Are you planning a trip to Britain and want to go where the locals go? Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.
The summer is in full swing. The kids are off school. And that means it’s the season for family days out. Here are some ideas for your next family adventure.
Find A Stately Home
Chatsworth House has been attracting families for decades now. The house itself is privately owned. But its grounds have been open to the public for decades now to help with the running of the estate. Chatsworth is full of things for both kids and adults. For kids, there’s a real maze, hedges included. There’s also a working farm and an adventure playground. For the adults, there’s an art collection, sculptures, water garden and, of course, the park. Prices are reasonable. Kids get in for £15, adults £21. Families can enter en masse for £70.
Then there is Blenheim. Blenheim is one of the jewels of the Oxfordshire countryside. The Palace was first designed as a sort of royal retreat and leisure centre in the 1760s. But now it’s a place where all the family can enjoy a romping day out. Blenheim Palace pays homage to Churchill in an exhibition. You can relive the experiences of the great war leader in a step-by-step walking with Churchill experience. Or you can just go to the palace and enjoy a nice picnic in the grounds. Like many estates, Blenheim comes equipped with its own maze. And, of course, a playground for the kids.
The price for the whole family is £59.00.
Go To A Living Museum
Are you interested in how the industrial revolution got started? Well, if you are, Ironbridge is the place to indulge that interest. The area is dedicated to the understanding of the industrial revolution. And it sports over ten museums where you can learn everything there is to know about the subject. One of the coolest features of the area are the living museums. Some museums are manned by staff, playing the roles of people in the industrial revolution. You’ll be able to talk to spinners and weavers on your way around the area. There’s even Blists Hill, a recreation of a Victorian town.
Prices vary depending on the museum. Blists Hill is £16.95 for adults and £11.50 for kids. But you can get unlimited admission to all museums all year for £27.95 for adults and £16.95 for children.
If you love museums, you could also check out Duxford Air Museum over the other side of the country. Duxford pays homage to all things aircraft related. There are regular shows and hundreds of aircraft on display across multiple hangars. It’s also a place for historians. Duxford is keen to tell the story of how the British and Americans worked together during the war years. And it follows the history of aviation from its beginnings in WW1 up until the modern day. Prices for families start from as little as £28.60.
Go To A Theme Park
Theme parks have been a staple of family outings for many years now. And there are so many to choose from. If you’re up in the North West, you can enjoy all sorts of attractions as a family. There’s a Ghost Train, Tea Cups and, of course, the Big Dipper. Blackpool started providing rides and entertainment for families as far back as 1904. And since then, the area has become famous for providing attractions and rides to thrill-seekers. Prices are good. You can pick up a wristband, providing unlimited rides for around £30.
Visit The Zoo
When it comes to wildlife, we’re a little spoiled in Britain. There are so many places to choose from where you can see animals up close as a family. One of the most famous is Woburn Safari Park. Here you can drive around the grounds of the park, getting up close to some of nature’s most magnificent animals. As you enter the park, you’ll be greeted by herds of zebra and antelopes. Soon you’ll move on to the bear enclosure, where you’ll get up close and personal with black bears. Then you’ll go to the lion park. Here you’ll be able to photograph a whole pack of lions up close and personal. Then it’s off to where the monkeys live. Just make sure they don’t pull your windscreen wipers off. Prices for a family tour start at £80.
You could also visit Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Here you’ll find more than 2,500 animals as well as plenty of space to stretch your legs. Just make sure you have a hearty breakfast beforehand. Prices start at £70 for the family.