Planning a family holiday in the UK usually inspires thoughts of quaint seaside cottages, or cultural tours in the hustle and bustle of central London – but here are a few slightly different ideas to inspire a more unique holiday getaway with the kids – and even the dog!
Leave the iPad at home and get out into nature – even if it’s just once!
While the thought of abandoning technology and dragging your kids kicking and screaming from the Xbox may be daunting – think back to what your most precious childhood memories contain? With locations from the Yorkshire Dales to the Scottish Highlands, this great organisation encourages families to spend time making the memories all kids should make – building dens, exploring the woods, climbing trees and hunting for bugs!
These getaways are designed to be affordable and accessible to most families, starting from just £20 per night, and if their reviews are anything to go by, the kids will quickly realise what they’ve been missing. This is the kind of holiday every family should have at least once. If you’re feeling even braver...
Glamp it up or rough it up with a full on camping experience
Whether you want to go via caravan, pitch a tent, try out a lodge, cabin, hut, yurt or wigwam – pitchup.com offers an enormous selection of camping sites in the UK, most of which are happy to let the family dog come along too!
You can filter down to your ideal camping experience, choosing from sites which have shower facilities, swimming pools, kiddies play areas and even a clubhouse or bar for mom and dad, so you really can pick the camping trip that will suit the whole family best.
If your idea of family holidays in the UK involves experiencing the outdoors from more of a safe distance, however – there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the countryside in comfort, of course...
Explore the UK by rail
If you can’t decide on just one destination in the UK, a classic railcar adventure lets you explore in comfort and style as you take in the sights of the countryside! Railtrail.co.uk has a superb selection of available tours and has been in operation for over 35 years.
For one sure to appeal to the kids, one of their most popular lines is the West Highland or ‘Harry Potter’ steam train experience which tops the ‘must do’ list in Scotland! Other popular tours include Wonderful Wales, and the original Great Railway Journey of the World – which climbs high above the tree line onto the great plateau through Achnashellach and Achnasheen, and then descends for the a coastal journey overlooking the Isle of Skye.
Tours like the Highland Rail Voyager, Highland Winter Wonderland holidays, Springtime Highlander, and Queen of Scots tours are just some of the other fantastic tours available.
Whether viewed from a from a tent, lodge, caravan or a just through the window of a luxury cabin in a steam engine, the sights and sounds of the UK provide everything you need for a family holiday with a difference!