"Sideline the attractions of the beach and visit Scarborough's oriental-themed park instead."
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?
Go by train: Darlington
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.
Go by train: Scarborough
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.
Go by train: Glasgow
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.
Go by train: Liverpool
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.
Go by train: Preston