Are you itching to get back into travelling and explore on your weekends? Me too. We usually spend our weekends exploring some new part of the UK either off roading in our Land Rover or walking around the pretty UK countryside and fancy buildings. I thought I’d put some of our favourite UK day trip ideas together to help give you some inspiration for your next UK adventure!
Note: We’re based in Leamington Spa in the midlands, so we consider all of these locations a reasonable distance for a day trip. This might not be the same for you and your location.
1. Brimham Rocks.
I discovered this place when we did our 15 day UK/Scotland Road Trip in 2019. Brimham rocks has giant rock formations that pre-date the even the dinosaurs! Based in North Yorkshire, it’s like walking around the Flintstones village. It’s £6 to park for 4hours and doesn’t cost anything to enter the site beyond car parking charges. We headed there early morning to avoid the crowds which I would highly recommend if you want to take some fun photos. The park is huge and you can spend hours here exploring the space and popping into the cafe or you just explore the shorter routes like we did before escaping the crowds.
The birth place of William Shakespeare and a medevil market town, Stratford is a place we frequently visit as it’s only a 20 minutes drive for us. We also went on our first date here and ate fish and chips by the river! A very pretty town that encompases everything quintessentially British. You can enjoyt the theatre here or browing the market but we’d highly recommend visiting the Butterfly Farm where you can enjoy an hour or two enjoying the beautiful creatures. There are plenty of lovely old pubs to hide from the weather and lovely cafe’s for coffee. There is also a very popular Chrismtas market that takes place every year. We attempted to make this one year but spent hours in traffic then spent 2 hours trying to find a parking space and failing and calling it quits and heading home. So be warned!
We also highly recommend heading to The Encore pub as it serves great food. We’ve been there a few times because we love it and it’s right in the centre too!
3. Longleat Safari Park.
See my dedicated post on Longleat Safari Park.
Last year I bought my partner Chris tickets to Longleat Safari park for his birthday. I’d dreamed of going here since watching Longleat appear on the Animal Park tv series which I watched everyday after school. Plus we absolutely love animals and any excuse to take the Land Rover out on an adventure is a winner with us.
We loved Longleat, we did the driving tour which we highly recommend, those pesky monkey’s love playing on the car! The estate is gorgeous with the huge house and railway. We spent too much time in the drive through adventure that we didn’t get as much time as we would have liked in the smaller animal areas but we did manage to see my favourite Red Pandas.
We stayed locally in Bradford-upon-Avon which is also worthy of visiting, we had great food here in the evening and enjoyed a coffee in a local cafe. I’d like to go back to Longleat again in the future and enjoy more of the grounds and smaller animal enclosures we missed first time around.
If you’re looking for a cute UK village day trip, then Broadway village in the Cotswolds is the perfect spot. With lots of cute little independant shops, cafe’s or Broadway Tower if you’re looking for a little walk out of the village. It’s not somewhere you could spend 12 hours, but if you’re looking for an afternoon stroll and some cute photos, Broadway is perfect.
5. Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is a country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The grounds are entirely free to explore except for the parking fees, so you can enjoy a picnic overlooking the lake or walk the dog, but you do have to pay to enter the Palace itself. Inside the Palace is a tour of the house, a garden maze, flower gardens and a cafe. However you can also enjoy the Whomping Willow tree from the Harry Potter films and The Column Of Victory in the grounds for free. We loved it here, just enjoying the view sitting on the grass, I can’t wait to go back with a picnic in the summer.
These are all places we’ve had day trips in the last couple of years and really enjoyed ourselves. Some we’ll even return to again over the summer when it’s safe to travel again. Some of these are part of National Trust so you could benefit from a membership and save yourself some money!
Hope you enjoy some of these UK road trip ideas. I’d love to know if this inspired you to head to one of these destinations!