Toddler holidays – UK's best bets

From Scotland to Cornwall and everywhere in between, the UK boasts a wide array of destinations that are perfect for your next getaway with the wee ones. Explore some of these great toddler-friendly holiday spots and start planning your next escape today.

Toddler friendly holidays that won't break the bank

You don't have to spend a fortune just to enjoy a great getaway with your littlest travellers. Whether you're after a cosy country cottage or a full-sized holiday home, you won't have any trouble scoring the ideal digs for a wallet-friendly trip.

Budget breaks in charming Cornwall

Boasting ample sights for the whole family, as well as plenty of broad, sandy shoreline along the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall's an excellent pick for a trip with the toddler. Book a cheap holiday rental here for quick access to the area's countless beaches, where visitors of all ages will find space to splash in the surf or play on the sand. You can also check out family-friendly sights like the Newquay Zoo, the Eden Project and the scenic Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Low-cost lodging for all ages on the Isle of Wight

A terrific choice if you're travelling with younger visitors, the Isle of Wight offers loads to see and do, as well as a wide variety of family-sized holiday rentals on a toddler-sized budget. Look for cheap Isle of Wight holiday lettings close to destinations like Shanklin Beach and the grand Osborne House, once a holiday home of Queen Victoria. The Needles Landmark Attraction, a modest amusement park, is always a hit with visiting families, and the chairlift here offers views of The Needles, 3 chalk stacks rising from the sea.

Down on the farm – rustic toddler retreats

With lots to see and do, and animals galore, farm holidays are another great option for families travelling with toddlers. Check out these rustic retreats throughout the UK, and prepare to take a walk on the agricultural side.

Killer farm holidays in Kent

Known for its rolling countryside dotted with charming family farms, Kent is a terrific choice for a toddler-approved farm holiday. Here you'll find scores of cosy, secluded cottages and modest holiday homes, most of which are kitted out with perks like full kitchens, daybeds and cribs. After you've spent a day getting to know the ins and outs of life on one of the area's many farms, make sure to check out sights like the Canterbury Cathedral, the retro Dreamland amusement park and Whitstable, a vibrant fishing village.

Live the simple life in Yorkshire

Another rustic locale, Yorkshire is home to a variety of scenic terrains, from sprawling farmland to valleys and hills in the North York Moors National Park. With a holiday rental here, you can visit destinations like Hesketh Farm Park, Meanwood Valley Urban Farm and the numerous farms in the Yorkshire Dales. You'll also be just a short trip from the National Railway Museum, whose collection of vintage steam engines and other trains is sure to please the youngest travellers in your group.

Short breaks for families throughout the UK

Even if you've only got a couple of nights free for a refreshing getaway with your toddler, these destinations offer plenty of entertainment for quick trips that are still within easy reach.

Weekends away in winsome Wales

With its bounty of beaches and moorland and loads to see and do, Wales makes for a fantastic destination if you've only got a few days to spend. Pack a picnic and head to scenic Snowdonia National Park, where you'll find lakes, mountains and rolling countryside, or take a stroll along the Pembroke Coast Path in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Meanwhile, Oakwood Theme Park has plenty of rides, attractions and entertainment to please visitors of all ages, from teen-approved roller coasters to toddler-friendly carousels.

Toddler-friendly short breaks in scenic Scotland

Yet another winning pick for your next quick getaway, the towns and villages around Inverness and the Scottish Highlands offer plenty of fun for the whole family. From dolphin- and whale-watching at Spey Bay – home to the Scottish Dolphin Centre – to boat tours on the fabled Loch Ness, the region's got outdoor activities aplenty. Holiday lettings here also grant you easy access to the islands of the Hebrides, including the sweeping scenery and charming walking paths on the Isle of Skye.