Holiday travellers have spoken, and results from a recent campaign to determine the best family-friendly destinations in the United Kingdom have been revealed! The survey looked at 3 different categories, and travellers from all over the UK voted on their favourite destinations for urban holidays, seaside escapes and family-friendly rural trips. The winners are Keswick for rural travel, Bournemouth for a seaside excursion and Edinburgh for your urban attractions. Each destination has its own unique flavour and personality for your next family travel experience. Check out 1 or even all 3 of these to offer your family memories that will last a lifetime.
Discover the best family rural holiday destination in the UK: Keswick
When it comes to quiet, serene family holiday travel experiences, a rural cabin or cottage in the wilderness can be an outstanding solution. You can enjoy broad yards and landscapes, rolling green pastures and even have an outdoor barbecue to self-cater meals for you and yours. You'll have plenty of space for the kids to play, and you can enjoy hiking, cycling or swimming in clear countryside lakes. Pack a picnic meal and enjoy the great outdoors with birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Voters have spoken, and the best UK family-friendly rural destination is Keswick, Cumbria, in the Lake District.
Visit the rural grasslands of Keswick in the Lake District
One of the most fun things about Keswick is that it's not only a wonderful place to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life, but there are still nearby modern amenities and entertainment options for the whole family, like the optical illusions at the Puzzling Place or the exhibits at the Derwent Pencil Museum. In a single day in Keswick, you can see such stunning panoramic views as the mountain peak at Skiddaw, take a trip to the standing stones at Castlerigg, relax by the serene lakeside of Derwentwater or trek up the winding 3.5-mile hiking path up the summit of Catbells.
Explore the best UK family holiday seaside destinations: Bournemouth
A beachfront rental house or cottage gives you immediate access to broad stretches of white sand and deep blue surf, but not every seaside travel experience is about lounging on the beach. You also can discover breathtaking cliffside views of the deep ocean waters, walk among the natural rock formations of secluded coves and visit historic lighthouses that still function today. See ancient ruins and quaint seaside fishing villages. Afterwards, you can take a trip to an educational museum to learn all about life by the sea. Survey voters have declared Bournemouth the best seaside UK family holiday.
Experience a seaside family trip to Bournemouth
Bournemouth is a seaside resort on England's southern coast that features a full range of diverse attractions. You can spend time along 7 miles of white-sand beaches and turquoise ocean waters. You can have outdoor adventures along the Bournemouth Pier or traverse the miles of rock gardens, aviary and plant life at the Bournemouth Gardens. The castle-like rock formation at Old Harry Rocks is a stunning site to behold, and those who want a peaceful seaside hike with wildlife viewing will love Brownsea Island. Voters feel this friendly and vibrant area is an ideal English coastal town for travel.
Find the best in urban experiences on your UK family travels: Edinburgh
The final category in which respondents voted is that of the best urban place in the UK for family holidays. An urban holiday almost sells itself, as you'll find art galleries, museums, shopping, fine dining and live entertainment around every corner. You can enjoy thriving nightlife with dance clubs and friends. You can find the perfect souvenir of your trip. You can head for a local mall or escape room and have an entire afternoon or evening of fun. Survey-takers have declared that the best urban UK family holiday destination is found among the historic streets of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Discover where history meets the present day in Edinburgh
Not only does Edinburgh, Scotland, offer the very best in modern and historic urban amenities, but there's also plenty to do for those who want a quick holiday in the Scottish highlands. Edinburgh is known for its stunning architecture, breathtaking historical sites, and a wide range of arts and cultural activities. Here, you can visit the spectacular cliffside Edinburgh Castle, take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, hike to the summit of Arthur's Seat or go shopping on Princes Street. You can take a haunted tour from the Real Mary King's Close or a trip to see the optical illusions at Camera Obscura.