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Long walks in the sunshine, flowers opening and exploring new places outside are three things that confirm spring is in full swing and summer is on its way. We've finally seen some sunshine so now it's time to get planning those perfect day trips to enjoy it! Evans Halshaw Motability has pulled together some of the best places to visit as the flowers begin to blossom and the grass gets greener.

The Bishop’s Palace, Somerset

The Bishop's Palace and Gardens in Somerset dates back to the early-thirteenth century and has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for well over 800 years.

Situated in Wells, 21 miles from Bristol and Bath, these stunning gardens are not to be missed when visiting the south of England. Some may argue that the most intriguing part of visiting The Bishop's Palace is what lies within the moat and ramparts. Visitors will learn all the history surrounding the palace and will very quickly fall in love with this striking building - it is actually seen as the most impressive bishop's house which is still in use to this day.

Alongside that, there is an incredible 14-acres of serene gardens to explore, where visitors will find the beautiful well pools as well as a gift shop and a cafe with the best views in Wells.

Accessibility:

  • Disabled toilets
  • Lift access
  • Strip and spot lighting
  • Low counters
  • Complimentary ticket for carers
  • Interpretation boards
  • Seating around the area
  • Assistance dogs welcome

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Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

There is so much to explore at Alnwick Castle, from the Dragon's Lair to Italianate State Rooms - this castle is one of the UK's most significant heritage destinations.

Not only that, Alnwick Castle was also featured on Harry Potter as part of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

There are plenty of guided tours around the castle, which will open visitor's eyes to the wonderful history of the grounds, as well as the State Room. For those looking to learn snippets of a variety of historical facts, Alnwick Castle also offers ten-minute talks with new subjects every day.

The grounds are magnificent in the spring/summer time, with the sun shining beautifully off the impressive tall and large castle walls. Another option in the sunshine at Alnwick Castle is archery - one of the most important skills a medieval army could have!

Accessibility

  •  Partial wheelchair access
  •  Assistance dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair hires available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Complimentary entrance for carers

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Goombridge Place, East Sussex

These award-winning gardens are the perfect place to visit in early spring as the colours of the flowers and plants begin to come into their own.

The history behind the Goombridge Place estate is simply fascinating. Built in 1662, the house is surrounded by a moat, and 200 acres featuring formal gardens, a canal, vineyard, farmland and ancient woodland.

Although the house remains closed to the public, visitors are able to take a peaceful walk through the stunning gardens, next to the canal and inside the forest. Within the gardens, there are six unique areas which are full to the brim with horticultural features that are bursting with colour and style.

During a visit to Goomrbridge Place, visitors can also get a glimpse at some of the most beautiful birds in the world. Running from March until September, The Raptor Centre holds flying displays which take place twice daily when the weather permits.

Accessibility 

  •  Partial wheelchair accessibility
  • Complimentary entrance for carers
  •  Accessible toilets
  •  Accessible parking
  • Assistance dogs welcome

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Hever Castle, Kent

Visitors can explore the award-winning gardens set in 125-acres of gorgeous grounds, alongside the glorious castle and picturesque lake at Hever Castle. Within the gardens, there are a variety of peaceful areas to sit back and relax whilst taking in the atmosphere. Alongside that, visitors can enjoy Anne Boleyn's Walk which has a very impressive collection of trees which were planted more than 100 years ago.

Hever Castle itself dates back to the 13th century. As the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, there are plenty of historical facts to be explored on these wondrous grounds. Learn about tapestries, fine furniture and antiques as well as the National Portrait Gallery, known as one of the best collection of Tudor portraits in the country. The lake at Hever Castle was created by 800 men based on an idea from William Waldorf Astor. This is the most delightful place to reflect, away from all the business of life and enjoy the water move slowly - a real treat.

Accessibility

  • Accessible parking
  •  Accessible toilets
  • Partial wheelchair accessibility
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Clear signage throughout

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