Family breaks in the UK

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!).

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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.

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Natural History Museum

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.

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National Railway Museum

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.

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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. Watch out for amazing exhibitions, including the "Superhero Bat Trail" which runs until September.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 the beautiful countryside views during this hands-on experience.

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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!

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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 and discover other thrills, like Tree Top Quest. 

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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, 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!

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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.

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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

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. 

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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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