Escape the ordinary

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary for your next British break? Whether you’re after a weekend of ‘me-time’ or something to get the adrenaline pumping, there are tons of unusual short breaks and escapes waiting to be discovered across our network this month. 

Eden Project



Transport yourself to a tropical paradise this winter by exploring Cornwall’s famous Eden Project – home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Meander through the exotic landscapes of South America, Asia and the Mediterranean and learn about the relationship between plants and people at this unmissable UK attraction. 

Nearest station: St Austell
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Eden Project, photo credit: ©Hufton+Crow

Bath Skyline Walk



Take a trip back through time by exploring the hilltop trails surrounding the historic city of Bath. With wildlife, woodland, glorious views and rich British heritage to be discovered, it’s a worthwhile walk, with friends or in peaceful solitude.

Nearest station: Bath Spa
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Bath Skyline Walk, photo credit: Andrew Stevens

Cycle the City, Bristol



Explore the city of art on two wheels with the Bristol Cycle the City tour. Whether you fancy traversing historic harbourside paths or embarking on a whistle-stop tour of the city’s famous street art, there’s plenty to discover by bike in Bristol.

Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads
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Waves Leisure Pool



Head to Torquay’s Riviera Centre for some underwater family fun. With water jets, flumes and a rather unique ‘sloping floor’, there’s hours of enjoyment to be had at the Waves Leisure Pool. Be sure to check out the Aqua Lounge afterwards for some tasty post-swim snacks.

Nearest station: Torquay

Cardiff Indoor Surfing



Why risk curling your toes in the icy Welsh seas when you can get your adrenaline boost just as easily indoors. Cardiff International White Water Centre holds one of the best indoor simulated surf machines in the UK – so you can ride the waves without worrying about the freezing temperatures.

Nearest station: Cardiff Central
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Go Ape, Battersea Park



Challenge yourself to a treetop adventure in the heart of London at Go Ape Battersea Park. Situated on the south bank of the River Thames, just opposite Chelsea, Go Ape make use of the park’s towering trees to allow thrill seekers to channel their inner Tarzan and tackle high rope obstacles and exhilarating aerial crossings.

Nearest station: London Paddington
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Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa



Discover the ultimate coastal retreat at Cornwall’s tranquil Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. With waves waiting to be ridden right outside your window, a luxurious spa to unwind in and stunning rooms to rest your feet after a long day, you’ll never want to leave one of Newquay’s finest beachside hotels.

Nearest station: Newquay

The Tarka Trail



Whether you prefer to explore on two feet or two wheels, Devon’s Tarka Trail can help you discover one of the most scenic natural regions of the UK. Running from Ilfracombe through Barnstaple and on to Plymouth, the trail covers a huge distance, with many quaint coastal towns to stop in for lunch or a cream tea.

Nearest station: Barnstaple
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25%* off Horizon Retreats



Embrace your free spirited nature with a weekend of ‘me-time’ and meditation at Cornwall’s Horizon Retreats. Take sanctuary in relaxing yoga classes, warm up in hot tubs and saunas or even gallop across the beach on horseback. There’s 25% off when you book before 3 March 2017 too.

Nearest station: Newquay
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*Exclusive 25% discount applies to any weekend Horizons Retreat you book before 
3 March 2017. Please quote discount code GWR2017 on your booking form.