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Top 5 Family Staycation Spots in the UK

Katie Da Cunha Lewin

We often think that we have to go abroad to have fun, but there are so many wonderful places to visit in Britain that we forget about. We’ve put together a guide for some great day trips to some gorgeous National Trust properties across the UK. 

Devil’s Dyke
The South Downs in Brighton are truly beautiful spot, as well as historically fascinating. The Devil’s Dyke valley was an important location for pre-historic humans, and saw many of them build shelters and houses in its hills. Nowadays it provides visitors with beautiful and varied walks, as well as viewing spots. Visitors can follow a guided walk (available here) that documents the myths and legends of the valley, or simply meander and take in the natural beauty and do a spot of bird watching. The 77 bus goes from the centre of Brighton right to Devil’s Dyke, so is by far the most convenient way of getting there. 

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Dunham Massey
Greater Manchester
This beautiful estate just outside of Manchester offers visitors the chance to unwind from hectic city life and ramble round a gorgeous Georgian house. Offering beautiful gardens, local produce and delicious food at the restaurant, Dunham Massey provides a full day out for the whole family. You can also spot the herd of fallow deer who roam the grounds; take a guided walk to see all the other wildlife who call the estate home too. The nearest train stations are Altrincham or Hale, which are both 3 miles away, and you can get a bus which stops just outside the gates.

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Brimham Rocks
North Yorkshire
The spectacular rock formations at Brimham Rocks provide an astonishing day out for the whole family. These natural sculptures are over 320 million years old, and offer a glimpse into another kind of history. Visitors can walk through the moorlands and look out for several different formations, or the more adventurous can climb and boulder the unique landscape. For more sedate fun, there are also yoga classes for a truly uniquely peaceful experience. The best way to get there is by car: car park rates are reasonable.

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Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses
For an unusual day out, you and your family may want to head to Stourbridge to Kinver Edge. This sandstone ridge and hill fort gives an incredible view of the Holy Austin Rock Houses, a collection of homes carved from rock in which people lived until as recently as 1960. You can talk a beautiful walk across the many miles of footpaths in the surrounding area, and then relax with tea and cake in one of the Rock Houses afterwards. Kinver Edge is a 15 minute walk from the village of Kinver and there is free lay-by parking in some of the surrounding streets. 

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Clevedon Court
Clevedon Court offers a unique slice of history: the 14thcentury manor house lives side by side with an 18th century terraced garden making this a truly spectacular place to visit. The house also houses a large collection of beautiful objects, from ornamental rolling pins, unusual glassware (think glass hats!) and ornately engraved armchairs.  It is most easily accessible by car, and there is free parking.

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