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100 Days Out Regional Facebook Pages

As well as this blog, 100 Days Out lists the best places for days out across the United Kingdom through regional Facebook pages.

For a more detailed look at a specific area you can visit the following pages:

East Anglia

Explore the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and part of Essex. Discover the North Norfolk Coast, explore Framlingham Castle in Suffolk or wander round the cathedral city of Ely.

100 Days Out in East Anglia

Elm Hill Norwich

Elm Hill Norwich Photo John Oyston

Mablethorpe Beach

Mablethorpe Beach Photo Steve Daniels under a Creative Commons License

East Midlands

Covering the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. Everything is covered from cable cars in the Peak District to seaside holidays in Skegness.

100 Days Out in East Midlands

London

There is plenty written about London’s major attractions; but there are plenty of lesser known attraslehctions to see. Fulham Palace, London Motor Museum and Chislehurst Caves are three of the lesser known attractions we have covered.

100 Days Out in London

Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum Photo John Oyston

Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum Photo John Oyston

North East England

Northumberland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Cleveland offer something for everyone. Newcastle is a vibrant city with great shopping and an active nightlife. A short drive away, the Northumberland National Park and stunning coastline provide opportunities to escape the rat race.

100 Days Out in North East England

North West England

Cities like Manchester and Liverpool, seaside resorts like Blackpool and Southport, history in Chester and the beauty of the Lake Disrict are just a few of the area’s many attractions. Covering Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

100 Days Out in North West England

Blackpool

Blackpool Photo Ian Petticrew under a Creative Commons License

Carrick a Rede

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge Photo John Oyston

Northern Ireland

Discover Belfast and (London)derry or explore the North Antrim Coast and the beautiful Mountains of Mourne. The Titanic Belfast, Derry City Walls, The Giant’s Causeway, Strangford Lough and The Ulster American Folk Park at Omagh are just a few of the area’s many attractions.

100 Days Out in Northern Ireland

Scotland

From Gretna Green and Berwick upon Tweed to John O’Groats Scotland has something for everyone. Whether you want the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival in August, an energetic climb up a mountain or a relaxing island holiday you will find it in Scotland.

100 Days Out in Scotland

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Photo John Oyston

Severn Valley Railway

Severn Valley Railway Photo David Stowell under a Creative Commons License

Shropshire

Shropshire borders Wales and is one of England’s most forgotten and underrated tourist attractions. The historic market towns of Shrewsbury and Oswestry, Ludlow Castle, Ironbridge the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and Bridgnorth are all worth a visit.

100 Days Out in Shropshire

South East England

From the Oxfordshire Cotswolds to the Isle of Wight and from Southend Pier to the White Cliffs of Dover there are hundreds of great days out – castles, farms, steam trains, beaches and much more. Most are easily reached from central London by car or train.

100 Days Out in South East England

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway Photo John Oyston

Sunset in Marazion

Sunset in Marazion, Cornwall, Photo Giuseppe Milo under a Creative Commons License

South West England

Covering an area stretching from Bristol to Land’s End the South West is a great place to visit. See the lions at Longleat, explore the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, have a Devon cream tea or go surfing in Cornwall. The choice is yours.

100 Days Out in South West England

Staffordshire

Staffordshire is a wonderful mix of history, industry and countryside. Visit the castles at Stafford and Tamworth, explore the medieval city of Lichfield, discover where Moorcroft and Wedgwood started their pottery empires or take a steam train along the Churnet Valley.

100 Days Out in Staffordshire

Shugborough Hall

Shugborough Hall Photo Richard Styles under a Creative Commons License

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Shakespeare’s Birthplace Photo Frederick Blake under a Creative Commons License

West Midlands

Discover the area’s industrial history at the Black Country Museum or visit Cadbury World to see how chocolate is made. Explore Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace, ehor the cathedral cities of Hereford and Worcester.

100 Days Out in West Midlands

Wales

From Chepstow in the south to Queensferry in the north, Wales has 870 miles of stunning coastline with large resorts, secluded bays, Blue Flag beaches and cliff top walks. Inland castles, steam trains, market towns and mountains combine to give Wales its unique character.

