Have you always wanted to explore Britain’s best-kept secrets but never found the time? Retirement is an opportunity to spread your wings and see the things you’ve always dreamed of – if you have the funds to do so.
Equity release allows homeowners, over the age of 55, to unlock some the value of their home and spend the money on the things that matter to them, such as travelling.
If you were to unlock the wealth in your property, where would you visit first? Continue reading for holiday inspiration that is a little closer to home.
Although famous for its university, Oxford is as interesting for tourists as it is for scholars.
These 38 different colleges not only define the educational standards for the city, but also its skyline – so spend your time admiring this beautiful architecture. Christ Church is one of the most popular and sprawling of these colleges, home to tranquil parkland, Old Master paintings and a magnificent 16th-century grand hall.
For a quintessential Oxford experience though, hire out a traditional punting boat from the Cherwell Boathouse and traverse the waterways of this prestigious city. It is a peaceful way to cruise down the River Cherwell and see the sights from a different perspective.
Then, if you feel like a change of scenery, an hour’s drive will take you into the heart of The Cotswolds. From there, you can explore the quaint riverside village of Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds, with its age-old pubs, cosy tea rooms and traditional stone cottages.
Another historic city on our list, Chester’s origins can be traced back to the first century, when Roman invaders set up camp there.
Delving into ancient history is part of the city’s charm. You can wander along the well-preserved Chester City Walls, stopping to examine legionnaire helmets in the Grosvenor Museum, then finish up at the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre.
Once you have had your fill of antiquities, you can turn your attention to the city’s unique shopping scene - more specifically, the Chester Rows. These original Tudor walkways house independent shops, high street brands and curious cafés.
The city centre itself is also relatively contained, so you are only ever a short walk from the next attraction on your itinerary.
While a bustling capital city might seem more appropriate for younger travellers, the treasures of Edinburgh are too tempting to pass up.
And there is no better place to start than with the Medieval fortress overlooking the city – Edinburgh Castle. Gaze out at the panoramic views of the Scottish capital from the ramparts, explore St. Margaret’s Chapel (Edinburgh’s oldest building) and admire the 16th-century suits of armour in the Great Hall.
Back on street level, you can find plenty of pubs for a well-deserved glass of authentic Scottish whisky. For instance, the Bow Bar, located at the foot of the castle, stocks over 280 whiskies to sample – which should fill an afternoon or two.
Whether you are exploring the narrow alleys of Old Town or treating yourself to some retail therapy in New Town, getting around Edinburgh is a joy. You just need to hop on a quick tram, train or bus to reach the next amazing sight.
Edinburgh is also great as a base to explore the wider wonders of the Scottish Highlands. You can make further use of your equity release funds to book coach tours and discover the likes of Stirling Castle, St Andrews and Loch Ness.
If the remote beauty of the Scottish Highlands sounds like your type of holiday, then the Lake District is perfect for you.
While the more arduous hikes up Scafell Pike might be better left to younger legs, this national park is a spectacular corner of England. From the tranquillity of Wastwater’s deep waters to the ancient stone circles of Duddon Valley, the Lake District is a melting pot of picturesque picnic spots and panoramic views.
We are not the only ones to think so either. Famed children’s author Beatrix Potter loved her life in the Lakes, taking inspiration from the area to create some of her best work, including Peter Rabbit. You can visit her house at Hill Top and see how these characters came into being.
From one nostalgia trip to another, Llandudno is sure to transport you back to those cherished family seaside days.
No visit to this Victorian town would be complete without walking along the 19th-century pier; the longest of its kind in Wales. Feel the Irish Sea breeze on your face as you listen to the sounds of the Deck Arcade. Then, you can finish your trip with a visit to Judy’s Traditional Sweet Shop for a customary stick of rock.
To get a bird’s eye view of the town, head over to the Great Orme Tramway – the only cable-hauled tramway left in Britain. Opened in 1902, this charming tramcar will take you up to Great Orme’s summit, through beautiful countryside and rolling landscapes of Snowdonia. At the end of your journey, you will be treated to spectacular views over Llandudno.
Releasing equity from your home could turn your wanderlust into a reality. Find out more by contacting the Equity Release Supermarket team on 0800 802 1051, or email [email protected] .