You don’t have to go jetting off to the Mediterranean or hopping over the Atlantic to the US for a great family holiday. The UK is filled with wonderful locations with all the perfect ingredients for a spectacular family break.
Here are some of the most popular destinations for fun-filled family holidays in the UK.
1. North Norfolk
Famous for its big skies and miles of sandy beaches, Norfolk has long been a popular destination for a family break. The entire North Norfolk coastline, from Hunstanton to Cromer, is filled with traditional seaside resorts, offering fairground rides, fish and chips, and buckets and spades galore. There are plenty of National Trust and English Heritage properties to explore, while the charming Poppy Line train between Sheringham and Holt will delight the entire family. For a traditional seaside break, little can beat Wells-Next-The-Sea with its colourful beach huts and large sand dunes.
With miles of breathtaking coastline, three National Parks – the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – and some vibrant modern cities, Yorkshire is a firm favourite for families. Perfect for the outdoorsy family, you can keep the kids amused with high-ropes jinks, bike trails or horse-riding in the spectacular countryside, or just mess around on the beach. For those rainy days, there are some great indoor activities, including museums like the world famous Jorvik Viking Centre, to keep everybody amused.
The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a stunning location for family holidays in Wales. With miles of safe, sandy, relatively uncrowded beaches and plenty of coves to explore, it’s a great spot for an active break. Lovers of water sports can indulge in sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking, while nature lovers will enjoy boat trips to the islands to spot one of the UK’s favourite birds – the delightful puffin. You may even spot dolphins, seals and if you’re lucky, whales. If you fancy a break from the beach, you can explore some of Pembrokeshire’s quirky museums and majestic castles.
It’s practically impossible to write a review of UK family holiday spots without mentioning Cornwall. While the pace of life remains reassuringly slow, the kids will never get bored. There are miles of beaches to explore, ranging from wild, untamed coastline to cute coves and creeks perfect for rock pooling and crabbing, a thriving water sports community, and attractions like the Eden Project, Land’s End and St. Michael’s Mount. It’s also a foodie’s paradise with fish and chips, pasties, ice cream and some of the best cream teas around.
5. Loch Lomond
One of Scotland’s most famous holiday destinations, Loch Lomond and the Trussachs National Park is jam packed with things to entertain the whole family. Water sports enthusiasts can try everything from jet skiing to kayaking, or take a trip on the Maid of the Loch – the last paddleboat steamer built in Britain – while land lovers can enjoy the high rope adventures of Go Ape! or Jurassic Parrr Adventure Golf. If history’s more your thing, head to one of the area’s majestic castles, like Dumbarton, one of Scotland’s greatest strongholds.