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UK Camping Holidays

The United Kingdom is a large country and it is a fantastic place to have a family holiday but one thing that needs to be considered is the summer weather. Unlike it’s European neighbours the country does not have the benefit of warm and dependable sunshine during the summer months. If you travel to the south and southwest of the country the weather will be warmer but there is still the chance of your holiday being affected by rain. Having said that wherever you go there will be plenty of indoor attractions to keep you amused if the weather lets you down.

Sticking to the south of England, from Kent in the East to Cornwall in the far south is rolling green countryside with mile after mile of coastline and famous resorts such as Brighton, Poole and Torquay. These three resorts really do shoe just how varied the coastline in this part of the country can be. Brighton, sometimes called London By The Sea because it is so close to the capital has the air of a large city but has fantastic beaches and night time entertainments. Along the coast to Poole you see a different resort. There are miles of golden sand, the second largest harbour in the world with more sailing yachts than you could ever shake a stick at and reputedly the most expensive sea front properties in the world. Finally Torquay in the southwest. This part of the world is home to the Devon cream teas and the Cornish Pasties and has seaside resorts that are more genteel and are great places to get away from the hurly burly of modern living.

Of course travelling further north you get to see the rugged wildness of the Yorkshire Moors, the true picture book beauty of The Lake District and at the most northerly part of the country the wilds of the Scottish Highlands with a food and drink culture that is probably the best in the country.

Holiday Parks in the UK

Campsites in the UK are always welcoming and are set up to make the most of the local facilities. They are usually based around farms and often are situated close to the beach or spectacular Lakes.

Independant campsites in the UK – Featured campsites to be listed Feb 2014.

Things to do in The United Kingdom

Lions Longleat

Longleat House, family seat of the Marquis of Bath, was the first big country house to set up collections of wild animals living freely, or as freely as possible, in their massive parklands. In 1966, when it opened it was the first and it is still is the best, by a long way. With a large pride of African Lions, a troupe of 100 rehsus monkeys, sea lions in the lake, giraffes wandering freely, elephants and cheetahs this is unlike any collection of animals you’ve ever seen before. Of course there is also the house, built in 1580 it is one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in England.

Tea at the Ritz

What could be more quintessentially British than afternoon tea. Not all British people stop for afternoon tea but most of us would love to given the chance. A serving of wonderfully gentile sandwiches (there has to be cucumber ones for it to be proper afternoon tea) and freshly baked scones served with West Country clotted cream (nothing like double cream at all – soooo much better) and the best tea, China or Indian, your choice of course. All served from sliver tea post with pretty bone china plates and crockery. It doesn’t have to be the Ritz there are many hotels such as the Lanesborough, the Langham, the Savoy to name but three. If you can take tea without making a reservation don’t, it’s just not done that way!

Loch Ness

In the far north of the country sits a deep lake with a dark secret. The second largest loch in Scotland is supposed to home the monster affectionately known as Nessie. Many sightings of a supposedly prehistoric monster have been photographed but none have ever been verified. Due to the high peat content in the water visibility is extremely poor which makes it impossible for divers to search the loch properly so the myth continues and countless bus loads of visitors all come to Loch Ness hoping to be the one to capture that photograph to prove the myth once and for all.

Buckingham Palace

They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace, said Alice…….or so says the children’s rhyme.

Buckingham Palace is the home of the Queen in London. Look out for the royal flag, if it’s flying she’s in residence (why not ask for a cup of tea) and if it’s the Union Jack she’s away. For a truly spectacular view walk towards Buckingham Palace (or Buck House as Londoners call it) down The Mall from Trafalgar Square – it’s breathtaking.

The monarch is guarded by soldiers from the Household Division of the Army. Two regiments Life Guards and The Blues and Royals and every three days responsibility for guarding the monarch at Buckingham Palace and St James palace changes. The ceremony is very colourful and starts promptly at 11.30. Don’t be late, it would be rude.

Getting to the UK

Getting to the UK usually means travelling by air. The south east of the country is served by London’s 4 main airports where you can fly into the country either by scheduled airline, usually to Heathrow or Gatwick or no frills airlines into Luton, Stansted and Gatwick. Rail services from France , Belgium and Holland now travel via the channel tunnel into London St Pancras from where other cities can be reached via the network of rail operating companies.

Getting around the UK is easy all the major cities are connected by motorways, railways and if you have more money than sense you can even fly.

Written by of Family Camping Reviews

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