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Staycations in the UK: driving holidays

You don't need to leave the UK for a great holiday - take a look at our top staycation picks and the cars to take with you

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Staycations in the UK are becoming increasingly popular, with people choosing not to endure queues at airport security and overspend on expensive flights.

There are plenty of gorgeous locations across the UK that are ideal for a road trip, so let our UK holiday guide perk you up before summer.

We've thrown in some car suggestions, too – we're nice like that.

Best UK city breaks:

  • Edinburgh

  • Manchester

  • Glasgow

  • Newcastle

  • Belfast

  • Cambridge

Best cars for city breaks

If you’re looking for a city break this summer or keen on visiting a handful of urban hotspots, the Vauxhall Corsa-e is a perfect choice for the occasion.

This electric car can, according to its maker, do 222 miles between charges, so you should be able to reach most key spots before needing a top-up.

If you find yourself coming up short, a fast charger can get you from about 10 to 80% in about 30 minutes. Enough time for a quick coffee and ice cream stop.

The Corsa-e is nippy enough for urban roads, as it does 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds, while 132hp is more than enough oomph for drives on the motorway.

It certainly doesn't hang about - nor do many electric cars, actually.

Seaside escapes in the UK

If you want to chill at the beach this year and sit on a deck chair - or even fancy a paddle, we're certainly not short of beautiful coastlines in the UK.

There’s plenty of sandy shores for you to sink your feet into.

We know the hassle of driving back after a day at the beach, sand gets everywhere.

But thankfully, the Ford Puma has a solution to this slight nuisance.

This SUV is perfect for family getaways – it’s a comfortable cruiser, fun to drive and has decent space for passengers.

But the big benefit is the secret compartment in the floor of the boot. The covered storage area has a rubber lining and a plug hole, meaning you can wash it out with ease after you dumped in sandy towels, toys and damp swimwear. Genius.

Best UK sandy beaches:

  • Bournemouth Beach

  • West Wittering, Chichester

  • Porthcurno, Cornwall

  • Holkham Beach, Norfolk

  • Blackpool Sands, South Devon

  • Whitby Sands, North Yorkshire 

Family get-togethers

Whether you’re looking to bring your family together for a camping or caravan holiday – we have the perfect seven-seater for you.

The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a luxury people carrier. It's stylish, spacious and comes with excellent tech too, meaning it’s the perfect companion for drivers and passengers on long journeys.

Also, the boot is absolutely massive, so you should be able to cram in all your luggage and camping kit for a trip away.

If you’re after a people carrier that bucks the trend by being stylish and practical – this is the one for you! It'd look lovely in the following spots, too...

Best camping/caravan locations:

  • Kielder Campsite, Hexham

  • Rowlestone Court, Hereford

  • Sleningford Watermill, Ripon

  • Beacon Cottage Farm, St Agnes

  • Denny Wood, Lyndhurst

Missing out on your holiday abroad can feel like a real letdown, but you can make the most of it by seeing the best of what the UK has to offer, in some of the best cars.

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