Father and son at Roald Dahl Museum
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Father and son at Roald Dahl Museum

Reviews of days out and attractions

Interesting and – we hope – invaluable, our reviews of a wide range of family days out and attractions were written by our in-house team and and our talented stable of expert contributors embracing some of the world's top family travel writers. Including both tried-and-tested family favourites and more off-the-beaten attractions, they are intended to provide inspiration and practical information whether you're looking for days out close to home or while on holiday.

Free Things to Do in Wales with Kids

Wales, Cardiff, Snowdonia, Cardiganshire, Gwyneth, Pembrokeshire
Nick tells us about family holiday options and excursions in Wales on a tight budget.

Best Places for Cycling and Mountain-biking in the UK with Kids

United Kingdom, England, South East England, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Dorset, Kent, Norfolk, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
We round up the best places around the UK to take your kids cycling or mountain-biking, whether for a day out for a short break.

The Spookiest Sights in Edinburgh with Kids

Edinburgh
We find out why the Scottish capital is one of the best places to bring ghoulish-minded kids.

Top 10 Free Days Out in Norfolk

Norfolk
Deborah and her crew scour the child-friendly destination for the best free family attractions, natural and cultural.

Best Experience and Activity Days for Families

Our favourite activity days for families, carefully chosen by us, for you.

Best Zoos and Wildlife Parks for Families

United Kingdom
Browse our favourite selection of Zoos and Wildlife parks to take the family.

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Best Theme Parks for Families

United Kingdom
Enjoy our carefully chosen selection of the best thrill-seeking theme parks for the family

Best Museums and Arts for Families

United Kingdom
Browse our hand-picked selection of the best museums and arts for the whole family to enjoy.

Best Theme Park Breaks

Europe
Explore our hand-picked selection of family-friendly theme parks to get everyone's heart pumping.

Top 10 Family Beach Holidays in East Anglia and Kent

South East England, Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk
Emma gives the rundown on some of the UK's most family-friendly seaside resorts.

A Review of the Children's Spooky Underground Tour, Edinburgh

Edinburgh
Dea and family go underground in Scotland’s capital.

A Leeds Family City Break

Yorkshire
Guns and gore lure Rhonda and her boys to Yorkshire’s biggest city.

A Kids' Session at Cucina Caldesi, London, and Other Family Cookery Classes

Jordan, Greece, Peloponnese, Ireland, County Kerry, Italy, Tuscany, United Kingdom, England, Cumbria, London, Oxfordshire, Yorkshire
A review of a kids' cookery class in London and round-up of other family cooking experiences in the UK and abroad.

An Edinburgh City Break with Kids

Europe, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh and the Lothians, Edinburgh
Dea and family revisit a much-loved city.

Best Family Book Festivals and Attractions Around the UK

Bedfordshire, Tyne and Wear, Manchester, Shropshire, Somerset, Edinburgh
Rhonda rounds up the top literary sites and events with kids.

A Kids' Day Out at Elemental UK Beach Club, Cornwall

Cornwall
Rhonda Carrier waves her sons off on coastal adventures at Swanpool Beach in Falmouth.

A Day Out at Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire

England, United Kingdom
Rhonda reassesses a childhood favourite with her own kids in tow and finds fun for all ages.

Top 10 Tips for Visiting Museums with Kids

Vienna, Brussels, Prague, Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, New York, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Brighton and Hove, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff
Georgina looks at ways of making your family day out both cultural and fun.

Best Family-Friendly Festivals in 2018

United Kingdom, England, South East England, The Cotswolds, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Dorset, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Scotland, Wales
Rhonda looks at old favourites and new offerings on the family-friendly festival scene.

Top 5 Most Haunted English Heritage Sites Around the UK

Cornwall, Dorset, Kent, Sussex, Yorkshire
We take the family in search of ghostly goings-on and Halloween events at some of Britain's top days out venues.

A Family Fossil-hunting Trip on the Jurassic Coast

Dorset
We spend a day looking for 'beastie bits' in Dorset.

A London Family City Break on a Budget

London
Rhonda and sons check out some of the British capital's free and low-cost attractions.

A Thames Rockets Ride and Other Family Days Out on the River, London

London
Rhonda and crew have a blast on the water - and suggest other great river-based activities in the British capital.

Camp Bestival with Young Kids

Dorset
Lilly and family get on down at Dorset’s family-friendly festival.

8 Amazing Viewing Spots Around the UK

London, Blackpool, Hampshire, Dorset, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Rhonda rounds up some family days out that will make you and the kids feel on top of the world.