100 Days Out in Wales

Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay Photo John Oyston

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey Photo John Oyston

Yorkshire

In Yorkshire, you will find lots of cities, coastline and countryside. Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Hull and York are ideal bases to explore The Yorkshire Dales, The North York Moors, The South Pennines and the seaside resorts of Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby.

100 Days Out in Yorkshire

There is also a page devoted to free days out across the UK, including Tate Modern, The National Railway Museum, and The Welsh Folk Museum .

100 Free Days Out

Visitors and tourist attractions are welcome to use our Facebook pages share details of visits and forthcoming events. We aim to provide information to help all interests, ages and budgets.

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Picture Profile – The UK on Twitter in June

This month Twitter has again shared hundreds of photos from tourist attractions highlighting the very best of what the UK has to offer. Our monthly Twitter Picture Profile features our favourite pictures we have found on Twitter in the past month. We thank all the photographers for sharing their wonderful images.

Bude Cornwall @ShropsAndBeyond ·

Mount Snowdon @snowdoniapics

Killantringan Bay, Dumfries & Galloway@DoojBrawlsPhoto RT @visitscotland

North Coast Northern Ireland from the air@DiscoverNI RT @coxcom15

Stirling Castle @stirlingcastle

Swanage Railway @SwanRailway ·

Alnmouth Beach @NEFamilyFun

Sunset at Llanelli Beach @peter_mucs RT @walesdotcom

Discover Britain’s Heritage with an Annual Pass

Many of Britain’s major tourist attractions are historic buildings. Across the UK, castles and stately homes open their doors to the paying public.

Some of these, including Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Longleat in Wiltshire and Holkham Hall in Norfolk, are still owned and managed by the families who have called the place “home” for generations.

Ever increasing running costs make maintaining these properties difficult and many buildings that were once privately owned are now run by larger organisations committed to preserving the nation’s heritage and keeping them publicly accessible.

These organisations have annual membership schemes, allowing members to visit as often as they like for an annual payment. This provides substantial savings to anyone making regular visits.

The major organisations offering membership are:

National Trust

The National Trust owns and runs over 500 properties across the UK including castles, stately homes , gardens and heritage coastlines. The National Trust in Scotland is a separate organisation; there is a reciprocal membership agreement allowing English members access to Scottish properties and vice versa.

The current membership rate for England Wales and Northern Ireland is £60 for an individual and £99 for a couple.

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Petworth House West Sussex – National Trust Photo Stephen McKay under a Creative Commons License

English Heritage

English Heritage manages over 400 historic places spanning six millennia across England. These include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages.

Membership is £50 for an individual and £88 for a couple.

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Tynemouth Priory – English Heritage Photo David Dixon under a Creative Commons License

Cadw

Cadw (the Welsh word meaning “to protect”) is the Welsh equivalent of English Heritage and maintains some of Wales’s most iconic landmarks including Caernarfon Castle, Harlech Castle and Caerphilly Castle.

Membership is £40 for an individual and £61 for a couple living at the same address.

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Caerphilly Castle – Cadw Photo David Dixon under a Creative Commons License

Historic Scotland

Historic Scotland manages over 70 properties, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Lithlingow Palace.

Membership is £49.50 for an individual and £86.50 for a couple.

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Stirling Castle – Historic Scotland Photo James Allan under a Creative Commons License

English Heritage, Cadw and Historic Scotland have an arrangement that allows members of one organisation to pay half price admission at the others’ properties in the first year of membership. From the second year’s membership admission is free.

A few properties owned by the National Trust but administered by English Heritage,  admit National Trust members free; as a general rule there is no reciprocal arrangement between the National Trust and the other organisations mentioned.

All prices quoted are correct at June 2015 and are for adults aged 18-59. There may be further discounts available for children, students, families and seniors.

Britain’s Heritage Railways: Travel by Steam Train on Preserved Railways

For the last forty years, young boys in Britain have lacked the ambition of their fathers and grandfathers. Premiership footballer, pop singer or movie star are common aspirations among ten-year-old boys today; but the strong desire of previous generations is lacking– to be a train driver!

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Great Central Railway Loughborough Photo John Oyston

For over a century, the railway was king. In the nineteenth century, small independent railway companies sprang up, linking major cities and serving smaller communities that lay on their route. Competition was fierce and services uncoordinated, gradually companies merged until by the end of World War II there were just four regional companies covering the whole country.

