Short haul destinations for the Bank Holiday Weekend
Get maximum enjoyment, with the minimum expense and stress, with our top Bank Holiday destinations less than 3hrs drive from where you live.
From the Northern Cities – Some of the shortest drive times to some of the most dramatic destinations
Rolling moorlands, lofty hills, and lush green dales with dry-stone walls. Characterized by the limestone bedrock, the area has a host of impressive waterfalls, with vast cave systems lurking beneath.
Open sweeping mountainscapes, smattered with shapely summits, and soaring ridges. If the weather turns, make the short drive to the coast, where you will find impressive castles encircling the whole area.
Radiating out from the highest mountains in England the idyllic Lakeland dales are some of the most beautiful in the UK. Tranquil lakes, craggy mountains, and character pubs with Cambrian ale, this national park has something for everyone.
From the Midlands – A great blend of deserted destinations and wonderful working landscapes
What they lack in stature they more than make up for in character. Rolling hedge lined pastures hide sleepy villages, and ancient market towns. Down virtually every street honey colored stone houses, with roofs of thatch or stone, jostle for space.
Wild and empty hills with a desolate beauty. Towering over the surrounding landscape these summits provide some of the finest views in Wales. On the right day you’ll see more Welsh mountain ponies than people.
Our oldest national park has two distinct personalities. To the north wild open moorland dominates, with its impressive Gritstone outcrops. To the south a softer limestone landscape prevails, with deep dales, and patchwork pasture.
From the South East – Unique and diverse destinations just a couple of hours from the capital
Explore a true backwater on a web of reed-lined waterways. Whether on foot from the river bank, or from a canoe or leisure boat, enjoy the peace, tranquility, and wildlife of one of the UK’s finest wetlands.
Lose yourself in one of the largest and oldest forests in England. Explore on foot, by bike, or on horseback for the best way to see ancient majestic trees, wild New Forest ponies, and other wildlife.
Isle of Wight
A slice of rolling British countryside cast adrift in the English Channel. Fringed with spectacular sea cliffs, dotted with soft sandy beaches, an ideal place for a stroll, or to soak up some sun. Or, for the more adventurous, take to the Solent for fun on the high seas.
We hope you find your way to one of our long weekend recommendations, we think these are the best destinations on offer. If however you disagree, we’d love to hear about it, after all everyone has their favourites.