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Tripadvisor’s Best-rated Dad-Friendly Experiences for Father’s Day

Lizz Banks
Authored by Lizz Banks
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 14:59

Father’s Day is fast approaching and if you’re looking for something to treat your dad to that isn’t socks or slippers, Tripadvisor has just the thing – an experience.

Tripadvisor Experiences make great unique gifts that create lasting memories, reduce the potential for giving unwanted items for the sake of it and are excellent last-minute gifts for who need to purchase something pronto – it can even be done on the Tripadvisor app on your way to your dad’s on Father’s Day itself! And what’s more, with an experience gift, you get to share the fun with him too.

The big day is on 19th June so there’s still plenty of time to find the right one for the #1 dad in your life. Here’s a selection of some of the UK’s best-rated, according to Tripadvisor reviewers, for inspiration:

St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours - St Andrews

St Andrews is famed across the globe as the ‘Home of Golf’ but the town has more to offer than just the Links. On this experience, led by local author and historian Richard Falconer, you’ll discover St Andrews’ history as well as lesser-known aspects of the beautiful game. Visit the Links, the Golf Inn, the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral – the last resting place of over 100 noted golfers – and discover the castle’s gory history and Scotland’s oldest university too.

Price from £16 per person 

Craft Beer Tour around Manchester - Manchester

Discover Manchester’s best breweries on an afternoon pub crawl designed for beer lovers. A guide takes the guesswork out of choosing where to drink, so you're sure to have nothing but great beer at four hand-picked watering holes. 

Price from £35 per person (price includes all drinks on the tour)

Fly a Real Jet Simulator Around the World at Coventry Airport - Coventry

Has your dad always dreamed of flying a real plane? Enjoy the thrill of take-off and learn the art of landing a plane with this 1.5-hour jet simulator experience at Coventry Airport. After receiving expert instruction on how to fly the plane, hop aboard a Boeing 737, 747 or Airbus A320 for a 1-hour simulated flight, accompanied by a professional airline pilot instructor.

Price from £175 per person 

Canoe Aqueduct tours Llangollen - Froncysyllte, Wales

See the scenery around Llangollen by canoe, and paddle across the impressive Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to discover a local lake. Perfect if you’re looking for a more thrilling way to explore north Wales, this half-day canoe tour is packed with games and challenges to help you improve your paddling skills as you go. 

Price from £55 per person

3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Eat your way through the streets of Edinburgh. Your guide will lead you on an epicurean journey that includes Scottish cheeses, scones, and more. Of course, no culinary tour in Scotland is complete without a taste of Haggis and Lowland Single Malt Whisky. Along the way, learn about the city's famous landmarks as you pass by, including Arthur's Seat and Edinburgh Castle.

Price from £74 per person

Manchester iFLY Indoor Skydiving Experience - Manchester

Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without ever having to actually jump out of a plane! On this indoor skydiving session in Manchester you’ll get two flights in a vertical wind tunnel where you'll experience free-fall conditions with the help of an instructor. 

Price from £68 per person

High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London - London

If your dad is a dare devil this high-speed RIB cruise on the Thames River could be just the gift for him. In a rigid inflatable boat, soar past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, and Shakespeare’s Globe while listening to a high-octane soundtrack. Once you reach Tower Bridge, your skipper accelerates to speeds of 35 miles-per-hour (55 km-per-hour) and performs sharp turns guaranteed to increase adrenaline levels.

Price from £47 per person

White Water Rafting and Cliff Jumping in the Scottish Highlands - Scottish Highlands

Leap, splash, paddle and plunge through Scotland’s beautiful countryside on this 6-hour white-water rafting and cliff jumping adventure in the Scottish Highlands. Pull on your wetsuit, grab your paddle and hop into your raft to explore the wild twists and turns of the Findhorn River. 

Price from £102 per person

Private Sailing Experience on Lake Windermere - Lake District, England

This private sailing experience is an intimate alternative to busy and crowded group boat tours. Enjoy the luxury of having a skippered yacht all to yourself. Sail along Lake Windermere and choose to get involved and learn how to drive the boat, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way.

Price from £149 per person

90-minute introduction to Whisky in the Old Town of Edinburgh - Edinburgh

Learn about the long and important history of Scotland’s national drink on this 90 minute whisky tasting in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Tour a newly uncovered underground space in the heart of the historic capital, and taste four drams of whisky from different distilleries all from different whisky making regions. Hear about the drink’s proud place in national heritage, and how whisky is made as you explore the venue, deep under Edinburgh’s streets.

Price from £35 per person


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