With its eclectic mix of rolling hills and craggy mountains, historic cities and quiet beaches, there are so many areas in the United Kingdom that would make the perfect destination for exciting family holidays.
The United Kingdom is a small island made up of the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This small landmass is rich in culture and history and is a popular holiday destination for people from around the world, and with four distinct countries within its borders the UK boasts a varied experience for visitors and locals alike.
Visitors to England can enjoy the delights of one of the World’s most famous capital cities. London is home to such gems as the Crown Jewels, London Tower and the London Eye, as well as the unique shopping areas of Camden Market and Carnaby Street. Upper crust locations like Bond Street and Mayfair are a great place to visit for some exclusive shopping, and its bustling streets provide plenty of fun entertainment options for children, with the world famous Madame Tussauds at its heart, or the chance to take in a musical in its famous theatre district.
Head to the West and visitors can spend time in Cardiff, the beautiful Welsh Capital city that is famous for producing personalities like Charlotte Church, Colin Jackson and Dr Who! With a wide range of museums and theatres on offer, as well as Castles to visit, ghost walks to enjoy and mediaeval villages to visit, this city will keep kids occupied for hours.
North of the English Border lies Scotland, a stunning and unique landscape that is a combination of famous cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the rugged, mountainous regions of the northern highlands. Here and there are dotted some of the world’s most famous stretches of water, including Loch Lomond and Loch Ness, both of which attract visitors throughout the year who come to enjoy the stunning scenery from their banks as well as to have fun on the water itself.
Northern Ireland offers a lush green landscape and a coastline that has been formed by centuries of erosion at the hands of the rough Atlantic Sea. Famous for its lively people, interesting accents and local alcoholic drinks – namely Guinness – this country is a great place to enjoy some family friendly hospitality, and it’s capital city, Belfast is no exception.
Leaving all the main cities behind, and there are plenty of sights to see across the country. Lovers of the Great Outdoors will revel in the many National Parks, from the peaks of Snowdonia, to the rolling landscape of the Brecon Beacons. The highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, is a haven for climbers and walkers, and with plenty of snow in the winter, it offers plenty of family fun for skiers as well.
The United Kingdom is a versatile and interesting country to spend your holidays as a family. With every type of accommodation available, from luxury hotels and ancient castles to seaside holiday camps and bed and breakfasts, there is guaranteed to be a trip that is exactly what your family is looking for.
Some of UKs top attractions are:
Alton Towers – Staffordshire
The Deep, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire
Jorvik and Dig – York, Yorkshire
Legoland – Windsor
Thorpe park - Berkshire
Longleat - Wiltshire
Babbacombe Model Village – Devon
The Eden Project – Cornwall
London is wonderful to visit any time of year, with its interesting museums, beautiful parks, broadway shows, themed restaurants and more.
There is plenty to do in Norfolk, with its pretty villages and beautiful countryside to sandy beaches and traditional seaside resorts, and the waterways and windmills of the Norfolk Broads.
A stunning county with breathtaking countryside, 95 miles of Jurassic Coastline and numerous blue flag sandy beaches, and shallow waters making it perfect for families with younger children.
For many years, Brighton has been one of the most popular destinations for families. With so many things to do, family friendly restaurants and hotels, Brighton has something for everyone.
A land of contrasts, scenic coastline, bustling cities, and quiet moorlands, Yorkshire is Englands largest county and one of the greenest thanks to three of the National Parks.
Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
Lancashire County, home to Blackpool, one of Britains most popular holiday destination with year-round indoor and outdoor entertainment for all the family.
With a pleasant climate and its sandy beaches, Cornwall is the ideal destination for a UK holiday.
From sandy coastline, historic towns and villages to the heather clad moorlands, there is so much to do and explore in Somerset.
Blackpool is Britain's favourite holiday resort - Famous for its "Golden Mile" of piers, amusement arcades, tram and donkey-rides, pubs, fish and chip shops and bingo halls. Blackpool is bright and bustling - with non-stop fun.
Ask anyone, young or old, what Edinburgh is most famous for and they will invariably mention the castle. There’s no getting away from the fact that Edinburgh does indeed have its own castle, a hulking mass of sandstone that sits atop a volcanic rock, gazing imperiously across the city.
If you mention the name Weymouth to people who reside in the southern half of England (and even some further north) you will be met by a wistful look whilst that person recounts a memory of a childhood gone by.
The Isle of Wight, often referred to as The Garden Isle, is famed for its stunning scenery and warm climate.
A combination of coast and countryside makes Sussex a break with a difference. You are never far from the sea with its varied coastline from dramatic white cliffs drop to secluded rocky bays, shingle beaches and swathes of golden sand.
Devon has always been a popular destination for family holidays with its award winning attractions and accommodation and idyllic playground for all ages.
Gibraltar is an ideal place for those who are looking for a perfect family holiday. With a warm Mediterranean climate and a whole host of things to see you will be left with years of happy memories after your holiday here.
Kent, also known as ‘The Garden of England’ offers a haven of traditional English countryside with plenty to do for all the family.
Northern Ireland is a rich and colourful country with a fascinating history that keeps travellers coming back to its shores time after time. It is home to vibrant and exciting cities, including its capital, Belfast, and the city of Derry chosen as the UK City of Culture for 2013. There's always plenty of happening in Northern Ireland, from festivals to a sporting events, so it's no wonder it's a favourite family holiday destination.