Getting off the beaten track

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We’ve all heard of Stonehenge and the Tower of London, but what about smaller, less obvious locations that are worth a visit? Here are a few of our favourites – but remember to check local restrictions before setting off.

New Lanark, Scotland
South of Glasgow is the World Heritage Site of New Lanark – a former 18th century cotton mill village set within amazing woodland. It’s got history, beautiful scenery and its own delicious ice cream… what else do you need?

Pembroke Castle, Wales
This imposing castle ­– birthplace of Henry VII – is great for adults and kids with wall walks and passages that run from tower to tower, as well as exhibitions on the castle’s history. Jump on a train from Cardiff or Swansea for a great day out.

Belton House, England
Quite possibly the perfect English country residence, Belton House has been used for more period dramas than you can shake a corset at. Its restaurant, café, adventure playground and sumptuous interiors make this Lincolnshire bolthole a favourite day out for those in the know.

Batsford Arboretum, England
These exotic woodlands are home to an incredible mixture of trees, bamboos and shrubs, including gigantic North American redwoods, a huge davidia and an enormous ‘cathedral’ lime. Kids and pets alike will love exploring these gardens before a restorative cuppa in the café.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, Northern Ireland
Also known as the Stairway to Heaven, this walk in Enniskillen offers some stunning views of the surrounding lowlands. Follow the boardwalk to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain – and don’t forget your camera!

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