Best British tourist destinations to visit – and Skegness takes the top spot

This year, many of us are ditching overseas trips for staycations instead.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us will be driving ourselves to British tourist spots instead.

So if you’re in need of holiday inspiration, listen up.

Auto-retailer Robins and Day has rounded up the top places to visit in the UK when travelling by car.

In news that is likely to surprise some, Skegness has taken the hot spot.

The Lincolnshire location had previously been voted Which?’s “worst seaside town”, so it’s done well to top the charts on this occasion.

Skegness finished first ahead of Southampton in second place and Ryde in the Isle of Wight in third, LincolnshireLive reports.

It scored 242 points thanks to its low population, low parking costs at an average of just 88p per hour, and navigational ease.

Bath, on the other hand, landed bottom in 40th spot.

This is likely to be because it is more of a bustling area that can be more pricey for Brits.

Ciaran Taylor, Digital Marketing Manager at Robins and Day, added: “Whether it’s for a day trip or a longer getaway, it’s great to see so many of us investing in the UK tourism and hospitality industry, especially following a tough start to the year.

"Whilst it’s great that we help to support these industries, it’s also important that we do so safely and responsibly, and so prior planning is essential.

Top 10 places in the UK to visit by car

  1. Skegness
  2. Southampton
  3. Ryde (Isle of Wight)
  4. Sheffield
  5. Lancaster
  6. Stratford Upon Haven
  7. Weymouth
  8. Truro
  9. Belfast
  10. Portree (Isle of Skye)

“This was one of the key reasons behind creating our list of top UK towns and cities – to ensure that as drivers, we are considering all the options available to us and also thinking about busy-ness, ease-to-navigate, parking, petrol and electric charging points, so it’s a stress-free a day out for everyone.

“Everyone loves a day at the beach, so it’s great to see Skegness topping the list, but whether you prefer a weekend city break or would rather get out walking for the day in the countryside, our list highlights some of the great places up and down the UK to visit by car in 2020 and beyond.”

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