Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire
Nestled on a headland overlooking this quaint seaside town, Whitby Abbey is not only a great value day out, but also a truly rousing visit. This is the building that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, and it features spectacular gothic architecture that achieves a dramatic atmosphere.
The monks who once lived here are honoured and remembered at the visitor’s centre, which includes models, audio tours, interactive activities and digital reconstructions of their day-to-day lives. Audio tours are also available for walks around these ancient ruins, and you’ll find stunning viewpoints for a romantic sunset.
Scotney Castle, Kent
This magnificent castle is set within picturesque gardens, with walkways leading off into the 770 acres of open countryside. The castle itself is surrounded by an enormous moat, with stone bridges providing access to the beautifully manicured private gardens.
The tea room here is quintessentially English, and serves luxurious cream teas with a beautiful view – but you’re also or bring your own if you fancy a picnic. The shop sells Scotney bitter which is made from the on-site hop farm, and honey taken from the castle’s own hive. A truly quixotic place for a gentle stroll, hand in hand.
Powis Castle, Wales
This world-famous castle is set within some of the most handsome gardens in the UK. A gardener’s dream, it features period lead statues surrounded by a stunning mixture of mature foliage and delicate flowerbeds, with ancient trees and a thriving orangery.
This castle dates back to the 1200s, and deer roam free within the grounds. As such, dogs are unfortunately not permitted – but you wouldn’t want to take your four-legged friend here anyway. The museum is so fascinating that it’s worth dedicated a good couple of hours to it, making this a great all-round day out in terms of activities both indoor and out. It’s also available for weddings, corporate events and private functions – contact us here for more details.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
This castle has become an iconic image of Scotland, and is perched on an island where three great sea lochs meet. Surrounded by really majestic and mythical scenery, it dates back to the 13th century to guard over the lands of Kintail.
The Castle has a small but fascinating visitor centre, with the Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, toilets and plenty of car parking is available free of charge. An invigorating experience indeed, this is a must-see for all those visiting the Scottish Highlands.
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