By mid-August the kids’ holidays are in full swing and many parents’ plans for the summer have begun to run out and they start to scamper around for things to occupy them until school starts again in September. One way to bring everyone together and wile away the last few weeks is to book up a holiday and enjoy the time as a family.
However, taking your brood on holiday can be a stressful thing to organise with a lot of preparation to do if you want the trip to go without a hitch. This magnifies when travelling abroad as not knowing your surroundings can make everything that little bit more difficult. To save on flights, excess baggage costs and the language barrier how about escaping on a road trip in the UK with the luxury of going door-to-door in your own car?
Nothing says family holiday more than a British road trip and here are some of the hidden gems in the UK to visit by car:
South and East of England
- Norfolk – East Anglia provides a multitude of options for a family trip with Great Yarmouth providing the seaside resort with beaches and amusements to keep the kids entertained. If you want more adventurous activities then Cromer provides beautiful rural beaches with the option of crabbing or you can cruise along to Thetford Forest, which is stunningly picturesque offering plenty of activates and walks; including Center Parcs for the sport loving family
- Kent – If you are based in the South and don’t want too long a drive then Kent can provide an ideal location for a family break. Take your pick of famous towns from Charles Dickens’ favourite tourist spot, Broadstairs, which boasts several beautiful coves and beaches to explore. Close by Margate offers the cultural exploration and every little boy’s favourite: the Hornby visitor centre. Then for the parents there is the foodie capital of Kent, Ramsgate, with numerous waterside cafes and eateries to enjoy
- Sussex – Over four million tourists flock to this part of the country every year and it has everything a family break needs. Visit Drusillas Park in Alfriston; voted the best small zoo in Europe for the kids and endless art galleries and theatres for the adults or instead you can just explore Eastbourne’s beautiful beaches, harbour and countryside
North of England and Scotland
- Edinburgh – Scotland’s famous city is a fabulous mix of old and new with so much history and culture to discover you’ll never find a day lacking with excitement. From Edinburgh Castle to the Zoo there is so much to do; there are also festivals all year round for kids and adults alike
- Highlands – Scenery on a drive does not come much better than the Scottish highlands with awe-inspiring views on a sunny day that will take your breath away. Arrange your road trip around the Highland Games as well and discover quaint Scottish towns coming alive for this timeless tradition of fun and frivolity
- Lake District – The iconic Lake District offers everything that a family holiday needs; from adventures on Tree Top treks, rowing trips, biking and rambling tours there is a new way to explore these picturesque setting each and every day. Plus, with so many options even a downpour of a British summer will not spoil your fun
South-West of England and Wales
- West Wales – If you want dramatic coastline and activities the West Welsh coast has to be on your shortlist. Stunning beaches that you would never know existed around Rhossili, Barfundle and Tenby are perfect for swimming, rock-pooling and surfing. Even a touch of Dolphin-spotting can happen on the hottest of days
- Cornwall – British resorts don’t come any more iconic than Cornwall. It instantly conjures up images of packing up a VW Campervan with surf boards on the roof rack. But there are more than just beautiful beaches, surfing and Cornish Pasties to this picturesque part of the country. North Cornwall serves up areas like Bodmin Moor and Tarmar Valley with luscious moorland, hidden hamlets and wooded waterfalls to discover. For the history-loving kids there is also Tintagel Castle believed to be the birth place of King Arthur
That’s our short guide to some of the best places to visit on a family road trip, but where in the British Isles keeps you and your family driving back to year after year?
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Content by Sophie Carvana.