Think of family holidays and most people recall them fondly.
As kids, the prospect of being stuck with your parents for a week may have seemed hellish but more often than not they were adventures and enough of a break from the norm to create some great memories.
There’s also something charming about the chaos these trips bring about, particularly if you’re heading to an unknown town, they can be tricky to get right.
Can you, a doting parent, coordinate everything?
Fortunately Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a host of affordable and stylish vehicles for those looking to take the family on a little adventure. All you need to do is pick your destination.
South Yorkshire’s Steel City might be best known for its industrial heritage, but few will know that it is the greenest city in Europe.
That’s right, Sheffield boasts more trees per person than any other city on the continent, which helps make it a thoroughly pleasant place to spend a weekend.
Whilst the city has plenty to offer, from the stunning Botanical Gardens to the vibrant centre full of shops, bars and restaurants, the real beauty comes on the outskirts. From the city centre you can be out into the Peak District in 15 minutes and the scenery is superb – perfect for a weekend drive.
The country roads to scenic towns and villages like Bakewell, Hathersage and Hope can be a lot of fun. Something with a bit of oomph behind it would be ideal, an SUV or an estate vehicle by Enterprise would provide the pace and the space you and your family need.
The great thing about this medieval city is its variety. No matter the age of your kids, you’ll find something to hold their interest. Whether you head to Marlow Zoo or take to the Jane Austen trail, it’s a city brimming with options.
Winchester Cathedral has stood for over a thousand years, while younger children will be enchanted by King Arthur’s mythical Round Table, found in the Great Hall.
While keeping everyone entertained is one of the challenges of a family break, Winchester is also known as a foodie destination and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the options available to you.
Beyond the variety of restaurants, Winchester is home to the UK’s largest farmer’s market – a must-visit.
Give kids a bucket and spade and they’ll be happy for hours. St Ives, therefore provides a great option for a young family getaway. Tucked away in the south-west corner of Cornwall, the port town has become known as one of the UK’s best seaside resorts and has enticing beaches – particularly Porthminster with its half a mile of sand.
With some of the warmest summers in Britain, timing this trip right can make the difference between a good or great family break. Though even if you miss the weather, the narrow cobbled streets and winding roads through town hide a number of hidden gems.
If you’re looking for more adventure, the railway, which winds its way along the cliffs and bays, is a popular tourist spot and can even provide a day trip to nearby Penzance. The views are spectacular.
Your choice of vehicle is crucial in St Ives, with the aforementioned winding roads lending itself more to something in the compact range, so choose carefully.
Continuing the seaside trend, Wells-next-the-Sea, tucked away on the North Norfolk coast, provides a fun adventure for a young family.
Holkham National is Britain’s largest nature reserve and just a five minute drive from the town, while the woodland play area merges onto the beach nicely. For teenagers and more adventurous adults there are numerous water sports available to try too.
Drift away from the pier and gorgeous coastal views and you’ll find a number of inns and bed and breakfasts still retaining the charm from days gone by.
If you’re not terribly bothered about spending your break in pure luxury and have your eye on a traditional seaside holiday, Wells-next-the-Sea is well worth your time. For an added bonus, grab one of Enterprise’s large premium cars and spend a day over at Great Yarmouth.
The south coast city is famous for its maritime history and there is plenty of this on display when you visit. The Historic Dockyard is stunning, especially in the right weather, and the chance to see HMS Victory and HMS Warrior should not be missed.
Kids and adults alike will also enjoy a trip up Spinnaker Tower where the views of the city and out to sea are superb. You can have a cream tea at the top and brave the glass sky walk which might give a few the heebie-jeebies.
Portsmouth is within striking distance of the glorious surroundings of both the New Forest and the South Downs which are both great opportunities for a summer drive. There are many picturesque villages to stop for some lunch along the way in either of these National Parks.
Now this is something a bit different. Holy Island is off the Northumberland coast but accessible by car if you time it just right.
The Lindisfarne Causeway stretches over to the island but you’re only permitted to drive it when the tide’s out, adding an element of danger to your getaway (great for getting the kids to behave too to be honest).
Once there, you’ve got the impressive how-is-it-still-standing Lindisfarne Castle, as well as numerous shops playing heavily on the Viking invasions and Norman Conquest of years past.
That’s not all though, head back over the causeway and south to Bamburgh to check out one of the most beautiful areas in Northumberland.
The 180 foot tall castle is Bamburgh’s iconic monument but the area is rich in brilliant trail walks and hikes.
The capital city is obviously full of things to do for the whole family for a weekend, week, month or a lifetime. London has a (justified) reputation for high prices, but there are plenty of things you can entertain yourselves with at absolutely no expense.
The British Museum, Science Museum, V & A, National Gallery, Tate Modern and Imperial War Museum are just a few of the many attractions you can wander into for free.
Then there are the various parks that are great for a amble through – Hyde, Regent’s and Richmond to name a trio of the best options. Also having a look at many of the most notable monuments comes without a price tag, from Marble Arch to Big Ben.
Parts of London are certainly a nightmare to drive around but that should not put you off driving to the capital and around the suburbs. The freedom to come and go as you please allows you to avoid the hectic underground network and the overly pricey trains in and out of the capital.
Some would say the most beautiful city in the UK and none would argue that there are some incredible things to see in Bath. You are surrounded by history in the Somerset city, be it the world famous Roman baths or the immaculate Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent.
The baths is the one must-do on your trip to Bath, and if the kids have been learning about the Romans at school then they will get a lot out of it as well. Bath Abbey is also a spectacular sight to behold, whilst Pulteney Bridge, Victoria Park and Prior Park Gardens are stunning to boot.
Deep down in Somerset, Bath is a fair journey from most other places in the UK so you will need a nice spacious, comfortable car to get there. A Mini MPV may make sense for this drive, giving your children the space to stretch out in the back. Then you can park up and head to Adventure Cafe, where they supposedly serve the best milkshakes in the city.