There’s no need to assume that your motorhome is only suitable for trips heading towards wild countryside.

In fact, many people love using them as a base for exploring some of the beautiful cities in the UK and Europe.

Here are a few ideas from the team here at Derby Motorhomes about motorhome city breaks in the UK you might wish to think about.


The historic capital of Scotland, this usually appears in any consideration of the top three most beautiful cities of the UK.

It is simply packed with things to do and see as well as having the additional benefit of being surrounded by some beautiful countryside to the south and north. Some of the coastal towns around the Firth of Forth are also well worth exploring if, though it’s unlikely, you tire of Edinburgh’s attractions.

True, you may struggle to find a site for your motorhome in the city centre itself but there are plenty in surrounding areas that are serviced by good public transport links.

Do note that like many cities, Edinburgh now has major traffic restriction measures in place.


This is an ancient city with still visible Roman, Viking, Anglo-Saxon and medieval sites.

The cathedral is the focal point of the town but there are simply stacks of other attractions including the medieval Shambles, the Viking centre of Yorvik and the city walls themselves.

You can also take in the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire coastline for some stunning scenery while you’re there.

Stratford upon Avon

True, in the peak holiday season of July and August this charming small town can become a little packed with tourists. However, at other times of the year, it is much more manageable and it’s great to see its historic buildings including those associated with Shakespeare.

In the surrounding countryside, you’ll also find other towns that are more than worth a visit including Warwick, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and plenty of others.


Now it’s perfectly true that Manchester doesn’t often score highly in terms of the picturesque quality of its city centre but that shouldn’t detract from its many attractions.

There are some great major galleries, museums and above all a very trendy commercial life on display in the centre of the city.

It’s also well positioned to explore some of the industrial museums and heritage of towns in Lancashire to the north and Cheshire to the south.

Top tips for exploring city centres

Don’t forget that, particularly in holiday seasons, good sites close to city centres can be snapped up very quickly by eager motorhome owners. So, make sure that you book in advance where motorhome city breaks are concerned.

If you can, take some personal transport with you like cycles. It’ll make it much easier for you to get around and you’ll be less likely to run into some of the traffic congestion that, however much you try to avoid it, can be a fact of life with areas surrounding major conurbations.

It might also be highly advisable to seek sites that are located within very easy reach of good public transport services into the city. Not all cities are necessarily equally well equipped in terms of the transport infrastructure, so a little internet research will be essential.

As was mentioned to be specifically the case in Edinburgh, it’s always a good idea to avoid, if possible, taking your motorhome into a city centre. You might get lucky but you won’t want to lose a lot of your precious exploring time simply driving around one way systems while trying to find a car park that will accept motorhomes.

Above all, remember to have fun!

Tim Lemon
Sales Director at Derby motorhomes
Hello to all our old customers and a warm welcome to all you new ones. I am Tim Lemon sales director here at Derby motorhomes in the centre of Derby in the UK. We specialise in selling brand new and second home Auto Sleeper motorhomes and campervans. For a personal appointment please contact me on +44 (0) 1322 360222 option one. Kind regards Tim.