Things to do with kids

Looking for ways to make the most of the school holidays and time with the family? Look no further! We’ve got great boredom-busting ideas for fun-packed family breaks to keep kids of all ages entertained, amused and even educated (but don’t tell them that!).

Top 5 Free Days Out

Some of the best days out in Britain are also completely free and, with rooms from only £35 per night, you can treat your family to a short break without breaking the bank.

Natural History Museum, London At the Natural History Museum, see your children’s faces light up as they come face-to-face with the natural world, from full-sized dinosaurs to the tiniest insects. Education has never been so much fun. Hotels near Natural History Museum
National Railway Museum, York A great place to give young children a big day out, for nothing, in York. Boys and girls of all ages will have fun climbing onto full-sized and miniature trains. Hotels near National Railway Museum
Wollaton Hall, Nottingham A great Nottingham attraction, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion, brimming with centuries of history and adventure. Watch out for amazing exhibitions, including the "Superhero Bat Trail" which runs until September. Hotels near Woolaton Hall

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Warwickshire Redwings Oxhill, near Stratford-upon-Avon, is home to almost 90 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, so if your little ones are horse-mad, this is the place for you. Hotels near Redwings Horse Sanctuary
Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Telling the story of Manchester’s industrial and transport innovations, there are countless hands-on exhibits to discover. Smell a real working steam engine, create your own tornado and fly your own jet on the Fly 360 flight simulator. Hotels in Manchester

Top 5 Things to do for the Under 5s

Britain is full of wonderful things for the under 5s - it took us some time to pick our favourites. Here’s our top 5 perfect for pre-schoolers and bigger kids too! 

Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Halifax With over 400 interactive exhibits for curious kids aged 0-11, this exciting museum is the perfect spot for a fun family day out. Explore the museum’s six themed zones – from the Spark Gallery to the Soundspace – before stopping for a tasty treat in the café. Hotels near Eureka Museum
Chester Zoo One of the country’s most popular visitor attractions, Chester Zoo is a great family day out, with over 20,000 varieties of animal to see. There are also lots of talks and exhibitions to inspire the next David Attenborough. Hotels near Chester Zoo
Peppa Pig World, Paulton This famous day out will have you all jumping up and down in muddy puddles with excitement. Don’t miss the Windy Castles ride, where you sit in a cloud and gently float up above the park. Hotels near Peppa Pig World

Troll hunting, Isle of Wight Incorporating the Red Squirrel Trail, the Troll Trail is a great way to show younger children the amazing wildlife on the Isle of Wight, as well as mythical creatures to fuel their wildest imaginations. Isle of Wight hotels
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens The statue is located exactly where Peter lands beside the ‘Long Water’, in the tale ‘The Little White Bird’. Use your smartphone to magically bring the statue to life and to get a phone call from Peter Pan. Hotels near Kensington Gardens

Top 5 Outdoor Days Out for Teenagers

Computers and mobiles away – it’s time for action with these thrill-filled days out your teen will love.

Coniston Falconry Centre, Yorkshire Get up close and personal with the birds and learn about their amazing abilities from friendly and knowledgeable instructors, as you enjoy the beautiful countryside views during this hands-on experience. Hotels near Coniston Falconry Centre
Off-Road Motorbiking, Devon For teenagers with a truly adventurous nature, Wheeldon is for all levels of rider ability. From complete novices to experienced competition riders, there are two all-weather indoor arenas to choose from, and miles of green lane routes to explore on your motorbikes outside. Devon hotels
Beamish Museum A living, working museum in North East England inhabited by costumed demonstrators from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, transport back in time. Head to the Pit Village, have a go at driving a Beamish tram and bake your own bread! Hotels near Beamish Museum

Alton Towers Alton Towers is the ultimate short break for families with teenagers. Scream your way through the adrenaline rushes of famous rides like Oblivion and Nemesis and discover other thrills, like Tree Top Quest. Hotels near Alton Towers
Go Ape in Trent Park Just minutes from Cockfosters tube station, The North London Go Ape Centre is a fun way to enjoy the wide open spaces of Trent Park as you swing from a tree. You can, of course, have fun in over 30 Go Ape centres across the UK. Hotels near Go Ape

Top 5 Rainy Day Activities for Families

While you can’t always rely on the weather, you can make sure it doesn’t spoil your family fun when you pick one of our favourite places for rainy days.

Indoor Ski Slope, Hemel Hempstead Swap your rainy day for a snow day and get ready to hurtle down the 160m indoor slope, made from real snow! Take lessons on skis or snowboards or just show off your skills if you’re a seasoned pro. Hemel hotels
Harry Potter Studio Tour, Watford Wands at the ready, it’s all aboard the Hogwarts Express at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden. Experience the magic of the mindblowing film sets, iconic costumes and even sample the sweet tasting Butterbeer! Hotels near Harry Potter Studios
Rollercoaster Waterslide, Blackpool Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool is a labyrinth of twisting, turning slides, pools and chutes. The Aztec Falls sweeps you along tunnels by gallons of water. And on Masterblaster, riders on rafts travel at high speeds, down great drops and even uphill. Blackpool hotels

Madame Tussauds Mingle with a dazzling variety of stars at one of Madame Tussauds’ famous waxwork museums. Pose with royalty and get close to your favourite celebrities. Hotels near Madame Tussauds
National Aquarium, Fife Home to the longest underwater tunnel in the UK, Deep Sea World is home to one of the largest collection of sharks in Europe in conditions that are as close as possible to their natural habitat. Hotels near Deep Sea World

Britain’s Top 5 Cultural Attractions

These great cultural hotspots are so much fun that they won’t even realise they’re learning!

Eden Project, Cornwall Here, massive Biomes housing the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and stories serve as a backdrop to striking contemporary gardens, summer concerts and exciting year-round family events. Cornwall hotels
Edinburgh Castle Home to the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles, this castle dominates the city as it sits on top of Castle Rock. Head down to the old prison vaults or take a tour of the Royal Palace and see the famous Stone of Destiny. Edinburgh hotels
Roman Baths, Bath The centrepiece to any visit to the wonderful City of Bath, the Roman Baths are a fascinating insight into Roman life. There are even actors in costume, ready to bring Roman culture to life. Bath hotels

Yorkshire Sculpture Park Often named the best place in the world to see sculpture, every year 400,000 visitors come to Yorkshire’s 500 acre Sculpture Park. Come and combine culture, exercise and fresh air. Hotels near Yorkshire Sculpture Park
British Museum The first national public museum in the world, its remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history, including inspiring objects like the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. Hotels near British Museum