Top 15 Days Out for the Whole Family

Top 15 Days Out for the Whole Family

From nature parks and theme parks to studio tours and notable landmarks, here’s a roundup of the best days out in the UK for families with children. 

Take a Warner Brothers Studio Tour of the Harry Potter film set 

The magical Warner Brothers Studio Tours offer the chance to explore the making of the Harry Potter films. The whole family will love a day walking around majestic sets, including the Great Hall and even Diagon Alley, where you’ll find Ollivanders wand shop.

You’ll spot your favourite props, see the costumes from the films, and discover the innovative visual effects used on set. Based in Leavesden, the Studio Tour is just 20 miles north-west of London. It’s less than three miles from the M1 and M25 motorways, with free parking on site. 

Experience a world built from Lego bricks

A trip to Legoland, in Windsor, is perfect for kids of all ages. It features more than 50 rides, attractions and many worlds and cities constructed from Lego.

There’s a Hilltop Train that tours the park, a Lego Reef where you can design your own characters, and a Miniland with world-famous landmarks, all built out of Lego. Little ones can even earn their Legoland Driving Licence on the L-Drivers course!

Discover London’s gruesome history

Step back in time with a family day out at the London Dungeon. The two-hour tour involves talented actors walking you through some of the Capital’s frightful history. You’ll meet creepy characters, including an executioner and a plague doctor, with a few jumpy moments thrown in, too. 

Ride on the iconic London Eye

If you’re planning a family day out in the UK’s capital city, why not take a trip on the London Eye and experience views of London from 135m high? A full rotation takes around 30 minutes, so you’ll have lots of time to take photos.

Take a trip under the waves

Kids and adults alike will love a trip to Sea Life London Aquarium, home to more than 10,000 sea creatures, including fish and octopuses. The Ocean Tunnel is home to giant sea turtles and the world’s smallest hammerhead shark. There’s a colony of Gentoo penguins to meet, too. 

Step back in time at the British Museum

The British Museum offers free entry and around 8 million artefacts! There are free activity workshops and games for the kids to enjoy, and various exhibitions that grown-ups will love, including the Parthenon Marbles, Rosetta Stone and an Easter Island statue.

Get back to nature in a tropical paradise

Visit the Eden Project for a taster of life in the jungle. Tour the humid Rainforest Biome and experience the warm climate, or walk through the Mediterranean Biome, showcasing cacti and desert regions. The kids will love the play areas, puzzles and places to climb.  

Take a unique railway experience in Devon

Railway enthusiasts will love touring the Devon Railway Centre, home to unlimited train rides, miniature railways and steam trains. The model railway exhibition features an Edwardian Model Village, Wheal Beckie Tin Mine and children’s outdoor play area. You can have a go at driving your own train, too. 

Have a day of medieval antics

Visit Warwick Castle, which has a live-action show of the War of the Roses. Further entertainment includes a Horrible Histories maze, a Pageant Playground and chambers and creepy rooms to explore! Talks, bird of prey displays and sword-wielding knights should also be expected. 

Create your own adventure at Chessington

Chessington World of Adventures boasts 10 themed worlds and more than 40 rides. As well as white-knuckle coasters and rides for kids of all ages, there’s a monkey swing, Sea Life Centre, Tiger Rock (where you can see real-life tigers), and a Gruffalo Groove attraction where families can visit a dark woodland for a song and dance with the Gruffalo!

Explore an historic Scottish dungeon

Take an 80-minute tour of Edinburgh’s gruesome dungeon, which has housed some of Scotland’s most ruthless murderers. Watch as their stories are brought to life and meet famous costumed characters, including the murderous duo, Burke and Hare.

Enjoy a day by the seaside in Blackpool

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is great for a family day by the seaside. Picture buckets and spades, ice cream, donkey rides and amusement arcades. There’s also Nickelodeon Land, the UK’s largest indoor water park, Madame Tussauds and the SkyWalk viewing platform of the Blackpool Tower. 

Visit the Tower of London

Discover the stories and superstitions linked to this historic London landmark. There are entertaining tours offered by Yeoman Warders (otherwise known as Beefeaters) – and kids will love hearing their gruesome tales of imprisonment, torture and execution.

Swing through the trees at Battersea Park

Located in the heart of Battersea Park is the Go Ape course. It features plenty of challenging obstacles that will inspire kids’ inner adventurers, including the Zig Zag Bridge. Get back to nature as younger members of the family scale rope ladders, wire crossings and zip wires.

Meet Shrek and his pals

Shrek’s Adventure, next to the London Eye, will lead you on a quest of your own as you become involved in the much-loved story of Shrek. Visit the swamp, have a crystal ball reading, get lost in the mirror maze and meet Shrek’s sidekick, the lovable Donkey!

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  1. February 14, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    I would love to do these days out with all of my family.
    My youngest is loving Harry Potter at the moment so the Warner Brothers Studio Tour would be the top of our list x
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  2. March 6, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    There are some great days out here, there is so much to do in the UK isnt there? OMG I love Warner Brothers Studio Harry Potter as you know is my favourite book, film x x

    • Mum Reinvented
      March 7, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      There really is. I’m quite enjoying finding all these new and revamped places all around the UK I either haven’t visited since we’ve moved back here or haven’t been since I was a child myself. Gotta love Harry Potter! (I was gutted when the little dude refused to dress as him for World Book Day!) x

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