We are a few weeks into the new year which means your attention can now begin to switch towards a holiday. In the first of a two-part destination series, Carelink24 takes a look at the best UK destinations for over 50s holidays.
Next time we will be looking at international destinations, but for now lets have a look at what our very own country has to offer in the holiday market.
We start with the traditional British seaside resort of Blackpool. Like most UK resorts it isn't as popular as it was back in the 50s and 60s but many believe that it is still the best resort in the country. There are so many activities for you to choose from in this town.
Perhaps the most iconic structure of the resort is Blackpool Tower. The tower has been become a national treasure since it was built in 1894 and there is plenty to do inside. Alongside the historic ballroom, the circus and the dungeons you now have the Tower Eye and SkyWalk. This takes you to the very top of the tower where, if you dare, you can walk out onto a clear glass platform and take a look at the resort from 380ft.
Other top attractions include the iconic trams, which take you up and down the Golden Mile and beyond. The beach front in Blackpool has been redeveloped over the last decade and looks fantastic.
If you like a good show then you can visit the Grand Theatre, along with The Winter Gardens and Opera House. There are plenty of shows and gigs on throughout the year for you to choose from.
If you are looking for a scenic over 50s holiday then the Lake District – with 800 square miles of countryside – is the destination for you. It is full of towns and villages for you to visit and stay in, so the attractions on offer will vary depending on your location.
Each town is full of historic buildings, with traditional pubs and souvenir shops. Of course what you must ensure you do is make use of all the lakes and go on boat tours. Lake Windermere, Derwent Water and Crummock Water are just some examples of the lakes you must see.
All that countryside means that there are plenty of walks for you to go on as well. One suggestion would be the Catbells Lakeland Walk. You will see spectacular views along the way and there are plenty of rest points and pubs for you to take a lunch break.
Other activity suggestions include the Lakeland Motor Museum for car enthusiasts, The Theatre by the Lake for fans of performing arts and finally the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for train enthusiasts.
England’s capital has so much on offer for the over 50s to enjoy. The city is full of historical buildings and landmarks which are amazing to see in person – especially if you have never visited the city before.
If you do visit London then you need to go visit Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and The Tower of London to get your fix of English history. Next up would be Hyde Park, where you can choose to walk or cycle around this beautiful location.
To see London in all its glory, Carelink24 would also recommend going on the London Eye – the views from up there are amazing!
If you enjoy visiting museums then you are spoilt for choice in London. Take your pick from the National History Museum, The British Museum, The Museum of London and Tata Modern – just to name a few.
Sports fans should take the time to do the Wembley Stadium Tour or the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. The city is full of football clubs so take your pick on which to visit. Of course London is full of designer shops, bars and restaurants as well so you can truly do a little bit of everything during your stay.
Isle of Wight
Our final over 50s holiday destination brings you a warm climate without leaving the United Kingdom. You may think we’re having you on but we’re not! The Isle of Wight is one of the most southerly points of the country and it therefore has a much milder climate than the mainland.
Alongside all of the traditional activities that you can take part in, the island also has plenty of unique features for you to enjoy. This includes Monkey Haven, which is a primate rescue centre. The facility is home to various types of monkeys and also some birds of prey. During the day you will get to see some of the world’s most endangered species of ape.
Landmark walks that you must do include the Osborne House royal estate, the Shanklin to Ventnor Coastal Walk and the The Needles Battery national heritage site. Oh and the island also gives you the chance to walk with Alpacas – just so you can do something that not many people have done here in the UK.