With Summer finally arriving and the school holidays in full swing here’s our run down of the top 5 holiday destinations for those of you who want to stay at in the UK.
North Norfolk is a firm family favourite, with gasp-worthy beaches and traditional seaside resorts offering a plethora of quayside seafood and fish and chip opportunities. There are plenty of English Heritage and National Trust properties, too, and adventure parks to boot. Popular spots along the coast include Cromer and Hunstanton. On the whole beaches are very accessible - just be sure to arrive at the car parks before 10.30am in peak summer.
For a traditional seaside holiday, you can't beat Wells-next-the-Sea. The beach itself is great: large, sandy with colourful beach huts and a big island of sand dunes.
You can reach North Norfolk in just under 4-hour drive from London.
Pembrokeshire is home to the UK's only coastal national park, so it's a great spot for an active break. Tenby is a top place to stay, with its fantastic beach, National Trust properties, boat trips and a dinosaur park - plus plenty of wet weather options.
Pembrokeshire has so much space on all of the beaches and so many to choose from.
In order to reach Pembrokeshire you will have to settle in for a 5 hour drive from London.
A UK holiday round-up which doesn't mention Cornwall? Impossible. Cornwall has breathtaking coastline, family-friendly beaches and attractions like the Eden Project, Lands End, The Minack open-air theatre and St Michael's Mount. For older children there's surfing lessons, while younger kids can paddle on the beach and do some rock pooling. And let's not forget the cream teas, pasties and ice cream - Cornwall is a foodies' paradise.
Cornwall is reachable from London in around 5-hours.
You'll be spoilt for choice if you holiday in Devon. It encompasses sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. In the north you've got the stunning beaches of Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, plus the cobbled streets of Clovelly and the vast expanse of Exmoor to explore. To the south you've the considerable attractions of Dartmoor, Plymouth, Exeter, Salcombe and Blackpool Sands. Thankfully, cream teas are served north, south, and indeed everywhere in between.
The north and south coasts of Devon each have both cliffs and sandy shores and the county's bays contain seaside resorts, fishing town, and ports.
To reach Devon from London it will take you around 4 hours.
To reach the Isle of Wight you have to hop on a ferry so it’s nearly like going 'abroad'. Beach lovers get long stretches of sandy coast, plus rocky beaches ideal for paddling and the entire island has a lovely old-fashioned feel.
There are loads of walking and cycling opportunities and a surprisingly good section of nice pubs and restaurants, plus an array of attractions including Blackgang Chine, the Roman Villa, Osborne House and Carisbrook Castle.
Isle of Wight can be reached in just about 3-hour drive from London.