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Best UK Summer Vacation Spots

Last updated 3rd January 2017

Sarah Ebner shares her favourite UK destinations for a summer trip.

What would be a good destination for a fantastic summer trip within the UK?


The North-East offers many great family days out. Here are some of our favourites.

There’s Beamish, 300 acres of fantastic living history, with houses, shops and a colliery village. You travel by tram and actors bring it all alive. It’s about 40 minutes from Newcastle.

Children will want to make a beeline for Bamburgh with its imposing Bamburgh Castle presiding over miles of glorious sandy beach.

Other fine forts in the area include Alnwick Castle – where Harry Potter first got to grips with quidditch – and Lindisfarne Castle, reached by an exciting journey across the causeway to Holy Island.

And don’t forget to plan a trip to the Farne Islands, home to 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds, including puffins, terns and guillemots.

If your kids are into forest fun, head to Kielder Water & Forest Park, home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the largest working forest in England. There are three visitor centres, which give you all the information you need for walking and cycling adventures on the mountain-bike trails. The observatory is well worth a look, too, as Kielder has the darkest skies in England.


Sarah Ebner

– Journalist