Best New Themepark Attractions in the UK and Mainland Europe for 2017

Surrey, Staffordshire, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom, Spain, Italian Lakes, Italy, Poitou Charentes, Picardy, Paris, France, Europe
Rhonda takes a look at the new rides and features at some of her family’s favourite themeparks.

A Family Day Out at the London Dungeon

London
Rhonda and Ethan get creeped out at the classic attraction.

A Family Day Out at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando

Orlando, Florida
Helen checks out one of Florida's most famous family attractions.

A Family Day Out at the WWT Wetland Centre, London

London
Emma and family discover a wildlife oasis only a short hop from the city centre.

Top 6 UK Science Venues and Events with Kids

United Kingdom
Tracey sounds out Britain’s best science experiences for kids.

A Family Day Out Mudlarking with the Thames Explorer Trust, London

London
Dea and family discover a living museum in the heart of the capital.

A Family Day Out at Madame Tussauds, London

London
We check out the famous waxworks attraction as part of the London Cluster ticket.

A Family Day Out at LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

Berkshire, South East England, England, United Kingdom
We check out the famous theme park aimed at ages 2–12.

Christmas Shopping in London, With or Without Kids

London
Rhonda gets some festive retail therapy in the British capital.

Top 10 Places to Meet Santa Around the World

Melbourne, Finland, Paris, Lapland, Sweden, New York, Birmingham, Berkshire, London, Yorkshire
We take a tour around the globe in search of the best places to meet Father Christmas.

18 Unmissable Theme-park Hotels around the World

Dubai, Asia, Japan, Europe, France, Ile de France, Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, Picardy, Italy, Italian Lakes, Spain, Costa Brava, USA, California, Southern California, Los Angeles, Florida, Orlando, United Kingdom, England, Berkshire, Staffordshire, Surrey
Rhonda takes a journey around the globe in search of the best places to stay at some of our favourite theme parks.

A Family Day Out on Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk

Norfolk
Lucy relives childhood beach trips with her family.

A Review of the Go Ape Forest Segway Experience, Cheshire

England
We experience fabulous natural surroundings in an exhilarating and original way.

Top 10 Christmas and New Year UK City Breaks with Kids

United Kingdom, England, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Manchester, Hampshire, London, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Edinburgh
Rhonda looks at the best festive outings – and top family-friendly accommodation – around the country for 2016.

A Family Day Out at Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

Orlando, Florida, USA
The low-down on Universal’s top rides by a nine-year-old Simpsons fan.

Chester with Kids: Summer in the City

Cheshire
Things to do in Chester this summer with the kids.

A Review of the Machines de l’Ile, Nantes, Western France

Pays de la Loire
Rhonda and her boys get inspired by one of France’s quirkiest attractions.

A Review of the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

South East England, Berkshire
Rhonda and her LEGO®-mad boys check out the park’s latest offerings and on-site hotel.

A Family Day Out at Go Ape Tree Top Junior Suffolk

Suffolk
A wobbly Gemma takes her little monkeys into the treetops.

A Day at the Races

Kent
Dea and her twins discover an unlikely new passion.

A Review of Alton Towers Theme Park and Hotel

Staffordshire
Rhonda and family check out the new and the old at the UK’s biggest themepark

A Review of La Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, Paris

Paris
Mark and son find some animal magic in the heart of the French capital.

A Review of the Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswolds
Rhonda and crew take to the water in central England

A Family Day Out at Go Ape Bedgebury, Kent

Kent, United Kingdom
Patrick Cook reviews one of the countrywide treetop adventure courses.

A review of the Titanic Visitor Experience and Titanic Walking Tours, Belfast

Northern Ireland, County Antrim, Belfast
Dea and family eschew interactives in favour of the real deal.

A Review of Stay Play Explore, Leicestershire

Leicestershire
Rhonda samples the best of the Midlands on a bargain break.

Staying Cool: a Birmingham City Break

Birmingham
Rhonda and family find out what's hot and what's not in family-friendly Birmingham.

A Review of the Warner Brothers' Studio Tour 'The Making of Harry Potter'

Hertfordshire
Cathy and son rate the Harry Potter studio tour.

County Durham with Kids

County Durham
Rhonda and family go back in time in Northeast England.

A UK Family Break in Haworth, Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Dea takes her kids on a stroll down memory lane.

A UK Family Break at Loch Ness, Scotland

Scotland
Ben and family go Nessie-spotting.

Family Shows: The Crash of the Elysium, Manchester International Festival

Manchester
Rhonda and boys experience immersive theatre at its most compelling.

