Revealed: the UK’s top 40 best value days out for summer

The staycation trend is here to stay in 2022, and with the summer holidays just around the corner, families throughout the UK will be looking for fun ways to spend their days for less
Longleat Safari Park, Boundless

Civil service and public sector club Boundless compiled a list with the help of four experts and asked thousands of its members to vote to create the UK’s top 40 best value days out for the summer months. More than 2,500 members responded to create a list that will keep the whole family entertained with attractions across the country. 

Coming in at number one is the Eden Project in Cornwall, followed by Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, The British Museum in London, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North in County Durham, and Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and Cumbria, 

Darren Milton at Boundless said: “With ongoing airline issues and big hikes in the cost of living, many people will be looking for affordable ways to inject fun and excitement into time spent with family and friends over the summer.  

“Great value doesn’t always mean ‘free’. When we asked our experts to compile their lists of attractions, we asked them to consider whether admission prices offer an incredible great value for money. This includes destinations where you could easily spend an entire day and gain access to other on-site benefits for a single-entry fee, or benefit from an extended access period for the cost of just one visit. 

“The result is a fantastic list of attractions, whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, or you prefer to soak in Britain’s amazing heritage and great outdoors, there’s something for everyone.” 

Many of the attractions are available at even better rates with Boundless membership, which is open to all public-sector employees and civil servants, working and retired, for just £32 a year. For example, members can take advantage of unlimited access to Kew Gardens, all 10 Wildfowl and Wetland Trust sites across the country, 12-month access to Kids Pass and a choice of discounted experiences through Virgin Experience Days. 

Milton added: “There are so many benefits to staycationing. It’s greener, easier, helps the local economy, and is usually more affordable than an overseas trip. Boundless’ top 40 has been drawn up to help everyone get the most out of their well-earned break this summer.” 

Top 40 Boundless Best Value Days Out: 

  1. Eden Project, Cornwall 
  2. Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire 
  3. British Museum, London 
  4. Beamish Living Museum of the North, Derbyshire 
  5. Hadrian’s Wall  
  6. Beaulieu, Hampshire 
  7. National Railway Museum, York 
  8. Hampton Court Palace, London 
  9. Science Museum, London 
  10. Portmeirion, Gwynedd 
  11. The Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire 
  12. Tower of London, London 
  13. Kew Gardens, London 
  14. Holy Island, Northumberland 
  15. Roman Baths, Somerset 
  16. Go Ape (multiple locations) 
  17. Stonehenge, Wiltshire 
  18. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall 
  19. Brownsea Island, Dorset 
  20. Black Country Museum, Dudley 
  21. Bournemouth Pier, Dorset 
  22. Cotswold Wildlife Park, Oxfordshire 
  23. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire 
  24. Dover Castle, Kent 
  25. Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire 
  26. Brooklands Museum, Surrey 
  27. Osborne House, Isle of Wight 
  28. Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire  
  29. Zipworld Llechwedd Caverns, Snowdonia 
  30. Heights of Abraham, Matlock, Derbyshire 
  31. Monkey World, Dorset 
  32. Ullswater Steamers, Cumbria 
  33. Rutland Water, Rutland 
  34. Alnwick Garden, Northumberland 
  35. Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire 
  36. St Paul's Cathedral, London  
  37. WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire 
  38. Minack Theatre, Cornwall 
  39. Jodrell Bank Telescope, Cheshire 
  40. London Transport Museum, London 

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