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With the best summer months still ahead, plenty of us will be planning road trips with the kids to while away those hot sunny days, but which are the most car-friendly places to visit to alleviate stress and keep everyone cool?
A poll conducted by Virgin Money Insurance has the answers to some of the best places to visit with a car – it investigated 65 of the UK’s largest towns and cities and rated them using key factors such as petrol prices, number of speed cameras, number of car parks available and the cost of parking. Car crime was also a determining factor.
Below is a short-list from the Trusted Dealers of some of the most car-friendly places to visit in Britain.
Telford in Shropshire was voted the most car-friendly place in the UK and it offers a city which is geared towards children sporting a 450 acre Telford Town Park which includes Wonderland where nursery rhymes and fairy stories come to life. There’s also the Telford Ski Centre and nearby is Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom containing a sheep steeplechase, a maze and a tractor grand prix. In addition you can visit the Telford Steam Railway containing steam and diesel rides and a model railway.
St Helens, Merseyside
There is something for everyone in St Helens which was voted the second most car-friendly place to visit in the UK. Visitors to the Northwest will find St Helens an excellent stop off, situated between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester, this thriving borough provides a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area. Sports enthusiasts can take a look around the premier year-round Haydock Park Racecourse or enjoy action-packed Super League Rugby at the Saints. For beautiful woodland walks visit Fir Tree Farm and Seasons Cafe or Inglenook Farm for a family trip out. There is also a huge, multi-level ‘Hex’ arena which has been described as one of the most exciting laser tag venues in the UK.
Southend was voted the third most car-friendly town in the UK and offers a great day out by the sea. Families can unwind here and enjoy all the traditional pleasures of a seaside holiday on some of Southend’s award-winning beaches. Activities include riding the railway to the end of the longest pier in the world, visting the local museum or one of the many parks and gardems to include Aventure Island. There is also plenty of entertainment in the evening to include evening shows, nightclubs and a casino.
Other car-friendly towns included in the top ten list were Sunderland, Belfast, Poole, Ipswich, Blackpool, Dudley and West Bromwich. Unsurprisingly, London was voted one of the most unfriendly places to visit for drivers along with Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.