp site – in Scotland. Wild camping is illegal in England and Wales, but north of the border it’s a-okay so brush off your boots and head for the Highlands!
Many British cities now offer free walking tours by top quality guides. This three-hour tour of Manchester, for example, takes in the Sackville Gardens and the city’s street art and architecture. Contact the relevant city’s tourist office for details of more free tours.
Why not get a group of mates together and do something to assist vulnerable people or conserve Britain’s green spaces – while having loads fun in the process? You can find a ton of one-day volunteering opportunities all across the UK as well as longer-term positions on the government website.