"Sideline the attractions of the beach and visit Scarborough's oriental-themed park instead."

 

West Park

Go arty in the heart of Darlington with West Park's collection of modern sculpture. It's set within an urban nature reserve, so you're also likely to spot a wide variety of wildlife. While you're there, why not wander over the park's three poetry bridges?

Info: visitdarlington.com

Go by train: Darlington

Peasholm Park

Fancy a change? Sideline the attractions of the beach and visit Scarborough's oriental-themed park instead. Head for the island at the heart of the park and set sail on a swan-shaped boat or, if you've got the pedal power, there are dragon-headed pedaloes for hire.

Info: yorkshire.com

Go by train: Scarborough

Necropolis

Truly a park with a difference. Situated in the shadow of Glasgow Cathedral in the city centre, the Necropolis is a fine example of a Victorian garden cemetery. Take a fascinating walk through the park and take note of the famous Glaswegians who are buried there.

Info: glasgow.gov.uk

Go by train: Glasgow

Sefton Park

This traditional 200-acre park in the south of Liverpool boasts a boating lake and the Palm House (above), a Victorian glasshouse packed with tropical plants from around the world. There are also tea dances and lunchtime concerts during the summertime.

Info: visitliverpool.com

Go by train: Liverpool

Avenham Park

Imagine yourself as the hero or heroine of a costume drama as you amble under the Victorian railway arches connecting Avenham and Miller Parks. Miller Park is formal and packed with flowers, while Avenham Park features a striking modern pavilion.

Info: preston.gov.uk

Go by train: Preston

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