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September is a great time to enjoy a day out, the weather is still nice and the end of the summer holidays means attractions are generally quieter. Whether you’re taking the kids out on the weekend, or taking a break from them during the week, with friends or solo, there is something for everyone on our list of top 5 favourites!

01. Liverpool Boat Tour, Liverpool

The Liverpool Dock system is one of the most impressive in the world, and there's no better way to see it than from the water. The Princess is a lovely boat that offers table service and panoramic views. You can also hire it for private events and a champagne reception is included for special occasions, making it the perfect way to celebrate in style. Liverpool is a truly special city, and there's no better time to explore it than during the summer months. So why not climb aboard and enjoy a boat tour of the city? You're sure to have a memorable experience.

02. St Mary's Abbey, York

If you're looking for a unique day out, St Mary's Abbey is a must-see. This 11th century abbey has been beautifully preserved and now houses contemporary art exhibitions and other events. The history of the abbey is fascinating. Built in 1088, it was once home to monks who dedicated their lives to worship. Today, you can still see the remains of the nave walls where the monks used to pray. The gardens are especially lovely in the summertime and make a great spot for a picnic or a walk. Whether you're interested in history, art, or simply want to enjoy the beauty of this special place, St Mary's Abbey is sure to make a great day out.

03. City Walking Tour, Harrogate

A walking tour of Harrogate is the perfect way to explore the town and learn about its history. You can enjoy popular sights, including the Royal Pump Room, Bettys Tea Rooms and Harrogate Theatre, as well as discovering some hidden gems along the way! The tour lasts for 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is led by a knowledgeable local guide who will share stories and anecdotes about Harrogate. At the end of the tour, you will have a greater understanding of Harrogate’s fascinating past. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the town at a leisurely pace and learn more about its culture and heritage.

04. Newcastle Castle, Newcastle

Newcastle got its name from the remarkable castle that stands in the heart of the city. The Newcastle Castle is a great example of a Norman fortress, and it has a long and rich history. The castle was not built as a home for kings and queens, but instead was used by the military. It was also used as a place for executions. You can learn all about the mysteries and legends of the castle, as well as its past residents. The Newcastle Castle offers panoramic views over the city, perfect for capturing memorable photographs with family, friends, or even just great selfies. Wander the hallways and cobblestones to discover all the secrets of Newcastle castle!

05. Hoghton Tower, Preston

Discover the gateway to Ribble Valley for a truly unique and unforgettable day out! Preston’s Houghton Tower has so much to offer, including guided tours of the buildings and beautifully landscaped and walled gardens. Once you’ve uncovered the secrets of the Houghton Tower estate you can rest and relax with a local afternoon tea. What’s more, there are also several events running throughout the year which are perfect for a day out with friends, family, or even solo. The tower standing today was built in 1565, but there is evidence that a structure has been on the site since 1109! Its hilltop position made it exceptionally strategic, however it now lends itself to the perfect family photo or selfie, with panoramic views over Preston, the Lakes, the Irish Sea, and Wales. Visitors here include many kings and queens, Dickens, Shakespeare, and even Cillian Murphy. The tower also has links to William the Conqueror and Lady Godiva too, so whether you're looking to learn more about Lancashire’s history, or simply relax in the stunning surroundings, Houghton Tower is the perfect day out.

No matter which day trip you choose, you're sure to have a great adventure this summer. Even better, all of our choices are accessible by train, meaning you can sit back, relax, and get the most out of your day. Have fun!

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