5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK

If you find yourself with a day or two of free time and are tired of the familiar London sights, why not consider one of these other fantastic UK destinations for a day trip. With some great offers on cheap train tickets with CrossCountry, they can be reached without breaking your budget, leaving you with more to spend at each amazing destination.


York is an incredible city, steeped in culture and history with some truly amazing attractions you can’t afford to miss if you’re visiting. The first of many magnificent attractions that are a must see in York would be York Minster. This is by far one of the most breathtaking cathedrals in the world let alone just in the UK, it houses some of the greatest treasures and works of art globally.

However if art or ancient treasure isn’t your thing then you can brave the 275 steps up the central tower to take in the most breathtaking views of all of York.

5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK - York Minster

Another fantastic historical attraction in York would be the JORVIK Viking centre. Take a trip back in time to visit a real Viking city where you can see what life was like for people 1000 years ago! Take a look inside a Viking house, watch craftsmen at work, smell the food they would have cooked and (if you can handle it) take a look at their cesspit. This attraction is great for the kids!

The York maze is a brilliant, fun and exciting attraction that will take the whole family to figure out how to escape. This attraction is open during all the school holidays as well as hosting special Halloween nights and a spectacular fireworks display on November 5th every year.


Cambridge is one of the UK’s truly historic cities, especially with its wealth of amazing universities that were founded centuries ago. This university is one of the best attractions in Cambridge to visit. The amazing architecture alone is one of the top reasons that so many people are attracted to visit Cambridge University as well as the feeling of awe and inspiration from this place.

For the aspiring gardener who is in need of inspiration then there is no better place than the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Their collection includes plants from all over the world displayed across 40 acres of gardens and glasshouses for everyone to enjoy. The Botanic Garden is also fantastic for children to start learning about plants for the first time especially with under 16s entry free and adult entry is only £4.

5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK - Cambridge Punting

Finally an attraction which is truly a must do would be taking a boat tour on the river Cam, this is also known as punting in Cambridge. You can relax whilst your guide will tell you many interesting and amazing facts about Cambridge. Even in the colder months you will get a blanket to fend off the cold so there really is no excuse to miss this attraction.


There are many great things to do and see in Cheltenham so you won’t be left wondering what to do next. If you’re a film fanatic then the Screening Rooms would be the place for you. The amazing luxury seats, brilliant service and great food and drink will keep you coming back every time a new film comes out. When you go once this will be the only cinema you will ever go to again.

5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK - Cheltenham Festival

If you’re a horse racing fan then the Cheltenham Festival is definitely the place to be. This is the pinnacle of Jump racing and four days of absolute brilliance surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Cotswold Hills. With a crowd of around 230,000 people you’ll be in great company with like minded people who enjoy top class sport just as much as you do. If you simply cannot miss this event then make sure you go on the right days, these are the March 11th to March 14th. This is truly an event you will remember for the rest of your life.

Leamington Spa

With summer approaching the place to be in Leamington Spa for a stroll has got to be the Jephson Gardens. You can take in the amazing scenery of the Gardens as well as even feeding the squirrels that are so tame they are regularly known to come up to your feet for food, so be sure to bring some nuts to feed them with. After you’ve tired yourself out there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and even a tea room to recharge with.

5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK - Jephson Gardens Leamington Spa

If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy then make sure you take them to Victoria Park. This was originally opened in 1899 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond jubilee and is now one of Leamington Spa’s best recreation and leisure facilities. It includes numerous adventure play areas with a wide range of equipment, paddling pool and huge amounts of space for any kind of sport your child wants to play. Victoria Park also offers 10 all weather tennis, bowls and cricket courts. The best time of year to go would definitely be in the summer and it’s always best to ring ahead just to confirm if they are open or not.


Last but by no means least we have some of the best things to do in Bournemouth. To start with I would highly recommend the pier to pier walk which starts at Bournemouth pier and goes to Boscombe pier. This is a magnificent scenic stroll for those who are looking for a very relaxed and chilled out day and when you do come to the end of the stroll you can enjoy a fantastic meal at one of the many restaurants located nearby.

5 Great Day Trip Destinations in the UK - Bournemouth Pier

If you want a great night out then it would have to be the Funnybone Comedy Club. This intimate club will have you laughing all night long as you eat and drink the night away. They regularly hire the very best comedians from all over the world to perform here so it is definitely the thing to see in Bournemouth. Prices start from £10 for the comedy only, £15 to include a meal or £25 for a 3 course meal in their new grill restaurant.