Top UK Attractions with EV Charging Stations

Photo of the Angel of the North in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

With the end of summer in sight and evenings getting darker earlier, it's time to make the most of those daylight hours, and your electric vehicle is itching to be driven somewhere fun. 

While most UK destinations and tourist attractions have electric charging stations nearby, having them on-site is always handy, as your EV can charge whilst you enjoy yourself. That’s why we’ve compiled the below list of the best EV-friendly UK destinations!

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Thorpe Park

Not only does Thorpe Park have the UK's fastest roller coaster, the UK's only winged roller coaster, and the world's first horror-themed roller coaster; but it also has two on-site charging stations operated by BP Pulse (Type 2, 4kW)! To access these, you will need to purchase a car parking ticket (which includes the charging cost). The cheapest method to buy a ticket is online, costing £7. If you choose to pay on the day, it will cost between £8 - £10. To find out more and purchase your car parking ticket, click here

Directions: THORPE PARK Resort, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8PN.

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Photo Credit: Jeremy Thompson - https://flic.kr/ps/v644L

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures boasts a theme park, zoo, sea life centre, and two on-site charging stations operated by Pod Point (Type 2, 4kW)! To access these, you will need to purchase a car parking ticket (which includes the charging cost) and bring your own charging leads. If you are a hotel guest or a Merlin VIP Annual Pass holder, parking is free. For all others, tickets must be purchased for £10. To find out more and purchase your car parking ticket, click here.

Directions: Chessington World of Adventures, Leatherhead Rd, Chessington, KT9 2NE.

Photo of Chessington World of Adventures rollercoaster, taken by Jeremy Thompson - https://flic.kr/ps/v644L
Photo Credit: Jeremy Thompson - https://flic.kr/ps/v644L

Center Parcs

If you’re planning on going on holiday to Center Parcs, good news - there are four charging stations at the Elvendon, Longleat, Sherwood, Whinfell and Woburn sites (Type 2, 7kW) operated by Pod Point. It’s recommended that you book a charging point in advance, as this will guarantee and reserve a space for the first 3 - 4 nights of your stay. Charging can only occur overnight and you will need to download the VendElectric App in order to charge your EV. To find out more and reserve your charging point, click here.

Directions: Choose the relevant resort from the link above for directions.

Photo of Center Parcs swimming pool, taken by Photo Credit: De Vossemeren - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Center_Parcs_-_De_Vossemeren,_2004.jpg
Photo Credit: De Vossemeren - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Center_Parcs_-_De_Vossemeren,_2004.jpg

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

While you’re exploring the wonders of the wizarding world, you can also be charging at one of the twenty-two on-site charging stations operated by Pod Point (Type 2, 7kW). Car parking is free at Warner Bros. Studio, but you will be required to pay for any charging. To find out more, click here.

Directions: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR.

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Photo Credit: Dave Catchpole - https://flic.kr/ps/NNc4u

Chester Zoo

At Chester Zoo you can rest assured that your vehicle will be topped up and charged while you’re away, looking at the 20,000 animals. There are twenty-six on-site charging stations operated by Pod Point (Type 2, 7kW). Car parking is free at Chester Zoo, but you will be required to pay for any charging. To find out more, click here.

Directions: Chester Zoo, ​​Upton, Chester, CH2 1EU.

Photo of a leopard at Chester Zoo

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

If naval history is your thing, then Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the place to visit - spend time marvelling at Henry VIII’s flagship ‘Mary Rose’, the Royal Navy's most famous warship ‘HMS Victory’, and the world-famous ‘HMS WARRIOR 1860’. At the dockyard, there are four on-site charging stations operated by BP Pulse (Type 2, 7kW & 4kW). You will need to pay for car parking and charging whilst at the dockyard. To find out more, click here.

Directions: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ.

Photo of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Eden Project

Explore the world’s largest indoor forest while your vehicle charges. At the Eden Project, there are three on-site charging stations operated by Zero Carbon World (x2 Type 2, 22kW, and x1 Type 1, 4kW), and a further three charging stations operated by GeniePoint (CCS & CHAdeMO, 50kW, and Type 2, 43kW). Both parking and charging are free to visitors of the Eden Project but operate on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more, click here

Directions: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG.

Photo of the Eden Project in St Austell, Cornwall

The Angel of the North

Antony Gormley's design has become one of the most viewed art pieces in the world, and if you fancy visiting and leaving with a full charge, you’re in luck! The Angel of the North car park has two on-site charging stations operated by Fastned (x2 CCS, 50 kW, x2 CHAdeMO, 50 kW, and x2 Type 2, 25 kW). Parking is free but you will need to pay for charging. To find out more, click here.   

Directions: Angel of the North Parking, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 7UA.

Photo of the Angel of the North in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Diggerland

The place where adults and children alike can operate real, fully-sized diggers and other construction machinery. With Diggerland sites in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, there are multiple on-site Tesla charging stations which are free to use for visitors. Those who are not visiting Diggerland can also charge by paying a £5 fee (maximum of two hours). To find out more, click here.

Directions: Choose the relevant Diggerland from the link above for directions.

Photo of Diggerland, taken by Photo Credit: Blake Hammond - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robots_at_Diggerland.jpeg
Photo Credit: Blake Hammond - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robots_at_Diggerland.jpeg

Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition

The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition opened over 30 years ago and explores the mystery of ‘Nessie’ through Scotland's geological past and folklore. There are two on-site charging stations operated by ChargePlace Scotland (CHAdeMO & CCS, 43 kW, and Type 2, 44 kW). To find out more, click here.  

Directions: Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, UK.

Photo of the Loch Ness exhibition centre, taken by Shadowgate - https://www.flickr.com/photos/shadowgate/
Photo Credit: Shadowgate - https://www.flickr.com/photos/shadowgate/

Logan Botanic Garden

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, visit Scotland’s most exotic garden, dating back to 1869. There are three on-site charging stations operated by ChargePlace Scotland (7 kW and 22 kW). To find out more, click here.

Directions: Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, DG9 9ND.

Photo of the Logan Botanic Gardens, taken by Humphrey Bolton - https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/1712
Photo Credit: Humphrey Bolton - https://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/1712

The Wave

Surf, camp and eat at Bristol’s in-land surfing destination for adults and children. There are two on-site charging stations (Type 2, 7 kW). To find out more, click here

Directions: The Wave, Washingpool Farm, Main Road, Easter Compton, Bristol, BS35 5RE.

Photo taken of man in wetsuit surfing a wave, taken by Ed Dunens - https://flic.kr/p/D9PdPK
Photo Credit: Ed Dunens - https://flic.kr/p/D9PdPK
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