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:
cottages.com: 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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DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North

England
An ideal property for short family breaks in Bristol and the surrounding area, with a great family package.

Forest Holidays: Deerpark Cabins

Cornwall
Escape from a busy world to the tranquillity of Deerpark in Cornwall. Choose from a bundle of extras to make your break perfect for you. Unwind and relax or explore and discover.

Haven Devon Cliffs

Devon
A popular holiday park with direct access to the beach and heaps of children's activities.

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester
Centrally located in Manchester, this hotel offers comfortable family rooms and a great location from which to explore the city.

Citadines Apart'hotel Trafalgar

London
Apartments in a great location near Trafalgar Square, London, perfect for large families and each with a kitchenette.

College Farm

Norfolk
A glamping site in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, with a kids' play barn and even a livery for those who want to bring a horse.

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Canfields Farm

Sussex
A family-run farm in West Sussex, with luxury canvas tents, surrounded by woodlands and cycle routes and only 25mins from Brighton.

The Bay

Yorkshire
The site is well laid out, and you can even walk from the site to the beach. Cottages and lodges are well equipped making them ideal when you holiday with kids.

Peebles Hydro

Scotland
A traditional hotel with spacious grounds which embraces modern family holidays - there's a kids club, indoor pool and loads of activities for all ages (both on-site and nearby) plus a spa and gin distillery!

PGL Little Canada

Isle of Wight
Perfect for watersports, this family activity centre has its very own creek.

Dalmeny Hotel

Lancashire
A seaside hotel in Lancashire, a short walk from the town pier, with plenty of entertainment for adults and kids.

Layer Marney Tower

Essex
A luxury glamping site on a country estate in Essex, surrounded by woodland and close to the beach where you tour the farm by tractor.

Sandy Balls Holiday Village

New Forest
An award-winning site with lodges and glamping options, plus resident alpacas you can walk, family activities galore, and a spa.

Forest Holidays: Beddgelert Cabins

Snowdonia
Luxury cabins dotted through woodland in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy hiking, cycling and some great ranger-led activities.

The Ickworth Hotel

United Kingdom, England, Suffolk
Within a National Trust property in Suffolk, you get the feeling of grandeur whilst being completely family-friendly.

Cottages with swimming pools

England
Self-catering holiday cottages in England with indoor/outdoor swimming pool options. Plus options for Wales, Scotland, France, Italy + Ireland.

Lodore Falls Hotel

Cumbria
An ideal spot for relaxing breaks with kids near Keswick – plush but genuinely family-friendly, with an outdoor pool.

Ladram Bay Holiday Park

Devon
A family-run option handy for the Jurassic Coast, with fabulous facilities including a private beach and outdoor splash zone.

Manor Farm

Hampshire
A 400-acre traditional family farm offering a child-friendly glamping experience just an hour from London, but within easy reach of the coast and family-friendly attractions.

Citadines Holborn

London
Family-friendly apartments with private kitchen facility and a great central location near Covent Garden.