There’s no place like home… and in this case, I’ve got to agree! Britain is a stunner of an island that’s brought to the world the joys of crumpets, afternoon tea and the Spice Girls. Whats not to love! 😉
There are so many beautiful places to visit on your British road trip that it can be hard to single out which ones you absolute have to see. Here are the key places you have to include when exploring the breadth and depths of Britain.
Some are easy to get to, others a little more difficult but all make for the perfect place way to explore the uniqueness of our wonderful island!
London has to be included.. from its many delicious food markets, beautiful sights to it’s well kept secret spots, London has it all! Spend a few day exploring the many free things to do in the city to experience London for less.
This world-famous sight is a must see whilst driving west from London. Only 2 hours from the city centre, Stonehenge is a perfect place to learn about our long and rich history! Weekends can get very busy, so consider heading to Stonehenge early in the morning or an hour before closing.
Nestled in the South West of England, Bath is one of Britain’s most picturesque cities to visit. Take a day out of your road trip to explore its Roman baths, the natural springs and the Royal Crescent.
One of Britain’s most iconic south coast places, Brighton is a brilliant city to explore – especially on a sunny day! Only 1 hour from Central London, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, its quaint lanes and its Victorian Pier make for a perfect day of exploring a unique English seaside city. Grab a deck chair and a “99” whilst enjoying a little British Sunshine!
Also, don’t forget to include the must-do experiences on your stop in Brighton.
Windsor is home to one of the most iconic Royal residences after Buckingham Palace! Windsor Castle is a must-see sight when exploring Britain. Only 30 minutes from Heathrow airport, it can even be a perfect place to explore on a long stop over between flights.
6.) The Cotswolds
The rolling hills, picturesque town and beautiful history makes this area of outstanding natural beauty a perfect place to explore over a day or two. Whist visiting the Cotswolds, don’t forget to include these impressive places and perhaps even stay in a historic Royal home!
The capital city of Scotland is, hands down, one of my favourite cities to explore in Britain! Spend a few days discovering the old town as well as its new town. Take some time to go for a jaunt along Princes Street and visit its world famous castle that sits on an extinct volcano!
If you want to keep costs lower, here’s how to spend 24 hours for free in the city for some helpful tips.
Bristol has a thriving art scene, with one of its most (in)famous artists being Banksy, who recently created Dismaland close by. Although this was a temporary exhibition, you can still see so many of Banksy’s famous works dotted around Bristol. Explore its wonderful history and take in Bristol’s thriving art scene!
There’s always a lot of rivalry around which is the ‘best’ Scottish city, especially between Glaswegians and Edinburghians (is that correct)? Take a wander arounds its many beautiful sights whilst on your British road trip.
This ancient city is steeped in a rich history. Head to the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Castle and York Minster to see some of its most impressive sights!
The college rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge is, well, unrivalled! Take a wander around the beautiful grounds of the University (King’s College chapel is a must-see) whilst exploring the charm of Cambridge. Don’t forget to try your hands at punting too!
Liverpool is famed for its music heritage and beautiful city-centre. Take a tour of some of the main sights but save some energy for the night – that’s when the city comes alive! Enjoy the thousands of live music venues, bars and buskers that line the city’s streets!
This northern city is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets to visit! Once an industrial powerhouse, Newcastle has been redeveloped into one of the country’s most fun cities to visit. Take a wander through its bustling city streets and make note to stop to see the Angel of the North!
14.) White Cliffs of Dover
Not too far from Brighton, the White Cliffs of Dover are a perfect place to explore the natural beauty of our island. Take a wander across the many coastal paths that criss cross this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Not too far from Newcastle, Durham is the perfect stop on your journey through the North of England. Don’t forget to explore Durham Castle and Cathedral.
16.) The Lake District
The lake district is one of Britain’s most stunning areas to see. Rolling hills and vast lakes have created a landscape that’ll leave you impressed and inspired to keep exploring. Once you’ve visited the charming town of Windermere, head into the hills and enjoy the beauty of this region.
This small town in East Sussex is the perfect place for a relaxing stop, especially after a long drive.
18.) St. Ives
No visit to Cornwall would be complete without a visit to St. Ives! This beautiful Cornish gem is a great place to relax, surf or even eat your weight in delicious Cornish Pasties! Yum!
19.) Scilly Isles
Although you won’t be able to drive here, you can jump on a ferry direct from Cornwall. Spend a day or two exploring one of the most unique set of islands in the UK. Bathed in its own micro-climate, the Scilly Isles are a true little paradise!
Interested in planning a trip? Take a look at our complete 1 week itinerary to visit the stunning Isles of Scilly.
This pretty little fishing town is one of the quaintest in all of Wales. Explore its windy streets and colourful houses and grab yourself some local fish and chips – a true sea-side favourite!