Short breaks and weekend escapes for families with Forest Holidays.
Short breaks and weekend escapes for families with Forest Holidays.

Short Breaks for Families in the UK

The UK is bursting with short-break options with kids, whether it be family-friendly hotels in London or cosy country cottages, some with games rooms and/or swimming pools, plus baby/toddler equipment if required.

Family short breaks and weekends away are a great means of escaping from routine between longer holidays without having to travel too far or spend a lot of money. We’ve brought together our favourite short-break destinations in the UK with children of all ages, from country-house hotels, seaside and lake retreats in holiday hotspots including Cornwall, Devon, the Channel Islands and the Lake District and city breaks in London and elsewhere, to glamping and farmstays.

Browse our options or check out our special offers or exclusive discounts with some of our favourite short-break partners: family-friendly properties in England, Wales and Scotland, with the best discounts for our newsletter subscribers (sign up at the bottom of this page).
Luxury Family Hotels: relaxed country houses with family amenities and childcare.
Feather Down Farms: glamping holidays on working farms.
Bluestone National Park Resort: Pembrokeshire holiday village with lots of family facilities.
Hoseasons Go Active: holiday parks with lodges and plenty to do on-site.

Short break places to stay in United Kingdom

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Dog-friendly Family Holiday Cottages

United Kingdom
Handpicked holiday cottages suitable with both kids and dogs around the UK and Ireland.

Sands Resort Hotel & Spa

A classic child-friendly property on the Atlantic coast, with indoor and outdoor pools, an adventure playground, and a spa.

Cottages in Cumbria

Self-catering properties from which to explore the Lake District, at exclusive discounts to our newsletter subscribers.

Start Bay

Organised activity holiday run by experienced tutors on the south Devon coast, including survival skills and learning about local wildlife.

Hilton Southampton

An ideal option for families, with packages including Peppa Pig World tickets.

B+B Belgravia

A modern option in the heart of London, with great transport links and big breakfasts to kick the day off!

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Riverside Country Park

A small caravan park set in the Northumbrian countryside with indoor swimming and spa and a bar for the adults.

Cottages in Sussex

Book a family-friendly cottage in Sussex, make yourself a base and visit all this region has to offer - beach, countryside and more.

The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel

Luxury self-catering serviced apartments in the historic, family-friendly city of York.

Talacre Beach

A relaxing caravan park with a selection of cottages near the beaches of the Irish Sea


Ideal for families, this theme-park hotel has shark-themed rooms for up to four plus early rides access.

Landal Piperdam

A stunning lochside holiday park with superb lodges (many with hot tubs), plus a variety of family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities to explore the Highlands.

Park Plaza Nottingham

Stylish and modern centrally located 4-star hotel in Nottingham ideal for city breaks with the family.

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bull Ring

A great-value hotel in the perfect location for families exploring central Birmingham.

Chessington Azteca Hotel

South East England
An Aztec-themed family hotel at Chessington World of Adventures Resort in Surrey.

Holiday Cottages Suitable for Children and Babies

United Kingdom
Luxury holiday cottages around the UK and Ireland suitable for families with very young children.

Watergate Bay Hotel

A great family hotel, especially with older kids and teens who can take advantage of the excellent local surfing tuition.

Brockwood Hall Lodges

Luxury lodges with options sleeping up to 8 people on the edge of the Lake District.

Moonfleet Manor

United Kingdom, England, Dorset
A country house hotel overlooking iconic Chesil Beach, with a gardener who runs fossil walks along the shore.

Gambledown Farm

Family-run farm in Hampshire, with luxury canvas tents, play area for kids and chicken coop for hire - perfect for your breakfast eggs.