One of the many advantages of living in the Midlands is its central location. Placed at the midway point of the British Isles, it's the perfect place to travel to a range of other destinations that are dotted nearby. Whether it's a family outing to somewhere new or a solo jaunt to a place you've always wanted to visit, the Midlands - in particular, Wolverhampton - is a gateway to all manner of days out and long weekends away.
If you can't decide where to go, or you need some inspiration for your next getaway, then we’ve listed some top places to visit across the UK that make for great road trip destinations, and even better, they're all only two hours away from Wolverhampton!
An unconventional road trip destination for most Wolverhampton residents, Dudley is brimming with fun activities for family days out, and at less than a 30-minute drive away, it’s a breeze to get to. In fact, on a good day you can travel via the A4123 and be there in 20 minutes! Go back in time as you visit the Black Country Living Museum and explore life as it was more than 100 years ago. Or if you’d prefer a wilder experience, a trip to Dudley Zoo offers excitement and discovery for folk of all ages.
Shrewsbury was originally a settlement upon the River Severn, and the largely unaltered medieval street plan makes it a wonderful road trip destination, whether it’s for the day or a long weekend you’ve got planned. With over 650 listed buildings, including the famous Shrewsbury Castle, this quaint market town is a must for budding history buffs. Whether you want to soak up the atmosphere of the local culture at the Shrewsbury Museum or swing by its Tudor cinema for a film, there’s plenty around to entertain the whole family!
In the summer months, Stratford is the place to be. Residing slightly southeast of Wolverhampton, this historical treasure is an ideal road trip spot less than 50 miles from the city (take M42 for the quickest route). Surrounded by beautiful Tudor buildings, the birthplace of William Shakespeare is an idyllic place to picnic in the summer. From a relaxing shopping trip to boat rides along the river Avon, Stratford’s picturesque surroundings make it a pleasure to visit whatever you plan on doing.
If you’re looking to explore the English countryside, we suggest the Peak District as your next mini-break. Just shy of two hours from Wolverhampton, this northern National Park is ideal for couples or families who love to get out in the great outdoors. However long you’re planning to stay for, this short drive is easy to do, especially when you’ve got some of the best views in the country waiting for you at the other end. Surrounded by picturesque spa towns too, the Peak District should be top of your list if you’re planning to get out and about this year.
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