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Less obvious UK destinations?!

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42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 09:12:49

We are thinking of a uk break for Oct half term. We've done the well known uk holiday places: Devon, Cornwall, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lakes, Yorkshire, Northumberland and lots of places in Scotland.

What gems are still awaiting us?! What places in the UK warrant a few days exploring with a 7yr old ds?

PoppyWearer Tue 13-Aug-13 09:15:01

What about Dorset?


New Forest?


LIZS Tue 13-Aug-13 09:18:59

Chester, Ironbridge Gorge, New Forest , Isle of Wight

42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 10:53:33

Like idea of New Forest and Dorset. Would there be enough to do at Ironbridge for a few days? Went for a day years ago. York my Uni town grin done that loads! Not considered Wales for autumn. Thinking of that for summer as I've heard there are lovely beaches.

42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 10:54:14

Oh and not good on boats! grin

FannyMcNally Tue 13-Aug-13 10:56:23

If you've never done it, then the Isle of Wight is a great place to explore. Osborne House is lovely.

FannyMcNally Tue 13-Aug-13 10:57:01

Right, skip that then....

42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 11:22:35

Fanny grin

AuntieStella Tue 13-Aug-13 11:34:38

How about Derbyshire - Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, walking in the Peak District, visits to caverns? Is there still a (replica, sadly) chimney you can send your DC up at Shugborough?

34DD Tue 13-Aug-13 13:33:58

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AuntieStella Tue 13-Aug-13 13:51:02

Sorry -I got my Halls in a twist, and I meant Sudbury (with Museum of Childhood).

42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 15:40:18

We live quite close to Derbyshire so have done quite a bit of it, but do quite like the idea of sending ds up a chimney grin

TheMagicKeyCanFuckOff Tue 13-Aug-13 15:46:45

The Essex countryside is lovely, in the Saffron Walden area, or Epping forest areas?


Maybe Somerset?

LtGreggs Tue 13-Aug-13 15:47:00

You could add Ironbridge together with Welsh Borders / Shropshire for a really nice countryside break. Good walks, Ludlow, a few castles / NT places. Ironbridge has lots of museums that are small and child-friendly. Also Severn Valley Railway nearby.

Or what about a city break?? London or Edinburgh?

cyberfairy Tue 13-Aug-13 15:50:21

Trough of Bowland in Lancashire. Stunning countryside, snuggly pubs, Clitheroe is an ace foodie town and loads of walks and good places to eat in whole area.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 13-Aug-13 15:55:10

Trough of Bowland a good suggestion, as well as, not too far from there, the side of Yorkshire round Ingleton/ Kirkby Lonsdale. Morecambe Bay lovely too - nice walks round Arnside, Silverdale and round the coast.

Also heard good things recently about the English side of the Solway Firth. The Scottish side is lovely too of course.

North Wales and Anglesey are brilliant for castles. Loads to do.

Weegiemum Tue 13-Aug-13 15:55:34

Outer Hebrides.


piprabbit Tue 13-Aug-13 15:57:11

Warwickshire? Warwick Castle, Stratford upon Avon etc.

We've had lovely holidays on the Kent coast based around Hythe, Hastings, Rye.

bibliomania Tue 13-Aug-13 15:57:42

Have you done Orkney?

I loved Sussex - Rye, Battle, Bodiam Castle.

Also Hampshire - Winchester, Chawton (if you're a Jane Austen fan!)

I've heard the Wye valley is wonderful but haven't been there yet.

chicaguapa Tue 13-Aug-13 15:59:44

Pembrokeshire is great. There's loads to do there and it very beautiful. And yy to the New Forest and Jurassic Coast. Swanage and Lyme Regis are lovely.

allmycats Tue 13-Aug-13 16:01:47

Peak District/Isle of Man/Scottish Borders/North East Coastline and Moors/City of York

allmycats Tue 13-Aug-13 16:02:08

Plus to above - Harrogate and surrounding areas

42notTrendy Tue 13-Aug-13 16:23:56

Brilliant suggestions. Am now going to start trying to tie up a nice cosy cottage with them. Thanks smile

KateCroydon Tue 13-Aug-13 17:04:50

Lichfield is ver ver pretty.

teabagpleb Tue 13-Aug-13 17:19:09

Northern Ireland?

Minehead/Exmoor area is beautiful, plenty to go do.

Kent and Leeds Castle

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