I am looking for vacation suggestions for my family. We will be living in Manchester, UK for 9 months starting this June. We would like to make the most of our time there (we are from the US) and travel a bunch. We are looking to do a week possibly in August and definitely in October. We generally prefer countryside to city. Maybe some coastal/beach areas. We will have our two young children ages 5 and almost 3 with us. We also would like advice as to whether we should drive to our destinations, fly or take the train.
Thank you for all of your help!