In the famous words of the UK’s greatest Prime Minister – Hugh Grant in Love Actually;

“Britain may be a small country, but it’s a great one too.”

And he’s right. It’s a great country, with plenty to do. Especially for small people.

If you’re heading across the Indian Ocean to the land of tea and David Beckham, you might be after some itinerary help. Here are our top things to do in the UK with kids.

London with kids

London is great fun for kids. Visit Big Ben, fantastic museums and the Tower of London. Picture: Shutterstock

Eat ice cream on Brighton Pier

Brighton, East Sussex

Take a walk down Brighton Pier through the amusement arcade or head back inland to the famous pebbled beach. You can take a photo at the Royal Pavilion and rummage through the antiques at Snoopers Paradise, or see if you can spot the remains of West Pier left by the fire in 2003. This magic little seaside town is the perfect place for a Summer adventure.

The Brighton Pier, also known as the Palace Pier first opened in 1899. Picture: Shutterstock

The Brighton Pier, also known as the Palace Pier first opened in 1899. Picture: Shutterstock

Sail the lego seas at Legoland

Windsor, Berkshire

You can build your own path around this interactive lego world. With 55 rides, shows and attractions, the Windsor resort provide unlimited fun. Snack on hot doughnuts and popcorn, get your heart racing on the Dragon Roller Coaster, or take a dip at the Duplo Valley splash and play area.

You can even stay there overnight – in the LEGO hotel.

The Legoland Hotel Windsor. Picture: Shutterstock

Get the ultimate Harry Potter experience at the Warner Bros Studio

Leavesden, Hertfordshire

Walk down Diagon Alley and fly on a broomstick; the Harry Potter Studio Tour is a permanent exhibition with the original sets and props from the Harry Potter films. This magical attraction is enjoyable for even the more modest fans and is worth putting aside a full day to explore.

Harry Potter London tour

Gryffindor common room, with costumes worn by the cast in the Warner Brothers Studio tour ‘The making of Harry Potter’. Picture: Shutterstock

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Scare yourself silly at the London Dungeons

Lambeth, London

Immerse yourself in the depths of this historical underground prison as actors recreate the Dungeon’s perilous past – in a super gory way. Recommended for kids 12+

photo of a death statue outside the London Dungeon, UK

Pick your favourite sand sculpture on Weston beach

Weston Sand Sculpture Festival, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Open mid-April to late September, this sandy spectacular is definitely worth a visit. Each year, 30 talented individuals build sculptures by the Somerset seaside – completely out of the sand. And it’s up to the general public to choose the winner.

Sand sculptures on Weston Beach. Picture: Shutterstock

Wander around Edinburgh city

Edinburgh, Edinburghshire

This beautiful city isn’t just tartan and castles. There’s plenty of interactive fun at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, and go-karting and animal grooming at the East Links Family Park. The Museum Of Childhood is bursting with treasure-filled collections, and Ryze is loaded with trampolining fun.

Get lost in Exeter’s Underground Passages

Exeter, Devon

While the tunnels were used to transport water under the city centre, it’s still not the kind of place you want to be left on your own. These magical dark age passageways are a creepy maze of Exeter’s history. It’s time to put your hard hats on and squeeze through the past.

Balconies of homes on the riverside in the Exeter Quay, Devon, England, UK

Balconies of homes on the riverside in the Exeter Quay, Devon, England, UK

Take a trip to the World Museum

Liverpool, Merseyside

This six-floor museum has a cryptic collection of history and science – and it’s free. It has real dinosaur bones and Egyptian mummies. The World Museum collection even boasts a planetarium.

Race the parents up Mount Snowdon

Mount Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd

The highest mountain in Wales isn’t for ffirst-timeadventurers, but it’s not as daunting as it sounds. It can be climbed in a day by those with a jump in their step. Sitting at 1085 metres, the peak has panoramic views of Snowdonia. If climbing doesn’t take your fancy, a train runs to the final footpath.

View to Mount Snowdon in winter with snow and blue sky Snowdonia national Park

Watch a Premier League football game

Whether you’re a diehard Manchester United supporter, or you’re just here for the hype; a Premier League match is something to get excited about. Find your closest stadium and get tickets online to the next match.

