Family holidays

Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Head to Liverpool for an exciting day out at the Merseyside Maritime Museum which is a treasure trove of history and mechanical invention.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Enjoy a family day out at Wentworth Castle & Gardens

Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park houses some of the earliest gothic follies in the country.

Location: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

Gardens and Parks
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Explore the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle

Explore the Norman fortress of Richmond Castle

Built to subdue the unruly North of England, Richmond Castle sits against the stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Richmond, North Yorkshire

Budget
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Spend a day at a Farm Park with a Difference

Spend a day at a Farm Park with a Difference

A sensory and learning wonderland, with everything designed with disabled children in mind, Fairytale Farm will delight the whole family, even if the weather’s not brilliant.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Become a zookeeper for a day

Become a zookeeper for a day

Meet the animals at London Zoo and learn how to take care of penguins, meerkats and more.

Location: London

City
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Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

The Sandcastle Waterpark is home to Masterblaster, the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, and so much more.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coast
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Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Just when you thought Manchester couldn’t get any cooler, they build Chill Factore, the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Extreme Sports
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Get a bird's-eye view from the roof of Exeter Cathedral

Get a bird's-eye view from the roof of Exeter Cathedral

Climb the narrow staircase up to the lofty heights of Exeter Cathedral's rooftop.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Wander Blackpool’s small but perfectly formed Model Village

Wander Blackpool’s small but perfectly formed Model Village

See English rural life through a microscope and marvel at the exquisite detail of these handmade figurines, at Blackpool’s

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Budget
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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Feel the force of nature on a picnic at High Force

Enjoy a woodland walk, and then relax with a picnic on the rocks as you enjoy the stunning backdrop of one of the best waterfalls in England.

Location: Durham Dales

Low cost
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Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor

Calvert Trust Exmoor allows guests with disabilities of any type to experience exciting adventurous activities, the Devon countryside and the local attractions.

Location: Barnstaple, Devon

National Parks
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Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

Experience the wonderful underground world of Wookey Hole

There are legends a-plenty about Britain’s biggest caves, where you’ll find a secret river and bewitching caverns.

Location: Wells, Somerset

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Port Lympne is home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, including western lowland gorillas, the largest herd of black rhino in the UK and more.

Location: Lympne, Kent

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry

Discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry

Learn about ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives as you discover the story of Durham’s own regiment – the Durham Light Infantry.

Location: Durham City, Durham

Military history
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Discover 1,000 years of history at Coventry Cathedral

Discover 1,000 years of history at Coventry Cathedral

Coventry has been a place of pilgrimage for visitors since medieval times; follow in their footsteps and discover 1,000 years of history in one day.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Military history
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Prehistoric Skills in Norfolk

Prehistoric Skills in Norfolk

Fancy making your own bow and arrow?

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Dickens World

Dickens World

Bringing a literary legend's work to life.

Location: Chatham, Kent

Literature, film and TV
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Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Be prepared for the horrors of the deep, as you discover what life on board wartime submarines at the Submarine Museum.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Military history

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