Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland Named as The Nation’s Most Popular Picnic Spot

New research, conducted by Leisure Range Cookers, has revealed the nation’s top locations for the perfect picnic.

The UK is filled with beautiful countryside, coastal seaside and everything in between, meaning it’s a hotbed for perfect picnic spots. Leisure Range Cookers reviewed National Trust locations around the UK to reveal where has the most picnic spots, as well as analysing TripAdvisor reviews and average ratings for each spot to discover which were most endorsed.

Based on the findings, the number one picnic spot in the UK is Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 40,000 basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago make for a stunning and unusual picnic spot, and with an average TripAdvisor rating of 4.5 and an overall score of 95, it’s clear to see that this unique location is a national favourite.

Next on the highest rated picnic spots list is Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, the largest monastic ruins in the UK and home to an 18th century water garden. It’s easy to see why this spot in North Yorkshire is the perfect place for a picnic with an average TripAdvisor rating of 5 and an overall score of 67.

According to the research, the top 10 UK picnic spots were:

1 Giant’s Causeway
2 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
3 Carrick-a-Rede
4 Cragside
5 Bodnant Garden
6 Lanhydrock
7 Glastonbury Tor
8 Hardwick
9 Stourhead
10 Calke Abbey

When it comes to regional level, the South East of England takes the crown as the best place in the UK to head out for a picnic with 48 National Trust picnic spots. Some of the top locations in this region are Chartlwell in Kent, Bodiam Castle in East Sussex and St Catherine’s Down on the Isle of Wight. When focusing at county/sub-region, Devon tops the list with 11 National Trust picnic spots.

Vijay Bhardwaj, Marketing Director at Leisure Range Cookers, comments:

“When full Coronavirus restrictions were placed, it meant that socialising was off the menu in the UK, but as restrictions are eased and we’re able to have small gatherings outside, a picnic is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. You must ensure you’re staying to the UK Government’s advice of social distancing and keeping two meters apart”.

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