Old Trafford stadium in Manchester - home of Manchester United

Old Trafford stadium in Manchester – home of Manchester United. Picture: Shutterstock

Explore Cambridge in a classic Bentley

Gonville Hotel, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

What better way to explore the beautiful architecture of Cambridge city than in a classic car? Staying at The Gonville Hotel means a complimentary city tour in a vintage Bentley.

Visit Shakespeare’s House and see the theatre

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

This enchanting medieval market town just north of the Cotswolds is known as the home of William Shakespeare. You can visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, house and grave, or grab tickets to an RSC play at one of the three theatres. After the show, head to the Dirty Duck for dinner and spy on the actors that are regulars at the pub.

our boat on the River Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre behind on blue sky summer day

Discover chocolate heaven at Cadbury World

Birmingham, West Midlands

If the kids are reading this over your shoulder, you don’t have a choice. This confectionary wonderland has chocolate rain and melted dairy milk. Discover how your favourite treats are made and take a ride on the magic Cadabra.

The Cadbury chocolate factory Bournville Birmingham

The Cadbury chocolate factory Bournville Birmingham. Picture: Shutterstock

Ride the London Eye

Lambeth, London

Europe’s tallest Ferris Wheel sits upon the River Thames and has a panoramic view of London. It takes 30 minutes to do a full loop, and if you watch carefully you’ll notice that the wheel never actually stops. The capsules are made of glass, so even the little ones will have a good view. See if you can spot which of the 32 carriages is missing.

Tourists are enjoying London skyline from a London Eye capsule

Race around Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Carrbridge, Badenoch and Strathspey

Landmark Forest is a nature-based theme park in the Scottish Highlands. The park is made up of super slides, roller coasters and treetop adventure circuits – full of fun for the whole family.

Have a picnic at Boxhill

North Downs, Surrey

This charming hill has scenic trails and breathtaking views. The lookout is at the summit of the North Downs in Surrey and is perfect for a sunset picnic with the kids.

Explore the coast of Torquay

Torquay, Devon

Nicknamed the English Riviera, Torquay makes for a beautiful seaside getaway for the whole family. Kids can play on the beach, ride a tractor or visit the Harbour Amusement Park. The whole family can try Torquay’s escape room, or visit the Coastal Zoo & Aquarium.

Morning view of Torquay from the Harbour, Devon, England

 

Play vintage video games at the Media Museum

Bradford, West Yorkshire

The National Science and Media Museum is seven floors of free interactive fun. You’ll have a ball on the real-life TV set, and a topsy turvy time at the magic factory. An old school arcade means the whole family can battle it out at Pac man and pinball.

Get lost in the fairy forest of Puzzlewood

Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire

Puzzlewood is an enchanting ancient woodland with winding paths of twisted trees and rock formations. This part of the Forest of Dean is a popular location for movie sets, but if you keep your eyes open you might find real fairies and elves lurking somewhere in its depths…

Wooden bridge in Puzzlewood, forest of Dean

Wooden bridge in Puzzlewood, the forest of Dean. Picture: Shutterstock

Join thrill seekers at Alton Towers

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

This ultimate adventure park guarantees a jam packed day of fun. The fantasy world has not only a theme park, but a spa, water park and mini golf course. No one in the family will be short of sleep after a day at Alton Towers.

The Smiler rollercoaster at Alton Towers Theme Park in Staffordshire, England,

 

Experience real magic at the Science Museum

South Kensington, London

From interactive water galleries to flight simulators; the London Science Museum is a great day trip for the whole family. Or night trip – if you want to try one of the science show sleepovers.

Science Museum, a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London

Inside the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. Picture: Shutterstock

Solve a mystery on the Treasure Hunt Trail

Leeds, Yorkshire

A two hour, three-kilometre walking tour of Leeds city sounds tough with the kids. But with a Treasure Hunt Trail map, the time will fly. Iraid Tooms, the local treasure hunter and scallywag will lead you the way to buried doubloons. It’s easy to download the pdf, and if you get a bit stuck they offer mobile phone clues. There are even prizes to be won!

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