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Top 10 Places To VIsit Outside London 

Here’s an expert guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit outside of London, whether it be for family holidays or a simple break away from city life. Included, are locations such as Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight, Four Seasons Hotel in Hampshire and Stone Henge. 

1) Champneys Forest Mere Spa

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At Champneys, wellness is a way of life. They’re driven by the simple belief that lasting beauty is more than just skin deep. Past, present and future, whatever they do, it’s all about the nourishment of the mind, body and soul. Starting out – some 91 years ago – as the extraordinary vision of one eccentric Latvian massage pioneer, they now stand as the go-to spa.

As the UK’s original health resort, few can lay claim to the traditions inherent in our very being. They’ve set trends and started health revolutions; there passion for wellbeing drives who they are and what they do. Robed and relaxed, they create moments of calm; it’s what they do best.

2) Goodwood Circuit

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It's your turn to become a racing legend with Ultimate Driving At Goodwood, powered by BMW.  Follow in the tracks of racing heroes, take to the tarmac and do battle with the circuit which turns any driver into a pro racer.

At Goodwood, there isn't just the iconic Circuit. Driving experiences are available across the whole Estate, off-circuit as well as on, with instructors ready to impart their skills and driving tips, whether you wish to brush up on your extreme weather driving techniques on the skid-pan, or embark on an epic off-road adventure through the 12,000-acre grounds. 

3) Thorpe Park

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Attention thrill hunters! For heart-stopping thrills, mind-bending chills and intense forces with a capital G, Thorpe Park is the ultimate theme park destination and day out.

Their thrilling rollercoaster rides are among the highest and fastest in the world and you'll find extreme rides that'll satisfy thrill seekers everywhere.

4) Shopping Weekend In Birmingham

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Start the day with some retail therapy at the Bullring, where 160 shops are bursting at the seams with gorgeous clothes. It’s also home to a space-age Selfridges store – the alien-looking metallic blob with a space-age glass walkway leading up to it.

However, you don’t have to spend money in this city to have a good time – reassuring news if you’re trying to be good this month. Head to the Ikon gallery at Oozells Street School and you can check out the latest and greatest in contemporary art, free of charge. There’s a great café here too, where, over a tasty plate of tapas (or even just a coffee and cake) you can debate the greatest of questions: Is it art?

5) West Midland's Safari Park


There's a really fun day out for the family and children of all ages at West Midland Safari Park, that includes going on a real safari to see real wild animals, there's lions and tigers; giraffe and rhino; elephants and zebra along with all kinds of deer that love to be stroked and fed.

Animal food is for sale on arrival and it really is worth getting some for these special encounters. After your safari there are all kinds of things to do, like visiting the Penguin Cove, watching the Sea Lion Show and even observing reptile's in their natural environments.

6) Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire

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Times change, but the dedication, exemplified by Four Seasons, to perfecting the travel experience never will. Their highly personalized 24-hour service, combined with authentic, elegant surroundings of the highest quality, embodies a home away from home for those who know and appreciate the best. 

As the company has grown from a single hotel to 99 in 41 countries, their deeply instilled culture, personified by their employees, continues to get stronger. Over more than 50 years, their people have built an unrivalled depth of reliability, trust and connection with their guests – a connection they will steadfastly uphold, now and always.

7) Stone Henge

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Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. 

Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

8) Ventnor Botanic Gardens

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Lying in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous 'Undercliff.' This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean.

The Garden is unrivalled for its collections of subtropical plants grown unprotected out of doors and many of their plants are shown in representations of geographical regions, growing in association with each other as in the wild. They aim to present an immersive experience where the visitor is transported to landscapes from around the world.

9) Isle Of Wight's Art Scene

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The Quay Arts Centre is situated in a converted 19th-Century brewery warehouse complex at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.

Refurbished in 1997 by award winning architect Tony Fretton, their facilities include three galleries, a 134-capacity theatre, a Crafts Council-listed gift shop and popular Café Bar with a reputation for serving some of the best home-cooked food on the Island. Business conferencing facilities are also available, and the Centre is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships.

10) Experience Oxfordshire

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Experience Oxfordshire, one of the most breathtaking counties in England. Oxford and Oxfordshire has a lot to offer to visitors and there is a reason why people return to this county again and again.

From the ancient University of Oxford to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds there is so much rich history and culture for you to explore. Whether you want to discover an ancient civilisation at a world famous museum, wander around some of the most famous landmarks in the UK or relax with an afternoon tea, you will find something to do for all occasions and all members of the family.

So now you know the top 10 places to go outside of london, why not book one of our Matcha cars out for the weekend and head on over to your destination of choice. Whether you decide to relax over at Champney's Spa, spend some extra cash on a shopping adventure in Birmingham or your seeking thrills and adventure at Thorpe Park. 

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