If you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking forward to the family holiday all year. But there’s always the worry it’s going to be more stress than it’s worth. Will everyone enjoy it? Will the kids get along? Will there be enough to keep you all busy?
You don’t have to jet off on a plane to find a great holiday destination, there are plenty of amazing places close to home. Here are some of the best family-friendly destinations for a UK based holiday…
Kids won’t have time for cries of ‘I’m bored!’ if you head to Belfast. There are so many things to do and see that your main concern will be fitting everything in.
Make your way around Belfast Zoo to see animals from all over the world, including elephants and monkeys, or set off on a self-guided mystery treasure trail and learn more about the city as you solve the puzzles and figure out who the guilty party is.
If you need to relax, the Botanic Gardens offer a peaceful escape. There’s also a hop-on, hop-off bus, so you can sit down and see the sights from the top of a double-decker.
Scotland’s capital has lots of interesting history, satisfying the most inquisitive children and grown-ups alike.
There’s the castle, which overlooks the coast and is home to a host of historical exhibits. Then there’s the Museum of Childhood, which looks at how growing up has changed over the years and will bring back memories for everyone!
And don’t forget to pay a visit to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. This fascinating interactive museum will keep you all occupied for hours with its activities, including a mirror maze and a vortex tunnel.
Find more things to do in Edinburgh at Day Out with The Kids.
3. The Isle of Wight
A classic seaside holiday, the Isle of Wight is an excellent option if you’ve already started a family and have another little one on the way. Children will have fun playing on the beaches and paddling in the sea, while mum-to-be will enjoy the relaxation being by the coast inspires (according to research, sea air helps you absorb more oxygen, which allows you to unwind, plus the sound of waves lapping at the shore is very calming).
If gentle activities are on the cards, there are lots of opportunities to walk or cycle around the island. Children will love the themed worlds at Blackgang Chine, where they can play and let off some steam, and you’ll all enjoy exploring the history of the Brading Roman Villa. This is one of the best places to just relax and go with the flow, so as advised by 1Cover, make sure you don’t overplan.
Pembrokeshire is the UK’s only coastal national park, so be sure to hit the beach. The isolated sand dunes of Barafundle Bay are so pristine you’ll struggle to believe you’re still in the UK. It’s best visited with older children (you can’t take pushchairs down the cliffs) and you can head into Stackpole village for a bite to eat at the pub afterwards.
If you’re travelling with younger children, Tenby is ideal. You can enjoy activities on the beach, take boat trips to see if you can spot the nearby seals, or head slightly inland to visit the dinosaur park. If it rains (this is the UK, after all!) then there are indoor attractions to enjoy too, including the Tudor Merchant’s House and the local museum and art gallery.
Where are your favourite destinations in the UK for a family holiday? Let us know in the comments.