Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Excellent Family Holidays in the UK

I know it might sound strange reading about family holidays from a solo female travel blog, but you’d be surprised — plenty of my readers have families and want to know how to travel easily and on a budget.

One of my suggestions?  Consider staying in a hostel!  One thing that people don’t know is how good hostels can be for families, especially YHA hostels.  There are often rooms set aside for families, and they are clean, cheap, and offer cooking facilities as well.  It turns out that family breaks with the YHA can be an easy way to save money on a holiday close to home.

Here are some fun, active holiday destinations right in the UK:


York jumped out to me right away as a perfect family holiday destination.  It’s small and walkable — and the Shambles is a captivating street for kids of all ages.  Another fun thing is to walk the city walls, and the Evensong performance at the York Minster is a captivating musical performance.  If you have older kids, they might enjoy going on a ghost tour and learning about York’s haunted history.  Best of all is the Jorvic Center, an homage to York’s Viking life, right down to the authentic smells.

North Wales

If you want to spend time exploring the great British outdoors, North Wales is an excellent family holiday choice.  Snowdonia is one of the country’s best national parks, and whether you want to climb Mount Snowdon or explore easy trails, you’ll find plenty of beautiful delights out in the Welsh countryside.  Supplement your nature walks with visits to small towns like Llangollen, Betws-y-Coed, and Conwy, and check out the beautiful north coast.


I’m always raving about Edinburgh and it’s true — the city never fails to delight me.  Kids will be transfixed by everything going on on the Royal Mile, especially if you go during Festival time in August, and the torchlight procession of Hogmanay is perfect for a New Year’s visit.  I recently visited the Camera Obscura, a fantastic visual delight for people of all ages.  And don’t forget the kilts, tartans, and bagpipe music!  Keep in mind that Scots adore kids and your kids will be welcome everywhere.


And of course — London!  It’s the most famous holiday destination in Britain because it literally does have the greatest selection for families.  My favorite activities for families?  Go see a show that both kids and adults will love, like Matilda; go see history come to life at the Tower of London, walk across the Tower Bridge several times, ride the London Eye and gaze over the city, go pose with celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s, see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (while trying to distract the infamous guards!), and go exploring (and people-watching) at Camden Market.

Wherever you choose, you’ll be able to find a fun — and cheap — family holiday in the UK!