This summer, pack up your family and head out onto the open road to see the best the UK has to offer. Charting the 5 UK road trips perfect for families, taking in the most stunning countryside across the UK, www.myvouchercodes.co.uk has top tips on what to look out for, what you can see and do as well as costs for families, ready for you to plan your summer holiday. With over 200,000 miles of roads ready to explore, turn off the motorways and head onto the picturesque roads full of adventure for the whole family.
Snake Pass & Cat and the Fiddle
Snake Pass is one of the most famous routes in the UK. It takes you from Sheffield on the A57 Snake Pass road along onto the A537 Cat and Fiddle road, through the magnificent Peak District National Park, covering Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Cheshire. The route is 51.9 miles and without stopping would take around 1 hour 31 mins. But to really experience it, you have to stop and see the sights along the way including: Ladybower Reservoir, which was made famous for the historic Dambusters trailing during WW2; Treak Cliff Cavern where you can take a tour and see the impressive display of stalactites and stalagmites; Also Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park, where you can get up close and personal with nature.
- Ladybower Reservoir – Free
- Treak Cliff Cavern – From £5.20pp to £9.50pp
- Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park – From £5.95pp
The road through Cheddar Gorge itself is impressive, but the full route takes you from Ashwick to Cheddar on the B3135 which is filled with hairpin turns and sweeping bends, through deep cut lime gorges and woodland. Just 10 miles south-west of Bristol, this route is perfect for a day trip for the whole family if you’re staying in the local area. As well as enjoying the breath-taking scenery and views from the bottom and top of the gorge, families take a bike ride on the Strawberry Line Path which follows the old railway line and, of course, explore the Cheddar Caves where Britain’s oldest skeleton was found and the Gorge where you can learn about the history and heritage while taking part in adventure experiences. Or for some family fun, head to Cheddar Crazy Golf and show off your golfing skills on this wacky course.
- Strawberry Line Path – Free
- Cheddar Gorge Tickets – From £11.85pp to £45.80pp (Under 5s free) Discounts available
- Cheddar Crazy Golf – From £4.00pp
The historic A5 through the mountains of North Wales
An early start from Chirk heading out onto the A5 to Bethesda will allow you to pack in as much as you can on this route which skirts the Snowdonia National Park. As you start your journey, one of your first stops has to be Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site, visiting the aqueduct, walking the miles of towpaths and visiting Llangollen Wharf and Horseshoe Falls. This is all free and a good morning out for families. Just a few miles farther along, you can stop off again and walk up to Castell Dinas Bran, a castle which has some parts dating back to the Iron Age. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Dee Valley. As you near the end of this journey, there will be time to stop off at Tŷ Hyll, The Ugly House, which is a building surrounded in mystery. Nobody knows who built it or when, however it now serves as a lovely tea room and home to honey bees.
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site – From Free
- Castell Dinas Bran – Free
- Tŷ Hyll The Ugly House – Free
Invergarry to Skye – Highlands, Scotland
The A87 route takes you through the awe-inspiring Scottish Highlands. Considered one of the best in the UK, it covers 99 miles and takes about two hours to drive without stopping, but really there is no reason why you would not stop. Picture worthy views around every corner makes this a wonderful route, and for families there are plenty of places you can visit along the way. There are 5 lochs along this route; Garry, Loyne, Cluanie, Duich and Alsh. These are great for nature trails and walks or just to stop off at along the way for the views. Take a rest at Eilean Donan Castle to explore the history of this region and enjoy impressive mountain views. Also on route stop off in Kyle of Lochalsh, the land of castles, hills and lochs and the gateway to the Isle of Skye. Here you can visit Scotland’s highest waterfall, the Five Sisters of Kintail.
5 lochs – Free
Eilean Donan Castle – From £6.00pp to £7.00pp
Five Sisters of Kintail – Free
The Glens of Antrim, N Ireland
This is probably one of the best routes to take if you’re only here for a few days. There are plenty of must see attractions on the way as you head out from Londonderry on the A8 which skirts the coast of Northern Ireland. For a family fun day out, try Carnfunnock Country Park where there are a wide range of attractions, activities and events, many of which are free. As a bonus, there is also camping available on site. Back on the open road you can stop off at Ballycastle a great little fishing harbour that you can explore, with a designated blue flag beach and cycling routes which run through the area. Finally, as you head closer to Londonderry, one stop you should make is at the Giant’s Causeway. This UNSECO World Heritage site is a great day out for the whole family, not only exploring the interlocking basalt columns which look like steps but also Cliff top walking tours and the visitor experience which is a must with kids.
- Carnfunnock Country Park – Car parking from £1.50. Activities free.
- Ballycastle – Free
- Giant’s Causeway – From £4.50pp (National Trust Property)
General Manager of My Voucher Codes Chris Reilly spoke about the popular family getaways:
“We are so lucky here in the UK to have so many options for a getaway, with fantastic places to visit for families, you won’t be short of things to do this summer. Who needs to head to the US to take a road trip, we have plenty here in the UK, with equally exciting scenery and a whole host of things to do along the way.
“It can get expensive keeping the family entertained during the summer holidays. Step out onto the open road and explore all the UK has to offer, there are plenty of places you can visit which don’t cost the earth to enjoy or are even free! So pack up a picnic and map and see where the road takes you.”