So, you’ve checked your tyres, stocked up on supplies and chosen your motorhome insurance cover – the open road awaits!
All that’s left for you to do is agree on the destination. But this can be a tricky proposition in the UK when you’re so spoilt for choice.
A great option is to use your motorhome as the base for a city break.
That way you can enjoy the best shopping, attractions and events all from the comfort of your home on wheels.
Whether you want to search for mythical monsters in the Highlands of Scotland or explore the historic streets of York, there’ll be something in this list of the top UK cities to visit by motorhome to suit you!
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but if you’ve only recently bought a motorhome – or you’re just looking for some fresh destination inspiration – it gives you a great place to start.
But remember to always double-check your motorhome insurance policy to ensure you're fully covered for the trip.
Brighton, South East England
With its wide expanse of shingle beach backed by the glow of amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings, Brighton is the quintessential English seaside resort town.
The Grade II* listed Brighton Pier, in the central waterfront section, opened in 1899 and is now home to a wide variety of fairground rides, bars and food kiosks.
The town is also widely lauded for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.
After you’ve taken a stomach-churning ride on the Turbo Coaster why not walk through the twisting alleyways of The Lanes.
Here you can explore the boutique shops and antique stores to get a real feel for Brighton and its heritage.
If you’re with youngsters, take them to explore the tunnels and chambers of Newhaven Fort and let off steam in the adventure playground.
An invigorating coastal walk west brings you to Brighton’s sister town of Hove, with its popular museum and art gallery.
If you fancy exploring a little further then head along the south coast to the port city and naval base of Portsmouth.
Located at the Historic Dockyards are the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Admiral Nelson’s wooden warship the HMS Victory and the fabulous Tudor warship the Mary Rose.
Nestled within a fold of the South Downs and ideally located just two miles east of Brighton is the Brighton Caravan Club site.
This picturesque park offers easy access to the town and a great view for rail enthusiasts of the pioneering Volk’s Electric Railway, which still runs along the promenade.
Bath, South West England
A world heritage site since 1987, the stunning Somerset city of Bath is known internationally for its Roman-built baths.
When strolling along the cobbled streets and covered arcades you’ll see an architectural history that dates back to Roman times through the centuries to the Georgian era when the city was the creative playground of architects such as John Wood.
Visit the impressive Pump Rooms where you can drink the reportedly health-giving water from the geothermal springs that pour from the ground at a rate of over a million litres a day.
Or if you’re in need of a little pampering, you can bathe in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Spa.
Bath was once the centre of Britain’s ‘fashionable life’ and the city reflects that in its parks and gardens and its long association with the arts.
At the centre of which is the 200-year-old Theatre Royal with its extensive catalogue of performances. For some spiritual reflection, head to England’s last great medieval church Bath Abbey.
Take a trip out into the surrounding countryside with its rolling hills and its picture-postcard villages made of the warm honey-coloured ‘Bath stone’ – perfect in the light of a summer evening.
Set in beautiful parkland just south of Bath, the Longleat Caravan and Motorhome Club site is located in the midst of the Longleat Estate, with its beautiful Manor house, gardens and Safari park.
Where else can you hear lions roaring at night from the comfort of your bed?
Cambridge, East Anglia
As the home of the University of Cambridge this city is a huge draw for both students and tourists from all over the world.
Founded in 1209 and one of the UK’s top educational establishments, visitors flock to see the historic university, its buildings and the picturesque Backs area found along the banks of the River Cam.
King's College Chapel is perhaps the most photographed building in Cambridge and is stunning from any direction.
While you have to pay an entrance fee, the fan vaulted ceiling, stone carving and stained glass are well worth it.
You might also have the pleasure of attending a chapel service.
When you’ve had your architectural fill, explore the quaint passages around the historic market place where a unique shopping experience can be found with an eclectic mix of independent shops and high street brands.
You can also try punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park or join a ghost walking tour of the city.
A leisurely drive from Cambridge brings you to the National Trust’s idyllic Waterclose Meadows Campsite.
With beautiful views over the Ouse valley this is a great base to explore the city and surrounding villages.
York, North Yorkshire
Founded by the ancient Romans, the walled city of York is today the perfect holiday destination for both couples and families alike.
With the iconic Gothic beauty of York Minster cathedral as its spiritual heart, the city is renowned worldwide for its exquisite architecture, tangle of atmospheric cobbled streets and wealth of entertainment.
There really is nowhere quite like York, a city of unique cultural and historical wealth that’s lost little of its preindustrial beauty.
Walk the magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls and dip down into the medieval warren of narrow streets.
You really can’t get away from York's long history and rich heritage which is woven into virtually every brick and beam.
Combining this with the modern advantages of museums, restaurants, cafes and traditional pubs makes for an ideal city break.
