Lent has started and the countdown to Easter has well and truly begun – did someone mention 4 day weekend? To celebrate, we’re looking at some of the best Easter eggs around the country, and it’s definitely not the chocolate kind…
From the Scottish Highlands to the English Riviera and everywhere in between, the UK is full to the brim with exciting and unique places to visit. Sometimes, it’s the finding them that’s the struggle.
Worry no more however, we’re here to help – from secret caves tucked away in the English countryside to quirky bars hidden away in the city, here’s our list of the top 11 hidden Easter eggs from up and down the country that are a must-see during your break this Easter.
1. National Museum of Scotland Roof Terrace, Edinburgh
To start off our Easter egg hunt, we came across something very special at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Formed in 1861, the museum has some of Scotland’s most interesting antique, cultural and historic collections. As well as being one of Scotland’s most popular museums, it turns out to be free too! But the real gem of this museum is hidden away at the top… A hidden rooftop terrace with unspoilt panoramic views of Edinburgh. What more could you want?
2. Crook Hall, Durham
You’ve heard of Durham Cathedral and you’ve heard of Durham Castle, but have you heard of Crook Hall?
Just a short journey out of Durham’s city centre sits a beautiful 13th Century Medieval building. As a place full of history, Crook Hall is the perfect place to learn about Durham’s past. Surrounded by lush green gardens, Crook Hall is an idyllic location to watch the world go by, and of course, indulge in delightful afternoon tea.
3. Cathedral Cavern, Windermere
With the stunning backdrop of the Lake District and tucked away in the small hamlet of Little Langdale, you can find a magical network of tunnels and hidden quarries. Cathedral Cavern is nestled within the Cumbrian countryside and is the perfect place to visit during a break in Windermere… The network of tunnels (some even 400m long!) lead to picturesque chambers, with the most mesmerising being the “The Cathedral” standing at 40ft high… p.s. Make sure you take a torch, as things can get a little dark!
4. The Cat Trail and Fossgate Social, York
York is home to some of the most famous monuments in UK including the York Minster, the Bar Walls and of course the Cat Trail. Dotted around York, if you look hard enough, you’ll be able to spot 22 cats that are placed on buildings. These cat statues were placed on buildings to scare away rats and mice that carried the plague hundreds of years ago. It’s the perfect way to see the very best of York, including some of York’s best pubs and bars. Make sure you take a visit to Fossgate Social for a warm and cosy recharge… they do a mean Espresso Martini!
5. Roxy Lanes, Leeds
When visiting Leeds, you can sometimes feel like you’re spoilt for choice with things to do and that means that you can often miss some of the best places! One of those places is Roxy Lanes which is just near the Trinity Kitchen. It’s an absolute must see when in Leeds. It’s a unique space, catering to everyone’s food and drink needs whilst acting as a quirky bowling alley, come ping pong bar, come mini golf course and much more… Take a look at the events & offers that they’ve got on before heading there.
6. ex-directory, Liverpool
With The Beatles flying the Liverpool flag since the 60s, Liverpool continues to be a city that thrives in music, art & nightlife. A visit to Liverpool is never complete without visiting The Albert Docks, Tate Liverpool or one of its many famous taverns… Perhaps one of Liverpool’s lesser known bars is ex-directory which is located behind a red telephone box. Offering a range of delicious cocktails and drinks, a visit to ex-directory is appointment only. If you can crack the code and find their number, make a booking and walk right through the telephone box where a night of classy and unique drinking awaits…
7. The Ice Cream Farm, Chester
Whether it’s the beautiful landscapes that attract you to Chester or it’s the city’s historic architecture, a break to Chester is always one to remember. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you fancy something a little different, head to The Ice Cream Farm which is just 20 minutes from the City Centre. You’ll be able to indulge in award-winning ice cream from the farm’s cows and have a go at their adventure golf course… You might want to plan a whole day at The Ice Cream Farm because there is so much to do! It’s the perfect family day out…
8. Hope St Yard, Cambridge
Cambridge is a place that is rich in history and it happens to be a city where the lines between country and city blur. When you visit Cambridge, you might be surprised by how many cows you see, just grazing on the grass around town… The cows are that famous in fact, they’ve even got their own Twitter account!
As you make your way round town absorbing the culture and counting the cows, make sure you take a visit to Hope St Yard. It’s a cute little courtyard where you can find the perfect souvenir to remember your time in Cambridge with anything from fine antiques to quirky collectables.
9. Embassy Cafe, Cardiff
If you’re looking for a bite to eat when you’re in Cardiff, head to the Embassy Cafe at the Cathays Community Centre. As the place for Cardiff’s first “Real Junk Food Project”, Embassy Cafe is the place of ethically, environmentally and socially sustainable food – it’s super healthy too. As the place of pop-restaurants and cafe’s, you can always guarantee a delicious, home-cooked meal here with anything from butternut and sage arancini to beautiful sourdough pizza. Mouth-watering food & making a difference to the community? Say no more.
10. Ston Easton Park, Bath
When you think of Bath, you think of, well, baths… But just a short journey out of Bath, you can step back in time at Ston Easton Park. Filled with history, the stunning manor was built back in the 1500s and is an ideal spot to sit back and watch time go by, especially with a generous helping of their afternoon tea in the Saloon.
11. Brighton Waste House, Brighton
The last of our Easter egg hunt takes us to the charming seaside resort of Brighton. Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere on the beach, learn something new at a one of the many museums or you’d just like to relax with some retail therapy, Brighton has you covered.
If you’re in the centre of town and near the University, you might stumble across what looks something like a shed…You wouldn’t be wrong. This is Brighton Waste House and it’s a ‘living laboratory’ – everything from the walls to the interiors are made from things that have been thrown out or no longer wanted. It really is quite something and if you’re nearby, it’s definitely worth a visit.