Drive times: 5 UK destinations to drive to this summer


As much as we love our little gem in the Irish Sea, sometimes cabin fever gets too much and you simply MUST escape the rock, even if it’s just for the weekend.And while a flight to the mainland takes up to an hour tops, the faff of flying puts a lot of people off. Strict baggage weight limits and the stress of trying to cram all your liquids into a tiny plastic bag becomes a bit of a ‘mare. Do you sacrifice your shampoo or your contour kit? The struggle is real!Plus, when you’re on the other side you’ve then got to navigate buses and trains, making travelling a bit of an ordeal.Thankfully, you’ve got the option to travel without limitations and in the comfort of your own car by sailing instead. The speedy sailing to Liverpool is great for a family trip off Island as the kids have the freedom to play and move around rather than be strapped in a seat for the full journey. And with the cinema, bar and shop, there’s plenty to keep adults occupied too.So, if you’re planning a getaway this summer, why not take the ferry and drive to one of these popular destinations that are only a short drive away.

0.5 hour drive – Formby Hall Spa Resort

Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Grab the girls (or lads!) and head to Formby Hall Spa Resort for the ultimate indulgence. Just a 30 minute drive away from the terminal in Liverpool, you can pick from a selection of treatments that create a journey of balance and relaxation.As well as the usual sauna, steam room and swimming pool, you can also enjoy a Himalayan Salt Sauna, Laconium Cabin, Ice Fountain and a deep relaxation room. Bliss.

1 hour drive – Chester Zoo

A fabulous family day out, Chester Zoo has over 21,000 animals and 500 different species to see. It’s the most visited zoo in the UK and as it’s only an hour’s drive away from the Liverpool terminal, it’s somewhere you could easily visit over a weekend.You could also take a trip into the city centre to soak up the culture, walk the walls and pretend to be on Hollyoaks, obvs.

1.5 hour drive – Lake District

People come from all over the world to walk in the Lake District. The spectacular scenery is a short drive away from the sea terminal and certainly one for the bucket list. Whether you’re up for a gentle amble or an adventurous hike, you’ll find the perfect route for your fitness level with endless Instagram-worthy views #blessed.It’s not just about the walking, there’s also cycling, water-sports, country shows and festivals to experience and with no luggage fees to worry about, you can take all your camping gear and bicycles with you!Even better, make your journey on the motorway even shorter by sailing to Heysham – where the Lakes are only 30 minutes away!

2 hour drive – Zip World Slate Caverns

If you have a sense of adventure, the Zip World Slate Caverns in North Wales offers a uniquely exhilarating underground adventure in caves that have been inaccessible for nearly 200 years.And if you’re feeling daring you can choose to take part in the caverns challenge at the end which includes going down the steepest zip line in the UK. It’s the perfect destination for a road trip with friends.

2.5 hour drive – Warwick Castle

Experience more than 1,100 years of jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure at Warwick Castle – a medieval fortress developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. Whether you’re a 6 year old princess or a 60 year old re-enactor, you’ll have lots of fun.You can even stay on the grounds in the themed Woodland Lodges, Mediaeval Glamping in the Knight’s Village, or in a luxurious Tower Suite to really make the most of your visit.

Next time you’re thinking of a trip to the UK, take the car and why not check out one of the destinations mentioned above? Or let us know your favourite place to go and how long it takes to get there – maybe we’ll feature it in our next ‘Drive Times’.To book your next trip, head over to the Steam Packet here.