London is a magical city full of exciting things to see and do, whether you like the museums, Madame Tussaud’s, the West End or just looking at houses that the Queen sometimes lives in. However, it’s a little known fact that there also loads of cool things do outside of London! Here are just a few of our favourite days out that you can’t get to on the Underground.
The National Space Centre
This impressive structure looming on the outskirts of Leicester looks like it might be a spaceship itself, ready for launch. Once you get inside you’ll see you weren’t far wrong, with a real life space rocket hanging up right there in the entrance hall. A top pick for all space enthusiasts, inside you’ll find replicas, exhibits, and a mind-blowing planetarium.
There are many great theme parks in the UK, but we all know Alton Towers is head and shoulders above the rest. With rides like Galactica, Oblivion and Nemesis for the thrill seekers, all the way down the Octonauts Adventure Ride for the… not-quite- thrillseekers, it’s a park that you can easily lose a day or two in.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour
Let’s settle this once and for all – Watford isn’t London, okay? It’s in Hertfordshire. It’s a completely different thing. That said, while the tube doesn’t stop there, the Hogwarts Express does. The actual train, seen in the Harry Potter movies, can be toured on the Warner Bros Studio Tour, stationed at a perfect recreation of Platform 9 and three quarters. You also a get chance to see the Great Hall from Hogwarts itself, and taking a shopping spree down Diagon Alley!
Sometimes you just want to rush out into the wilderness and climb a tree. This is what Bewilderwood is good for. It looks like something out of a children’s book, with strange, crooked, magical looking tree houses all over the place, and plenty to climb, swing and jump from.
The New Forest
Head out into the real wilderness and explore the New Forest. This is one of the largest remaining tracts of forest, heathland and unenclosed pasture land in the south east of England, stretching from Hampshire to Dorset. This is a fantastic place to go for camping, walking holidays, or just a pleasant B&B with a view.
The Roald Dahl Museum
Who doesn’t love Roald Dahl? Bad people, that’s who. Whether it’s because of chocolate factories or giant peaches or big friendly giants, we all love Roald Dahl, and this museum for 6 to 12 year olds is a great place to learn about his life and writing.
A writer almost as well known and beloved as Roald Dahl is William Shakespeare, and if you want to see his work performed live there’s nothing like seeing it performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in his home town. At the same time you can also see the childhood home of Shakespeare’s mother and the place where he was born among others.
So there we have it, a few top attractions for you visit. How many of these have you been to already?
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