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Our Top Places to Visit on a Day Trip

Our Top Places to Visit on a Day Trip

Looking for the perfect place to visit for a day? Sometimes you don’t need more than a day of exploring to give you a feel for your destination, whether that is trying out famous food, watching breathtaking views or going back in history.  Here are our top choices for day trips in the UK:

St. Ives, Cornwall

Cornwall of course is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK so it has to be mentioned! St. Ives especially has been considered one of the jewels in Cornish the county. As stunning as the pictures, visit one of the 6 gorgeous sandy beaches. You can’t visit Cornwall and not treat yourself to a cornish pasty... St. Ives Bakery is super tasty! For a small fishing village, St. Ives has transformed into a vibrant art hotspot over the years, featuring the Tate Gallery, Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Garden and the Leach Pottery.


Spending just a day in Bristol can give you enough feel for the city, one bursting with imagination and known for its lively culture. Bristol has much to explore, starting with their amazing art scene; visit one of the many art museums (including Banksy of course) or take a tour and track down some of the city's most famous street art. Take a visit to the Bristol Cathedral - and catch your eye on some amazing gothic architecture, along with beautiful stained glass indoors. Visit Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and view some of the amazing engineering and breathtaking views. Bristol’s Harbourside is full of bars, restaurants and cafes so you can get a bite to eat or enjoy a coffee overlooking the boats passing by. You won't be short of activities in Bristol, with plenty of exciting places to visit and do, trying to fit it all into one day is the hardest task.

Peak District

A walkers paradise, and the first area to be made a national park in the UK, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit for a day trip with plenty of places to explore there. With plenty of stately homes within the area, home to the world-known Chatsworth House - enjoy a picnic on the scenic grounds or attend one of their many spectacular events throughout the year. Bask in the picturesque villages like Bakewell and try some of the famous Bakewell tart, or a walk around Buxton with views of some stunning architecture, amazing greenery, museums and unique shops to take some souvenirs home from your visit.


Bath is one of those perfectly compressed cities where you can visit the majority of the attractions in one day! Visit the Roman Baths for over 2000 years of history, and taste the famous spa water packed with over 40 minerals from the spa water fountain. Experience some of the stunning Georgian architecture when visiting The Royal Crescent, overlooking the Royal Victoria Park. There are plenty of art galleries and museums that you can take advantage of or take a boat trip along the scenic rivers and canals, the Lady Lena is perfect for that afternoon treat!

If you are looking for more travel inspiration for the perfect day trip, read our blog on A-Z places to visit in the UK. 

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At Coach Hire Comparison, we can put you in direct contact with reliable minibus hire to find you the best option suiting all your needs. Get dropped off at your designated location and enjoy your day exploring before being picked up at the end of your day! Leaving no worry for awkward parking or designated driver duties.

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