The UK is one of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth, but with so many cultural and historical landmarks, how do you pack everything into a single holiday? Whether you’re a British native, or you’re visiting her shores for the very first time, there’s only one way to experience everything this beautiful island has to offer: a good old-fashioned road trip. To help you plan your epic journey, here are just a few spots you can’t afford to miss.
North West of England
Our first stop on the map takes us to the North West of England; and the possibilities here are endless. There are the stunning vistas of the Peak District and the breathless majesty of Lake Windermere, and the vibrant hubs of Liverpool and Manchester, with their rich mercantile past, industrial cityscapes and pulsating nightlife. And, if you’re travelling this Easter, you’ll be just a stone’s throw from the famous racecourse at Aintree, hosting the Grand National from the 12th to 14th of April. There’s pageantry, festivity, and, if you’re feeling lucky, you can always try your hand at some Grand National betting.
From Liverpool, it’s just a two hour drive to the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. With breath-taking views and historic landmarks, this is a must-see on your UK tour. Between April and August there are a myriad of pursuits on offer, from hiking and potholing in Great Orme, to windsurfing and sailing on the Menai Strait. And, of course, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can climb the iconic peak itself.
Scotland’s beating heart, the historic city of Edinburgh is a sight not to be missed. With its ancient highways and byways, monuments and museums, a labyrinth of hidden streets beneath your feet and a skyline dominated by its soaring medieval castle, this is definitely one for the culture vultures. And, if you’re planning your trip in August, you’re in luck; the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, will be in full swing, with comedians, entertainers and street performers descending from all over the globe.
Dubbed the ‘city of dreaming spires’, from its medieval heart to its sweeping architecture, this is truly the jewel in Britain’s crown. You can drink in the culture on one of the many tours of the city, exploring Oxford’s famous university, its castle and its museums. And, if it’s entertainment you’re after, there are a plethora of historical and cultural events running throughout the spring and summer months.
No UK road trip would be complete without a stop-off at the nation’s capital, and just a quick drive down the M40 (or a punt down the Thames) will see you in the UK’s economic and cultural heart. For sightseeing there’s no place better, with Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace; and, if you hop on the London Eye, you’ll see them all without taking a single step.
Get your motor running
So there you have it; just a few unforgettable destinations to help you plan your ultimate UK road trip. So what are you waiting for? Get your bags packed, fill up your tank, and hit the road.