3 fun-filled day trips from RAF Croughton

3 fun-filled day trips from RAF Croughton

by Stacy Roman
Stripes Europe

Moving around in the U.K. has started to get a little easier. Slowly, more spots are beginning to open back up and there are plenty of places less than a two-hour drive from where you’re based. Here are three fantastic spots not far from centrally located RAF Croughton.


Just a little over an hour north of Brackley, Birmingham is worth the drive. Home to the second-largest urban population in England, the city has a storied past as an important manufacturing and industrial hub from the 1800s onward. Even though pubs and shops are slow to reopen, there is still quite a lot to see. Take a stroll along one of the many canals winding their way through the heart of the city. Or check out the peace and serene green spaces of City Centre Gardens, Summerfield Park, Edgbaston Reservoir or the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


Situated on the banks of the River Severn about 90 minutes west of RAF Croughton, Gloucester is the perfect spot for exploring medieval history. Home to the Gloucester Cathedral, this stunning house of worship was erected in the 11th century. Interred within the cathedral is the final resting place of King Richard II. Not far from the cathedral is Blackfriars Medieval Priory. This well-preserved monastery was also built during the Middle Ages and is home to an exquisite courtyard and grounds. Be sure to stop at Gloucester Quays, which includes historic docks, cafes and shops along the river. During the holidays, it hosts a Victorian Christmas Market.


Approximately 95 minutes south of the base lies the port city of Southampton. Filled with a vast array of parks and nature reserves, Southampton Common near the city center is a great spot for families—plenty of playgrounds and trails to wander. Or take a walk along the waterfront at Mayflower Park and enjoy the beautiful views. Architecture buffs will want to check out the remnants of Tudor buildings and medieval fortresses. Bargate and Southampton Town Walls are two wonderfully preserved pieces of the former walled city. Also known as a popular cruise departure point, Southampton was also a stop on the itinerary of the ill-fated Titanic in 1912. An interactive display of the famed ship is located at SeaCity Museum.

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