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Five of the best UK breaks by car

Spring Bank Holiday is just around the corner. Leave your passport at home, skip the airport queues and be sure to pack both your sunnies and raincoat - we've listed our top UK holiday destinations for 2017.

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Spring Bank Holiday is just around the corner. Leave your passport at home, skip the airport queues and be sure to pack both your sunnies and raincoat - we've listed our top UK holiday destinations for 2017.

Planning a UK break this summer? Take inspiration from our favourites below...

Cornwall

Tropical vegetation at the Eden Project, Cornwall


A firm family favourite, Cornwall's picturesque landscapes and breathtaking beaches are one of the safest bets for a relaxing UK break.

Whether you want to surf in Polzeath, discover tropical climes at The Eden Project, or stroll along the stunning coastline at St Ives, Cornwall has something for all ages and budgets.

Our top pick

Porthcurno, West Cornwall. Virtually untouched, this quiet coastal village and secluded beach is paradise for couples, or those seeking a quiet break. Leave the car at the campsite and enjoy a short walk along the cliffs to the world-famous open-air Minack Theatre.

How much does it cost?

Average campsite pitch: around £25 per night

Mid-range hotel: £150 per night

Yorkshire

Scarborough harbour, Yorkshire


For those who enjoy a blustery hilltop walk, look no further than Yorkshire. It's got dales, moors, peaks and national parks, as well as a rural coastline to explore.

We like...

Young families will love Scarborough for the Sea Life Centre, penny arcades and child-friendly beaches and parks. Don't miss Scarborough's latest attraction, the multi-million pound Alpamere Water Park - for little ones and big kids alike.

How much does it cost?

Average camp site pitch: around £15 per night

Mid-range hotel: £110 per night

Devon

There's a reason Devon is known as the English Riviera. Head to the golden sands of Salcombe for some bucket-and-spade action, or don your walking boots for a wander in Dartmoor's famous National Park.

Wherever you end up, expect cream teas a-plenty - don't forget that in Devon, the jam goes on the top!

North Sands beach, Salcombe

Our top pick

Croyde is our choice for active families. This unique destination has all the beauty of a quintessential UK beach break, but packs a punch activity-wise.

From volleyball, surfing and hiking to pop-up beach bars and even a deckchair cinema, there really is something for everyone.

How much does it cost?

Average camp site pitch: around £25 a night

Mid-range hotel: £170 a night

The Cotswolds

Lusting after golden cottages, exposed beams, quaint villages and delicious local produce? Some of the most picturesque places in Britain are nestled among the rolling Cotswolds countryside. There are a number of stunning National Trust properties on the doorstep, too.

Limestone cottages in Broadway, The Cotswolds

Our top pick

Don't miss Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle, both only a stone's throw away.

How much does it cost?

Average camp site pitch: around £25 a night

Mid-range hotel: £170 a night

Northumberland

North Sands beach, Salcombe

Northumberland won the Family Traveller Award in 2016, and it's easy to see why - the county has over 35 miles of rugged beaches and coastlines to explore.

Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Farne Islands. Don't forget your binoculars - its rocky terrain is the perfect habitat for seals and many species of seabird.

Our top pick

Kielder Water Park serves as a pretty spectacular reminder of how beautiful British countryside can be. Home to the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe and over 250 square miles of forest, Kielder is also famed for having the darkest night skies in England, thanks to minimal light pollution.

How much does it cost?

Average camp site pitch: £15 a night

Mid-range hotel: £110 a night

Ready, set...

Wherever you end up this summer, be sure to check your car before hitting the road. On average, vehicle breakdowns during periods of hot weather rise by around 20%, rocketing to 30% near the coast (source: RAC).

Avoid holidaying on the hard-shoulder - book a Summer Getaway Service for your car before you set off.

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