UK family holidays are great if you’re looking to spend some time away with the family but don’t necessarily have the time to get on a long-haul flight, or even a short-haul one to Europe. Alternatively, you could have all the time in the world but simply want to get to know the UK a bit better by exploring new pastures, wandering the streets of medieval towns or discovering remote coastlines. The UK has plenty to recommend it, whether your family is into action and adventure, or prefer to stay tucked up indoors with a good book in front of a roaring fire.
Get your shot of adrenaline on an adventurous family holiday
You don’t have to go on safari in Africa or trek through the Amazon jungle in order to find adventure. There’s plenty to be had right here in the UK, from caving in the Cheddar Gorge, hiking up Ben Nevis or Mount Snowdon, or surfing off the coast of Wales or Cornwall. The UK is packed to the rafters with holiday destinations offering adventurous activities and family-friendly amenities. What’s more, our range of holiday lettings in the UK mean that, after a tiring day of living on the edge, you can crawl into bed in the comfort of your own home-away-from-home.
Go on an out-of-this-world adventure in Wales
Wales is a perfect UK destination for outdoor lovers and adrenaline junkies. Not only is the country covered in gorgeous countryside, but visitors can experience surfing on the coast, rock climbing and hiking in the Snowdonia National Park, or stargazing in the Brecon Beacons. The country has recently rebranded itself as the adventure capital of the UK, which is especially true of North Wales, where you can get the adrenaline pumping on the world’s fastest and Europe’s longest zip line at Zip World, or where you can explore a network of caves via giant trampolines in an old slate mine at Bounce Below. Alternatively, head to the coast where you’ll find a wide range of water sports to be enjoyed.
Get to know the great outdoors in the glorious Lake District
Lake District is one of the most popular regions in the country to go on holiday, and is a particularly popular destination for families. This picturesque part of the world is full of adventures just waiting to be had, with white water rafting, sailing, rock climbing, gorge walking and zip lining all on the cards. Named because of the many lakes that can be found there, the region is obviously ideal for water sports, whether you prefer to canoe, kayak, windsurf or set sail. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on terra firma, there’s plenty of walking, hiking and climbing to be done, as well as exploring the many picture-perfect villages and towns.
Hit the streets on a family-friendly UK city break
At first glance, city breaks might not seem like the ideal option for families with children, and yet UK’s cities are built to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Offering museums, galleries and family-friendly attractions, as well as theatres and beautiful parks, London, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester, to name just a few, will keep an active family busy and entertained for days. Our holiday lettings – whether it’s an apartment overlooking the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, a canalside flat in Manchester or a townhouse in London – mean that you’ll be able to feel right at home, wherever you are.
Get lost in the Big Smoke with a family city break in London
With so many must-see sights packed into one city, London is a no-brainer for families looking for a great city break in the UK. Start your explorations of the capital with a journey back in time at the Tower of London, where young children will be charmed by the ravens and Beefeaters, while the older kids can learn about the monarchy, and perhaps even see the Crown Jewels. If your family are fans of the ghoulish things in life, then a tour of the London Dungeons are sure to provide some frights, while the Museum of London Docklands provides a history of the River Thames and the growth of Docklands.
Get cultured in elegant, ancient Edinburgh
Head north of the border and get stuck into city life in Edinburgh. One of the most elegant and historic cities in the country, Edinburgh has been beguiling visitors for centuries. Visitors most famously flock here during the famous arts festival season in summer, but at any time of the year you can enjoy this city that is steeped in history and full of atmospheric corners, whether you’re strolling down cobblestone streets, hiking up Arthur’s Seat hill, or taking a well-deserved coffee break at the café where J.K. Rowling penned her first Harry Potter book. If you’re travelling with small children, then Edinburgh Zoo promises hours of distraction, while the Camera Obscura and World Illusions has been wowing visitors since it first opened in 1835.