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Locations for a UK driving holiday

Locations for a UK driving holiday

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We’ve put together a guide to some of the best places for a staycation

After a couple of years facing travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been itching to head abroad.

However, with cases of demand for seats outstripping supply and airlines facing staffing issues, holidaying in the UK might be a less stressful bet. If you typically head abroad for guaranteed summer sun you’ve been missing out, because the UK has so much to offer, from beautiful sandy beaches, glorious rolling hills and cities packed full of fascinating history.

Here we’ve put together a guide to some of the best places for a staycation, with options for those who want a city break, a beach holiday, or a family getaway.


City breaks

Edinburgh

With an emphasis on road tripping on these holidays, we’ve tried to pick city breaks that are just as famous for the epic drives nearby as what’s on offer within the urban sprawl. Edinburgh is a fantastic example of this, with rolling hills and large forests nearby, while in the city there’s beautiful architecture, art and culture everywhere you turn, and well-documented history throughout.

Belfast

While it can be difficult to get to the capital of Northern Ireland if you’re not already on the island itself, you can take your car across on the ferry or fly over and hire once you’re there. Belfast has a growing reputation as a city break destination thanks to a wave of indie restaurants and shops giving a taste of local culture, as well as stunning views of its surroundings.

Manchester

Manchester is the go-to place for foodies in the UK. There’s a fantastic selection of restaurants whether you’re looking for fine dining or a casual snack. Furthermore, its close proximity to both the Peak District and north Wales means there’s stunning scenery if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle.


Beach holidays

West Wittering Beach, Sussex

If your idea of a day at the beach has to involve sand, give West Witterings on the south coast a go. It’s ideal if you want a chill day in the sun or enjoy watersports. Chichester is a 20-minute drive away if you want to take in some history, while there are countless picturesque towns and villages to enjoy nearby once the sun goes in.

Blackpool Sands, Devon

Despite the name, Blackpool Sands is actually down on the Devon coast. The pine tree-lined drive there is beautiful, and it has won awards for its cleanliness. It’s privately owned and maintains high standards – no dogs are allowed between March and October – with the stone beach resulting in incredibly clear water.


Family getaways

Norfolk

There are few places in the UK that feel quite as unspoiled and remote as the north Norfolk coast. There are lovely beaches with big skies and plenty of villages dotted around to enjoy getting away from city life. It’s the perfect place to go camping for families that enjoy the great outdoors

Isle of Wight

This pretty island off the coast of Portsmouth is a great place for all of the family. In the summer the weather is great, with a good mix of wide open scenery for walkers and cyclists, and activities to keep the kids entertained. Driving the island’s perimeter road and stopping when something catches your eye is a great way to spend a day, too. Just be careful travelling out of season, as many key sights close once the crowds disperse.

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