The May Bank Holiday marks the start of summer, and for many people enjoying the sun, they’ll be getting itchy feet wanting to explore the best of the UK – maybe even packing the car with a tent and going camping, summer is a great time to explore the great outdoors and take advantage of the wonderful nature this country offers.
Today, most people head abroad for their holidays but with the weakened pound many people are choosing to holiday at home this year and explore this often unappreciated country.
This article aims to uncover some of the best destinations within England that offer an enriching experience suitable for all the family. Indeed, if you’re planning to travel around as a family, it might be worth looking at the new smart forfour which is an incredibly economical option for summer road trips.
Here’s three of our favourites…
York is one of the most beautiful cities in England, with old cobbled streets, ghost walks, proper fish and chips, and a plethora of gastronomic options to delight any foodie. It’s classy yet cosy, compact yet characterful, and is a wonderful place to have as a base for visiting the county of North Yorkshire. Near to York, you have the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors. There’s the rugged coastline and seaside town of Scarborough to explore and so much more in between.
Cornwall, located at the Southern tip of England is a mecca for family camping holidays along with surfers and artists. Of course, Newquay is known for the place where college kids take their first trip, leading to a somewhat chaotic vibe of drunk people filling up campsites and the streets at 2am… yet, when you get away from Newquay, even just a few miles, you have some of the most dramatic scenery in England, such as Bedruthan Steps.
Cornwall is relatively small, and within a couple of days, you can explore the whole county. One place to stop off at, for sure, is St Ives, that has a beautiful harbour and a number of art galleries including Tate St Ives.
Then, over in the quaint fishing port of Padstow, you can sample some of the world’s leading fish and chips from celebrity chef, Rick Stein and then burn off the calories by taking a surf lesson on the world-famous Fistral Beach.
Lancaster is just below the area known as the Lake District, and is one of those places people pass on the motorway, but few people take the time to explore this fascinating Heritage City. Lancaster is steeped in history and boasts one of the oldest (and most haunted) castles in England, which was a functioning prison until recently.
The Lake District has a reputation for being one of the wettest parts of England, hence the name, and whilst it does get a little wetter than most places, there’s something about going for a walk on a mystical mountain covered in fog, then cuddling up next to a log fire in a cosy pub tucking into a hearty steak and ale pie that’s insatiably rewarding.