Get Innside the Ultimate British Staycation
Who needs a far-flung vacation when you have the whole of the United Kingdom on your doorstep? From art galleries to legendary football pitches to amazing architecture, Britain has loads of places to plan your ultimate staycation.
If your starting point is Northern Island, know that the Park Inn by Radisson Belfast is central to the main attractions that Belfast has to offer. The first being, the amazing Titanic Museum, at only 1.8 miles/10 mins by car. The Titanic Belfast extends over nine interactive galleries, and features artifacts, dark rides, reconstructions and interactive features.
Next on your journey should be the Grand Opera House, and not only because you can watch Titanic the Musical, but a whole host of great shows, and see the restoration of the beautiful 1895 auditorium. The GOH is only 4 mins by foot from our hotel too.
For an interactive learning experience for the whole family, check out the W5. Multiple floors of science, technology and environmental learning, featuring VR, AR and robots! All this is just 1.3 miles / 6 mins by car, which is perfect when your kids are tuckered out and ready for a nap.
Explore the Highlands in Aberdeen
Next up on your staycation, the wonderful Scottish city of Aberdeen, featuring picturesque scenery, amusing museums and the Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen.
The first museum you must see if you’re a fan of the macabre is the Tolbooth Museum – one of the oldest buildings and best-preserved 17th century jails in Scotland! Discover the cold hallways, winding stairs, heavy doors, barred windows and a real guillotine. Explore the scary yet historical museum, only .7 miles / 14 mins on foot or 6 mins by car from the Park Inn by Radisson Aberdeen.
Next to the jail is the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, an award-winning museum exploring Aberdeen’s relationship with the sea. If you love photography, it’s also the best place to go to see the harbor from above, as well as some historical maritime structures and diving suits.
If science is more your style, then check out the Aberdeen Science Centre; just 7 mins by car. For both kids and big kids, the centre is full of interactive science experiments and robotics. Each season has a new theme too, so you’re in for a wealth of scientific surprises.
Want to discover something quintessentially Scottish? Check out our blog on Whisky.
The home of some of the best musicians, museums, art and *ahem* football teams in the UK, Manchester should be your next port of call on your staycation road-trip. When you get here, simply check into the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester City Centre.
If you’re football crazy, football mad, then visit the sacred grounds of the Old Trafford. Visit on a match day to see a game, or on a non-match day to walk in the steps of your favorite players on a Stadium Tour. Just 3 miles / 13 mins by car from our hotel.
For an amazing shopping experience, drive on from the Old Trafford to the Intu Trafford Centre – just 4.3 miles / 15 mins by car. The shopping centre features multiple floors of clothing, beauty, sports and dining options and it’s easy to spend a whole day there.
For an artistic treat, head to the Manchester Art Gallery – just 18 mins by foot or 8 mins by car from our hotel. New exhibitions are presented all the time so there’s always something new to discover. From sculptures to artifacts, post-modern to renaissance, there’s a lot to discover. There is even a large art section for children to enjoy.
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The Perfect Historical Break to Northampton
If you’re looking to discover some historical sites on your staycation road-trip, then few places are better than Northampton. Starting with Abington Park Museum, this gem is a Grade I listed building that features amazing architecture, design and furnishing all nestled away in Abington Park. Experience the park for yourself, only 1.9 miles / 11 mins by car away from the Park Inn by Radisson Northampton Town Centre.
Continue your historical search with a trip to Delapre Abbey. A great location especially in the Spring and Summer months as the park itself is full of gardens, parkland and woodland. After a foray in the fields, head to the Abbey itself to be transported back in time by the original layout, the period clothing and the facts you’ll learn. Only 1.2 miles / 8 mins by car from our hotel.
For the architectural lovers reading this, travel 6 mins by car to 78 Derngate – the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Featuring art galleries, design shops and a boutique restaurant; you’ll become well-acquainted with this wonderfully designed house.
Also want to be well-acquainted with the best places to eat in Northampton? Here’s our foodie guide.
So, there you have it, a UK-wide road-trip for all the family to enjoy. To see even more of the UK, check out where else we have Park Inn by Radisson hotels and make this staycation itinerary even larger.