If you want to enjoy a little indulgent luxury in fine surroundings, you don’t need to jump on a plane. The UK has some of the most breathtaking landscapes, stunning architecture and fine dining experiences you can find anywhere in the world.
If you’re planning a unique luxury break in the UK, here are some activities you can’t afford to miss.
1. Helicopter Ride over London
Take the ultimate sightseeing trip over the capital with a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter flight over London. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of London’s famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Shard.
2. Fine Dining in a Medieval Bishop’s Palace
The UK offers many fine dining experiences, but the Old Palace Restaurant in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral is one of the most unique. Located in the restored part of the Medieval Bishop’s Palace, originally built in the 12th century, you can enjoy locally sourced modern cuisine in luxury surroundings.
3. Life in the Fast Lane at Thruxton
Situated on the edge of the North Wessex Downs is Thruxton, home of one of the longest racing circuits in the country with some thrilling high-speed corners. Here you can choose from a variety of supercars, buckle up and have the ride of your life.
4. Indulge in a Turkish Spa in Harrogate
For centuries, the spa town of Harrogate has attracted visitors to enjoy its 88 natural springs. The elegant architecture of the town comes from the magnificent hotels and spa facilities, but the Royal Baths trumps them all. This flamboyant building, influenced by Moorish designs, has had a recent refurbishment and offers its visitors a truly unique luxury spa experience.
5. Champagne Tour of Bath Abbey
The spectacular view from the top of Bath Abbey is worth every one of the 212 steps you have to climb to reach it. You can make your trip that extra bit special by booking a private champagne tour, so you can sip champers while drinking in the view.
6. Candlelit Dinner in London
London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore is a slice of French charm in the historic surrounds of Covent Garden. Whether you choose to eat under the stars in the conservatory or dine next to the cosy log fire, you’re sure of an intimate atmosphere with delicious food and wine.
7. Afternoon Tea in Eastbourne
Afternoon tea is a fine English tradition, and the 5-star Grand Hotel in Eastbourne offers one of the most memorable. With stunning views over the Victorian seafront, you can choose from a range of options while relaxing in luxurious surroundings.
8. Day at the Races in York
Racing in York has a long pedigree dating back to Roman times during the reign of Emperor Severus, and it’s still a big deal today. One of the premier tracks in Europe, this is the perfect opportunity to dress up, sup champagne and enjoy the thrill of the race. If you’re lucky you may even spot the Queen!
9. Drive the Lake District in a Classic Car
Explore the Lake District in a classic car. Nothing says luxury like snaking through the stunning countryside, past astonishing landscapes and country houses, with the top down and your hair blowing in the breeze. Don’t forget a headscarf, flat cap, and of course a champagne picnic hamper in the back for an al fresco lunch.
10. Champagne View of Birmingham
Birmingham is experiencing a revival as a modern city, and nowhere is this more evident than The Cube. This iconic skyscraper is home to a number of spas, hotels and restaurants, and right at the top is the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar from where you can enjoy stunning views over the city.
11. Personal Shopper at Harrods
London is one of the premier shopping destinations in Europe, and Harrods is its most famous shop. Spread over 7 floors, it’s renowned for its quality products and high-class facilities. To make the most of your visit, hire a personal shopper for a one-on-one memorable shopping experience.
12. Play a Round at St Andrews
Scotland is synonymous with golf, and golf has been played at St Andrews since the 15th century. Sitting next to the exclusive Royal and Ancient Golf Club is the Old Course, home of The Open. There are various day tickets available, but it’s best to book in advance.
13. Charter a Yacht
The rugged west coast of Scotland has some of the most picturesque scenery in the country, and what better way to experience it than on your own private yacht. Take your friends and family along for a luxury day’s cruising, pausing for lunch in a secluded bay.
14. Go Fishing
With its tranquil lochs, secluded glens and amber-tinted peat rivers, Scotland is the ultimate background for a fishing trip. Take along your fishing tackle, a first-class ghillie, a wee dram of whisky, and enjoy some of the finest freshwater and sea angling you’ll find anywhere in the world.
15. Fine Dining at Loch Lomond
For a memorable fine dining experience in a stunning setting, look no further than Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond. Offering a selection of locally sourced, seasonal dishes created in a traditional and modern French style, complemented with an expertly chosen wine list, you can enjoy your food while contemplating the stunning views over the loch.
16. Spa Day at Gleneagles
Gleneagles isn’t only about golf. The hotel offers a daytime indulgence spa, where you can enjoy the full range of heat and thermal experiences, and choose from a variety of luxurious massages. You also get to sample their exquisite 5-star lunches. A day of pure indulgence.
17. Private Whisky Tour
Few people visit Scotland without trying a wee dram somewhere. But the best way to discover whisky is by taking a private tour with a knowledgeable local guide around a few distilleries. With a variety of chauffeur-driven options across Scotland, these tours are suitable for whisky connoisseurs and amateur enthusiasts alike.
18. Luxury Shopping in Edinburgh
In recent years, Scotland has seen a rise in sophisticated tastes, leading to a boom in luxury shops. But there’s one place that stands out: Multrees Walk in Edinburgh. Offering a shopping experience second to none, you can find Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols, along with a number of designer labels including Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Don’t forget your credit card!
19. Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia
Built on Clydesdale, the Royal Yacht Britannia was the royal family’s floating home between 1953 and 1997. Now moored permanently at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, a visit gives you an insight into the everyday lives of the royal family, and an idea of the Queen’s personal taste.
20. Champagne Afternoon Tea at Turnberry
A member of the prestigious UK Tea Guild, the Grand Tea Lounge at Turnberry is the perfect location for a luxury afternoon tea. Welcomed with a glass of champagne, you’ll have the full attention of a tea sommelier to guide you through the multitude of teas on offer while drinking in views over the Isle of Arran.
21. Vintage Food Tour
If you want to combine classy travel with good food and breathtaking scenery, choose a Steamin’ Vintage food tour in the Highlands. The tour includes transport to and from the Cairngorms National Park in a tartan-decorated first-class train carriage, with freshly baked cakes or a lunch en route, and a 2-hour scenic drive in a classic Daimler or Bentley.
22. Play a round of Millionaire’s Golf
Millionaire’s golf describes the experience of teeing off with nobody else around, and the Nefyn Golf Course on the Llyn Peninsula takes this to an entirely new level. Here you can literally see the sea from every tee as the golf course covers the entire peninsula, stretching out into the water.
23. Treat Yourself to a Welsh Woollen Blanket
Antique Welsh blankets and quilts cost a small fortune today. But the tradition is alive and kicking at Melin Tregwynt in west Wales. There’s been a mill on this site since the 17th century. Today they produce high-quality traditional Welsh designs with a contemporary twist, for a luxury holiday memento.
24. Champagne Balloon Flight over the Wye Valley
The Wye Valley is arguably the most romantic river valley in Wales, and what better way to experience it than floating gently overhead in a hot air balloon. You can sip your bubbles while looking down over an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
25. Tour the Medieval Castles of Edward I
Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country, and 4 of its most famous are located in North Wales. Conwy Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Beaumaris Castle and Harlech Castle collectively make up a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you can take a luxury private tour around all four.
26. Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by Narrow Boat
The largest aqueduct in the UK, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and 11 miles of the accompanying Llangollen Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ‘stream in the sky’ is 126 feet high and 1,007 feet long. You could walk over it, but the best way to experience it is in the comfort of a narrow boat.
27. Journey Through Time on the Ffestiniog Railway
North Wales is a paradise for lovers of scenic railway journeys, but the cream of the crop is the Ffestiniog Railway. Running between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea, this steam line takes you through some breathtaking landscapes. Sit in luxury in the blue velvet first-class carriages and enjoy your cups of tea, or G&Ts, as you go.
28. Afternoon Tea in Abergavenny
Afternoon tea is always a treat, but the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny is one of only nine hotels outside London to be a member of the prestigious Tea Guild. Discover why it’s in such exalted company by visiting this stylish ancient building to sample the specialist baker’s goodies, with a comprehensive list of teas. And some bubbles of course!
29. Indulge in a Spa Day at Celtic Manor
A celebrity hotspot, the Forum Spa at Celtic Manor in Newport has 16 treatment rooms, including such delights as the Elemis Herbal Steam Temple, and some wonderful-sounding treatments, like the Swarovski GELeration pedicure with fizz. It’s the ultimate in luxury and holds the reader’s choice for best UK spa day.
30. Stroll the World-Famous Powis Castle Gardens
The gardens surrounding the medieval Powis Castle are renowned for their Italianate terraces, herbaceous borders and enormous clipped yew trees, backed by rolling hills and distant mountains. If you tire of the gardens, the castle contains a magnificent selection of rare Indian artefacts.
31. Feast on Welsh Fine Dining
Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth is the top rated Welsh restaurant in the UK’s Good Food Guide, making it the perfect spot to try some traditional Welsh dishes with a twist. Choose from a 5, 7 or 10-course taster menu and prepare to be impressed.
32. Explore the Causeway Coastal Route
The essential Irish journey, this route is one of the top five road trips worldwide. For the ultimate adventure, take a chauffeur-driven journey down the Causeway Coast, past the Antrim Coast & Glens and the famous Binevenagh cliffs, with a luxury picnic hamper to enjoy en route.
33. Tour Ireland’s Oldest Working Distillery
Old Bushmill’s Distillery in County Antrim is Ireland’s, and some claim the world’s, oldest recorded distillery. Given the royal seal of approval in 1608, the Bushmills brand has five award-winning whiskeys and is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt. A guided tour with whiskey tasting is a must.
34. Sample the Titanic Tasting Menu at Rayanne House
Rayanne House is a fine dining establishment in the Belfast area, famous for its Titanic Tasting Menu – a recreation of the last meal served in first class on the fateful night the Titanic sunk. Served with views over the Belfast Lough, where she sailed on her maiden voyage, guests feast on a sumptuous Edwardian banquet.
35. Play a Round at the Royal Portrush
The Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush is one of the greatest golf courses in the world. You need to be a member of a recognised Golf Club and have a playing handicap to tee up, but if golf’s your game this will be a truly memorable occasion.
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