Although it might not be the biggest country in the world, England certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to exciting day trip destinations.
With the days getting ever so slightly lighter and the temperatures trying to creep back up again, the weather is slowly but surely improving. This makes us all more inclined to get out there again and start exploring.
After all, we’re all so lucky to live in such a compact country with so many exciting towns and cities in such close proximity.
So, if you’re thinking of something to do in the upcoming weekends then take some inspiration from our list of The Best Day Trips in England for 2023.
Manchester is one of the largest cities in the UK, often being referred to as the ‘London of the North’. Home to one of the most successful football teams in the world and the birthplace of countless global bands, this northern city is bursting with culture.
Luckily for you, it’s also bursting with things to do. Spend your day strolling round the many cafes, shops, and bars in the Northern Quarter. Or, choose to visit any of the attractions Manchester has to offer such as the National Football Museum, The Lowry, or the IWM North (Imperial War Museum North).
Next up on our list of The Best Day Trips in England for 2023 is the south coast city of Brighton. In addition to the typical British seafront, top-notch fish and chips, and huge pier, Brighton has more sights to offer.
These include the magnificent Royal Pavilion, a former royal residence with gardens, and the many independent and vintage shops dotted around the centre.
Nestled in the heart of North Yorkshire, York is a mediaeval walled city originally founded by the Romans in 71 AD making it the perfect trip for the history fanatics among us.
Head to the famous Shambles to enjoy a unique shopping experience on the cobbled, narrow street – Harry Potter fans will be particularly enticed by The Shop That Must Not Be Named. No trip to York is complete without visiting the mighty York Minster, one of the most iconic cathedrals in the country.
Located just off the outskirts of London, Windsor is a quaint town on the River Thames filled with history. Mainly owing to the fact it was home to the late Queen of England who loved to reside in the impressive Windsor Castle. Tours are available all year round so be sure to get yourself booked in to explore the iconic St George’s Chapel and State Apartments.
Once you’ve finished inside, talk a stroll down the beautiful 2.6-mile tree lined ‘Long Walk’. Originally built by King Charles II in 1685, The Long Walk and Deer Park is a dead straight avenue connecting the castle with Windsor Great Park and is home to 500 freely roaming deer.
Liverpool is a northern city that offers its visitors so much to do and see. From the picturesque Albert Docks, where you’ll find the Tate Liverpool, to visiting Anfield, one of the largest football stadiums in the country, you’ll never find yourself looking for places to explore.
The bars and restaurants are also top-notch here. Expect to find plenty of independent places dispersed between quality chains.
Take a step into the Georgian era with a relaxing trip to Bath. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the well preserved Roman Baths date back to around 70 AD and these really are a must see. Bath is also bursting with quality local spa hotels, perfect for a peaceful end to a busy day exploring the city.
Head to Nottingham and wander the cobbled lanes of the Lace Market, all of which are lined with stunning curved red brick architecture. Feel free to pit stop at one of the many cafes before exploring the alleyways around the Old Market Square.
Nottingham even has its own castle. It sits above a network of sandstone caves and is well worth a tour. Below it lies Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub, which claims to be the oldest pub in England and is the perfect place to end a day in the city.
The final location on our list of The Best Day Trips in England for 2023 is the stunning city of Bristol. Easily accessible by train, if you do choose to visit this southern city by rail then be sure to take advantage of the Bristol Ferry Boat. Starting at the station and making its way down to the city’s famous harbour, this ‘water bus’ service operates year round and lets you hop on and off where you like, making it the perfect way to explore the city.
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