Though our adventures abroad might have been put on hold for the time being, there are still plenty of hidden gems in the UK that are perfect for the whole family to explore. So, whether you’re searching for a city break this summer or looking for some countryside fun, here are some of the best UK holiday destinations for families with kids.
Where else to start but London? Our country’s capital is, as you’d expect, jam-packed with family-friendly entertainment for city-hoppers of all ages. Little explorers can marvel at the incredible artifacts in the Natural History Museum, whilst older kids will enjoy broadening their minds at the British Museum and the Science Museum. Young adventurers can pay a quick visit to the astounding Buckingham Palace, before stretching their legs at one of the many beautiful London parks, (top tip: boating on the Serpentine at Hyde Park, or visiting the ultra-cool dinosaur statues at Crystal Palace will always go down a treat!)
As well as the hundreds of fun activities for adults and children alike, London also has loads of options for family-friendly food! From the famous Rainforest Café and the Hard Rock, to Michelin star restaurants, there’s endless possibilities for even the fussiest of eaters.
For families who love waves and water sports, the coast of Cornwall is the ideal destination to visit. As well as coastline fun for thrill-seekers, the Roseland Peninsula offers a string of treats for families who just love to get outdoors in the great British countryside. Favourites include the Eden Project, which hosts the largest rainforest in captivity, and the Lost Gardens of Heligan that were overgrown since WWI but were recently rediscovered and restored to its former beauty.
If you’ve got older kids who love history, York is the place to visit. Visit some of the most haunted streets in England, walk a section of the 13th-century city walls, discover the Jorvik Viking Centre let the kids get their hands dirty in four excavation pits littered with finds that resemble real archaeological digs – and finally, explore The famous York Dungeons for real-life depictions of York’s most gruesome historic periods.
With its iconic Palace Pier, Brighton not only offers one of the country’s most famous (and fun) fairgrounds, but it’s also a great choice if you want that beach-holiday feeling without going abroad.
Little ones can enjoy a day by the waves, whilst older adrenaline junkies might want to try their hand at some of the many water sports that are on offer; including jet skiing, surfing and the more peaceful option of BOTE paddle board. In the evening, explore the quaint North Laines, find some live entertainment or simply grab some dinner with a view at the beautiful Brighton Marina.
Liverpool’s vibrant cultural scene rivals that of London, but without the Captial’s price tag – so it’s really no wonder that it’s one the top British cities to visit. With a fantastic range of museums and art galleries that really put the family first, you can all enjoy your dose of culture before exploring the historic Albert Dock and enjoying the stunning waterfront.