From world cities to sandy coves, lush countryside to meandering canals, the UK does family holidays beautifully.
A lack of year-round sun doesn’t make the beaches any less appealing in summer or winter. Ancient history is woven into every corner of the islands, from Orkney’s Neolithic villages to the castles, keeps and stately homes of England.
London comes second only to Bangkok as the world’s most-visited city. And, out in the legendary countryside, magnificent national parks protect untold hectares of wild and wonderful land.
Just because you can drive from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in 15 hours, why would you want to when there are so many reasons to stop along the way?
It rains more on most Caribbean islands than it does in the UK, but the country’s range of wet-weather attractions and activities is one of the best in Europe.
The UK has over 50 theme parks and some of Europe’s best zoos, including ZSL London and award-winning Chester Zoo.
The UK’s public museums and art galleries are free and often have inventive kids’ programmes, giveaway goodie bags and excellent guides, too.
There are 15 National Parks across the UK, including Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, the Lake District and Snowdonia in Wales.
From Latitude in Suffolk to the New Forest’s Curious Arts, there are dozens of family-friendly summer festivals all over the country.
Over 60 coastal areas, from the remote Outer Hebrides to the tip of Cornwall, have thousands of incredible, unspoiled beaches.
You can visit over 400 National Trust properties throughout the UK, and many parks, gardens and forests cost nothing to explore.
The UK is teeming with enchanting, educational and fun places for families to explore. Discover 12 very special places that prove there is magic in the UK, or enjoy one of these exciting days out:
The perfect size for travelling around, the UK has an excellent road network and car ferries connect the mainland to the most isolated islands.
Trains cover most of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
And buses, underground, trams, boats and taxis get you everywhere you want to go in most British cities.