Official summer holiday season is almost upon us! And low and behold, we’ve got the weather to match… so far! Pack you beach towels, your hiking boots, your fishing tackle (and maybe you rainy day games, just in case the real British summer decides to pay us a visit) and head of on your jollies!
Alternative Great British Summer Holiday Ideas
Whether you’re bound by school holidays or not, planning a summer break in the UK can take a lot of effort. Accommodation is often booked up months in advance and when you do manage to squeeze into one of our celebrated resorts, the crowds can make your time away a little less peaceful than you intended.
These summer holiday destinations offer some really quaint places to stay including brick farmhouses, centuries-old thatched cottages, quiet bungalows and apartments overlooking historic market squares. Whatever style you favour, your wallet will thank you – as will your travelling companions. You’ll enjoy more living space, added privacy and amenities that you’re used to at home.
Family-Friendly Holidays Your Kids Will Love
We have identified which destinations around the UK have the best reviewed family friendly amenities and entertainment – according to travellers reviews.
The result is tge following list of 15 top UK destinations for families.
Enjoy …. and happy holiday planning!
#15 BLACKPOOL, LANCASHIRE
For decades, Blackpool’s been the capital of good old fashioned entertainment. As it’s iconic tower approaches it’s 125th birthday, this town shows no signs of slowing down! What makes it one of the best family-friendly holiday destinations? Mainly, it’s the wealth of attractions and activities on offer to please all ages.
Penny Farm is perfect for toddlers and younger children to meet beautiful horses up close, while the excitement of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the thrill of The Big One Roller-coaster will get even the surliest of teenagers to crack a smile. From magic shows to Strictly’s Glittering Tower Ballroom, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled family stay in Blackpool.
#14 ST ANDREWS, FIFE
A university town might not be the most obvious place to go on holiday with the family, but there’s something special about st Andrews. Kids can let their imagination run wild as they explore the ruins of st Andrews Castle. They’ll also love exploring (not to mention tiring themselves out!) the wide sandy beaches of West Sands of Kingsbarns. Animal lovers will want to visit the st Andrews Aquarium and Scottish Deer Centre, and if there are any keen golfers in the family, this town will suit them down to a tee.
#13 CROMER, NORFOLK
This Norfolk coastal town is a firm favourite with families looking for traditional fun beside the sea. The surrounding area is packed with attractions to delight adventurers young and old, from riding the North Norfolk steam railway to having tree-top fun at the Pensthorpe Natural Park. But the real heart of the destination lies, of course, at the seaside. Don’t forget to sample some of the famous Cromer Crab and walk along the atmospheric Victorian pier while you’re there!
#12 CAMBER, EAST SUSSEX
With sand dunes stretching for miles along the picturesque East Sussex coast. Camber is one of the best family holiday destinations for relaxation. Kite-surfing is a must for sporty young things, while simply rolling along the beach is perfect for those who prefer a steadier pace.
This is “1066 country” with plenty to fascinate history buffs (or any little ones learning all about the battle of Hastings) including three castles. But, it’s attractions aren’t just historic: you can plan a submarine safari at the Blue Reef Aquarium or ride the UK’s steepest funicular railway!
#11 BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Welcome to Belfast – birth place of the ill-fated Titanic and Northern Ireland’s capital. Belfast’s weather is predictably unpredictable, but is so packed with indoor and outdoor attractions that everyone will be happy in this vibrant city, come rain or shine, no matter the season. If you enjoy being outdoors, take a trip to Glenariff Forest Park. Here, you’ll get lost (metaphorically, of course) in a mosaic of lush green landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and steep-sided gorges.
#10 FILEY, YORKSHIRE
This coastal town, with it’s rich fishing heritage and traditional seaside flavour, is not often absent from the list of recommended destination spots. You’ll find the locals friendly, the fish and chips unrivalled (which is a bold claim) and the general pace of life just that little bit gentler.
There’s plenty here for families to enjoy together. If the weather is fine, you’ll probably find yourself on Filey Beach or meeting the residents at the Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park. If the forecast is ropey, nearby Scarborough has a host of indoor activities from it’s Sea Life Sanctuary to the Terror Tower (best for tricky-to-impress teens).
