You don’t have to go abroad to have an amazing Easter holiday – Britain is jam-packed with beautiful and unique places that are perfect for a memorable family trip. Did you know that hiring a car can save you lots of money in travel costs? The price per passenger is a lot less than train or coach fare, as well as giving you and your family more independence? So where are the best places to visit in the UK?
10 – Bournemouth
Bournemouth was the holiday destination for the Victorians, and now it’s seeing a bit of a revival, as holidaymakers flock to enjoy the beautiful beaches and town, which is being renovated. The Victorian park still wins awards today, and you can enjoy an air balloon ride with views over Hampshire. There are plenty of markets in the nearby villages, and shows from the West End usually make stops in Bournemouth, so there’s room for a bit of culture, too.
9 – Beautiful Devon
Devon and Torquay were the lands of smugglers and highwaymen, and the landscape has the air of adventure about it. Holidays in Devon can be packed with horse riding, cycling and water sports, so you’ll find something to suit every member of the family. Devon is also famous for its scones – what more do you need?
8 – Stay in unique accommodation
Cheddleton, in Staffordshire, is the home of a Victorian water tower which has been converted for accommodation. The tower sleeps up to eleven people, so it’s perfect for two families holidaying together. From here you can explore the Staffordshire Moorlands, and divided between eleven, makes for a cheap holiday.
7 – Hang out with the Vikings
You don’t have to go to Scandinavia to experience Viking history. The Jorvik Centre in York has lots of information and artefacts, and the nearby Lindisfarne Island, where the Vikings first landed when they came to the UK, has a wealth of Viking treasure. Viking sightseeing is fantastic for a fun and educational family holiday.
6 – Follow the Bluebells
Bluebell woods are a beautiful feature of the British countryside, and you can have a tranquil enjoyable holiday visiting various locations where Bluebells can be seen at their best. Many a poet, including Keats and Tennyson, have been inspired by bluebells – who knows, maybe you’ll write a sonnet? The Woodland Trust is really good at providing information about where to find and see bluebells, which are at their best from March until May.
5 – London
When we think of holidays in England, we generally picture the countryside. Idyllic days spent lounging around surrounded by fields, but a city break is also a really exciting and fun way to spend time off with your family. London has it all gorgeous parks and amazing landmarks. Why not catch a show in the West End, and have lunch at a top restaurant – set lunch menus are never as expensive as you think.
4 – Lewis and Harris
Lewis and Harris are islands just off the Scottish coast, and a more beautiful setting you will not find anywhere else. The beaches look as though they could be anywhere – the tropics, the Caribbean, you name it. The islands have been inhabited since the caveman days, and there are megalithic monuments and sites all over the place. Lewis and Harris are just two islands in the Western Isles complex, so you could make it a long holiday and tour around all of them.
3 – North Wales
North Wales is famous for its stunning coastline, and one of the most popular holiday destinations in North Wales is Conwy. The amazing castle and gorgeous harbour will make sure that you have plenty to see and do – the Isle of Anglesey is accessible by bridge, so it’s a great place to hire a car or bikes. Conwy is very family friendly, and you’ll definitely want to go back.
2 – The open road
Caravanning has an image that it doesn’t deserve – that it’s boring. It’s not. You can hire a motorhome from many places around the UK, and then you are free to explore all of the campsites in the British countryside. If you don’t fancy a caravan, then you can hire a car and pack your tent. Organisations like Visit England provide excellent information about campsites and exciting destinations.
1 – Derbyshire Peaks
The Peak District has dramatic and impressive scenery, as well as miles of traffic-free cycling tracks which are perfect for a cycle touring holiday. Professional touring company Saddle Skedaddle operate trails suitable for all levels in the Peak District, and as the tours often include accommodation, they are perfect for families.