04 February 2013

Top 10 Places to Visit this Mother's Day

There are no two ways about it - a bunch of flowers simply won't cut it this Mother's Day! This year, show your mum how much she really means to you by treating her to a weekend of fabulous tearooms, stunning views and glorious gardens.

Eltham Palace, London

For those amongst us searching for a little glamour this Mother's Day, then look no further than Eltham Palace.

Osborne, Isle of Wight

There is perhaps no other property that better encapsulates the private life of a royal family than Osborne, the stunning seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children. A family home at its heart, this beauty spot is a perfect place to celebrate your own family connections this Mother's Day.

After exploring the lavish interior, visitors can take in the stunning seaward views from the Palm Terrace, discover the Swiss Cottage and its surrounding gardens and take a walk through the nearby wildflower meadow, all before enjoying a light lunch (or how about just tea and cake?) in the café.

Dover Castle, Kent

The 'Key to England' for over nine centuries, the mighty fortress of Dover Castle boasts a long and eventful history - from its origins as a medieval royal palace right through to its role during World War II.

A visit to this spectacular castle offers plenty to fill a great family outing this Mother's Day; its site atop the famous White Cliffs provides stunning panoramic views, and the extensive network of secret tunnels beneath offers intrigue, drama and undeniable atmosphere for anyone brave enough to venture below! Above ground families can explore the Great Tower, enjoy a spring time walk around the keep and - of course - indulge in teatime treats in one of the castle's many cafés.

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

One of the finest fortresses built by Henry VIII, Pendennis Castle makes a wonderful destination for families this Mother's Day. Set against a backdrop of stunning coastal views, there is plenty to see and do at Pendennis; from the recreated Tudor gun room through to the fascinating interactive exhibition, over 400 eventful years of history are waiting to be discovered.

And after a busy morning spent exploring, there can be nothing more rewarding than enjoying a delicious Cornish treat in the tearoom - perfect for mums, dads, and anyone else who may have worked up an appetite!

Tearoom treat

Enjoy a delicious tearoom treat - perfect for mums, dads, and anyone else who may have worked up an appetite!

Eltham Palace, London

For those amongst us searching for a little glamour this Mother's Day, then look no further than Eltham Palace; a stunning combination of Art Deco, ultra-smart ocean-liner style and cutting-edge Swedish design, this striking millionaire's mansion was built to impress.

From the luxurious interior, which includes a vaulted bathroom complete with onyx tub and gold plated taps, right through to the 19 acres of beautiful gardens, there's plenty for the whole family to explore here. And when it comes time for a break (and a cake!), the stunning Art Deco tearoom is just the ticket.

Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Ranking among the most vastly impressive of all English gardens, this surely has to be a top spot for a Mother's Day visit - who, after all, doesn't associate Mothering Sunday with beautiful blooms? Perfect for a spring-time stroll with the family, there are over 92 acres to explore, with stunning formal bedding enlivened through charming architectural features, unexpected vistas and beautiful statues. 

After a relaxing walk through the gardens, why not explore the unfurnished but opulently decorated State Rooms, discover the displays in the Visitor Centre and last but not least take a well earned break in the café?

Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire

Perched on a hilltop in the Derbyshire countryside, the stunning views afforded by this 17th century fantasy mansion are enough to warrant a visit on their own. On closer inspection though, families will soon discover all means of delights at this countryside castle, which was once intended solely for pleasure and extravagant display.

From the castle's exquisite interior decoration through to the stunning riding house with its magnificent roof and exciting interactive exhibition, there really is plenty to explore here. And after a day spent on her feet, why not treat mum to a cup of tea and a homemade cake in the Bolsover café? Providing lovely views of the Riding School, it'll be the perfect end to a truly indulgent Mother's Day visit.

Witley Court, Worcestershire

This Mother's Day, enjoy a relaxing walk through the spectacular formal gardens of Witley Court.

Witley Court and Gardens, Worcestershire

Once one of England's great country houses, Witley Court was reduced to a rambling ruin in 1937 after a disastrous fire swept through the estate. After a long period of decline, Witley's fortunes turned and this spectacular ruin is now surrounded by glorious landscaped gardens once more.

This Mother's Day, enjoy a relaxing walk through the formal gardens - its spectacular lake, French Parterre and vast Perseus and Andromeda fountain being just a few of Witley's stunning highlights.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire

If peace and tranquillity is what you're looking for this Mother's Day, then you won't be disappointed at Rievaulx Abbey. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, the opportunities for spring-time walks and relaxation are bountiful. Visitors can explore the sensory garden - bursting with scented and flavoured herbs - before discovering the exciting indoor exhibition. And the tearoom, with its delicious Yorkshire fare, really will be the cherry on top of this fantastic day out!

Beeston Castle & Woodland Park, Cheshire

Spectacularly crowning a sandstone crag towering above the Cheshire Plain, Beeston Castle is perfect for walkers, nature lovers and adventurous families this Mother's Day.

From the best preserved part of the castle - the inner bailey - visitors can enjoy stunning views across eight counties, before making their way down for a leisurely walk through the surrounding woodland. Take the path around the base of the crag and catch glimpses of the castle above, before ending at another of Beeston's great attractions: the sandstone caves.

Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Northumberland

With a Greek Classical Revival villa, medieval castle and unusual gardens all on one site, there's plenty for all the family to explore at Belsay. The entire ensemble was the creation of the Middleton family over more than seven centuries, and their hard work and perseverance has certainly paid off! The Hall is now displayed without furnishings - the fine craftsmanship of its construction is evident - and visitors will be amazed by its stunning central 'Pillar Hall'.

Outside, the outstanding plant-rich gardens that surround the Hall are ripe for exploring, and the tearoom, which is situated in the original Victorian kitchens, provides the perfect setting for a delicious Mother's Day treat.

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire

Beeston Castle is perfect for walkers, nature lovers and adventurous families this Mother's Day.

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