With itinerary number four, we’re taking you on another East Coast trip – this time in England. Starting at the shores of Newcastle (also known as the Geordie Shore), our road trip planner takes you down to Whitby, Withernsea and Norwich. You might even get to sunbathe for a bit (if you’re lucky and the weather allows), but even if you don’t, there are plenty of sights along the way to brighten up even the most drizzle-strewn of day trips.
Remember to download PDF itinerary, which details in full all of our East Coast must-visits. And don’t forget you can make this road trip in four days – but pay for two, only with Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental.
Newcastle – Sunderland
In Newcastle, you can find us on Portobello Way and our branch is roughly 40 minutes away from Sunderland (via the A1231).
If you choose to explore a bit of Newcastle before you start your road trip, there are a few places you absolutely must visit. If you are fond of history, journey underground to explore the Victoria Tunnel (£6 entry); if you prefer an outdoor walk, check out the beautiful Quayside area of the city, there you can find lots of great places for drinks and food, and some seriously impressive bridges. Newcastle is big on parks too – the Jesmond Dene Park and the Rising Sun Country Park are particularly interesting. If you’re into football – St James’s Park on Barrack Rd should definitely be on your radar.
In the afternoon, make your way to Sunderland to continue the coastal road trip. In about half an hour, you’ll find yourself in this beautiful city. Of course, the first thing on your list should be the lovely beaches – especially Roker and Seaburn. The Souter Lighthouse is also a must-visit, you even can have coffee or go for a stroll in the little park behind it. If it’s cold or rainy make sure you pop into the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens – there’s even a little indoor Koi carp pond.
In the evening you can stay over in a hotel, a guesthouse, an inn or even camp in one of the area’s campsites. We recommend the Sunderland Marriott and Best Western Hotel, but most local guesthouses are just as good! It’s always a good idea to check TripAdvisor first.
Sunderland-Whitby-North York Moors National Park- Withernsea
The next morning, you can head down the A1018 and then the A19 for a nice Yorkshire coastal trip before getting on the A171 to Whitby. This seaside town is nothing short of a hidden gem – especially on a sunny day. The harbour often teems with boats and fishermen, which lends an authentic feel to the experience.. Once you’ve had enough of exploring, sit down for some – you guessed it – fish and chips! We like the Pier Inn and the Magpie Café, both easily found on the harbour side of town.
In the afternoon, you can drive to the nearby North York Moors National Park by simply following the A171. You might not get to the heart of the park, but you will get a taste of its natural beauty, especially the coastal views, which will take your breath away. Starting off in High Hawsker, through Ravenscar and down to Staintondale, you can expect a scenic drive.
In about two hours, you’ll reach another picturesque coastal town – Withernsea, where you can rest and enjoy a hearty dinner!
Waking up in Withernsea is really refreshing – with a nice breeze coming through the windows, and a full English breakfast by the sea. This resort is proud to be holding the European Blue Flag beach award for exceptionally clean waters and golden beaches. If you just walk to the south of this little town, you will find yourself at the Spurn Peninsula and The Spurn National Nature Reserve, great for bird watching and just general nature-lovers. If you’re feeling particularly outdoorsy, you can drive to the East Riding Of Yorkshire, where you can enjoy a long walk in the countryside.
At lunchtime, head to Queen Street to check out the local market and shops. Don’t miss the Lighthouse too – a landmark for Withernsea. Your coastal road trip continues down to Skegness by taking the A63, then the A15 and on to the A18 (roughly a 2-hour drive). You can stop for a coffee break in this beautiful town, which is one of the top seaside holiday destinations in the UK (there is even a circus from July–August)!
Continue down the A52, A16 and the A47 for another two-and-a-half-hour drive before you find yourself in Norwich. Our suggestion is that you book a room in the Park Farm Hotel or the Barnham Broom, so that you’re all rested for your day ahead.
In the morning, you can visit the Norwich Market (the UK’s largest open-air market), which has been in its original market location for over 900 years now. Norwich is a popular tourist destination and has exciting events all year round, such as the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the Shakespeare Festival and the Heritage Open Days. We strongly recommend visiting the Castle and the Cathedral and their respective museums.
In the afternoon, it’s time to head back to the branch in Newcastle to drop the car off. You’re looking at a five-hour drive back, so make sure you’ve had plenty of rest and stop for a cup of coffee as driving tired can be dangerous. The quickest way back is via Newark-On-Trent (A17), past Doncaster (A1) and Darlington- and then back to Newcastle!
Don’t forget that you can drop the rented car off in another branch (for instance, Milton Keynes, which is just two hours away), as long as you have let the other branch know.Back to Latest News