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UK's Top 20 Destinations for Family Easy Days Out

Getting out and about with the family and doing something new and adventurous doesn't have to be a dreaded chore. Both, England and Wales are full of great destinations that are child-friendly, fun and easy to get to and ideal for a day trip. Here's our pick of Top Destinations for Family Easy Days Out in the UK.

3 Top Destinations for Family Easy Day Out in South East England.

  • Woburn, Milton Keynes. There's so much fun to be had at Woburn, Milton Keynes you won't know where to start. Of course, the place that the kids will be clamouring to go to first will be the award-winning UK safari park. Its 350 acres are teeming with rare and exotic wildlife that you normally only see on TV.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Tangemere Military Aviation Museum Trust, Chichester, Sussex. The museum contains countless fascinating exhibits. Here you can see priceless historic aircraft such as Neville Duke's world record breaking Hawker Hunter, actual equipment used by the brave SOE agents who were carried into occupied France on 'black Lysander' flights from Tangmere, flight simulators where you can try your hand at flying, a full sized replica of the very first Spitfire prototype and more. Much more.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Climbers and Creepers Play Zone, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Your little ones will love this educational attraction devoted to plants and ecology. Main features include super-sized reproductions of a Venus Fly Trap, Grandy Flora flower and Harvest mouse nest which kids are allowed to slide down, climb into and scramble over. These come complete with sound effects. The building houses an outdoor area called Airplay with flower windmills and hammocks and enclosed hive where kids can watch bees work and a butterfly cage. I must not forget a rest and observation area with a snack bar overlooking a play space. Suitable Age Group: 3 to 9 years old.

4 Top Destinations for Family Easy Day Out in Central England.

  • Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham. For those Willy Wonka fans and chocolate lovers, a permanent exhibition to learn all about chocolate.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Tales of Robin Hood, Nottingham. The hero of Sherwood Forest has his own theme park with adventure rides, falconry and archery displays, games, workshops and storytelling about Robin and his merry men.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • National Space Centre. Exploration drive, Leicester. An award-winning space centre. Entrance fees include timed tickets for the space theatre.

  • Thinktank, Millenium Point, Birmingham. Ideal for little girls and boys who love a fancy learning about locomotives, aircrafts or intestines. Visit Thinktank, a range of ten themed galleries which cover everything from science, biology and history.
    Suitable Age Group: 3+

6 Top Destinations for Family Easy Day Out in Northwest England.

  • Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire. Chester is the UK's largest zoo and has something for to offer for the whole family.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Waterworld, Etruria, Stoke-on Trent. Visit this giant water theme park with 17 major rides and attractions. Suitable Age Group: All

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire. This legendary theme park has been called the Roller Coaster capital of the world. An entry ticket will provide unlimited access to rides and attractions. Suitable Age Group: All

  • Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester. Heaton Park is the largest municipal park in Europe and has a huge range of activities including horse riding, a boating lake, donkey hire, a farm centre and a hall and gardens.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Blue John Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire. A fantastic series of caves which were excavated by the Romans more than 2000 years ago, Blue John Cavern is a special treat for the whole family. Its special feature includes the Waterfall Cavern which holds a massive stalagmite formation.

  • Camelot Theme Park, Chorley, Lancashire. A theme park based on the legend of King Arthur, this fantastic attraction has a safe-play area for very young children.
    Suitable Age Group: All

2 Top Destinations for Family Easy Day Out in Northeast England.

  • The Deep, Hull. An interactive exhibition tells the story of the world's oceans. It also has real life sharks on display.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Jorvik Viking Centre, York, North Yorkshire. Let your children learn about the Vikings with this famous reconstruction of a Viking settlement. Using the latest technology and interactive features, this Viking Centre reproduces the sights, sounds, smells and daily life of 10th century Suitable Age Group: Age: 7+

5 Top Destinations for Family Easy Day Out in Wales.

  • Alice in Wonderland Centre, Llandudno. Lewis Carrol's book is vividly brought to life by a walk-through life-sized animated recreation of the key scenes in the book. Kids can also enjoy an Alice in Wonderland tour of the town.
    Suitable Age Group: All

  • Techniquest, Cardiff. Not just for Techie geeks! Techniquest is one of the UK's most popular hands-on science centres, offering 150 exhibits, a planetarium, discovery room and puzzles.

  • King Arthur's Labyrinth, Machynlleth, Powys. We highly recommend that you visit this legendary cavern where King Arthur is said to be sleeping surrounded by his trusty knights until they are called upon to rise up again and defend Britain.
    Suitable Age Group: All (just to let you know, this visit will involve walking underground a lot and visitors will be issued with safety helmets...nothing scary!

  • Big Pit: the National Mining Museum of Wales. If you are at least a meter tall you can enjoy a guided tour down a Welsh coalmine located 500 metres underground. Suitable Age Group: 5 years and at least one metre tall.

  • Ffestiniog Railway, Porthmadog, Gwynedd. Enjoy an unforgettable steam engine trip through spectacular Welsh scenery on one of the world's oldest steam railways. Suitable Age Group: All


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