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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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 museum, Halifax

Totally dedicated to kids of the curious kind aged 0-11, there’s over 400 interactive exhibits at this super-fun museum. Little ones can head into Boulder Mountain and build pyramids and explore a magic garden full of singing flowers. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Roman Baths and Pump Room, 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.

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.

British Museum, London

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. 

Cycling trails

Enjoy the beauty of the UK on two wheels. We’ve selected the best trails in England and Scotland, so you can plan the perfect cycling break, whatever your level of experience. Premier Inn welcomes bikes too, so you know it’ll be in safe hands.

Short breaks

Beaches, cities, spas, countryside... Britain has it all. So instead of heading abroad, why not take a short break in the UK? From London theatre breaks to shopping in Edinburgh, or walking in the Peak District, our getaway ideas cover all bases.