Our top 10 UK attractions to visit this summer

Building on the success of, and ideas put forward by our followers for our July competition, here at AA Cars we’ve compiled our top 10 UK attractions for families to visit this summer. Our list includes castles, parks, stately homes and more in the North and South, so there are suitable options wherever you live and whatever your preferences.

You’ll need a quality vehicle to get to any of these top UK attractions, and we have a broad selection of affordable cars available to suit your needs. Whether you’re a family of three or have enough members to form your own football team, find your perfect vehicle for holiday days out.

Chatsworth House & Gardens, Derbyshire


The large, beautiful garden at Chatsworth House is ideal for spending summer days in and provides a great place for children to unwind after exploring the history of the house. Plus, there’s a farmyard where they can enjoy a trailer ride, play with guinea pigs, lambs and goat kids and experience cow milking first hand.

How to get there: Located in the Peak District between Sheffield and Derby, it’s not too far west of the M1. Leave at junction 29 and head through Chesterfield or towards Bakewell if you’re coming from the west. It can be found using the postcode DE45 1PP.

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire


History, magic, myth and adventure all combine to make Warwick Castle a great family day out. A Horrible Histories maze, tower trail and birds of prey show are all great fun for the whole family, along with the well-known castle and its formidable dungeons.

How to get there: Warwick Castle is well signposted and just two miles from junction 15 off the M40. Or head down the A46 if you’re coming from Coventry in the North. For your satnav, the postcode is CV34 4QU.

Matlock Farm Park, Derbyshire


A wide selection of animals live at Matlock Farm Park and are available to pet, feed and enjoy observing. Not only can youngsters (and their parents no doubt) have great fun, but they will also learn about the countryside and farm life in the process.

How to get there: On the edge of the Peak District, to the south of Chesterfield, you really do need a car to reach Matlock Farm Park. Leave the M1 at junction 29 and head west along minor roads to the postcode DE4 5LH.

Culzean Castle, Ayrshire


Situated on the Ayrshire coast, a guided tour of Culzean Castle lets you explore the majestic architecture and history on display. Surrounded by choppy seas, forests and secret gardens, there’s plenty to explore and have a real adventure.

How to get there: Well off the beaten track, getting onto the A77 on the west coast of Scotland and heading North or South, depending on where you’re coming from, is the best option.  The postcode is KA19 8LE.

The Vyne, Basingstoke


Over 500 years of history, 1500 acres of gardens, woodlands and wetlands can be found at The Vyne in Basingstoke. A National Trust property, there’s lots to look for in the house and plenty of activities on offer in the grounds, including tree climbing and getting lost in the walled garden.

How to get there: Around four miles North of Basingstoke, between Bramley and Sherborne St John, head along Vyne Road and look for the brown National Trust signs. For reference, the postcode is RG24 9HL.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Discover the weird and wonderful creations on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The spacious park has ample room for children to run around, with family workshops and storytelling performances on throughout the year.

How to get there: Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the easiest UK attractions to find. Simply leave the M1 at junction 38 and follow the A637 north and you’ll see signs for it on your left. The postcode is WF4 4LG.

Corfe Castle, Dorset


Plenty of family fun can be found at Corfe Castle, with the ancient ruins to explore, the chance to dress up in Tudor clothes and more. There’s exciting local wildlife, the moors and a play trail too.

How to get there: Located in the Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve, travelling by car is the simplest way to reach the castle. Take the A351 to the village of Corfe Castle and park at the foot of the castle (free to National Trust members). You can find it via your satnav with the postcode BH20 5EZ.

National Trust Squirrel Walk, Formby

National Squirrel Park

Explore the scenic woodlands around Formby and spot a red squirrel or two on this National Trust walk. It’s not too tough for young children and you’ll pass fields of sheep and be able to visit the nearby beach too.

How to get there: Located on Merseyside, between Southport and Liverpool, join the A565 and find the car park on Victoria Road (postcode L37 1LJ) near Cornerstone Wood to begin the walk.

Tatton Park, Cheshire

Tatton Park

As well as the old family home, there’s over 1,000 acres of deer park, a stable yard and more than 100 events a year put on at Tatton Park. Roald Dahl’s tremendous adventures are a must for families, with numerous fun activities that will delight fans of his books.

How to get there: Just north of Knutsford, take the exit at junction 19 of the M6 and go north up the A556. Or leave at junction 8 of the M56 for those coming from the north and follow the signs.  If you’re using your satnav, the postcode is WA16 6QN.

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is full of adventure. Build dens in the woods, look for crabs on the beach and make the most of family camping, storytelling Tuesdays and the natural play area throughout August.

How to get there: Look for the quayside car parks in Poole such as Sandbanks (postcode BH13 7QB), down on the south coast when driving. You’ll then need to hop on one of the boats heading over to Brownsea Island. Return family ferry tickets are typically £30 for two adults and three children.

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