If you have some time to spare, then why not head slightly further afield and explore some of what lies on the capital’s doorstep?
Ascot Racecourse is synonymous with quality, excellence and a truly memorable day out. The highlight of the year is Royal Ascot in June for five days, however spectacular racing takes place throughout the year.
The Ashmolean is packed full of archaeology and art works from all over the world. Families can discover mummies in ancient Egypt, find coins from ancient Greece, and travel through time to find modern paintings and statues.
Audley End House & Gardens
Admire the interiors of what was once one of the largest and most opulent houses in Jacobean England. Strolling around the garden you can enjoy the work of two of the most famous, influential designers of the 18th century.
Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find adventures around every corner at Blackgang. This attraction overlooks the stunning South coast of the Isle of Wight.
Blue Reef Aquarium
More than 50 living displays bring the wonders of the aquatic world to life at Blue Reef Portsmouth. With informative talks and feeding demonstrations the aquarium is a spectacular experience whatever the weather.
Bluewater is one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations with 330 top UK and international brands, 50 bars and restaurants, 13,000 free car parking spaces, 50 acres of lakes and parkland and a Showcase cinema.
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion garden, at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter. Its diverse collections bring together the arts and history to tell stories about the city and the world we live in.
This museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and a Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The garden features more than 8,000 species of plants and trees, while a descendant of Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree – from which it’s said he devised his theory of gravity – is planted near the main ticket office.
Canterbury Cathedral is very much part of the local community. It is used regularly for local, regional and/or national services and events, therefore at times some or all of it may be closed for general visiting.
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era in this recreation of medieval life; a unique introduction to Canterbury and its famous literary connection with Canterbury Tales – a well-loved visitor attraction.
Chelmsford City Racecourse
The facilities provide a wonderful setting from which to anchor your raceday experience at Chelmsford City Racecourse. The restaurants are complimented by the lively Sports Bar area offering various raceday packages.
Ancient and modern, the magnificent 900-year-old Chichester Cathedral has treasures from every age, from medieval stone carvings to world famous contemporary artworks. It’s open every day and all year with free entry.
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship theatres with an international reputation for producing work of the highest quality, ranging from large-scale musicals to distinguished dramas.
Dover Castle is the most iconic of all English fortresses commanding the gateway to the realm for nine centuries. Climb the Great Tower, meet the characters and immerse yourself in vivid medieval interiors.
Drusillas Park is widely regarded as the best small zoo in the country and it’s created an animal and child friendly, family environment where the focus is always on involvement. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in East Sussex.
Firstsite is a unique gallery setting in the heart of Colchester offering a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, film screenings, performances, activities and events for young and old. Find it north east of London.
Godshill Miniature Village
Godshill Miniature Village offer a nostalgic experience allowing you to step back in time to see island life in the 1920s and 30s on the Isle of Wight. You will have the surreal experience of being a giant here.
Guildford Cathedral is one of England’s great masterpieces of modern architecture, with its unique history, dramatic exterior and spectacular location on the summit of Stag Hill in one of Surrey’s most popular towns.
For those who love to shop, Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth is a dream destination. The modern mall is a great place to spend a day, with the added attraction of premium retail outlet stores offering up to 60% off RRP.
Discover the magnificence of Henry VIII’s favourite royal residence. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms.
Hastings Adventure Golf
A complex of no less than three, 18-hole miniature golf courses, crazy golf, adventure golf and pirate golf, providing facilities suitable for players of all ages. This is the national centre for Miniature Golf in the UK.
Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast, which means they face one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches.
Intu Lakeside is the home of feel-good shopping with over 250 shops, cafes and restaurants. The Boardwalk on the lake has 12 restaurants, a 9-screen cinema, and a Dove Spa to complete your perfect day out.
With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, special events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out on offer in Kent.
Legoland Windsor Resort
There are over 55 rides and attractions here where children can fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet and join Lego divers on a magical underwater adventure.
Put your driving skills to the test out on the handling circuit or sit in the passenger seat and let the Silver Arrows Display Team show you how it’s done. Mercedes-Benz World is an unforgettable day out.
Monkey Haven is a rescue centre and sanctuary for primates and birds of prey who are in desperate need of care and attention. The sanctuary gives these animals another chance to live enriched, carefree lives.
“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert’s private apartments, their bathing beach and children’s play-cottage.
Petworth House & Park
This vast late 17th century mansion is set in a beautiful 283-hectare deer park, landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. The house contains the National Trust’s finest collection of pictures.
River & Rowing Museum
One of the UK’s leading independent museums, the River & Rowing Museum has over 116,000 visitors a year. It runs a programme of special exhibitions and activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events.
Discover a magical underwater world that’s filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience!
Soaring high above the glittering Portsmouth harbour, proudly stands the Spinnaker – a spectacular and elegant viewing tower at the heart of a city that is fast becoming one of Britain’s favourite waterfront destinations.
With over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, Thorpe Park Resort is an island like no other and the UK’s must-visit destination to share endless fun with family and friends. It has one of Europe’s tallest rollercoasters.
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
Visit inspiring herbaceous borders, glasshouses that take you around the world or simply relax in the oldest botanic garden in Britain. The Botanic Garden is the most compact, yet diverse collection of plants in the world.
Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885 to display his outstanding collection of arts and to entertain the fashionable world. The gardens are renowned for their treasures.
West Wycombe Park
This is one of the most theatrical and Italianate of all English country houses. Set in 45 acres of beautiful landscaped park, the house as we see it today is the creation of the 2nd Baronet in the 18th century.
White Cliffs Country
With its unique history and heritage, unspoilt coastlines and easy access to London and the continent, White Cliffs Country is an ideal destination for a day excursion, short break or to stay a little longer.
Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen.