I put myself in your place. You visit the United Kingdom with children for the first time. You want to see as much of our island as possible, but you don’t want to wear everyone down in the process. So I think you’re here for a fortnight and don’t want more than five stopovers. And, while I’d love to wear your Jimmy Choos, I expect you’ll mostly wear your Converse and have clothes packed for every weather system.
Anyway, I digress – you’ll find that we Brits love to talk about the weather because it’s so predictable and unpredictable. Here are my top five UK holiday destinations with children.
Places to visit with the family in the UK
I guess London is where you’re going to land, and I’m going to suggest that you check in and visit our capital for at least four nights. It’s a very big city and you’re not going to see everything, but enjoy the tasting menu and come back some more when the kids are older.
Look for a hotel that is central and within walking distance of a metro station and one of the fantastic royal parks — Regents Park, Hyde Park, St. James Park, Green Park or Kensington Gardens. At Ciao Bambino Family Vacation Advisor Team can help you book the perfect property for your family, with plenty of approved options in fantastic locations for sightseeing.
While in the center, visit London Zoo, Tower Bridge, the Science Museum, Buckingham Palace and the Museum of London (voted one of the most family-friendly museums in the UK), and wander Covent Garden enjoying the free street performers. Also attend a show. If the big musicals don’t work, the Unicorn Theater is a theater dedicated to children, where there is normally something great to play.
I could go on and on, but you haven’t been here long and need plenty of breaks from the parks I mentioned before.
It’s so hard to choose a handful of must-see places for a visit to the UK, but I think the next stop from London should be the Cotswolds, about an hour and a half from the city by car. It’s worth hiring a car for this stage as there are so many pretty villages to visit that relying on public transport could become irritating.
After London’s manic urban vibe, you’ll probably want to pick a nice country hotel to relax in for at least two nights here. That’s just enough time to visit the spa town of Bath and maybe even take a dip in Britain’s only natural spa at Thermae Bath Spa; have a cream tea in a nearby village; explore the Cotswolds Wildlife Park; and enjoy the activities offered by your hotel.
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Next stop, york, by train or by car for a few nights. York’s historic center has links to the Roman, Viking and medieval eras, and is a beautiful walled city in which to spend time. Children of all ages will enjoy the Jorvik Viking Center at the archaeological site of the Viking city of Jorvik. Climb aboard a time capsule and prepare to travel back in time as you bring that era to life.
York is also home to a huge Gothic cathedral, York Minster; the National Railway Museum; and York Castle Museum, where a Victorian street scene is recreated for you to wander around. If you have a car, you can also head out into the countryside and explore the rugged Yorkshire Dales National Park.
From York I would take a train over the Scottish border to Edinburgh and check in directly at the Balmoral Hotel, a short walk from the train station, for a few more nights.
Edinburgh Castle hasn’t been named one of Britain’s top heritage attractions for nothing, so a visit is a must. Then there’s the rather wonderful Royal Botanic Gardens, just north of the city centre, which often hold family events, and the Children’s Museum is fun to see.
Held alongside Edinburgh’s spectacular Royal Military Tattoo throughout August, the world-famous Edinburgh Festival is a great time to visit the city, even with children, as there are plenty of events for them. are destined. But – you’ve been warned – you need to book accommodation months in advance. Edinburgh is a city of festivals and many other events are organized throughout the year for families.
From Edinburgh you can also take a day trip to Glasgow and the Scottish Seabird Centre, or you can drive to scottish highlands and Loch Ness to spot the Loch Ness Monster. You’ll also find the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in this area; the views are awesome.
From Edinburgh I would fly all the way across Britain to Newquay in Cornwall for four relatively relaxing days before catching a flight to London and then back home. During your stay, you can visit the Eden Project, home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, and spend time exploring the quaint coastal villages and stretches of golden sands of Cornwall. Make sure your stay in Cornwall includes a fish and chip tasting!
If you’re not ready for extra flights during your trip, consider heading south from Scotland and exploring the Lake District or Peak District en route to London. Both are national parks known more for their incredible natural beauty than for their tourist attractions.