Whether you’re visiting the UK from abroad, or you’re a citizen looking to get to know the nation a bit better, there are few more enjoyable options than planning a road trip. While you’ll have your hands full with renting accommodations and making sure you don’t forget to pack the essentials, it’s important that you take time to plan where you’ll visit. With thousands of potential sites to visit, that can be difficult. Here are five locations that you should do your best to include on any road trip through the UK.
You knew this one was coming – how could anyone plan their first road trip through the UK and not stop at Stonehenge? It’s an incredible sight, and one of the oldest in the world. While you’re in the area, make sure to stop by the nearby town of Salisbury to see what a medieval English town truly looks like.
While you might think twice about driving through the city itself, a visit to London is well worth your time. Yes, you’ll want to hit all the tourist spots, from Big Ben to the Tower of London and the London Eye. There are lesser known attractions here, too, such as the local food markets.
Quintessential England, the Cotswolds are home to sleepy villages, rolling moors and stunning natural sights. You’ll also find some challenging driving here, so if you’ve got a desire to put your driving skills to the test, you’ll find this location is able to deliver. Of course, you should take a few minutes out of your driving to step out of the car and tour some of these charming locations.
Head north past Yorkshire and into Scotland. You’ll see Hadrian’s Wall on your way, and then make a stop in Edinburgh. There’s a lot to see and do in the Scottish capital, from eating to ancient architecture to enjoying a sampling of fine scotch. Ideally, you’ll spend at least a day or two here, as the roads surrounding the city offer some excellent driving challenges, but the city itself does need to be explored.
Make time to get yourself out to Wales. Cardiff is the largest city in Wales, and it offers something for just about everyone. From dining and drinking to shopping to driving excursions, you’ll find it here. Note that Cardiff is also a good jumping off point to enjoy some of the more challenging road routes through the UK countryside and the Brecon Beacons, which can take several days to really explore.
These are just a few of the must-see locations you might consider adding to your UK road trip. There is something on offer for everyone, from the adrenaline junkie to the history lover to the foodie. The most important tip is this – get out there and explore. You’ll find experiences that broaden the mind and soothe the soul.