Britain is packed with things to do that’ll keep the whole family entertained for hours. In the same breath, having so many options can make it difficult to choose what to do.
If you’re battling to pick what to do on your next family day out, we’re here to simplify the process.
Take a look at our list of things to do with kids and you’ll be sure to find an activity that everyone agrees on.
The Science Museum
To keep inquisitive minds busy, head on over to the Science Museum in South Kensington. Discover a world of wonder that’s sure to evoke curiosity. From civil engineering to vacuum technology exhibits and even an IMAX theatre, there’s something for everyone.
Go behind the scenes of every Harry Potter adventure with a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Board the Hogwarts Express or step into the Great Hall, you could even browse through the props, costumes and special effects. This is one of the most popular UK attractions for families even if they are not Potterheads.
A Chocolate Making Day
If your kids have a sweet tooth, then making chocolate at The Chocolate Quarter in Birmingham is sure to keep them entertained. They’ll discover the secrets behind creating decadent treats and discover that getting messy is all part of the fun.
National Railway Museum
There’s nothing cooler than a steam train, especially for the younger kids. The National Railway Museum has a Great Hall packed with some of history’s most famous locomotives. You can even hop aboard a Japanese Shinkansen. Bonus? It’s free.
Discover the craggy wonderland of Jurassic Coast. Search for fossils along the coastline, explore Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and learn all about the area’s history that spans over 185 million years.
A world of optical illusions awaits you at Camera Obscura. With six floors of games, puzzles, and special effects, you’re sure to get the family’s creative juices flowing.
Spend some time in nature with the Eden Project. Identify trees and plants as you explore the Canopy Walkway. For thrill-seekers, you can take on the SkyWire, England’s longest zip line.
The mystery that has kids and adults alike stumped. Spend the day at one of the UK’s most magical locations, Stonehenge. Created over 5,000 years ago, the reason behind this monument is yet to be discovered.
Bewilderwood is made up of 50 acres of woodland and consists of rope bridges, mazes and zip lines. It’s perfect if you want things to do with kids who have a lot of energy. There are also puppet shows and storytelling for the smaller ones.
This one is pretty self-explanatory – it’s Legoland! The theme park is made up of 80 million Lego blocks and is packed with interactive adventures. From going to Lego Driving School – and getting their license – to riding rollercoasters, a world of amazement awaits.
Natural History Museum
Explore a world of dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. An animatronic T-Rex will have the kids in awe of the monsters that once roamed the Earth. There are also dinosaur eggs and fossils to provide more insight into these prehistoric marvels.
Pom Pom Making
If you have a creative kid, then they need to spend the day at the Pom Pom Factory. Based in Shoreditch this art centre teaches children to make flowers and pom poms and it can even be fun for grown-ups too. A truly different family day out, you’ll get to go home with some new décor.
Tower of London
Learn all about London’s rich history from the Tower’s Beefeaters. The Tower of London transports you to a time where Tudor prisoners entered only to be beheaded and when two young princes entered the Tower and disappeared. You can also take a look at the Crown Jewels, making this one of the flashiest and fun UK attractions for families.
Let King Arthur’s legend live on by visiting his birthplace, Tintagel Castle. The ruins of the castle tell a magical story of knights and wizards and take us back to the Dark Ages. If you’re looking or things to do with kids that include a bit of history and culture, this is ideal.
National Space Centre
Space travel has been a dream of most of us since we were kids so this is a top option for family days out. The National Space Centre has the UK’s largest planetarium and hosts daily shows. You can also explore the 42-metre high Rocket Tower – you’ll even speed to the top in a glass elevator.
Imperial War Museum
With more than 200 aircraft, the Imperial War Museum is something to behold. A huge B-52 Stratofortress takes up the entire American Air Museum hall, with propellers and jets hanging from the roof.
If it’s forbidden, then it’s definitely worth seeing! The spooky Forbidden Corner has tunnels, mazes, hidden passages and a ghoulish mausoleum to explore – but beware, there are no maps and getting lost is almost guaranteed.
Europe’s first four-person zip line can be found here. Zipworld has been built in an old slate quarry and has been transformed into a subterranean, action-packed space. The activity centre has climbing grips, ziplines, rope bridges and huge bouncy net.
Discover the UK’s most complete medieval castle, Warwick Castle. Take in the view from the castle world, dare to explore taking on the Dungeon Experience, learn about birds of prey and, of course, solve the ‘Horrible Histories’ maze. This is a fun family day out that will offer something for kids of all ages, and adults too.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Listen to the stories of real sailors and get up close and personal with warships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Go aboard the HMS Victory and other heritage ships while listening to tales of the battles that took place on board. You can even take a gander of the world through the periscope of HMS Alliance, a submarine from World War II.
Take a ride on a steam train through the Dee Valley at Llangollen Railway. This heritage line is 10 miles long and features some of the locomotives originally built for the Great Western Railway. Kids will even have the opportunity to meet a real Thomas the Tank Engine!
It’s time to go to Hogwarts! Alnwick Castle is one of the few habitable British castles and is home to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. Kids will love being able to say that they’ve been to Hogwarts!
When it comes to UK attractions for families, nothing beats a day spent at the seaside. Llandudno Pier offers amusements while West Shore Beach is the perfect spot to build sandcastles and play in the sand. The monumental limestone headland, the Great Orme, can also be visited by hopping on a cable car or tram.
Get the adrenaline pumping at Alton Towers with out of this world rollercoasters, playhouses and fairground rides – which means that kids of all ages have something to keep themselves occupied while there.
A World Of Adventure Awaits!
There’s a ton of things to do with kids in the UK, and while some of these may seem specific to the little ones, you’re sure to embrace your inner child while out on your adventure. Family days out over Christmastime and beyond just got a whole lot more fun!
- 1 The Science Museum
- 2 Warner Bros.
- 3 A Chocolate Making Day
- 4 National Railway Museum
- 5 Jurassic Coast
- 6 Camera Obscura
- 7 Eden Project
- 8 Stonehenge
- 9 Bewilderwood
- 10 Legoland
- 11 Natural History Museum
- 12 Pom Pom Making
- 13 Tower of London
- 14 Tintagel Castle
- 15 National Space Centre
- 16 Imperial War Museum
- 17 Forbidden Corner
- 18 Zipworld
- 19 Warwick Castle
- 20 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
- 21 Llangollen Railway
- 22 Alnwick Castle
- 23 Llandudno
- 24 Alton Towers
- 25 A World Of Adventure Awaits!