You’ve got her that thoughtful gift but you know that what mum would love most is time with you. For Belle’s looking to spoil their mum on Mother’s Day, GoEuro, the travel comparison website, has compiled a list of the best places in the UK to go.
1. Manor houses
The UK is spoilt with a wealth of manor houses which can make for a relaxing and interesting visit. Check out Belton House in Lincolnshire, a country house dating back to 1685, which has the most extensive historic silver collection in the UK, as well as the National Trust’s second largest library. Otherwise, head to Polesden Lacey in Surrey, where the Queen Mother spent her honeymoon. Here, a huge collection of art and ceramics is held within the Gold Room.
2. Tea rooms
Indulge in a high tea and relax in style. But to truly relax, why not try somewhere a bit off the beaten track? For example, Croft House Farm Café in the village of Buttermere in the Lake District is a cosy retreat and stocks lots of locally-made products. Alternatively, Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms in the Clun Valley of Shropshire is one of the most peaceful spots in the UK.
3. Parks and gardens
Why not visit a National Trust garden for a springtime stroll? Sissinghurst Castle in Kent has a beautiful garden with plenty to explore – from rose gardens to glasshouses, a Lime walk, an orchard and a maze. Alternatively, Biddulph Grange Garden in Staffordshire, an impressive high Victorian garden, is well worth a visit, with a collection of plants from around the world to enjoy.
4. Spa days
Seaweed spas are in fashion and would be a great way to treat your mum. Visit Diana Drummond’s seaweed skincare spa in Scotland where you can relax and detox. Alternatively, why not try the UK’s first eco-spa, The Titanic, in the Pennines in West Yorkshire. The Titanic is located in an old converted mill and uses its own water source as well as organic and fair trade food.
5. Art galleries
If you’re in London and want to avoid the crowds at the National Gallery or Tate, head to The Courtauld Gallery, a smaller London gallery that showcases famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. Walker Art Gallery, part of the National Museum of Liverpool, is also well worth a visit, with 17th, 18th and 19th Century collections, as well as an interesting Pre-Raphaelites feature.