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Low Cost Day Trips to Beat the January Blues

With Christmas now but a distant memory and summer a mere dot in the distance, we’ve scoured the UK for the best low cost day trips that will have you beating the January blues in no time.

Thames River Bus @TflRiver

Nearest Train Station: Woolwich Dockyard Fee: Dependent on Travel

A dedicated River Bus running from the early morning until late evening docking at nineteen piers between Putney and Woolwich. Managed by Tfl you can use your Oyster card to pay as you if you’d like, however you can also buy tickets in advance from the MBNA Thames Clippers website . A fantastic way to see the sights of London from the river; without breaking the bank.

Natural History Museum @NHM_London

Nearest Train Station: West Brompton Fee: Free

One of the world’s most prestigious museums of natural history exhibits a vast array of specimens from various segments in natural history. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research that specialises in taxonomy, identification and conservation, meaning there is plenty to do that will fill up days. We’re sure you’ll be heading back again and again to fully absorb the amount of information presented.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park @YSPsculpture

Nearest Train Station: Darton Fee: Free

An international centre for modern and contemporary art that has been experienced and enjoyed by thousands; Yorkshire Sculpture Park aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight you. Home to a wide variety of open-air displays by the world’s finest artists, there is plenty for you to explore and admire.

St Fagan’s National History Museum @StFagans_Museum

Nearest Train Station: Waun-Gron Park Station Fee: Free

Standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and gardens is St Fagan’s National History Museum. Over forty original buildings have been re-erected in the parkland, including houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and Workmen’s Institute. Visitors can expect to gain an insight into the rich heritage and culture of Wales, with many of the craftsmen speaking the Welsh language.

The People’s Story Museum Edinburgh @EdinCulture

Nearest Train Station: Edinburgh Station Fee: Free

Explore the lives of ordinary people at work and play from the late 18th century to today. On display you will find a bookbinder’s workshop, a wartime kitchen and much more, including a former jail. From work to home, healthcare to social activities watch as the memories of real people are brought to life throughout the museum.

Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park @bhamwildpark

Nearest Train Station: University (Birmingham) Fee: Adults £5.50

Two miles south of Birmingham City Centre is Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. Home to a wide range of animals, such as Alaotran Gentle Lemurs, Yellow Breasted Capuchin Monkeys, Cotton Topped Tamarins, most of which are critically endangered in the wild. Focused on helping to save endangered species, the conservation park aims to highlight the plight of the world’s biodiversity through their educational talks, campaigns and signage.

Haldon Forest Park @FCHaldonForest

Nearest Train Station: Starcross Fee: Free

If you’re looking to spend a day doing something new and exciting, look no further than Haldon Forest Park. With five different walking trails to choose from, amazing bike trails, horseback riding opportunities, orienteering and a Go Ape area that will see you doing your best Tarzan impression there’s plenty to keep you busy.

Box Hill, Surrey (Stepping Stones Walk) @nationaltrust

Nearest Train Station: Box Hill & Westhumble Fee: Free

Take in the glorious views of the Surrey Hills whilst heading across one of Surrey’s iconic landmarks, The Stepping Stones. If you’re looking to get your blood pumping without too much exertion then the scenic walk up and down The River Mole could be just what the doctor ordered.

St Johns Beacon @stjohnsbeacon

Nearest Train Station: Liverpool Lime Street Fee: £5.00 for adults

Standing 400 feet above the heart of Liverpool city centre, the St Johns Beacon offers stunning panoramic views of Merseyside, Wirral, North Wales and on clearer days even as far as the Lake District. The Gallery can be found on the original level of the beacon which once housed the famous Tower Restaurant in the 1970’s.

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