Great British winter days out

Posted on: 03 January 2014 by 50connect editorial

If you're not content with hibernating through the chilly winter months, take a look at our ideas for Great British winter days out brought to you by our partners at Silver Travel Advisor.


Would you enjoy an inspiring day out, despite the miserable weather in winter?

Art, architecture, plants and even the Beatles are all available even on the wintriest of days. With many good cafes and restaurants as well as reasonable entrance charges, some are even free, you will be uplifted and interested.

Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court

East Molesey, Surrey

A stunning royal palace, with an informative tour that takes you into the hidden gems around Henry VIII’s castle. Take a look at the cavernous kitchens where cooking is done with the aid of huge log fires. The Titltyard café and deli will ensure you don’t get hungry and there’s a good cup of tea on offer too. Concessions for seniors, disabled parking and good accessibility is all available
Tel: 0844 482 7777

The Lowry Exhibition

Salford Quays, Manchester

L.S. Lowry’s marvellous and evocative paintings and drawings are on display at Manchester’s exciting, modern theatre, concert and exhibition halls. Entrance is free and you can learn more about the artist and his work at one of the complimentary daily talks.

The Lowry Centre has good disabled facilities. There plenty of choice for eating and drinking at the three restaurants.
Tel: 0843 208 6000

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh

If you are keen on all things royal, why not walk regally around The Queen’s official Scottish residence which is sometimes open to visitors. The State and Historic apartments offer much to enjoy and the Throne Room is majestic: famous as the room where new knights and ladies of the Order of the Thistle are installed. Entrance also provides you with a free audio tour. The temporary exhibitions in the Queen’s Gallery within the palace are often full of beautiful, unique items.
Tel: 0131 556 5100


Eden projectEden Project

Par, Cornwall

This wonderfully accessible experience has, among its treasures, biomes that house a very warm rainforest and a Mediterranean climate, growing all the related plants.

With activities and events year round, there is always something to enjoy, and the food here is a joy. Concessions for seniors can be discounted further if you buy online, and there are great deals for the locals.
Tel: 01726 811900

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Immerse yourself in the magical history tour dedicated to The Beatles. Drop into the amazing replica of the Cavern Club and find out what went on behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios.

Reacquaint yourself with the 1960s and the music that defined a generation around the world. The Albert Dock is vibrant and busy with cafes and restaurants for refreshments.
Tel: 0151 709 1963


Blackpool Tower ballroomBlackpool Tower ballroom tea dance

The Promenade, Blackpool

Can you imagine taking a turn around the iconic ballroom at the Blackpool Tower? It is a stylish wonder of architecture, with a world class dance floor. The Wurlitzer Organ plays charming tunes as you sit enjoying afternoon tea.

With a whole host of exciting events throughout the year, do time your visit to enjoy them. Disabled access is available to the main areas of the Tower, with good entrance discounts available online.
Tel: 01253 622 242

Broadcasting House

Llandaff, Cardiff

Uncover the mysteries of the BBC by going backstage to see how programmes like Crimewatch and Wales Today are created by taking a tour at Broadcasting House in Cardiff. Experience the buzz of the newsroom and see the BBC staff in action. You won’t be disappointed. Make an exciting news bulletin or you could participate in a radio play.

You can join a tour on Tuesdays and concessions are available.
Tel: 0370 901 1227


National Railway MuseumNational Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York

This marvellous museum is full of unique locomotives, some of them record breakers of their day and all rather special. There’s no charge for entry and you take part in tours and talks about the engines as well as joining in various activities. For all grandpas and grandsons who have dreamed of being a train driver, this is a must!

There are several places for lunch and snacks: the Victorian ‘dining car’ being a lovely option.
Tel: 0844 815 3139

Great British winter days out mini guide

Further suggestions for Great British Winter Days Out, can be found on the mini guide, which you can download here. It can also be requested for free, in print, to be sent to you by Silver Travel Advisor: send an email to with your full postal address.

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Note: The information given is by way of suggestion only. It is correct, to the best of our knowledge, but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions on our part.

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