Great UK Road Trips for Families

Posted on Dec 22 2013 - 10:42am by Charlie

East Antrim Country Road - HDR

There’s no better way of seeing the UK than by car. Travelling by train or relying on any other form of public transport is fine for getting somewhere but it leaves you with no means of transport when you’re at your destination. If the idea of taking your clan on a road trip across England brings you out in hives and the thought of having to answer the constant “Are we there yet?” question is already worrying you, you’ll probably want to keep your road trip to a short distance from your home.


There isn’t much chance to drive around London, but there are lots of great tourist spots for families. The capital is a place where public transport works really well for seeing the sights like the London Eye or Madame Tussauds. If you’re kids are Harry Potter fans, you could take a walk around the muggle world of London on a guided tour that takes you to the locations used in the 7 movies. If you’re going to the capital, you should check out before you travel as there are always plenty of ideas on London’s official visitors guide website.

Coastal tours

If you’re kids are grownup enough you might be a bit more ambitious with your road trip and plan a coastal tour. It’s worth remembering that a coastal tour means a lot of time spent in the car, so if you’ve got a small city car or any other car with very little interior space, you could consider hiring a bigger vehicle like an MPV or SUV from a car hire firm like Avis, National Car Hire or Hertz.

Northern Cornwall

Why pick one particular spot when you’re on a road trip? When you’re on a road trip you can take in more than one location as long as their close together and you plan your journey well. Northern Cornwall is a beautiful place that’s home to dozens of great beaches so it’s hard to recommend just a few for your trip. Port Gaverne is a small cove near Port Isaac that’s often described as “quaint” but it’s a bit more than that. This is a place where you and your family can see seals and dolphins on some occasions, and a wonderful area for a spot of relaxed fishing. Polzeath should be part of your trip because there are lots of great cafes and top notch facilities for families. Daymer is a great place for a swim and there are plenty of beaches near Padstow.

Final word

You might not live within reach of Cornwall and the busy streets of London may be too much for your family so you may want to check out for a few other ideas of great places to take in during your road trip.

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