Springtime in the UK can be a beautiful sight. As the countryside begins to blossom and the weather slowly starts turning warmer, it’s a great time to take a well-deserved break from winter blues. This is especially true if you’re retired and have the extra time to enjoy a getaway outside of half term and school holidays.
We’ve put together a list of Insure4Retirement’s top 10 experiences and places around the UK that are perfect for a Spring escape.
Langley Castle Hotel, Northumberland
This is definitely one for people who like both history and food. Langley Castle is a castle hotel that offers award-winning cuisine and the experience of staying in a 14th century castle. Not only does Langley feature four-poster beds and rooftop battlements, it’s right at the tip of the North Pennines so it’s perfect for walks.
The Lord Byron Trail, Nottinghamshire
If you’re a fan of poet Lord Byron, then you can visit his home county of Nottinghamshire and see Newstead Abbey, his former home, Cowlick Hall, one of the Byron family estates, and St Mary Magdalene Church, where Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace were buried.
Canal Boat Cruise, Lancashire
Few things are as relaxing as cruising along a canal at a walking pace. With canal boats you can completely control where you go and what you see along the way. Canal Cruises, based right in the middle on Pennine Lancashire offer canal boat hire and access to stunning canal routes.
Nothing quite beats the Lake District for scenery. With a range of hotels and spas and unbeatable views of England’s longest lake, Windermere is perfect for a quiet getaway full of walks, scenery and opportunities for the first picnic of the year.
Thermae Spa, Bath
If a city and spa break is more your thing, you can always go to the Thermae Spa – Britain’s only natural thermal spa, complete with a rooftop heated pool that looks over the city. Bath is a stunning city with tonnes of history to soak up. There are also plenty of markets, landmarks and of course the original Roman baths.
Pembrokeshire, South Wales
Pembrokeshire is known for its amazing coastal scenery and its seaside cottage holiday homes. With more than 50 beaches to choose from and with activities such as wildlife cruises and hill-walking, it’s a great choice for a Spring escape.
Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh
The International Science Festival runs from the 4th to the 19th of April and is great for science fans. One of Europe’s biggest science festivals, it’s also an excuse to see the historic city of Edinburgh and all its landmarks, such as Edinburgh castle and the Royal Mile.
Balranald Nature Reserve, Outer Hebrides
If you’re happy taking a ferry or getting on a plane and enjoy watching wildlife, you can go to Balranald in Scotland’s beautiful Outer Hebrides. Every year, thousands of migrating birds come to Balranald, where you can also see Basking Sharks and birds of prey.
If you’re a literary fan, you can visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and see places such as Anne Hathaway’s cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm. You can even see some Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre while you’re there.
Brighton, East Sussex
Another place for a great city break is Brighton, where you can enjoy some sea air and the Victorian-era pier as well as the beautiful Sussex countryside. You can also wander the Lanes, the old fishing village Brighton was built around, for some shopping, or visit the glamorous Royal Pavilion.
We hope our list gives you some inspiration for some Spring getaway ideas!
If you find a great place for a static caravan or holiday home on your break and want to find out what insurance you need, we can offer static home insurance and holiday home insurance for over 50s at competitive rates. Call us on 0800 2988 707 for more information.