Family breaks in the UK

Looking for ways to make the most of the school holidays and time with the family? Look no further! From half term breaks to summer getaways, we’ve got boredom-busting ideas for fun-packed family trips that will keep all ages entertained. Some of the best attractions in the UK are free to visit and, thanks to our great-value rooms, you can treat your family to UK short breaks without breaking the bank! Check out our exciting list of attractions and discover some of the best things to do with the kids this May half term 2024.  

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Theme Parks in the UK

Our great value hotels near theme parks across the UK turn fun days out into weekend breaks for the whole family!

Most are only a short drive away from these popular attractions, and offer everything you need for great family getaways, from mouth-watering meals to free Wi-Fi and super-comfy beds.
 

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Natural History Museum

See your children’s faces light up at the Natural History Museum as they come face-to-face with full-sized dinosaurs to the tiniest insects.

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National Railway Museum

Boys and girls of all ages will have fun climbing onto full-sized and miniature trains at the National Railway Museum in York.

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Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

A great Nottingham attraction, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion, brimming with centuries of history and adventure.

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Days out with small children

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

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Eureka! Halifax

With over 400 interactive exhibits for kids aged 0-11, this museum in Halifax is the perfect spot for a fun family day out. Explore the museum’s six themed zones – from the Spark Gallery to the Soundspace.

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Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is a fantastic family day out, with over 20,000 varieties of animal to see. There are also lots of talks and exhibitions to inspire the next generation of budding David Attenboroughs.

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Peppa Pig World

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.

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Days out with teenage kids

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

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Coniston Falconry Centre

Get up close and personal with the birds and learn about their amazing abilities from friendly and knowledgeable instructors, as you enjoy this hands-on experience.

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Beamish Museum

A working museum in North East England inhabited by costumed demonstrators from Victorian and Edwardian times. Head to the Pit Village, have a go at driving a Beamish tram and bake your own bread!

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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. 

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Rainy day activities for the family

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.

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Wands at the ready, 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 Butterbeer!

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Madame Tussauds

Mingle with a dazzling variety of stars at one of Madame Tussauds’ famous waxwork museums. Get to pose with royalty and mingle with your favourite celebrities.

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Deep Sea World, 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. 

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Cultural attractions for the family

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

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Eden Project

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. 

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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.

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The Roman Baths

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.

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FAQs about May half term 2024

When are the May half term holidays? 

 

The May half term holidays in 2024 run from Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May, so you can look forward to enjoying free UK activities, spending fun days out with the kids or just discovering somewhere new! Get some inn-spiration from our coastal breaks guide if you’re staying by the sea, or check out some of the best places to visit in spring.  

 

Where is the best place to visit in May half term? 

 

From the iconic Flower Festival in the heart of Manchester to the Festival of Imagination near our Cornwall hotels at the popular Eden Project, you’ll find plenty of spring events in the UK to visit in the half term holidays. You don’t need to wait for an event to have fun with the kids though – enjoy family days out at UK theme parks like LEGOLAND® Windsor, take the little ones to meet the animals at popular spots like Dublin Zoo, get out and explore the great outdoors at National Trust sites, and more! 

 

What are the best ways to stay with us on May half term breaks? 

 

Great news for families – thanks to our super-comfy beds, free Wi-Fi and family-friendly rooms, our Premier Inn hotels are perfect for family breaks this May half term. Did we mention our on-site restaurants? Not only can you look forward to delicious and nutritious meals for all ages, but best of all, when an adult orders a full Premier Inn Breakfast or Meal Deal, up to two kids eat breakfast for free!  

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