Britain’s 50 best days (perfect for a semester)

February midterm is fast approaching and Britain is full of brilliant ideas for family outings. From stately homes with expansive grounds to immersive museums and nature preserves, and even a few theme parks, there’s no shortage of options to fill your schedule no matter where you are. Go for adventure with ziplines in Cornwall and descend an old mine in the Midlands, try a treasure hunt in one of the country’s best museums or simply go for a historic walk.

If you haven’t had time to plan day trips and are looking for inspiration, look no further. Here are 50 of the UK’s best days.

The Midlands

Highlights of Alton Towers include Nemesis, Air, and Oblivion (a vertical drop of over 180 feet). Among the park’s new rides, highlights include Wicker Man, the UK’s first new wooden coaster built in over 20 years, and Gangsta Granny, based on David Walliams’ book and aimed at toddlers .

Contact: 0871 222 3330; altontowers.com

2. Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

The privately owned Chatsworth House stately home features a maze, carvings, ancient timber, water garden and 400 acres of parkland. Also a working farmyard, an adventure playground – and an art collection housed in sumptuous rooms. The North Sketch Gallery contains a contemporary art installation by Jacob van der Beugel, depicting the DNA of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Contact: 01246 565300; chatsworth.org

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