The most popular summer staycation spots for families

  • Premier Inn booking data reveals the most popular family holiday destinations in the UK for summer 2019

  • London takes the top spot, but the top 10 includes the likes of Dover and Exeter

  • Scottish cities Glasgow and Edinburgh are more popular for families than any other city outside of the capital
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With Summer holiday season soon to be in full swing, we’ve revealed the most popular places for a child friendly staycation. Using our data on summer 2019 bookings made by families, London took the title but it was Scotland that dominated the top three, with Glasgow and Edinburgh ranking second and third for the season’s most popular UK family destinations.

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See the full list below for some summer holiday inspiration!

London

With so much to do for families it’s no wonder that the English capital is the nation’s most popular 2019 UK family break. With the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more, London is perfect for site seeing. Also, home to the National History Museum and the Science Museum, the city’s perfect for both educating and entertaining the family at the same time.

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Guide to London

Glasgow

The Scottish city of Glasgow boasts some of the best entertainment in the UK with the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and the National Theatre of Scotland all within the city borders. Making it an ideal choice for a family looking for some culture in one of the most historical cities in Britain.

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Guide to Glasgow

Edinburgh

The second Scottish city on the list and following closely behind Glasgow is the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Famed for its beautiful historic architecture and cobbled streets, the city has something to enjoy for the entire family. If you’re a family that loves the great outdoors, a short walk out of the centre takes you to the sprawling green space of Holyrood Park, home to the famous Arthur’s Seat.

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Guide to Edinburgh

Manchester

The city of Manchester is jam-packed with unique and vibrant restaurants, shops, museums and galleries, not to mention being home to two footballing powerhouses. For the footballing mad families, both Manchester United and City offer regular tours of their stadium, where you can walk out onto the pitch and experience the players tunnels for yourself.

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Guide to Manchester

Dover

One of the largest ports for ferries in the UK, there’s more to Dover than just the Channel crossing! A town full of history, Dover is perfect for any young, budding historians. Check out Dover Castle or the famed White Cliffs of Dover on your stay. Or alternatively, the historic city of Canterbury is just a stones throw away.

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Guide to Dover

Bournemouth

The coastal town of Bournemouth boasts one of the best beaches in the UK, so is perfect for a summer staycation. The award-winning beach was actually voted the sixth best beach in Europe by Trip Advisor, doing away with the need to travel far for a great beach. So, bring your bucket and spade and start making those sand castles.

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Guide to Bournemouth

Liverpool

Famed home of The Beatles, Liverpool is a city that’s rich in musical history. Families can enjoy multiple museums, shops and many an activity around the city, such as retracing the steps of John and Paul. Ideal for children that are showing a flair for music. Also, for those who aren’t afraid of heights, there are few places that offer a better view across the city than the Radio City Tower. The iconic structure stands at over 400 feet tall and offers a 360-degree view across Liverpool.

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Guide to Liverpool

Newcastle

Number eight on the list is the north east city of Newcastle. Perhaps best known for the famous Angel of the North, the city also boasts the largest planetarium in the North. The award-winning Life Science Centre planetarium is perfect for a fun family day out and with a 4D motion simulator ride and live science shows it has something for kids of all ages.

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Guide to Newcastle

Southampton

The port city of Southampton on the south coast is home to a whole host of activities, perfect for a day out with the family. The Solent Sky Museum showcases the exciting history of aviation in the city, whilst the SeaCity Museum hosts an interactive model of the Titanic, which famously departed from Southampton on its infamous 1912 voyage.

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Guide to Southampton

Exeter

The final location on our list is the ancient city of Exeter. Dating back to the Roman era the city is rife with beautiful architecture including the City Walls, Gothic Cathedral and Exeter Castle making it one of the most historically interesting cities in the UK. The city is also close to some beautiful coastline, so the kids can enjoy the beach after all the culture.

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Guide to Exeter