In 1948, the government nationalised the rail network and British Rail was born. The next 20 years saw unprecedented changes. Diesel and electric traction gradually replaced steam-hauled services and smaller branch lines closed on economic grounds. In the early 1960s, the Beeching Report recommended massive cuts to the network, and in 1968, British Rail’s last steam hauled service ran.

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Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Photo John Oyston

Stations were closed, tracks lifted and locomotives scrapped. Homes, offices and supermarkets were built on railway land. Motorways soon covered the countryside, car ownership increased and more goods were transported by road. Traditional industries, like coal and steel, declined depriving the railways of vital revenue. The railway was no longer king.

Enthusiasts soon had the idea of heritage railways. They formed independent companies and charitable trusts, overcoming numerous legal and financial hurdles. Eventually, an army of willing volunteers bought land, laid tracks, rebuilt stations; while lovingly restoring locomotives and rolling stock from a state of disrepair.

Slowly, routes reopened. Today, there are over two hundred lines each with a unique character. In Yorkshire alone, there are many alternatives providing vital tourist revenues to local economies. Enthusiasts operate lines under a mile long run each weekend, while professionally operated services daily serve rural communities.

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Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Photo John Oyston

Narrow gauge railways also run steam hauled services. These are mainly long established independent services, which were outside the control of British Rail. Originally, the nine “Great Little Trains of Wales” carried slate from local quarries to the sea, while the fifteen inch gauge Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in Kent was “the smallest railway in world” when it opened in 1927.

Special events like Victorian days or 1940s weekends recreate a bygone era, special dining trains restore some style and glamour while visits of Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Claus attract the younger generation.

Some lines even offer the chance to be a train driver for a day – allowing middle-aged men to fulfil their boyhood dreams.

Picture Profile – The UK on Twitter in May

Once again in May, Twitter has shared hundreds of photos from tourist attractions highlighting the very best of what the UK has to offer. We have decided to make our Twitter Picture Profile a monthly feature where we share our favourite pictures we have found on Twitter in the past month. We thank all the photographers for sharing their wonderful images.

Mundesley Beach @RichardJSmith1 ·

Cross Keys Co Antrim @IrelandB4UDie

Beamish Museum @visitingneuk

Giant’s Causeway Co Antrim @DiscoverNI RT @spacedotcom

Ribblehead Viaduct @fotofactoryie

Epping and Ongar Railway @BygoneRailway RT @NickPLittlewood ·

Newcastle Quayside at Night @KirkharleCourt RT @LindisfarneCott ·

Arran Mountains @visitarran RT @arraninfocus

Picture Profile – The UK on Twitter

On Twitter, we follow hundreds of tourist attractions and never cease to be amazed at the variety of great things to do there are across the UK. Below are a few of the wonderful pictures we have found. Each one links to a relevant web site.

For more ideas like our Facebook page 100 Days Out

Mourne Mountains Northern Ireland @icon ireland

Isle of Skye @visitscotland

Dover Castle @EHdovercastle

Sunset at Cromer, Norfolk @jezfrombez

London Skyline @visitlondon

Belsay Castle and Hall @visitingNEUK

Welcome to 100 Days Out

Welcome to 100 Days Out, a new blog covering places to visit across the UK. We cover everything and anything. From the North of Scotland to the South of England (not forgetting Wales and Northern Ireland) we will feature attractions for all ages, interests and budgets.

Large landmark attractions,like the Tower of London, will feature alongside little known places such as the Shell Museum in Glandford Norfolk.

Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans Cardiff Photo John Oyston

If you want to pay to enjoy the thrills and spills at Alton Towers or spend a whole day at the Welsh Folk Museum for free, we will try to point you in the right direction.

Castles, parks, stately homes, museums, preserved railways, farms, zoos and much more will provide inspirational ideas for different days out – whatever the weather.

In addition to this blog, we have regional Facebook Pages covering all the UK and we regularly tweet as @100daysout .

Preparing this blog has reminded me of the great variety of attractions there are across the UK. I have discovered places I didn’t know existed and Oxburgh Hall is just one of the many additions to my “Bucket List”.

I hope you enjoy the blog and I hope you visit again soon.