Sometimes you need a break from the ordinary, not just a holiday but an all-encompassing, magical experience to get wrapped up in. Especially when you have young children, seeing the look on their faces when you take them to somewhere which sparks their imagination is priceless. So if you’re looking for a unique break, check out our pick of unusual family holidays. From a hobbit inspired house to a pirate themed hotel, there’s sure to be something the kids will love.
1. Stay in a cottage at Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle is one of our favourite places for families, offering adventure playgrounds, a maze and an underground grotto to explore, plus loads of child-friendly events throughout the year. So what better place to spend the weekend, than in a cottage nestled in the castle’s 500 acres of beautiful grounds? Choose from historic buildings such as The Oast (sleeps 4), Knight’s Cottage (sleeps 6) or The River Lodge (Sleeps 10). Your stay includes entry to all of Leeds Castle’s attractions and restaurants.
2. Stay in a LEGO Themed Room in Denmark
Less than two hours flight from London (1 hour 35 mins) is a magical place your LEGO mad children are going to love. Hotel Legoland® in Billund, Denmark is just 10 minutes drive from the airport – see if you can keep the final destination a secret until you arrive! Then watch their faces light up as they enter the hotel where everything is themed around their favourite toys. Many of the colourful themed rooms have views of the themepark, and every child receives a complimentary gift too. Additional hotel facilities include a playroom, an outdoor playground, numerous daily activities and of course, a LEGO shop.
3. Stay in a Pirate Theme Park in France
Certainly one of the most memorable and unusual family holidays, this pirate themed hotel in the South of France is sure to delight young children. Close to Montpellier, Hôtel Cap Pirate offers pirate themed decor, an amazing water park and lots of entertainment in the summer months. It is also just 5 minutes walk from Cap d’Agde beach. Perfect for a family holiday with a difference.
4. Stay in a Safari Park in Kent
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve frequently tops the lists of most unusual places to stay in the UK, and we think it’s perfect for adults and children alike. The stunning safari park is one of our top family days out in Kent, where you can see Africa’s Big Five without even setting foot in an airport. For an even more amazing wildlife experience, families can stay in one of the Safari Park’s beautiful lodges, or in their luxury hotel. The historic Edwardian mansion house offers spacious rooms, an elegant restaurant and stunning views over 15 acres of land.
5. Stay in a Hobbit House in Yorkshire
North Shire is a family farm in the North York Moors, with several unique places to stay. The Shire House, Story Book Cottage, Gypsy Bow Top Wagons and Shepherd Huts all offer a magical experience, surrounded by free-range hens and various farm animals. The farm is just 20 minutes drive from Whitby – a charming seaside town famous for its fish and chips.
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