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August Bank Holiday

Ferris wheel in Brighton

From castles to country houses, from theme parks to seaside resorts. If you’re not sure how to spend the long weekend, try one of our ideas for day trips.

Windsor Castle

Just 25 miles from central London is one of the favourite residences of the Royal Family. But it’s not just the impressive castle that deserves a visit. If you’re craving a lovely walk among deer and ancient trees, Windsor’s Great Park is a must. And kids will find something for them, too – 150 acres of wooded landscapes at Legoland Windsor has rides for all age groups, from roller-coasters for teenagers to gentle jaunts for toddlers.

Windsor castle


Everybody knows Brighton. Or has at least heard of it. And there is a reason for that. Sea, sun, smiling people, pubs, cafes, discos ... Britain’s answer to St Tropez once has long been on the list of the best places to live in the UK. The old-fashioned streets are a maze of antiques shops and hip stores (vegetarian shoes, anyone?), while the exotic Royal Pavilion transports you to the imperial India, with its oriental interiors and golden dragons. And with plenty of cosy pubs and restaurants, you can enjoy your day off in the most pleasant way.



Within an hour from the capital you can soak up Oxford’s historic atmosphere. Ancient stones, which give the town a unique allure, were once the reason Oxford was regarded as the finest city in the world. Tourism is big business here, though it’s still possible to get off the beaten track. And if you want to see city from up high, head to the Carfax Tower and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view.

Oxford landscape


This little town, the birthplace of Shakespeare, was built along the banks of the Avon River and is a must-see not only for theatre buffs. If you happen to be there, you should definitely visit Ann Hathaway’s Cottage – this idyllic timber-framed cottage with a lovely garden was once the bard’s childhood home. In spite of the numbers of tourists, the town of half-timbered buildings still manages to evoke the atmosphere of Shakespeare’s times. And make sure you visit the Shakespeare’s Gift Shop – magnets with quotes (romantic or offensive, your choice!), rubber ducks and cookies are some of the more unusual mementos on sale.