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If you're not content with hibernating through the chilly winter months, take a look at our ideas for Great British winter days out.

Whether it's a stroll around the Mediterranean greenhouses at the Eden Project or a visit to see the wonderful exhibitions at the Lowry, our suggestions are certain to warm you inside and out.

Many of the places also boast lovely cafes and good disabled facilities. Some also offer free or low-cost entrance fees. All will definitely inspire.

Hampton Court

East Molesey, Surrey

A remarkable royal palace, where there’s a fantastic tour around the castle to discover Henry VIII’s secrets. The Tudor kitchens are a sight to behold and are certainly toasty warm with roaring fires. Hampton Court offers concessions for seniors, disabled parking and good accessibility. Make sure you stop off at the Tiltyard cafe and deli. It's a great spot to enjoy a snack or cup of tea.

Tel: 0844 482 7777

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Canongate, Edinburgh

Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse by Oliver Bonjoch, Wikimedia, 2006The Queen’s official Scottish residence is open periodically to the public, so you can visit the State and Historic apartments as well as the Throne Room, where new knights and ladies of the Order of the Thistle are installed.

Every ticket includes a free audio tour too. You might also enjoy the temporary exhibitions in the Queen’s Gallery within the palace.

Tel: 0131 556 5100

The Lowry Exhibition

Salford Quays, Manchester

Manchester’s wonderful, innovative theatre, concert and exhibition space contains a permanent, free exhibition of over 400 paintings and drawings by L.S Lowry, with free talks every day to help you get the most from the paintings and drawings.

The exhibition has good disabled facilities and there are also 3 excellent eateries. You won’t be disappointed.

Tel: 0843 208 6000

Eden Project

Par, Cornwall

Eden Project by Airwolfhound, Flickr, 2014This wonderfully accessible experience has, among its treasures, biomes that house a very warm rainforest and a Mediterranean climate, growing all the related plants.

With activities and events year round, there is always something to enjoy, and the food here is a joy. Concessions for seniors can be discounted further if you buy online, and there are great deals for the locals.

Tel: 01726 811900

The Beatles Story

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Immerse yourself in the magical history tour dedicated to The Beatles. Drop into the amazing replica of the Cavern Club and find out what went on behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios.

Reacquaint yourself with the 1960s and the music that defined a generation around the world. The Albert Dock is vibrant and busy with cafes and restaurants for refreshments.

Tel: 0151 709 1963

Broadcasting House

Llandaff, Cardiff

For a fascinating insight into the workings of the BBC and programmes such as Crimewatch and Wales Today, a tour at Broadcasting House cannot be bettered.

You can create your own news bulletin or perhaps take part in a radio drama, as well as watching the experts at work. Tours take place on Tuesdays and senior tickets are available.

Tel: 0370 901 1227

Blackpool Tower Ballroom Tea Dance

The Promenade, Blackpool

Blackpool Tower Ballroom by Michael D Beckwith, Flickr, 2012What could be more wonderful than a spin round the sensational ballroom of the Blackpool Tower? Known worldwide for its fabulous architecture and great dance floor, and indeed it’s the star of many TV competitions.

You could be dancing to the tunes of the Wurlitzer Organ and sampling afternoon tea. Disabled access is available to the main areas. There are excellent discounts online. The Ballroom hosts a number of events throughout the year so do check your dates in advance.

Tel: 01253 622 242

National Railway Museum

Leeman Road, York

With free entrance for all, the wonderful engines (including record breakers) are inspiring and often a source of wonder. There are special talks, tours and activities all year round, with the Flying Scotsman Story being a favourite.

If rail travel has fascinated you, this is a wonderful place, and perfect for family visits too. The Victorian ‘dining car’ is a treat for lunch, as are the cafe and courtyard.

Tel: 0844 815 3139


Great British winter days out mini guide

For more ideas for Great British winter days out, why not read the Great British winter days out mini guide? You can also order a free copy by post from Silver Travel Advisor.

Great British winter days out mini guide

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Photo of Palace of Holyroodhouse by Oliver Bonjoch licensed under CC
Photo of Eden Project by Airwolfhound licensed under CC
Photo of Blackpool Tower Ballroom by Michael D Beckwith licensed under CC

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