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As spring approaches and the idea that holidays in the UK could happen feels more and more real, now is the time to start browsing for unique experiences and offbeat attractions that we’ve been missing for the last year.

The team at Not In The Guidebooks has put together a list of some of our top UK day trips for 2021, from bike tours in London, whisky tours in Glasgow, to surfing lessons in Cornwall. All are designed to get you under the skin of a place and experience the local culture, and we’re hopeful that you’ll be able to enjoy some of these amazing day experiences in 2021.

Sunset Surfing in Cornwall

surfing at sunset in cornwall

In Cornwall, there’s no local activity more essential than getting your wetsuit on and getting out in the waves for a day of surfing.

Our first UK day experience gets you doing exactly what the locals do, but at a special time of day. If there are any feelings more thrilling than bobbing on your board as the sun dips over the horizon, painting the sky and the sea a beautiful hue of oranges and reds, then we’re yet to find it.

A Foraging and Dining Experience in Pembrokeshire

kelp and basket by the sea

This unique day experience gets you exploring the stunning Pembrokeshire coast in a totally unique way. Spend the morning getting to know the landscape intimately as you forage for edibles in the woodlands and on the beaches and rock pools under the watchful eye of your host, Matt.

Then, enjoy the fruits of your labour as Matt, who has experience in some of the best Michelin star restaurants in Europe, whips you up a meal you will never forget.

Glasgow’s West End Whisky Tour

holding up a glass of whisky

What could possibly be more Scottish than sinking a few drams in an atmospheric little bar, tucked away on some vibrant Glasgow street?

On this day experience in Glasgow join your expert local guides on a hunt for the very best whisky bars in the city’s buzzing West End, and sample some of the best whiskies you’ve ever tasted – all the recipe for a, shall we say, memorable evening in this gem of a city and a fantastic UK day trip.

Our Top UK Day Experiences

A Foraging and Dining Experience

Wales, Pembrokeshire

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Sunset Surfing Experience

England, Devon and Cornwall

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Guided Eco Train Tour from Belfast to Derry

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Glasgow’s West End Whisky Tour

Scotland, Glasgow

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Secret London Bike Tour

a traditional east london pub

If you’re tired of the same old sights in London, you know the ones: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and fancy something a bit different, then this secret London bike tour is the perfect day experience for you.

You’ll discover atmospheric little pubs tucked away in narrow alleyways, hear stories and secrets about the little offbeat attractions that even the locals don’t know about, and get to know this city of unlimited variety a little more intimately.

Eco Train Tour from Belfast to Derry

lush coastline in northern ireland

Embark on one of the most beautiful day trips and train journeys in the UK, on this guided excursion from Belfast to Derry. Drink in rolling hills, vast sandy beaches and endless ocean views as you rattle along the coast – Michael Palin (who we consider to be well-travelled) describes this as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

Explore Derry with your local guide, Marti, and discover a vibrant city with bags of culture and a fascinating history to explore, before heading back to Belfast.


Here at Not In The Guidebooks, we provide a wonderful array of day experiences in the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world, all of which offer you the opportunity to do something you’ll never forget on your holiday. They’ll get you off the beaten track, immersed in the local culture and help you not just see the world, but experience it.

You could also browse our range of unusual places to stay and unique accommodation options in the UK, and extend your day experiences into a retreat from the rush of everyday life.

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