Blog: Top 5 things to do after visiting CarShop

Blog: Top 5 things to do after visiting CarShop

With summer holidays being the season of road trips, it couldn’t be a better time to take your new car on an adventure right after picking it up!

Check out the top 5 things to do around each of our showrooms:


Cardiff store

Penarth Rd, Cardiff CF11 8TT

1.    Cardiff castle

This is just a 9-minute drive away from our Cardiff store (or 1.9 miles) where you can enjoy a house tour or explore the secret tunnels within.

2.    Cardiff Bay

This is a mere 13-minute drive away (or 4.8 miles) and is a great waterfront development with bakeries, restaurants, water taxis and museums.

3.    Bute park

A 12-minute drive away (2.3 miles) the “green heart of the city” has loads of self-led trails, arboretum collections and “Champion trees.”

4.    National museum Cardiff

A 15-minute trip behind the wheel (2.5 miles), the National Museum Cardiff has everything from dinosaurs to art and a little geology too.

5.    Wales millennium centre

If you’ve got a little time spare, why not take in a show at the Wales Millennium Centre?  It’s only a 9-minute drive away from the store and is right near the waterfront too.

Northampton store

Ravens Way, Northampton, NN3 9UD

1.    Stanwick Lakes

An 18-minute (13.1 mile) journey from CarShop Northampton, Stanwick lakes is a gorgeous nature reserve with amazing views, a cycling route and beautiful walks.

2.    Castle Ashby Gardens and Tea Rooms

A 13-minute (5.8 mile) drive away from the store, this gorgeous piece of British history offers cream teas, gorgeous gardens to walk around and a sneak peek into the Lord’s life.

3.    78 Derngate

You can enjoy an afternoon tea at the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house with scones and cakes after just a 9-minute (4.6 mile) drive.

4.    Wicksteed Park

The UK’s oldest theme park is just a 25-minute (15 mile) drive away from CarShop Northampton. A great day out for the kids with loads of rides and plenty of space to run around!

5.    Salcey Forest

Get back to nature and walk through the trees at Salcey Forest which is just a 16 minute (9 mile) drive from CarShop Northampton.

Norwich store

73 Whiffler Road, Norwich, NR3 2AW

1.    Norwich Castle

A 15-minute drive (2.9 mile) away from the showroom, you can take a tour of Norwich Castle and get in touch with the local history.

2.    Norwich Cathedral

If you want to see an amazing bit of architecture, then check out the Norwich Cathedral which is just a 14-minute (2.8 mile) drive away from the store.

3.    The Broads National Park

Take in the local natural beauty in Norwich at The Broads National Park which is just a 27-min or 9.1-mile drive away from the showroom.

4.    Elm Hill

The most famous street in Norwich is just a 14-min (2.7 mile) drive away from the store where you can experience everything medieval and browse funky speciality shops and cafes.

5.    Bewilderwood

The perfect day out for wild families. Bewilderwood is kitted out with loads of adventurous activities and is just a 11 mile (30-min) drive away.


Doncaster store

Trax Park, Decoy Bank South, Doncaster, DN5 5PD

1.    Yorkshire wildlife park

Get back in touch with nature and see some gorgeous animals at the Yorkshire Wildlife park which is just 10 minutes (5.7 miles) away from the showroom.

2.    Ashworth Barracks

Take a trip into the past in this small military museum. It’s educational for the kids and is just a 9-minute (3 mile) drive away from the store.

3.    The Vulcan experience

You can pre-book the Vulcan Experience and get up close and personal with an iconic military plane - even getting into the cockpit - and it’s just a 17-minute (7.4 mile) drive away from the store.

4.    Conisbrough Castle

Explore an iconic part of British history at the Conisbrough castle and experience everything medieval with just a 15-minute drive.

5.    Potteric Carr Nature reserve

Go for a walk in the wilderness and get a little closer to nature at the Potteric Carr Nature reserve which couldn’t be closer as it is just a 4 minute (1.6 mile) drive away from the store.


Swindon store

Penny Lane, Swindon, SN3 3BW

1.    Lydiard park

Whether you want to explore the gardens or the house, Lydiard Park has plenty to look at and is just an 18-minute (5.9 mile) drive from the showroom.

2.    Wyvern Theatre

If you’ve got a bit of spare time on your hands, why not take in a show at the Wyvern Theatre? Check out what’s on online and book yourself a ticket after visiting our showroom, plus it’s just 1.3 miles (a 6-minute drive) away.

3.    Swindon Designer Outlet

Up for spending a few more pounds? Shop until you drop at Swindon’s Designer Outlet which is just a 9-minute (2.9 mile) drive away from the showroom.

4.    ATBShop Skate Warehouse

Get your skates on and check out this indoor skate park. Great fun for both the kids and the adults, and it’s just an 8-minute (2.1 mile) drive away from the store.

5.    Jungle Parc

Climb through the trees and enjoy a fun-filled obstacle course at Jungle Parc Swindon. A great few hours for the family, and it’s just a 16-minute (6.5 mile) drive from the CarShop showroom.



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  • On: 19 July 2018
  • By: CarShop

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