Fancy heading off on a family adventure? There are a dizzying array of options when it comes to deciding on fun, family friendly days out around the UK, but don’t worry, we’ve already done the hard part for you.
When it comes to days out with the kids, London has something for everyone. Check out the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour, featuring real sets from the movies (no muggles allowed) Why not get lost in a London museum? Whether it’s the Lancaster bombers of the RAF museum, or the Egyptian mummies of the British Museum, there’s loads to discover. You could get ‘papped’ with the Royal Family at Madame Tussauds, or go and see them for real at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The options are endless. There are plenty of London hotels to choose from, with options to suit every budget, and direct trains to London run from most major UK cities.
A modern city, buzzing with energy, you won’t be short of things to do in Manchester. You could laugh and learn with the Horrible Histories ‘Blitzed Brits’ exhibition at Imperial War Museum North or alternatively, if sport is more your thing, pay a visit to Old Trafford or the Etihad stadium, (depending on whether your loyalties lie with City or United, of course)… Manchester hotels have options ranging from budget accommodation to high-end choices such as the Hilton. Manchester is super accessible by train, with services including trains to Manchester from London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Liverpool.
One word: Chocolate! If you’re looking for things to do in Birmingham, and you have a sweet tooth, you should definitely pay Cadbury World a visit. For animal fans, Sea life Centre Birmingham is a must-see, plus your cheeky monkeys will absolutely love Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. Birmingham hotels include the highly rated Crown Plaza and Hyatt Regency, not to mention cheaper options such as the Ibis and Travelodge. Trains to Birmingham run frequently from London, Liverpool, Nottingham and Newcastle.
Without doubt, the best thing to do in Edinburgh is a trip to the Edinburgh Dungeon, (though we hope you’ll resist the temptation to leave your little monsters there) However, if they behave themselves, why not treat them to a trip inside the Museum of Childhood, which showcases toys and games from as far back as the 18th century? Edinburgh hotels include the the Holyrood aparthotel and the Best Western King’s Manor, both of which cater to families. Edinburgh by train is easy! Services run frequently from Birmingham, London, Leeds and Glasgow.
Are you an animal lover? If the answer is yes, Bristol Zoo Gardens is simply fantastic. It houses gorillas, lions and much, much more. The city is also home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s majestic ship SS Great Britain, one of the top-rated attractions in the UK. Bristol city centre is great for family dining too, restaurants in Bristol including the Clifton Sausage and the Gloucester Old Spot serving up tasty food in a family friendly atmosphere. Family hotels in Bristol include the Aztec hotel & Spa and the affordable Lodge on the Park. It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to take the train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads. Loads of train services are also available to Bristol from Cardiff, York, Southampton, Penzance and Weymouth.
There are plenty of things to do in the City by the sea, whether it’s a stroll along Brighton Pier or sunbathing on Brighton Beach, soaking up the friendly and fun atmosphere. You could stop off for a wander around the breathtaking Royal Pavilion and its beautiful asian-style gardens, before taking a turn on the Brighton Wheel. After all that excitement, you’ll deserve a rest; thankfully hotels in Brighton are plentiful, with an excellent selection bed and breakfast options, such as the charming and elegant Brighton Pavilions or the New Madeira Hotel with its gorgeous sea views. It takes as little as 1 hour to travel from London Victoria to Brighton, and trains to Brighton also run from Southampton, Ashford International and Gatwick Airport.
Fancy a trip to ‘The Toon’? Why aye, man! Newcastle is known for its friendly locals and thrilling quayside nightlife, but it’s actually a great place for a family visit too. No visit to Newcastle would be complete without stopping by the Discovery museum to check out artifacts of the North-East’s industrial heritage, but venturing further back in time, Newcastle is home to – surprise, surprise – a castle! The castle keep is open to visitors, though only the bravest go inside after dark, as legend has it the keep itself is haunted. If you need to find somewhere to hide under the covers after visiting a haunted castle; some top family friendly hotels in Newcastle include the Holiday Inn, Novotel and Roomzzz Newcastle city. Trains to Newcastle run frequently from London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Glasgow and Penzance.