#9 CHELTENHAM, COTSWOLDS
Cheltenham (or Cheltenham Spa, to give it it’s full tittle) is a refined Regency-era town crammed with elegant boutiques and tea shops. But it’s not all grown-up glamour: this “cultural centre for the Cotswold” also makes for a great UK family break. Kids will love the Funky Warehouse; a ginormous indoor activity centre with trampollining, parkour, and more. Nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside, Cheltenham is not too far from Cotswold Farm Park. Pay a visit and you’ll no doubt have one of the best family holidays yet!
#8 HOLSWORTHY, DEVON
It’s perhaps no surprise to see a beautiful market town in Devon on our list of the UK’s best family-friendly holiday destinations. Holsworthy is tucked away between Exmoor and Datmoor, surrounded by stunning West Country landscapes just begging to be explored! Cycling, walking, pony-trekking… all these activities (and more) are available for the outdoorsy family.
As well as a warm and welcoming community atmosphere, the town itself has a rich agricultural heritage celebrated with a weekly Farmers Market. It’s the perfect place to pick up some fresh local produce and cook up a storm back in in your holiday home’s kitchen.
#7 BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET
Seven miles of sandy beach bless Bournemouth’s shores, which is one of the many reasons why it’s such a popular choice of UK family holidays. Water sports are a prominent feature along the seafront, with everything from surfing novices to professional kite-surfers whizzing or wobbling through the water.
Bournemouth is also home to a fascinating oceanarium, where kids can get hands-on with the marine life through interactive activities. And don’t forget the thrill of Bournemouth Pier’s zip-line. But if that all sounds too exciting, retreat to the comfort of your rental for rest and relaxation.
#6 SHANKLIN, ISLE OF WIGHT
On the Isle of Wight’s pretty Sandown Bay, you’ll fin Shanklin; a popular resort for family breaks with it’s own theatre and fun packed esplanade. While you’re there, don’t miss Shanklin Chine a 10,000 year old, 32 metre deep gorge cut into the soft cliffside by water and one of the first tourist attractions on the island. Explore it’s winding woodland paths, pass by waterfalls and picture smugglers hiding their contraband here centuries ago.
#7 SKEGNESS, LINCOLNSHIRE
Stalwart of the traditional British seaside holiday, “Skeggy” is packed to the rafters with fun family attractions, hence it’s status in our top five best family holiday destinations in the UK. Favourites include Fantasy Island (with it’s live shows and rollercoasters) and the resort’s Blue Flag beach (with it’s golden sands and ice cream vans).
#4 POOLE, DORSET
Not only is this corner of the Dorset coast home to Europe’s largest natural harbour, it boasts five beautiful sheltered beaches, including the famous Sandbanks. Patrolled all year round, it’s one of the safest places to go swimming with the kids. If you’re looking for a fun day out and love nature, Brownsea Island is a must! Pack up a picnic and explore the island’s trails, spotting red squirrels as you go.
For indoor fun, grab your swimming gear and head to Splashdown Waterpark, where you’ll find flumes and water slides to delight the kids for hours on end.
#3 BUXTON, DERBYSHIRE
This pretty spa town sits in the spectacular surroundings of the peak Peak District, the UK’s very first national Park. Finding kid-friendly activities isn’t difficult: Start at Poole’s Cavern, an exciting subterranean adventure exploring caves. Then, for any high flyers in your family group, try out the nearby Go Ape. The adventure park offers tree-top walks, zip-lines, and more high-octane activities to keep everyone happy (and tire them out).
#2 MATLOCK, DERBYSHIRE
Located on the River Derwent, the former spa town of Matlock is one of the best places to go on holiday as a family in the UK. The delightful Dovedale Valley is nearby and makes a perfect picnic spot. For a slightly more cultured expedition, why not try the elegant Chatsworth House? The gardens include a tricky (but very entertaining) hedge maze, where you can start at opposite ends and see who reaches the middle first!
#1 TRURO, CORNWALL
As Cornwall’s only city, Truro is a bustling hub of urban activity surrounded by spectacular rural landscapes. It’s soaring cathedral spires dominate the skyline for miles around. Explore the quaint streets and you’ll discover all manner of shops and weekly food markets.
Book a holiday home in Truro, and you’ll be perfectly positioned to enjoy so many of Cornwall’s family-friendly attractions, from water sports at Loe Beach to riding Newquay’s Lappa Valley Steam Railway.
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