A Family Cycling Break in Suffolk

Suffolk
Deborah and crew load up for family biking holiday

A Family Day Out at Peppa Pig World, Hampshire

New Forest, Hampshire
Tracey gives in to the piggy pressure and visits a pre-schoolers’ paradise.

Fabulous Father's Day and Year-Round Dads’ Breaks

Europe, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Andalucia, Barcelona, United Kingdom, England, Devon, London, Shropshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Yorkshire, Wales, Pembrokeshire
Rhonda checks out the best solo and family breaks for fathers, for Father's Day or all year round.

A Review of Nickelodeonland, Pleasure Beach Blackpool

Lancashire, Blackpool
Rhonda and family try out rides old and new at the Lancashire themepark.

Family Days Out: Ben 10 Ultimate Mission at Drayton Manor Park

Staffordshire
Rhonda takes her family to preview the Ben 10 ride.

A Family Glamping Holiday at Cuckoo Down Farm Yurts, Devon

Devon
Abigail and son head to Devon for a blast of bucolic bliss, Mongolian style.

A Harrogate Family Break

Yorkshire
Rhonda and family discover the Yorkshire spa town from a family perspective.

Days Out With Kids: Manchester Museum

Manchester
Rhonda and boys revisit an inspiring institution – and meet one of their heroes.

Top 20 Chocolate Museums and Attractions Around the World

Scotland, Yorkshire, Manchester, Dorset, Devon, Birmingham, Orlando, Florida, USA, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Umbria, Germany, Rhone Alpes, Midi-Pyrénées, Brussels, Vienna
Rhonda tests out the tastiest sights for chocoholics round the world.

The Best Places to Go Sledging Around the UK

Wales, Yorkshire, Brighton and Hove, London, Manchester
Tracey rounds up the UK’s best spots for those living on the sledge.

A Manchester City Break with Kids

Manchester
Rhonda and her crew discover that you don’t have to travel far to feel you’ve had a little holiday.

Top Tips for Enjoying French Markets with Kids

France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Ardèche, Talloires, Lyon
Fiona and friends introduce their kids to the life-enhancing pleasures of French markets.

A Day Out at Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey, Channel Islands

United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Jersey
Sarah and family discover the grand and mysterious Channel Islands sight.

A Review of Eureka! The National Children's Museum, Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Rhonda and kids explore the Museum for Children

The Maverick Festival, Suffolk, with Kids

Suffolk
Nick and family rate a child-friendly, chicken-clucking event bringing country music to the farmyard.

Family holidays: Suffolk for Free

Suffolk
Deborah and family seek out the free attractions of this lovely easterly county

A Family Break on Mull, Scotland

Scotland
Sarah and family discover the Inner Hebridean island, including the harbour town that doubled as Balamory.

A Two-Centre Family Holiday in Paris and Disneyland Paris

Paris
Culture meets fun for Dea and family in Paris and Disneyland Paris.

A Family Break in Brighton, Sussex

Sussex, Brighton and Hove
Dea and kids enjoy 'London by the Sea' despite or even because of the rain.

Family Breaks: A Spring Weekend in the Weald of Kent

Kent
Family fun and a charming B&B in Kent.

Dea Birkett's Eating with Kids: Museums

Denmark
Culture and cuisine in harmony in Odense, Denmark.

Kent: A great family journey by steam train

Kent
Dea and family take a trip on the Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

A Family Meal at the Hard Rock Café, London

Liverpool, London
Dea gets nostalgic about childhood meals at the family-friendly rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant.

Top 5 All-Weather Days Out in North Devon

Devon
Our top tips for places to keep the kids amused in this region of southwest England, come rain or shine.

A Single-Parent Holiday on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight
Judy and Joe enjoy blissful days out on the family-friendly island.

A Halloween Break in Fontainebleau & Disneyland Paris

Paris
Rhonda and family go treeeek or treating just outside Paris

Family Days Out: Chill Factore, Manchester

Manchester
Rhonda Carrier takes the family to a UK ski centre to experience family fun in the snow

Family Holidays in France: Clos Lucé, Loire Valley

Loire Valley
Rhonda Carrier visits The Clos Lucé in France

A Family Day Out at Newby Hall, Yorkshire

Yorkshire
Rhonda and crew check out a family-friendly estate.

A Family Day out at The Look Out Discovery Centre and Coral Reef, Berkshire

South East England
Swashbuckling forest adventures within easy reach of London.

Family Days Out and Breaks in Kent

Kent
Get out of the city and head to Kent

A Family Meal at the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

South East England
Dea and family check out Café Twit at the family-friendly venue in the Chilterns.