The best attractions to visit with your family in the UK

7 November 2022

There are so many things to do with the family in the UK that finding the perfect place for a family day out can be quite the challenge. 

But wherever you are in the UK, whether you're from the busy streets of London or the misty Scottish highlands, there is a perfect family day out just waiting to be discovered by you! 

In this helpful guide to UK family attractions, we'll provide you with an insight into the very best places you can visit, in all corners of the country. So book your tickets on today and head on a family day out that you won't be forgetting anytime soon! 

Family days out in London

You're certainly not going to have any difficulty in finding things to do in London. The capital is filled to the brim with landmarks, attractions and events everywhere you look, so picking just some of the best is quite the task! 

No visit to London is complete without taking a ride on the London Eye, spotting celebs at Madame Tussauds, uncovering grizzly secrets of the past in London Dungeon or the London Bridge Experience, checking out four museums for the price of one at Royal Museums Greenwich or paying a visit to the places of regal significance in of Westminster Abbey or the Tower of London.

Shoot across the seas with Thames Rockets or on a London waterbus, become a rockstar with Keytar Heroes, go on exciting adventures at Hobbledown Heath, take to the high ropes at Gripped, learn from a pro photographer with Matthew Williams-Ellis Photography and embark on a walking tour at day or night, and experience London, plus cities all over the UK with a CitySightseeing bus ride. We could go on and on! 

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Family days out in Southeast England

The Southeast is home to both some of the most relaxing days out in the UK and also some of the most thrilling. 

Take a stroll around Leeds Castle, spot aquatic critters at SEA LIFE Brighton, admire the many animals at Colchester Zoo, or launch to the skies with British Airways i360, dash through the battlefield at Kent Paintball or brave some colossal coasters at Thorpe Park. 

Meet cuddly albino piglets at Kew Little Pigs, embark on some daring rides at Wicksteed Park, channel your inner Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone Interactive Museum and SWB Motorsports, check out classic cars at Brooklands Museum, experience the past and present of one of Britain's main uni towns at Oxford Castle & Prison and Oxford River Cruises, enjoy an old English countryside at Cogges Manor Farm or dash through the forests at Ground Control Paintball. 

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Family days out in East England

There's so many places in the East of England that families with young animal-lovers and adventurers will simply love!

Spot snow leopards and giraffes in the idyllic Norfolk countryside at Banham Zoo, get face to face with penguins, turtles and crocodiles at Banham Zoo or take to the Norfolk seas for some wild seal watching at Scroby Sands with Jet Adventures. 

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Family days out in South England

Most commonly associated with the seaside, travelling in the South of England will present to you a host of days out to enjoy with your family, both by the sea and on dry land. 

Learn of naval history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, find out the secrets behind the victory at Normandy in 1944 with the D-Day Story, watch the world from above at Spinnaker Tower, make an escape to the seas with Escape Yachting, enjoy the seas of the Jurassic Coast from Poole with City Cruises, watch birds of prey in action at Liberty's Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre and jump into a digital world at Centre VR. 

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Family days out in Southwest England

The picture-perfect Southwest of England has some top days out that the whole family will enjoy. 

Take a deep dive into marine life at the National Marine Aquarium, ride a rollercoaster at Camel Creek, cuddle piggies at Pennywell Farm, blast off at Aerospace Bristol, uncover the secrets of the Jurassic coast at the Etches Collection, learn of the illusive Banksy in Bristol, discover the past at Torquay Museum, Corinium Museum and the Somerset Musem of Rural Life, spot super cute sea life at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and Otters & Butterflies or check out baby lobsters at the National Lobster Hatchery. 

It doesn't stop there!  discover one of Cornwall's most important sites with Bodmin Jail, chug along the Dean Forest Railway or the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Steam Railway, get adventurous with Devon Country Pursuits, take a peaceful break at RHS Garden Rosemoor, get spooked at the haunted Shepton Mallet Prison and then even more at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein. 

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Family days out in the Midlands

The vastness of the Midlands means that there's family days out in every direction you look! 

Animal and nature lovers have endless choices with Peak Wildlife Park, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Hoo Zoo, Wolds Wildlife Park and Park Hall Farm, and all the adventurous families will love the raw thrills of Midland Karting, the Bear Grylls Experience or at Ackers Adventure. Meanwhile, history buffs can get their fix at Shakespeare's Family Homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, exploring Nottingham Castle in the city of legends or by visiting the Museum of Royal Worcester and Shrewsbury Prison. 

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Family days out in Northeast England

Heading up north, the days out for families doesn't stop with a massive choice of attractions for all types of families. 

Go for some action-packed thrills at Lightwater Valley, go on one of Britain's tastiest days out for foodies at York's Chocolate Story, experience the city in a delightful river cruise, observe the famous Hadrian's Wall at the Chesters Roman Fort, discover the life of All Creatures Great and Small creator James Herriot, unearth Yorkshire's murky past at York Dungeon and explore the amazing Newcastle Castle. 

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Family days out in Northwest England

The Northwest is an absolute gem for culture lovers, music lovers and sports lovers alike. 

In Liverpool, discover the history and the impact of the Fab Four at The Beatles Story and Strawberry Field, and how it all connects to the music world in general at the British Music Experience. Footy fans can go catch a game at one of the world's greatest teams with an Anfield or Old Trafford stadium visit, or you could enjoy a 360° view of the city on the Liver Building, go for a bounce at Ascent Trampoline Park and make a discovery at the Catalyst Centre & Museum.

On the quieter side, Canal Cruises Lancashire shows off the city from the seas, enjoy a Victorian-era house at Port Sunlight, go for a calming stroll around Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. 

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Family days out in Wales

Family days out are abundant in Wales for whatever kind of adventure your family is after. 

Watch your kids become scientists at Techniquest, animal experts at Manor Wildlife Park or daring explorers at Swansea Adventures. Brave the intense zipwires at one of the country's Zip World sites, or go for a much more relaxing ride on the Talyllyn Railway! 

Alternatively, visit an epic theme park at Greenwood Family Park, experience Welsh heritage underground with the Welsh Coal Mining Experience, or from the skies at the South Wales Aviation Museum, take on Mt. Snowdon with MountainXperience, experience some tranquility at Aberglasney, observe British sea life at Anglesey Sea Zoo, jump to the clouds at Hangar 5 Trampoline Park or have a great day out sealed and delivered at the Royal Mint Experience!

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Family days out in Scotland

A country rich in history and nature, there are so many family attractions in Scotland that will prove to be delightful for visitors of all ages. 

Experience history at Holyroodhouse Palace, the Queen's Gallery, the Real Mary's King Close or Abbotsford, explore the highlands at 42 Cycling, or jump into a unique day out at Loch Lomond Fairy Trail and SEA LIFE Loch Lomond, break free with your family at Eeek! Escape Rooms and check out the fantastic Ellon Castle Gardens. 

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Family days out in Northern Ireland

Crossing the Irish sea into Northern Ireland, there's a great deal of great days out awaiting in Ulster for your family. 

Witness the real and tragic story of the building and voyage of the 'unsinkable' Titanic, Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon fans will adore the studio tour for the filming behind the Westeros world, or you can meet seals, penguins, sharks and more at Exploris Aquarium, pick from a huge selection of extreme sports at Limitless Adventure Centre, or head on a unique tour of Belfast through with the If Buildings Could Talk tour. 

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