We’ve picked out a selection of places that are guaranteed to provide the perfect combination of activities for the little ones, and some much-needed downtime for parents too. For days packed with exciting activities for creative minds, and for days when you just want to chill by the pool-side, these family-friendly hotels will have something for everyone.
Top 5 Family Friendly Hotels in the UK
If you’re thinking about taking a break with the family, check out these amazing family-friendly destinations. We’ve picked out a selection of places that are guaranteed to provide the perfect combination of activities for the little ones, and some much-needed downtime for parents too. For days packed with exciting activities for creative minds, and for days when you just want to chill by the pool-side, these family-friendly hotels will have something for everyone.
Another Place, The Lake
Ullswater, Lake District, England
With an Ofsted-registered space for the little ones (or older ones) and several outdoor adventures to choose from including wood cabins, safari tents and an outside woodland play area, you’ve got everything you need all in one place. If it means taking the kids for a swim or climbing a tree, Another Place could very well be your best bet. Perfect for enjoying those memorable family dinners that’ll have you laughing back years down the line, Another Place, is a hotel perfectly designed for family breaks. There’s even a child-friendly menu with a variety of options for even the fussiest of eaters. Get back in touch with nature during campfire camping and family night walks or shoot some arrows in archery, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Things to do in the Lake District
If you’re looking to explore beyond the hotel, you’ll find the Lake District has some fascinating places to check out. The Rydal Mount, one of the many infamous spots in Cumbria, where Williams Wordsworth laid his hat in the infamous village of Ambleside. Soak up the historic buildings or broaden your knowledge at the museum.
If you get a chance, you can take a look around The Lakes Distillery, that use local produce to create gin, whiskey and vodka. Lake Windermere rests on a picturesque backdrop where you can take your pick of climbing, cycling or you could even jump on a Segway if your heart so desires, and if you’re not quite sure how, you can get some expert advice from trained professionals.
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
Parents can also get in on the fun at Wooley Grange, with several pampering sessions and a complimentary baby listening service – this family-friendly hotel caters for parents and children alike. With a Roald Dahl’s ‘Chicken House No 1’, the little ones can collect eggs from either ducks and chickens or both. With locally sourced produce the Woolley Grange offers a healthy and eco-friendly service. Although there’s nothing quite like family time, if you find yourself in need of some ‘me time’, the Woolley Grange offers two hours’ complimentary childcare for every day of your stay. They are also fully equipped with a free baby-listening service, so you can enjoy a quiet evening or a relaxing night-time stroll.
Things to do in Wiltshire
Take a wander back in time and see the marks left behind in history by the Romans, Normans and Saxons. Stonehenge and Longleat are amongst the more popular attractions but don’t forget about the Crofton Beam Engines and Wilton Windmill which offer exquisite views and undeniable scenes.
Chewton Glen Hotel
New Forest, Hampshire, England
Let the kids get creative on the Cookery Course or incorporate some exercise by joining in a game of junior tennis. The Chewton Glen Hotel offers an incredible outdoor view from their treetop suites, there are more than just a few adventures. Just on the edge of New Forest, and not too far from Bournemouth and Southampton. The Chewton Glen Hotel is more than a bit of magic. With an idyllic location and impressive grounds, fully equipped with a flat-screen TV and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Beehive Children’s Club has all the tools to satisfy big imaginations, a make-believe den and 300 acres of land to hunt treasure, you can sit back and relax with your beverage of choice.
Things to do in New Forest
If you decide to wander around for the day, you might find the kids will enjoy a day at The New Forest Wildlife Park, with prices starting at £7.50 a ticket, you’ll enjoy a fun and affordable day out. If you want to get more hands-on, take a stroll around Manor Farm where you can bottle feed the cow’s milk. Leave boredom at home and step into a world full of adventure.
Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
This hotel will take care of all your family needs with film and supper nights, you’ll be offered a complimentary cocktail on arrival and a two-course meal from £30 per person. You can follow them on Instagram to take a look at their incredible menus and meal options. Check out Alexander Hotel & Restaurant for more information. The boutique coastal break has a dream-like effect, a luxury hotel boasting idyllic scenery perfect for families of up to four or six. Fully equipped with swings, climbing frames and a trampoline, the outdoor play area is everything it ought to be. If the weather does take a turn for the worst you can still enjoy board games in the seaside-themed lounge.
Things to do in Dorset
Take the little ones on an action-packed adventure at the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, which hosts the finest selection of Britain’s Late Jurassic age fossils. If you want to push the boat out, hop on board the Moonfleet and go on a sailing adventure. