The top family-friendly destinations in the UK have something for everyone, with children’s rides, games, and more. These things about UK family-friendly destinations will help you plan your next family trip so everyone has a great time. We are always looking for great ways to entertain the kids while we are away, of course, so why not put together some ideas from Visited within our travel planner? That way, you will have everything ready for a cool time away from the family. You will also know exactly how much everything costs too!
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Top family-friendly attractions in the UK
Want to experience the best family-friendly places on your next trip? Check out these most-visited UK family destinations and learn new things about UK history and culture. Whether your kids love Harry Potter or want to ride roller coasters, you can do it all at these top destinations for families in the UK.
The most-visited family-friendly attractions in the UK according to Visited users are:
Science Museum London is the number one family-friendly destination in the UK. The free museum is located in South Kensington, London. The museum includes interactive activities and learning experiences for children, with a flight simulator so children can experience the sights and sounds of flying. There’s also a hands-on gaming center, an Imax 3-D theater, and Astro Knights sleepovers to explore the museum after hours. The museum is free, making it an excellent deal for your family trip. Just make sure you book your tickets before going, as pre-booking is required.
If you aren’t sure what to do with the kids, check out the Science Museum Blog for the 5 most interactive things to do there – including the Shake Bar which we are pretty sure no kid will be able to resist.
Legoland UK is a family-friendly destination geared toward children ages 2 to 12. The park is a favorite for kids with themed rides, building experiences, and interactive learning. There are also plenty of opportunities for parents to relax and enjoy themselves, such as the Legoland Hotel and the Pirate Shores restaurant. We have been to Legoland a few times, and the entertainment is well worth checking out. The pirate show, in particular, was a favourite with our kids.
Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, England, is owned by Warner Bros. The Harry Potter Studio Tour offers a wonderful day out for families of all ages. It is a chance to step into the magical world of Harry Potter and see the sets, costumes, and props from the films up close. The studio tour is one-of-a-kind as you can visit sets that were used in the filming of Harry Potter movies, including the real Hogwarts, the Forbidden Forest, Platform 9 ¾, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, Diagon Alley, The Great Hall, and Dumbledore’s Office.
A must for all families is trying Butterbeer in the cafe onsite!
Most visited UK amusement parks
If your children love the thrill of roller coasters and rides, these are the most visited amusement parks in the UK to check out. With dedicated children’s rides and play areas, dining, and more, the theme parks are the perfect place for all ages to have fun.
Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England, is an ideal theme park for families because it has a wide variety of rides and attractions to suit all ages. It is particularly well-suited for young children, with its CBeebies Land area, a highlight for youngsters. The park has over 50 rides and attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, gentle rides for younger children, and indoor and outdoor play areas.
If you are after the thrilling rides, check them out on their site. Our favourite was Nemesis, fast, furious and fun! There are 10 rollercoasters at the resort, so there is something for everyone, but there are also 20 rides for younger children as well.
2. Thorpe Park Resort
Thorpe Park Resort is a family-friendly amusement park in the village of Thorpe with plenty of variety for all ages. The park includes some adrenaline-pumping rides for older children and adults. There are also plenty of rides for younger children and families with toddlers. For example, Angry Birds Land has rides and attractions perfect for younger children, such as the Angry Birds 4D Experience and King Pig’s Wild Dodgems. For the older children, there are plenty of fabulous, and thrilling rides. Our favourite is the Tidal Wave, brace yourself and maybe wear a swim suit, you WILL get wet 🌊.
3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Blackpool Pleasure Beach is an amusement park with rides and attractions for all ages in Blackpool, England. Nickelodeon Land offers 12 kid-friendly rides and Nickelodeon characters that grace the stage for entertainment. The park also has family rides like the Gallopers Carousel, a miniature railway, and more. For thrill-seekers, Blackpool Pleasure Beach has 10 roller coasters that offer plenty of screams.
Our editor, Helen Neale, grew up near Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and has many fond memories of going there as a child. To help your children create similar fabulous memories, how about making sure that you check out the Big One, which is the biggest roller coaster in the UK. If you are after a spot of history, there is still a wooden rollercoaster built in 1934 on the site too!
4. Chessington World of Adventures Resort
Chessington World of Adventures Resort includes lots of family fun, with a theme park, zoo, aquarium, and hotel complex in Chessington, Greater London. If your family is adventurous, the theme park even has glamping to stay closer to nature. The park has plenty for everyone, with over 40 rides and attractions, more than 1,000 animals in the zoo and aquarium, and daily shows.
Chessington’s animals make it a must destination for young and old alike; make sure you check out the Meerkats. These were the highlight of our visits to Chessington always – there is something just that little bit special about them….
5. Paultons Park
Paultons Park includes Peppa Pig World and over 70 rides and attractions. The family-friendly theme park is located in the New Forest National Park, near the village of Ower, in Hampshire, England. Peppa Pig World is a fully themed area of the park dedicated to the popular children’s TV show. It has 9 Peppa Pig-themed rides and attractions, as well as a play area and a meet-and-greet with Peppa and her friends. The park also has well-manicured gardens, exotic birds, plenty of playgrounds, two water parks, and an indoor play center for children.
In particular, there is a wonderful Victorian Carousel at Paulton’s Park – everyone thinks of it as mainly Peppa Pig – but don’t forget the other attractions while you are there. There is plenty to do!
Have you been to any of the top family-friendly destinations in the UK? These things about UK attractions can help you plan your next family trip of a lifetime. These UK destinations offer something for all ages. If you want to make life a bit easier, grab our raod trip planner, and download the Visited app for free for iOS or Android and let your holiday take shape.
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