Just three miles from the centre you’ll find Willow House Caravan Park.
Lying on the Northern side of the city, just off the Outer Ring Road, it’s perfect for exploring York itself, the North York Moors and the glorious Yorkshire coast.
The capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the most northerly city in the UK.
Nestling at the mouth of the beautiful River Ness it provides a spectacular base from which to explore the surrounding Highlands or to go monster hunting at the nearby Loch Ness.
Walkers are well served with routes along the riverbank past the pavement cafes to the small group of Ness Islands where avid anglers can seek to catch Atlantic salmon.
Or up to the ancient fort of Craig Phadrig, once the reputed stronghold of Pictish king Bridei mac Maelchon and now home to a fabulous range of wildlife and breath-taking views of the Moray Firth.
Perhaps relax with a cruise down the Caledonian canal to soak up the brooding atmosphere and mythical past of the world-famous Loch Ness or, if your timing is right, watch the annual Highland Games.
Not to be missed is the nearby wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park, home to 25% of the threatened wildlife species in the UK.
Pack your binoculars and spot the bizarre capercaillies, the colour-changing ptarmigans or majestic golden eagles that call it home.
Throughout the year the National Park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with the perennial walking and biking joined by water sports at the stunning Lake Morlich in the summer.
In the winter months the park has three ski fields to choose from. And with the distilleries of Aviemore on its doorstep, you won’t have far to travel for a warming dose of Scottish whisky.
Near the crest of a hillside mid-way between the city centre and the world famous Culloden Battlefield, Ardtower Caravan Park has plenty to see and do.
Sit back and enjoy the uninterrupted views towards the Black Isle and the stunning mountains and hills beyond.
St Davids, Wales
With a population of just under 2,000, St Davids in Pembrokeshire is the UK's very smallest city.
It’s named after St David, the patron saint of Wales, who was reportedly born and buried there.
St David was a 6th century bishop who helped spread Christianity throughout Europe, building 12 monasteries as he went.
St Davids Cathedral was built between the 12th and 14th century on the former site of a 6th century chapel.
Tucked away in a dip in the hills, it has to be seen to be believed.
St Davids also boasts a wealth of little shops, pubs and places to eat, while the nearby beaches such as Porthmelgan Beach feel almost untouched.
Falling within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, there are many wildlife-spotting boat trips arriving and departing from St Davids every day.
From here, you can journey out to Ramsey Island, Skomer Island and many more, spotting puffins, whales, dolphins and porpoises along the way.
If you fancy a dose of adrenaline then try coasteering.
This unique adventure activity was invented here, so it's a great place to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline while doing some scrambling and sea-jumping with a guide.
If you’re looking for a place to stay then the National Trust’s pretty Gupton Farm Campsite in nearby Castlemartin feels like a million miles away from the stresses and strains of normal daily life.
From this simple setting you can escape into nature with a network of footpaths and views over Freshwater West.
This really is a special place to park up and breathe deeply.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast’s name was derived from the Irish words Béal Feirste which means “mouth of the sandbar” and its prime location on the western end of Belfast Lough made it an ideal site for shipbuilding.
In fact, the tragic cruise liner the RMS Titanic was built here between 1911 and 1912.
Titanic Belfast is today a popular visitor attraction and monument on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard.
Along with history buffs, fans of TV series, Game of Thrones, are also likely to flock to the city to see where the show was filmed, such as Old Castle Ward which appeared as Winterfell Castle the ancestral home of the Starks.
For those in need of retail therapy there’s no better place than Belfast with its blend of high street stores, family owned businesses, designer boutiques, markets and the incredible Victoria Square and Castle Court shopping centres.
Drive just over an hour outside the city to the North coast of Northern Ireland to see the unusual basalt rock formation that is the Giant’s Causeway.
Made a UNESCO site in 1986, the 40,000 interlocking stone columns forming the causeway rise up from the ground up to a height of 12 metres.
Though generally hexagonal in shape they can have as many as 12 sides.
The result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption 40 million years ago, their name reflects the illusion that they form a causeway to Scotland, which can be seen across the water on a clear day.
From here you’re able to take a narrow-gauge steam train along the coast to the Old Bushmills Distillery.
Licensed in 1608 by James I, it’s the oldest whiskey distillers in the world – all you have to decide is who’s going to be the designated driver!
In terms of places to stay, just 5 miles north of Belfast on the Causeway Coastal Route you’ll find Jordanstown Loughshore Caravan Park.
The park is located in Newtownabbey on the shores of Belfast Lough with panoramic views from Belfast to Bangor.
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All of these glorious UK destinations are just waiting to be explored. Or perhaps you’re thinking of going a little further afield with a trip to Europe?
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