For many of us currently losing the will during the quarantine period, one of the things that is keeping us going is the idea of planning a trip for when we get out. Summer is only just around the corner, and with any luck some of the restrictions will have been lifted by then, giving us the chance to hopefully enjoy some sunshine, ice cream and pleasures that a getaway offers.
We cancelled our Summer holiday to Cyprus last week due to worries about losing all of our money if we were to pay in full, so now I am very much thinking of the UK, and places that could be visited by car, either as a day trip or a road trip.
Sandown Mercedes tasked me with thinking about my top five destinations for a family day trip in the UK, and it has to be said it is difficult to keep it to just five, but here is my guide to enjoying some of the beauty the UK has to offer.
The Lake District
The Lakes are absolutely one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. The combination of the little Lake towns and the stunning scenery make them a place that can be enjoyed by both adults and children. Add in the association with Beatrix Potter and you have a place that is filled with fun and beauty that all can enjoy. My favourite town is Bowness-on-Windermere where you can take a number of boat trips around the lakes on a sunny day, or just enjoy some amazing ice cream as you admire the scenery.
Scotland’s capital is a truly majestic city, one of peerless architecture, including the castle and Holyroodhouse, the seat of Scottish royalty. You can enjoy a city tour on the hop-on/hop-off bus, or, if you are feeling athletic and energetic, you could take a trek up Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano that looks across the city and gives the best views.
An amazing tour to take is that of the Former Royal Yacht Britannia, which is now situated at the Ocean Drive Ocean Terminal in the city, and is a fantastic experience for anyone with an interest in the Royal Family.
The City of Dreaming Spires offers a lot for those who love vibrant cities and art lovers. Oxford is worth a visit for the Ashmolean Museum alone, where your family can enjoy meeting the Egyptian mummies either through an organised tour or at your own leisyure.
You can take a trip to the world famous Bodleian library, or enjoy a leisurely riverboat tour of on the Thames, and don’t forget, Oxford is a dream destination for fans of Harry Potter fans, with a myriad of tours of destinations within the city that have been used as Hogwarts.
York is another city that offers lots of experiences that a family can enjoy. From the magnificence of York minister, to the gory go there if you dare York Dungeon, York takes its history and packages it in a number of ways to appeal to all.
For those who are interested in the Vikings, there is the brilliant Jorvik centre, whilst shopping lovers can enjoy a ramble in The Shambles, a treasure trove of small and independent shops in a beautiful setting. Take a walk to the city walls, or enjoy York Maze, which has lots of activities for warm Summer days. There are a lot of short breaks near York with hot tub included, so you can make the most of any gorgeous Summer weather.
My favourite city of them all. Bath is wondrous, a beautiful city that boasts the incredible, still working Roman Baths, the Regency elegance of John Nash’s Royal Crescent and glorious afternoon teas at the Pump Room. You can get your best views of the city from Bath Abbey, where you can do the Tower Tour to enjoy the panoramic views (212 steps, so not for the faint hearted), but my own personal favourite place in Bath, my must visit since I was a little girl, is the brilliant Fashion Museum, which has both a permanent collection and brilliant featured exhibitions including their dress of the year.
Where would you like to visit once the quarantine is over.