Want to make the most of your precious time off with your partner but short on inspiration when it comes to days out for couples? Worry not! We have plenty of ideas for you to get maximum enjoyment from your spare time, whether you feel like being active and immersing yourself in nature, acting like big kids at a theme park or embarking on a cultural day of sightseeing. Plus plenty more suggestions in between!
1. London Eye
What could be more romantic than taking in 360-degree views of London from a vantage point 135 metres over the River Thames? The Coca-Cola London Eye allows you to take in all the capital’s landmarks at once from your glass carriage. Presenting you with a breathtaking landscape that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else, the world’s highest cantilevered wheel is worth putting aside any fear of heights. This giant Ferris wheel experience is something everyone should undertake at least once.
2. Edinburgh Castle
Take in some history at this world-famous landmark, which is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the city centre. With settlements having been recorded there as far back as the Iron Age, there’s certainly plenty to learn about Edinburgh Castle’s fascinating and extensive past. Explore St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, the National War Museum of Scotland and the impressive Great Hall, which was the site of state assembly and features intricate Renaissance design.
3. Cadbury World
Do you and your other half share a sweet tooth? Then treat yourself to a delicious trip to Cadbury World and indulge in a mouth-watering day of fun which will excite all your senses! Learn all about the history of the famous Cadbury family at the site of their original factory, as well as how the world-famous confectionary is made. You can even have a go yourself! With the addition of the joyous and colourful Candabra ride, 4D Chocolate Adventure zone and 4D cinema experience, we don’t have to sugar-coat how much you’ll enjoy your time here.
4. Old Trafford Stadium Tour
Football fans will be more than familiar with the Theatre of Dreams, but the experience of being there truly brings to life the rich history of the UK’s largest club football stadium. Whether you’re a Manchester United fan or not, visiting for the first time or have already trodden its hallowed grounds, Old Trafford will hold memories for everyone. It has played host to all manner of sporting events since opening in 1920, and has a capacity of 76,212, the sheer magnitude of which takes your breath away when taking your place in the stands. Get the full stadium tour for access to the changing rooms and dugout, and visit the museum to behold iconic trophies, kits and more.
5. Guinness Storehouse
No visit to the Irish capital is complete without checking out the country’s top tourist attraction at St. James’s Gate. Standing at seven stories high, the Guinness Storehouse takes you through the creation of the world’s most famous stout. Learn the art of pouring the perfect pint at the Guinness Academy and try it for yourself, enjoy the multi-sensory Tasting Experience and marvel at the World of Advertising, demonstrating the legendary innovation of Guinness adverts over the years. Your tour culminates at the Gravity Bar with 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, where you can finally enjoy your very own pint of Guinness as you take in the sights.
6. Alton Towers
Are you and your partner adrenaline junkies? Then spending the day indulging your love of high-octane thrills will be right up your street. And it doesn’t get much more thrilling than the UK’s leading theme park, Alton Towers. With over 50 rides and attractions, you won’t be short on things to do, including Europe’s first ever inverted rollercoaster Nemesis, which has featured in polls of the world’s best rides for two decades. There’s also Oblivion, the world’s first vertical drop rollercoaster, and Rita, which accelerates riders from 0 to 100km per hour in just over two seconds!
7. ZSL London Zoo
For couples who are fond of all things animal-related, London Zoo is the classic choice for a day out. It has been open since 1828 and has an astonishing 760 species of animal, from lions to lemurs, monkeys to meerkats, penguins to pygmy hippos. Enjoy daily shows and interactive events too, all in the scenic surroundings of Regent’s Park. Plus, don’t miss their brand new Land of the Lions exhibit! Their biggest experience yet covers 2,500 square metres and an array of different themed zones, all based on India.
Check out the 3,500-year-old prehistoric monument Stonehenge if you wish to delve into the mysterious past of one of the wonders of the world. The culturally iconic ring of standing stones has caused debate for centuries over its meaning and origins, yet the undeniably astonishing spectacle has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 1986. The site’s location near Salisbury is a beautiful countryside spot in Wiltshire, where the backdrop further enhances the awe-inspiring nature of the world-famous attraction, particularly at sunrise and sunset. Is it a sun-worshipping spot? Is it a burial ground? Is it a calendar? Nobody will ever know for sure, which only adds to the fascination.
9. Tower of London
Explore the rich and varied history of the British monarchy via one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, the Tower of London. The historic castle on the River Thames was founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror for use as a secure fortress. See the crown jewels, consisting of 25,578 gems still used by royals today, visit the prisoner exhibition to learn all about the World Heritage Site’s former use as a jailhouse, and take part in a live historical re-enactment. Learn all about the Beefeaters, see the execution spot of three queens and hear about the tower’s importance to several wars. Plus so much more!
10. Kew Gardens
Get back to nature and escape the chaos without leaving the city, at Kew Gardens London. Marvel at the world’s largest collection of living plants – that’s over 30,000 species – set among 121 hectares of the eye-wateringly beautiful gardens. Get a bird’s-eye view of the flora and fauna as you roam the treetops from the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway, 59 feet above the ground. Learn about how scientists are putting the nature resource on the map, in terms of global research into how plants and fungi can help the world’s population to survive. Explore Kew Palace, summer home of George III, see the famous Victorian glasshouse Palm House and enter multi-sensory bee centre The Hive.
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