Over the years, several attractions in England have become rites of passage for families, attracting millions of visitors from both the UK and overseas every year. While England and the UK as a whole boast some fantastic day trips, we’ve chosen our top five England day trips for families.
The Natural History Museum
A day trip to London is a culturally rich, enjoyable day for kids and adults alike. You can always use a mini bus hire. While the London Dungeon, London Eye, and Buckingham Palace are all fantastic sights, the Natural History Museum is the real star of the show. The museum is home to more than 80 million items; however, it’s particularly famous for its dinosaur exhibitions and is renowned for its spectacular architecture. Better still, the Natural History Museum has free entry. If your children love animals, including dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum is a must-see during your next family day trip to London.
In Warwickshire in the Midlands, just north of the Cotswolds National Park, sits the spectacular Warwick Castle atop a cliff. William the Conqueror built the castle in 1068 on the edge of the River Avon, which you can enjoy serene views of from the castle grounds. In the castle, you can explore the spectacular entrance and ghostly dungeons, and there are numerous themed family fun days throughout the year, too. As well as being an excellent family day trip, Warwick Castle is home to the Knight’s Village where you can stay from just £42.25pp*. Day tickets start from £18.40pp*.
Home to a theme park, waterpark, treetop adventure course, and even a golf course, Alton Towers in Stoke-on-Trent (minibus hire Stoke on Trent) in the Midlands, just south of the Peak District National Park, has plenty to see and do. The exhilarating thrill rides on offer for kids and adults alike are second to none and tickets start from £27.50*; however, there are often deals available online and in newspapers. If you’d like to stay longer than a day, Alton Towers has short break packages from £59pp*. Accommodation includes CBeebies Land, Alton Towers, Treehouses, and Woodland Lodges.
Depending on your proximity to Blackpool, located just north of Liverpool, it makes an excellent day trip for the whole family. However, if you’re right down south or up north, you may want to allow for a couple of days to see and do everything. While in Blackpool, you can visit the Tower, home to the famous ballroom and a jungle-themed play area, and then venture to the arcades and water park before enjoying the Blackpool Illuminations as you head towards the Pleasure Beach, home to some brilliant rides including a traditional wooden roller coaster, in the evening.
When visiting Cornwall, you can’t leave without spending an afternoon, or even an entire day, at the world-famous Eden Project. The Eden Project is famed for its exotic indoor gardens and golf ball-inspired architecture; however, it also has a zip wire and kids trail for little ones. During your visit, you’ll discover thousands of exotic plant species. If you book in advance, family tickets (two adults and two children) for the Eden Project are just £64*. Children under 4-years-old go free*.
Come half term or the summer holidays when you’re next looking for a fun day trip for the whole family, try one of the above England day trips for an enjoyable and, often, educational adventure.
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