Day Trips: The Top 10 Places to Visit in the UK

If you are planning a day trip and need some inspiration – Read our guide to exploring some of the best places to visit in the UK.

We have been busy compiling a list of the top ten attractions in the UK to help plan your next day trip. We understand that in retirement day trips are a great occasion to visit some of the interesting and historical sites of Britain. The places we have chosen include attractions and locations which will keep you occupied all day.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Take a trip down to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and discover the historical tour of HMS Victory famous for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar and HMS Warrior famous for being the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet. While you are there you could also take a trip to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The Dockyard’s have been rated the top five things to do in Hampshire and is home to some of England’s greatest historic gems.

Chepstow Castle

The stunning castle was constructed in 1067, Chepstow Castle is a Norman Castle situated high above the banks of the River Wye in southeast Wales. There are lots to see and explore at the castle and the surrounding grounds making it a great day out. The castle is the oldest post-Roman stone fortification in Britain.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the flamboyant Henry VII is most associated with this majestic palace. There’s plenty of art and architecture to enjoy at the palace and the 18th-century hedgerow maze is always a loved attraction! Richmond upon Thames is also a great area to explore.  

Roald Dahl Museum

If you are a fan of the famous author who has created classics like the Oompa Loompas and Fantastic Mr Fox, the Roald Dahl Museum is a great attraction to visit. The museum is located in the beautiful village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, which is also a great location to visit with picturesque scenery and quaint village attractions.


If you are a Shakespeare fan and haven’t yet visited his famous hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, it's definitely worth a visit. As well as exploring this iconic English town filled with great Tudor architecture, there’s the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. A guided tour is a must, especially if you want to step into the playwright’s life and inspiration.

Highclere Castle

If you love the television period drama Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle is a place you should visit. The Castle is the filming location for Downton Abbey and is located in Hampshire. Both the elaborate Castle and the beautiful surrounding gardens are open to the public during July and August. The Castles history also includes a fascinating connection with ancient Egypt and now houses exhibitions that commemorate such historic events, including rare antiquities from the 5th Earl’s early Egyptian excavations.


Bath is one of the most beautiful cities to explore in the UK. With its outstanding Georgian architecture and home to Britain’s only natural hot springs, Bath is a great spot for an adventurous day out. Some of the top attractions include the Roman Baths and Spa and The Royal Crescent, not forgetting exploring some of the beautiful gardens in the town. Whilst visiting Bath, you could also consider taking a trip to Stonehenge which is around an hour away by car.

Warwick Castle

Originally built in a wooden structure by William the Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. In 2001, the castle was named one of Britain’s top 10 historic houses and monuments making it one of the top attractions to visit. The town of Warwick is also a great destination to include in your day trip.

York Minster

York Minster is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe and elegantly dominates the skyline of the ancient city of York. If you are a fan of beautiful architecture, York Minster incorporates all the major stages of gothic architecture development in England. As well as visiting this extraordinary Minster, a day trip to York is a great experience with its historic walled city and vibrant culture.

Fleetwood Museum

Explore the English fishing port and holiday destination of Fleetwood in Lancashire. The Museum sits on the edge of the River Wyre which flows into Morecambe Bay and is famous for its maritime heritage. Discover how cockles, salmon, shrimps and mussels were harvested from the wild waters of Morecambe Bay. Whilst visiting Fleetwood you can also enjoy the town with its beautiful architecture and idyllic promenade.

Now you have discovered our top ten places to visit in Britain, it’s time to plan your next trip and explore these famous landmarks! 


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