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It's not a secret that today in a world full of stress and bustle many parents are forced to communicate with their children, constantly switching between family, household chores, and work. In this situation, a family trip to England in a hire car will be a real breath of fresh air. It will allow you to prioritize correctly and, finally, to truly get closer to your children and family.
A 9-seater minibus is perfect for such a trip because you can take your entire large family with you, and also not worry about a lot of personal belongings. In turn, England has many places for you to have a great travel experience. If you're still unsure where to go, here’re some ideas for an unforgettable weekend…
Bekonscot Model Village & Railway
Opened in 1929, Bekonscot is the oldest of its kind and no less popular than almost a century ago. This is a model of a village and railway, reflecting the life of the English countryside of those times, but with modern additions.
Bekonscot is situated 29 miles away from the English capital. If the starting point of your trip is London, then you will need about 40-50 minutes to get there by hire car. Everything in Bekonscot is like in real life: miniature houses, children going to school, a cable car, an amusement park, golf courses, and tennis courts, as well as a toy railroad running throughout the territory. Children will be delighted as the little train stops at the stations and continues its journey through the village and its surroundings again. Bekonscot has a café, playground, and a larger train for children to ride on their own.
Address: Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL
Eden Project Park
At the bottom of a former quarry in Cornwall is the Eden Project Ecological Botanical Park. On the area of more than 20,000 square meters, under the geodesic domes, there are several greenhouses at once, where the most exotic plants from the equatorial and Mediterranean forests grow.
You will see what olive and rubber trees, bananas, coffee, grapes, orchids look like, and you can even taste some of the fruits grown there. This ecological paradise uses rainwater for internal needs, and electricity here comes from wind generators. In addition to its educational function, the Eden Project is also fun for the whole family. What’s more, the domes house various installations and sculptures. A small train runs through the territory, on which children will be happy to ride. Traditional souvenir shops and cafes are also available.
Address: Bodelva, Par PL24 2SG
The Chester Zoo
The Chester Zoo is a great place to spend time with your family. In order to get there, pick up 9 seater car hire in Liverpool, Birmingham or London, which are the closest major cities.
The zoo is one of the 15 best zoos in the world, and unlike many other similar places, there are no cages or walls. This creates an almost natural habitat for more than 7 thousand animals. Therefore, the rarest and whimsical representatives of the animal world settled there, including the black cheetah and the black rhinoceros.
The most amazing thing about this zoo is its islands. This is a unique chance to feel like a fearless explorer and go on a real expedition to six islands of Southeast Asia: Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba, and Sulawesi. You will be able to discover all the splendor and ingenuity of the wild. Tigers are waiting for you in the bamboo forests, in Sulawesi, you can observe the behavior of macaques and then go for a walk along the river by boat.
Address: Chester CH2 1EU
The Deep Aquarium
The Deep in Hull is one of the largest aquariums in the world and the deepest in Europe. It offers an educational and entertainment program all rolled into one. Exhibitions and presentations are often held there, as well as permanent exhibitions introducing visitors to the underwater world.
Come there and admire the brightest inhabitants of the sea lagoons, dive into the waters of the Amazon, and greet the inhabitants of the penguin ice kingdom. The aquarium has collected more than 3,500 species of fish, including stingrays and seven species of sharks. At the very bottom of its huge bowl, filled with 2.5 million liters of water and 87 tons of salt, there’s a deep-sea tunnel with a transparent lift. Just imagine diving into the very abyss of the ocean!
Address: Tower St, Hull HU1 4DP
Thorpe Park is a breathtaking epicenter of rides located in Surrey, which is 26 miles away from London downtown. It will take you between 30 and 50 minutes to reach it in a hire car.
The park offers rides for any taste: both for thrill-seekers and kids. For example, SAW the Ride is influenced by a famous horror movie. The attraction is a creepy island, at one end of which you can ride a roller coaster under a huge saw, and at the other end, you go through an eerie maze where the most terrible scenes from the film are staged.
Another famous SWARM ride is an opportunity to survive the real Apocalypse through a series of masterfully simulated disasters and accidents. Incredible speed, sharp jumps, complete separation from the ground and reality, genuine horror - all this is provided for the daredevils who won’t be afraid to try one of the highest attractions in Thorpe Park.
Thorpe Park's latest ride is the new Angry Birds, which will surely delight fans of the legendary toy. Find yourself in the very center of events, surrounded by gusts of wind, smoke, light flashes and try to win this funny war!
Address: Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN