Struggling to come up with ideas to keep the kids occupied during the summer holiday? Or perhaps you and your partner have a long weekend waiting to be filled with your latest adventure? There are some fantastic places and attractions to visit in the UK, which make a last-minute road trip very appealing indeed.
So, prepare some sandwiches and pack for all weathers (this is the UK after all!), here are We Want Any Car’s top 5 UK destinations you can reach by car;
1. Edinburgh, Scotland.
The most famous and popular attraction in this bustling city is Edinburgh Castle. Make sure you’re in the grounds at 1pm to experience the shooting of the one o’clock gun. This tradition happens each day (except Sunday) and dates back to 1861! While there, explore the ancient dungeons and the former home to many royals including Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Margaret. With 360-degree views of the city from its rooftop garden, the Nation Museum of Scotland is also a must-see and a great way to learn about the history and culture of Edinburgh, plus its free entry!
Mention Bristol to friends and you’re sure to receive a wave of recommendations. There’s a lot happening in this city and Summer is a great time to visit. No matter which dates you pick you’re sure to stay during a festival. And we’re not just talking music festivals here. There is a festival for everything and everyone, from hot air balloons to underground bass music and Game of Thrones Fest to a Yoga and Vegan day. Alternatively, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Bristol Aquarium are always firm family-friendly favourites if boredom has set in with the kids.
3. Snowdonia National Park, Wales.
Snowdonia is full of impressive trails, breath-taking mountains and beautiful coastal beaches. It’s the real mix of landscapes here which make it a popular destination. There are 6 different routes to the top of Snowdon and at 1,085 metres or 3,560 feet, it’s not for the faint-hearted! If you’re not a big hiker and don’t fancy the climb but still want to enjoy the spectacular views that the summit has to offer, why not take the Snowdon Mountain train instead? If altitude isn’t your thing, choose from one of 35 beaches and 200 miles of coast. One of our favourites is Barmouth, it’s a truly British seaside resort boasting a Blue Flag beach.
4. Alnwick, Northumberland.
Those that know of Northumberland, know of its never-ending possibilities and Alnwick is a firm favourite for all ages. The cobbled streets of this quaint town are lined with interesting shops, including the UK’s largest second-hand bookshop – Barter Books. Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, Alnwick castle is a must-see. The castle was the location for the Hogwarts school and has been home to the Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. Within the castle grounds, you will find the wonderful Alnwick Garden, home to one of the world’s largest tree houses and a cosy café serving delicious afternoon tea.
Love the hustle and bustle or hate it, London has an amazing amount of attractions to keep you and your family busy during the summer. No trip to the capital city is complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. Kids love the grandeur of the building and the possibility of catching a glimpse of the Queen. Afterwards, why not head to the Natural History Museum? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, there are currently two space-themed exhibitions to keep children entertained. And the best part? They’re both free!