Family holidays

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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The domes of the Eden Project at night

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

 

Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Walk, cycle, horse ride, segway or Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Cycle alongside the Exe Estuary

Jump on a bike to explore the beautiful Exe Estuary, taking in the lovely scenery, villages and landscapes along a 26 mile-long route.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Step back in time on Bristol's Pirate Walks

Discover Bristol’s maritime history - unearth infamous pirate lairs, and smugglers’ caves with a guided Pirate Walk.

Location: Bristol

 

Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

This ultimate indoor activity will have you venture deep into the famous caves at Cheddar to see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

 

Observe some animal antics at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. Since opening, the charity has started lots of conservation projects that protect vulnerable creatures from across the globe.

Location: Bristol

 

Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.

Location: Bristol

 

Live the good life at The Lido in Bristol

Bristol's restored Victorian Lido offers outdoor swimming, spa facilities, a café and bar for lunch and award winning restaurant for dinner.

Location: Bristol

 

Try a canoeing adventure along the River Wye

Become one with the water as you canoe through the rapid waters of the River Wye.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, drive a model steam engine and walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Find out what lies beneath Exeter

Escape the rain to explore Exeter’s Underground Passages and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum - ideal indoor attractions for a drizzly day.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a show at award-winning kids’ theatre, the egg

Looking for something to do when it rains that'll keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Rainy Day Activities: Scale the walls of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, training walls and an abseil tower, there are plenty of indoor activities to suit everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Discover 2,000 years of history for free on a guided tour

Discover one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England on a free Red Coat Guided Tour.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Live a day in the life of a Tudor at St Nicholas Priory

Originally part of Exeter’s first medieval monastery, this splendid Grade I-listed building later became the Tudor home of a wealthy merchant family.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 

Explore The Grand Pier of Weston-super-Mare

Relive happy childhood memories of eating ice creams, skimming stones and skipping along piers in Weston-super-Mare.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

 

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater life at the National Marine Aquarium

Need a rainy day idea? Visit the UK's largest aquarium to be amazed at its fascinating underwater world, and learn how we all play a part in conserving it.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, this sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with all kinds of monkeys, gorillas and apes.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

Retreat to Ruthern Valley

Get some peace and quiet in a wooded valley inhabited with squirrels and wild rabbits.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

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