Looking for inspiration for a family break but don’ t want to travel abroad? Check out our Top 10 Family Holidays UK this Autumn.
1. Lake District
Low hanging mist over the lakes is one of the most beautiful sights, making Autumn a popular season to visit this stunning National Park. A haven for active families, cycling , hiking and watersports are the best way to soak up the scenery. Little ones will be enchanted with Beatrix Potter world too. Refuel at one of the area’s many traditional tea shops, not forgetting to try the famous sticky toffee pudding !
One of Britain’s most loved holiday spots,Cornwall is often overlooked outside of the summer months. But those in the know head there in September or October, when you can enjoy some excellent deals on accommodation. So it might not be warm enough to surf but you can still enjoy bracing beach walks and fantastic seafood. Check out our list of family friendly restaurants in Cornwall here.
3. New Forest
When better to see the New Forest than in Autumn, when the leaves are turning rusty shades of gold, red and amber? Little ones will love splashing in puddles and collecting conkers, whilst parents can look forward to plenty of cosy pubs to relax in. Have a look at our recommendations for child friendly activities outdoor in the New Forest for inspiration. There are some beautiful hotels, apartments and campsites on our New Forest Sleep page too.
The Pembrokeshire National Park is the crowning glory of the Welsh coastline, offering dramatic windswept beaches and over 186 miles of footpaths to explore. Thinking of a holiday there? Families love Bluestone Resort for its beachfront location and fab facilities like a Treetop Adventure, a Circus Zone and Blue Lagoon waterpark. High chairs, stair gates and travel cots come as standard in their self catering cottages, and there’s an all-important babysitting service too.
Kent’s wealth of country houses and castles makes it a fantastic place to visit with kids. This Autumn there are all manner of events to entertain your brood, from a Freaky Fossils Trail at Emmett’s Garden at to a Halloween inspired Creepy Craft Workshop at Hever Castle. So are you wondering where to stay? Our Sleep Kent page lists five great accommodation options for young families .
So you may have missed the fringe festival, but Edinburgh is still one of our Top 10 Family Holidays UK this Autumn. The city’s ancient cobbled streets and world famous castle will enchant young children, especially fans of Harry Potter who can see the landmarks which inspired JK Rowling. There are also a great range of child friendly activities here, even if the weather is typically Scottish (ie cold and wet!). Check out our list of Indoor activities for kids in Edinburgh here .
The capital should always be high up on your list to visit, but many tourists are put off by the threat of bad weather in Autumn, so you’ll have less crowds to contend with. London’s world famous collection of museums and galleries always have loads of family friendly events, especially around October half term, and many of them are free too.
This Autumn the students are back at university, which gives the city a much more authentic atmosphere than the tourist-heavy summer. You can amble along the River Cam with your buggy, or hop on a bicycle and explore like a local. Outspoken Cycles offers tandem bikes that are perfect for families. Looking for a place to stay? Cambridge has a great range of apartments to rent for the weekend – we’ve listed five of our favourites here .
9. The Cotswolds
A visit to this beautiful part of the country should be high up on every family’s list. You can walk the Cotswolds Way, explore postcard perfect villages or visit a local farm, which the kids will love. The Cotswolds has some of the country’s best gastropubs too – find out which ones are child friendly on our ‘Eat in The Cotswolds’ post.
The regency city of Bath is an enduringly popular destination, thanks to its famous Roman baths and beautiful architecture. This child friendly city has lots to keep the kids entertained the Autumn, including The Bath Children’s Literature Festival and Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park. Staying overnight? Splash the cash on a spa hotel aimed at young families, or rent a regency apartment .
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