If you really want to see England and all it has to show, the best way is by car. Driving across the UK means traveling at your desired speed and selecting your own itinerary. Your itinerary is for a journey from your cheap hotel deals in Brighton to the UK’s North East, and it should get your mouth watering. I’ve chosen this journey due to the way the landscape changes, from sea to sea and city to village.
Day One- Start in the south coastal area of Brighton. Brighton is a wonderful city with a Pavilion, funfair and pier. Exit the hotel one morning and travel through the coast on the A27. An ideal area to hold up to have lunch is Portsmouth, with its famous Spinnaker Tower and all the great eateries at Gunwharf Quays. Travel back to the highway and go on it until Southampton, from which you’ll change to the A36. This road can take you up to the historic area of Salisbury, with its impressive medieval castle.
2nd Day- Leave Salisbury via the A360 then get onto the A303. This route will lead to a site all must see once, the mysterious and striking Stonehenge. From here, you’ll go west, pass Warminster, and head into Bath. Bath has some of the ruins of the Roman baths, some of the UK’s most wonderful classical architecture. From here, take the A46 and A433 north and you’ll arrive in the Cotswolds. Tetbury and Cirencester are two towns that have a lot of nice motels and budget hotel chains for a night’s stay.
3rd Day- On this day, you’ll make the trip to Coventry. While you’re going, you’ll stop and see two of England’s best destinations. To start, you’ll go on the A429 and stop along this road at Stratford-Upon-Avon, where Shakespeare was born. Head north on the A46, and then stop at the immaculate Warwick’s castle. Don’t forget to have time to see the beautiful cathedral at Coventry.
4th Day- After leaving your hotel in Coventry, head north on the M69 and then the M1. You can stop at the odd sight of Chesterfield’s crooked spire. From here, head west to the tiny town of Bakewell, located in the Peak District. Another choice is to continue north to the active area of Sheffield, which has many excellent hotels.
5th Day- Continue heading north on the M1 and you’ll pass Leeds. From a quick stop there, take the A64. Then you’ll be brought to a classic city of York, where you can be shopping in the labyrinthine streets full of old fashioned shops, have a look at the Minister and travel past the ancient city walls. York has a wonderful park-and-ride service designed for tourists, as the city really doesn’t give a lot in the way of parking spaces. If you’ve still got some daylight, you can travel northeast up to Pickering, well-known for the North York Motors steam railway which you can ride. Otherwise, you could shack up at any York’s fantastic hotels.
6th Day- Now, you’ll be nearing the coast. Take the A170 and you’ll come to Scarborough, an old fashioned fishing town smack bang on the coast. Scarborough contains an old castle sitting right on the headlands, and this is a wonderful area to hold up for a seafood lunch. Travel on the A171 and you’ll come to the amazing cliffside town called Robin’s Hood Bay. Stay in any of the nice quaint hotels on the top of the hill; the lanes at the level of the sea are quite narrow, so driving through there isn’t advised.
7th Day- Travel on the A171 along the coast and you’ll come to the town of Whitby. It’s a pretty town with a busy harbor, small side streets along with an old gothic abbey. You’ve reached the end of your journey! Now, you can take your car to the local branch of the car rental agency, or you can drive back to Brighton and take in the the sights on the travel back!