With decades of experience planning family-friendly vacations in England and across the UK, we are excited to share some of our favorite destinations to explore with the kids!
Whether you’re interested in exploring historic castles and museums, visiting sets from the Harry Potter sets from the movies, participating in outdoor activities, or visiting attractions and events, our tours provide a unique and immersive experience for all ages. Let us help you plan the perfect family vacation in the United Kingdom.
Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour
One of the most popular family friendly tours in England is the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour, located in Watford, just outside of London.
This immersive experience offers fans of the books and films the chance to explore the sets, costumes, and props used in the production of the Harry Potter series. Highlights of the tour include the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the Forbidden Forest.
Additionally, there are special effects demonstrations, interactive displays, and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Kids can also try on a Hogwarts robe and wand, and have their picture taken on a broomstick. There is also a gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs and merchandise related to the series.
Alton Towers is a popular theme park located in Staffordshire, England. It is a great destination for kids because it offers a wide range of fun and exciting attractions. Some of the biggest attractions at Alton Towers include:
Roller coasters: The park is home to a variety of thrilling roller coasters, including Oblivion, which is a vertical drop coaster, and The Smiler, which holds the world record for the most inversions on a roller coaster. Kids will love experiencing the excitement and thrill of these rides.
Water rides: In addition to the roller coasters, Alton Towers also has a number of water rides and attractions, including the Ripsaw and the Tidal Wave. These rides are perfect for kids who love the thrill of getting wet and splashing around.
The Alton Towers Hotel: The park also has a hotel on site, which offers a variety of themed rooms and suites that are sure to captivate kids. The hotel also has a pool, a spa, and other amenities, making it a great place for families to relax and unwind after a day at the park.
The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a great place to visit with kids because it offers a variety of interesting and educational experiences. The project is located in Cornwall, England, and is home to a number of unique and fascinating biomes, or large greenhouse-like structures, that house a variety of plants and animals from different climates around the world.
Kids will love exploring the different biomes and learning about the plants and animals that live there. The Eden Project also offers a variety of interactive exhibits and activities, such as a rope course and a zip line, that are sure to captivate kids and keep them entertained.
Additionally, the Eden Project is a great place for kids to learn about environmental issues and the importance of protecting the planet. The project focuses on promoting sustainability and conservation, and offers a variety of educational programs and events that kids can participate in.
You can visit the Eden Project during some of our multi-day example tour itineraries here.
The Tower of London
This historic castle is located in the heart of London and is a great place for kids to learn and explore. It is home to the Crown Jewels and offers guided tours and interactive exhibits that are sure to captivate kids. They will love learning about the history of the castle and seeing the jewels up close.
They can explore the castle’s many towers and buildings, including the White Tower, the Royal Armouries, and the chapel of St. John. They can also learn about the history of the Tower and the people who lived and worked there, through exhibitions, displays, and audio guides. Kids can also watch the famous Yeoman Warders (also known as Beefeaters) perform their ceremonial duties.
There are also regular events and activities for kids, such as workshops, crafts, and storytelling sessions.
Dorset is a county in the south of England, known for its beautiful coastline and countryside. The Dorset coast offers many family-friendly activities, including the following:
Beach activities: Dorset has many sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, building sandcastles, and playing beach games. Some popular beaches in the area include Bournemouth, Weymouth, and Swanage.
Water sports: The Dorset coast is a great place for activities such as surfing, kayaking, and sailing. There are many schools and centers that offer lessons and rentals for these activities.
Hiking and cycling: The Dorset coast has many scenic walking and cycling routes, including the South West Coast Path and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. These trails offer beautiful views of the coast and countryside, and are suitable for all ages and abilities.
Wildlife watching: Dorset is home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, seals, and dolphins. There are many places along the coast where you can spot these animals, such as Brownsea Island, Portland Bird Observatory, and RSPB Arne.
Museums and attractions: Dorset has many interesting museums and attractions that are suitable for families, such as the Tank Museum, Monkey World, and the Sea Life Centre.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is a scenic region in Scotland, known for its beautiful lochs, forests, and mountains. The area offers many family-friendly activities, including the following:
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has many attractions and events that are suitable for families, such as the Go Ape adventure park, the Jacobite Steam Train, and the Loch Lomond Highland Games. These places and events offer fun and enjoyable experiences for children of all ages.
The region is also home to many historic castles and gardens, such as Stirling Castle, Inveraray Castle, and the David Marshall Lodge. These places offer interesting insights into Scotland’s history and culture, and provide beautiful settings for family outings.
Thinking of exploring Scotland during your trip? Check out our Scotland Tours page here.
Contact Our Family Tour Planners
We understand that planning a family vacation can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer a range of tours and packages that are perfect for families. From the bustling cities of London, theme park excitement, or outdoor fun in the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and the Scottish Highlands.
Our tours provide a fun and enjoyable experience for all ages. Whether you’re interested in exploring historic castles and museums, participating in outdoor activities, or visiting attractions and events, we have a tour for you. With our expert guides and personalized service, we make it easy for you to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Contact us today to start planning your family adventure in the United Kingdom.