Six Family Friendly Places to Visit in the UK

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6 Family Friendly Places to Visit in the UK

With its long history of tourism, it’s no surprise that the United Kingdom is one of the most family friendly vacation destinations in the world. 

There’s literally something for everybody in the UK. From history to breathtaking landscapes to kid-friendly activities for the young and the young at heart, it’s not hard to plan a perfect family vacation to the British Isles.

Here are six of my recommendations for places to visit on a family trip to the UK.

6. The Forbidden Corner, North Yorkshire

Both kids and adults are sure to enjoy this well-loved attraction. It has a relaxing and idyllic garden, but the highlight of your visit will be the tunnels and mazes that you will have to explore. With multiple doors and pathways, it is a challenge to find your way out. You will be confronted with various surprises as soon as you step in and you will be in for a different kind of an adventure, that the whole family will never forget.

It’s the kind of experience that is sure to enchant the little ones in your traveling party, but there’s a certain childlike joy to be found even for the adults.

5. Buckingham Palace, London

As they say, it is a crime to visit London without seeing Buckingham Palace.

Editor’s Note: Whoops! I somehow missed this on my 2012 visit to the British capital…

A tour of the palace is never boring; it is informative and entertaining. While there are many parts of the palace worth seeing, some of the best are its grandiose staterooms, its elegant staircase, and the diverse art collection. There is also a garden café serving light snacks and drinks.

Of course, there’s much more to London than the Queen’s residence, and you could spend days exploring historic sites such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the fascinating British Museum, wandering the Thames, riding the London Eye, and more.

Once you’ve seen the obvious tourist attractions, you can then check out a few of these alternative things to do in London.

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Image courtesy of Hernan Pinera

#4 – Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire

If you want to have a safari experience with the whole family, there is no need to go far.

Open since 1966, it is one of the best safari parks in the country. Highlights of your visit will include seeing the infamous black-maned lions and getting lost in the park’s huge maze. You can also ride a train or boat, or simply just enjoy the vast grounds.

Editor’s Note: Of course, if you want to do the real thing, I’m the man to talk to. Drop me an email if you’ve been dreaming of an African safari.

#3 – Warwick Castle, Warwick

While there are many castles that are worth seeing during your vacation to the UK, Warwick Castle offers something a little different from stale walking tours and squinting at faded signs. It is a heritage attraction that will surely be educational for all guests. Aside from the live shows and the guided tours, visitors can also enjoy The Horrible Histories Maze.

A destination that strives to bring history to life, Warwick Castle is sure to delight imaginative kids with its selection of live shows, while parents will learn about British history on the guided tours. There’s also a fascinating (and only slightly gross) Horrible Histories Maze!

For accommodation, the charming (and only a little cheesy) Knight’s Village has a selection of rooms.

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Image courtesy of Mac McCreery

#2 – The Eden Project, Cornwall

Get closer to nature – this is one thing that you can expect when visiting The Eden Project. It is composed of two large biomes hosting a diverse selection of plants from all over the world.

One of the biomes recreates a Mediterranean environment while the other imitates a rainforest. Aside from the plants, there are also exciting activities to enjoy, such as trying the fastest and longest zip line in England.

Cornwall also offers a variety of child-friendly homes, beautiful coastal towns, and beaches, so you can really feel like you’ve had a holiday when you’ve not even left the country.

#1 – Legoland, Windsor

This theme park is sure to be a big hit with families, especially because there are rides and attractions for visitors of all ages. There are more than 150 rides in the park, including those that will surely challenge your adventurous spirit.

As you’d expect from the name of the park, in almost every corner you will see amazing Lego creations! For those wanting to extend their Legoland experience, the Legoland Resort offers a pretty unique accommodation experience.

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