Now that summer has arrived there is no better time to get-away to the United Kingdom, whose wonderful cultural, historic, and natural sites are a pleasure to take in during the warm and sunny months. If you’re looking to plan a vacation that the whole family can enjoy together, than here are some of the best places that the UK has to offer.

Northumberland

Whether you’re looking to relax on beautiful beaches or stroll through the rolling countrysides, Northumberland is home to a landscape that you will not soon forget. Be sure to take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands, and to make your way to Alnwick Castle, where a number of scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.

Portsmouth

Famous for both being the home of the great author Charles Dickens, as well as the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, this city in South East England is brimming with things to discover and explore. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is home to amazing salvaged ships, such as The Mary Rose, and war heroes like the HMS Victory, which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson captained to death and victory against Napoleon’s fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an ideal destination for beach lovers and sport enthusiasts alike. The island is surrounded by long stretches of both sandy and rocky beach. There are also plenty of bays and coves to paddle through along the coastline, as well as walking and cycling routes to explore and absorb the islands old-time feel.

Yorkshire

The Dales and Moors, the Peaks National Parks, and a coastline that will have you forgetting to look up from your camera–Yorkshire is a great place to escape the everyday, and head out into the natural world for some discovery and fun. Scarborough is the perfect town for kids, and features a sea-life centre, arcades, a beach, parks, and a promontory with a castle that provides panoramic views of the surrounding sea and countryside.

Cornwall

The beautiful beaches of Cornwall might have you mistaking England for Spain or the Caribbean, and the region is home to many eco-friendly attractions and parks, such as the Eden Project: a long-term Bio-Dome development that is meant to preserve plants from a variety of environments around the world while teaching visitors about bio-diversity and conservation.

Lake District

Home to the UK’s largest National Park, the Lake District is filled with hiking, biking, climbing, walking, kayaking, canoeing, and plenty of other activities that the family can enjoy together. Many of the villages also feature the historic homes of famous figures such as Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is the place to go for the ultimate outdoor experience.

Whether you’re trying to get away for a long weekend or a couple of weeks, there are plenty of fun and relaxing destinations in the United Kingdom. The country’s small geographic size also makes it easy to explore multiple places during your stay.