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Top UK destinations for when the lockdown ends

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New research claims that Britain is a nation of dreamers who fantasise about what they’ll do when the lockdown is over – with three-quarters admitting they have taken their previous freedom for granted.

A survey of 2,000 UK adults for Hyundai revealed we are typically spending 20 minutes per day thinking about what we’ll do post-lockdown – that’s 11 hours since the restrictions were introduced.

First up will be a trip to see a much-loved relative, followed by a bite to eat at a restaurant or café, a drink in the pub and a no-doubt urgent appointment at the hairdressers.

When it comes to attractions, the most popular destination is a National Trust park or property, followed by the Natural History Museum, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, London Zoo and Alton Towers.

And 17 per cent said they are looking forward to visiting a beach – with the surfing paradise of Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, topping the list ahead of Bournemouth, Brighton, Perranporth and Blackpool.

More than three quarters (77 per cent) of those questioned said they have taken their previous

“The freedom to be able to just jump in the car and go for a drive is something that a lot of people are really missing,” said a Hyundai spokesperson.

“There will be plenty of time to do the things we love again though once it’s safe to do so.”

As well as top beaches and attractions, Hyundai has also picked out 10 great roads for Brits to drive on when we’re allowed back in our cars for non-essential journeys.

Top 10 beaches Brits want to visit when lockdown is over:

  1. Fistral
  2. Bournemouth
  3. Brighton
  4. Perranporth
  5. Blackpool
  6. Torquay
  7. Woolacombe
  8. Bamburgh
  9. Durdle Door
  10. Rhossili

Top 10 attractions Brits want to visit when lockdown is over:

  1. National Trust park /property
  2. Natural History Museum
  3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  4. London Zoo
  5. Alton Towers
  6. Eden Project
  7. Brighton Pier
  8. Science Museum
  9. Tower of London
  10. National Gallery

10 great roads to drive on when the lockdown is over:

  • A686 – The Roof of England – Penrith to Haydon Bridge
  • The A39 – Atlantic Highway – Minehead to Bude
  • A4069 – Black Mountain Pass – Llandovery to Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen
  • A5, A543, B4501 – Evo Triangle
  • A82 – Loch Lomond to Loch Ness
  • Abergwesyn Pass – Tregaron to Llyn Brianne
  • A57 – Snake Pass – Glossop to Ladybower
  • B3135 – Cheddar Gorge – Cheddar to Ashwick
  • B3306 – St Ives to St Just
  • A2 – The Glens of Antrim – Portrush to Ballycastle

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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