Here are five child-friendly UK holiday ideas your family can use this year when planning your family holiday.
Go Metropolitan with London
Offering the attractions of a big city, London is a great destination for families who are looking for a break in a fast-paced atmosphere. Your family can stay in a posh hotel or save some money by choosing mid-range accommodations. When you’re in the City, don’t forget to visit the following family-friendly destinations:
• The London Eye
• Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
• Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
• Cartoon Museum
• Kensington Gardens, featuring the Peter Pan Statue and Diana Memorial Playground wooden pirate ship
• City farms, a free way to experience farmyard animals like pigs, goats, sheep, chicken and even donkeys and horses
Ireland Castle Tour
Castles are fun for kids of all ages (including parents!) to explore. Rent a car and drive through the country to visit the historic castles that are throughout Ireland. In the Belfast area alone, there are several castles for your family to visit, including Belfast Castle, Carrickfergus Castle and Castle Ward.
Your holiday doesn’t have to be limited to castles. There are plenty of fun places to take the kids while in Ireland, including the following locations found in and near Belfast:
• Fun Works Play Centre
• Belfast Zoo
• Cave Hill Adventurous Playground
• whowhatwherewhywhy (W5)
• Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
Glasgow Ski/Snowboarding Adventure
If your family like to be active, why not take them on a ski and snowboarding holiday in Glasgow? The Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre offers holiday ski school for families so everyone can sharpen their skills and have fun on the slopes.
When you’ve had your fill of outdoor fun, your family can get out of the cold by visiting Xscape Braehead, an indoor entertainment centre that features an indoor snow slope, rock climbing, adventure golf, bowling, laser games and a 12 screen cinema. The centre also has eateries and shops so mum and dad can have fun, too.
Of course, there are plenty of other family-friendly in Glasgow, too, such as the Glasgow Science Centre and the Jurassic Jungle, which is an indoor adventure soft play centre.
Life’s a Beach in Brighton
Beach holidays have always been a popular family holiday in the UK. Traveling to the beach can be very inexpensive and relaxing.
Brighton in East Sussex was actually one of the first seaside resorts in Europe and offers families a pebble beach and entertainment options including the Brighton Pier, which features an amusement park on the sea.
Other family-friendly activities in Brighton include:
• Brighton Sea Life Centre
• Toy and Model Museum
• Hove Park
Family Fun in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has been named one of the most family-friendly city in the UK, making it a perfect destination for your family.
When your family visits Edinburgh, it’s faced with a wide array of options to keep both the parents and kids happy.
These options include:
• Edinburgh Zoo
• Gorgie City Farm, where kids have the option of working alongside a farmer
• Tenpin Edinburgh Fountain Park
• Weans World Screenings, a cinema specializing in Toddler-friendly fims
• Tours for teens including Underground City of the Dead, Haunted Graveyard Tour and Twisted Tales of St. Andrews
• Our Dynamic Earth Museum
• Museum of Childhood
Holidays are a brilliant way to bond with your children. And, thankfully, nowadays families don’t have to shell out money or max out their credit card to have a memorable holiday. Instead, they can explore everything that the UK has to offer by taking a more local holiday.