Get away from the familiar with these inspired family breaks

Taking the whole family away on a family trip can get expensive, but choosing to stay in self-catering accommodation can help keep costs down, and with our range of family-friendly holiday cottages and lettings you can find the ideal bolthole for the whole family. The kids might think that staying in the UK for a family trip is the boring option, but after taking a look at our fab suggestions, the whole family will be feeling inspired to get out there and take advantage of everything the UK has to offer.

The UK is full of family-friendly weekend break options

There are many benefits to staying in the UK for your next family trip, one of which is convenience. And with our range of holiday lettings, many of which are fit for the whole family, you can add comfort to that list too. What’s more, it’s not as if there isn’t enough to do right here in the UK. Whether your family is a bunch of adrenaline junkies and you’re looking for your next theme park trip, or hoping to learn a little more about this nation’s history, there’s a family trip out there in the UK that’s right for you. Maybe you’ll head down south to Cornwall where surfing lessons can be followed by cream teas, or visit the Eden Project for an insight of the natural world all under one roof. Alternatively, you might want to head north to the likes of York where Viking history is sure to capture any young adventurer’s imagination.

Head south to the sunny southwest on a family trip

The southwest region of the UK has been attracting Britons looking for a little rest and relaxation for centuries. The green rolling hills of Devon Somerset and Dorset provide a beautiful backdrop for family breaks, as does the dramatic coastline of Cornwall, and the inspiring landscapes of Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks. This part of the UK is also dotted with lovely villages and towns, whether you’re heading to the sedate seaside charms of Lyme Regis or looking for a little more action in Croyde, where cool cafes offer much-needed respite after a day spent in the sea catching waves. Wherever you choose, there’s more than enough to keep even the most active children entertained. If you’re travelling with really small children, then the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester could be a good place to kick things off, while Dorset Water Park in Purbeck is sure to be hit with older kids.

Live and learn a little in London and the southeast

London may be a sprawling metropolis, but the many thrilling attractions, entertainment and world-famous sites are also perfect for visiting as a family. With the help of London’s overland train, bus and tube system, getting around the capital couldn’t be easier. What’s more, there’s so many free museums that, even if you’re visiting on a budget, you’re sure to have too much to do in just one stay. Staying in one of our great London holiday lettings will make life even easier, as you can practically live like a local in a comfortable flat or spacious townhouse, depending on what works best for you and the family. Just outside of London you’ll find even more family-friendly fun to be hand, whether you’re visiting Hampton Court Palace along the River Thames, getting in some playtime at LEGOLAND Windsor, screaming on the rides at Chessington World of Adventures, or taking a day trip down to the coast to either Kent or Sussex.

Find fun and games up north on a family break

Head north of the Watford gap and you’ll be in for even more family-friendly surprises. Of course, one of the most popular destinations for families heading north is Alton Towers, the country’s most popular theme park. With rides and entertainment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teenagers, as well as the young at heart, Alton Towers is a time-honoured tradition for families looking for a little fun. By staying in a holiday letting close by, you’ll feel right at home at the end of a long day enjoying and scaring yourselves, and you’ll also be able to explore the surrounding area just as easily. Chatsworth House in Derbyshire meanwhile, really does have something for everyone, with an adventure playground and working farm for the kids, and an art collection, sumptuous interiors and fascinating history for the older members of the family to discover.