Fancy an adventure? Plan an epic road trip this summer. From national parks, days packed full of activities, cities to explore and beaches to take your breath away, they are the best way to make memories. There are so many awesome places to visit in the UK that it can be hard to single one out, but we’ve put together a list of the best locations that are well worth the road trip.
Before you set off on your road trip, there a few things you should do beforehand to make sure you are taking all the safety precautions you need. Use our checklist below to ensure that you and your family are prepared for your adventure:
- Make sure you have your car insurance – whether that be telematics insurance to help improve your driving and potentially get you a better deal or your usual insurance – and road tax sorted.
- Check your oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen wash levels to help you avoid an accident or unnecessary breakdown.
- Check your air pressure in each of the tyres and get them pumped up if they look low.
- Check your air filters are clean to improve engine performance and efficiency.
- Wash your car so you have the best visibility out of your windows.
- Check all your lights and signals are functioning on your car.
- Ensure you have all your emergency equipment in your care such as tools, spare tyre, flares and medical kits.
All that sorted? Here are the locations to drive to on that epic trip:
One of the most iconic coastal places in the whole of the south: Brighton is a beautiful and vibrant city to explore and is somewhere that takes me back to my childhood memories. Plan a visit to Brighton Pier which features shops, an amusement park, casino and restaurants as well as a beach to kick back on when you’ve had enough of walking. An hour from Central London, Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations, full of quaint little back streets and bars to enjoy. So sit back on a colourful deckchair and enjoy a ‘99’ in the sunshine once you get there.
With rolling hills, this picturesque location is well known for its natural beauty and history and I have been dying to visit here for so long it is untrue. Whilst here, take a walk on the wild side at the Cotswold Wildlife Park – home to an abundance of different animals, most of which are endangered. You could also visit the Cheltenham Racecourse for a classic day at races, walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare at his birthplace or visit Snowshill Manor a 16th-century house full of history. It’s really hard not to fall in love with the Cotswolds – its winding roads make for such a lovely drive and it’s a great spot if you and your family are history buffs.
The capital of Scotland has so many different reasons for you to visit. With 12 annual festivals held throughout the year including the International Film Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the International Book Festival and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, it’s a fun destination all year round. Feel like royalty and board the Britannia, the former ship of the Queen, or put your hiking shoes on and climb the Calton hill where you can see amazing views over Edinburgh and its surroundings. Take a moment to breathe in the fresh air and discover it all.
The Lake District
This is one of the most stunning areas to see in all of Britain – located in the Northwest corner of England, the Lake District features beautiful lakes, rolling hills to climb and a breathtaking atmosphere that will leave you feeling inspired. With a series of driving routes between the main lakes and the surrounding towns and villages, it is one of the best visitor attractions with routes designed to provide great fun for everyone – whether you’re a hiker or not.
Now you have all the ingredients for your road trip, sit back, relax and enjoy the drive.