Never waste a day while in the UK

A British Airways plane on an airport runway.

Anyone who’s travelled before will tell you there’s always going to be days that are, shall we say, difficult.

Like when you’ve just touched down in London, and you’re feeling tired and sleep deprived, or when you’re just about to fly home and you’ve got all your bags with you and you don’t want to miss your flight but you also don’t want to waste your last day, either.

Although they may be difficult, these are some tips about how to make the most of them.

When you only have a few hours

Don’t be discouraged if you only have a few hours to spend before flying out of London Gatwick, there are still plenty of things for you to do. Crawley is a local town that is great for shopping, like at the County Mall, which is one of the largest shopping centres in the region. Or if you have some nice weather take a short drive to High Beeches Gardens.

At High Beeches Gardens you get to enjoy over 25 acres of beautiful water and woodland gardens, all sporting tons of rare and exotic plants and trees. In magnificent locations like the gardens stress can easily melt away. If you have a couple of little ones you’re towing around, take them over to Bocketts. The kids can enjoy feeding the animals, pony and tractor rides, and something a little different like pig racing!

When you have a full day

Hopefully you’re starting to realise how great the area around Gatwick Airport truly is, and want to consider spending a little extra time there. It’s easy to get information on Gatwick departures and arrivals, so you can lengthen your stay in the area!

If you get to spend a full day, check out a day full of history at one of the two great castles in the area. The Dukes of Norfolk have called the Arundel Castle home for over 1000 years. The castle is home to china, clocks, works of art, and other priceless pieces to appreciate.

History might be a little too boring for the kiddies though, so bring them to one of the two loved theme parks in the area! The Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures with plenty of rides to keep them entertained for hours. Just make sure you have holiday insurance from Holidays Extra – just in case you and your kids have a little bit too much fun and something bad happens!

When you have two or three days

If you have a few days to really enjoy the area there are so many things to do. Spend your days focusing on the lush lifestyle of the royals! You can check out The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, The Royal Tunbridge Wells with its divine spa waters, Hever Castle & Gardens which is the home of Anne Boleyn, and end your days at the Hampton Court Palace.

If you love the scenic aspects of the UK, spend your days on the costal countryside taking in the picturesque views. Head over to Rye in East Sussex you can enjoy its cobble streets and charming feel. Bodiam Castle is the perfect example of a medieval castle, like it jumped straight out of the kid’s storybooks. There is something for everyone when you visit the UK.

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