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Things to do in the UK

The beautiful and diverse landscape of the UK offers a seemingly endless calendar of events, festivals, family attractions and fun things to do all across the country. Hundreds of miles of golden sandy, shingle, and rocky coastline awaits for leisurely strolls, beach games, and the traditional seaside fun of amusements, piers, ice creams and donkey rides! There are plenty of designated coast paths to explore; where you can see the best sea views the UK has to offer. Along with plenty of perfectly picturesque picnic spots to stop for a breather. Many parts of the coast paths across the UK are accessible in parts so everyone can enjoy the beautiful views.

The rolling countryside and many National Parks across the UK also offer numerous country pursuits to try and plenty of opportunities to get active and enjoy the great outdoors. Standing proud across high hills and at the edge of towns and cities are the myriad of the UK’s ancient castles and keeps. There are also plenty of National Trust houses, gardens, and properties to visit many of which welcome dogs so you can enjoy them on two legs or four!

We have scouted the UK for fun attractions, great restaurants and little cafes, and suggestions for things to do on your cottage holiday with us. Browse by category through our guide below, or refine your search to a specific region or town in the UK to choose your holiday activities. Whether you want to find the best beaches in Cornwall, try white water rafting in Wales, or find stately homes in Derbyshire scroll through the items below and start planning your holiday itinerary!

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  • Rumblebellys, Eastbourne
    Rumblebellys
    Eastbourne
    Offering ‘the greatest homemade burgers you have ever tasted’ Rumblebelly’s is a friendly family run restaurant in the heart of Eastbourne. Serving...Read more
  • Cheristow Lavender Tea Rooms, Hartland
    Cheristow tea rooms serve home cooked food in a friendly relaxed environment. All the baking and cooking is done on site; pasties, bread rolls, tea...Read more
  • Yeovil Golf Club, Yeovil
    Offering two striking courses, Yeovil is surely one of the best places to enjoy a round of golf across Somerset. Whether you choose to play on the...Read more
  • The Ship Inn, Irvine
    The Ship Inn is the oldest pub in Irvine and as well as offering a popular menu of mouth-watering dishes, has a fine whiskey selection and a lovely...Read more
  • Beach

    Cogden Beach, Bridport
    Cogden Beach
    Bridport
    Owned by the National Trust with free parking, this steep shelving beach accepts dogs all year round. You may spot the occasional Naturist!...Read more
  • Log Heights, Harrogate
    Log Heights
    Harrogate
    The ultimate outdoor adventure! Your experience at Log Heights will be talked about for years. Regardless of your age or fitness level, the ropes...Read more
  • Gee Whites, Swanage
    Gee Whites
    Swanage
    Serving the finest seafood you can find in the area, Gee Whites is not only a top restaurant with first-class cuisine, but the open air café and...Read more
  • Dino Park, Carrutherstown
    Dino Park
    Carrutherstown
    Open 7 days a week from March to October, take a trip back 150 million years ago and explore the exhilarating world of the dinosaurs. Trek through...Read more
  • The Wild Garlic, Beaminster
    The Wild Garlic
    Beaminster
    Owned and run by the 2009 Masterchef winner- Matt Follas. The Wild Garlic serves honest British dishes including foraged and wild foods. They cook...Read more
  • La Petite Maison, Topsham
    La Petite Maison is a beautiful little family run restaurant in the heart of Topsham which has gained a very good reputation for quality, flavour and...Read more
  • Dartmouth River Boat Company, Dartmouth
    The Dartmouth River Boat Company provide a number of great ways to explore the towns and scenery around the River Dart. With the option of a steam...Read more
  • Hotham Park, Bognor Regis
    Hotham Park
    Bognor Regis
    Hotham Park is set in pretty woodland and grounds near the town centre of Bognor Regis. A day trip makes for a great family day out, there is a...Read more
  • Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons
    Penderyn Distillery
    Brecon Beacons
    Since opening to the public in 2008, the Penderyn Distillery has become one of the most popular places to visit in the Brecon Beacons. You are able...Read more
  • Beach

    Lulworth Cove, West Lulworth
    Lulworth Cove
    West Lulworth
    This picturesque cove attracts visitors from all over. Its Visitor Centre offers walk guides, local information and a shop. The pebble beach is safe...Read more
  • Minehead & West Somerset Golf Club, Minehead
    The oldest course in Somerset plays host to the second oldest golf club in the county at Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club. The coastal path that...Read more
  • The George and Dragon, Conway
    The George and Dragon Inn is situated a stone’s throw away from the stunning Conway Castle and offers fantastic food in a traditional Inn atmosphere....Read more
  • Monterey Jacks Restaurant, Tavistock
    Monterey Jacks, previously known as The Cornish Arms is set in the heart of Tavistock at the foothills of Dartmoor. Serving a diverse selection of...Read more
  • The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry
    Come to the heart of Coventry’s cultural city to learn about the local area and its history, alongside other collections such as Natural History and...Read more
  • Treffry Viaduct, St Austell
    Treffry Viaduct
    St Austell
    Built between 1839 and 1842 by its owner Joseph Thomas Treffry, this amazing structure is 90 feet high and 670 feet long. It had the jobs of carrying...Read more
  • Exe Estuary, Exeter
    The Exe Estuary offers a wide variety of leisure pursuits as well as miles of fantastic cycle ways allowing the opportunity to explore the abundance...Read more
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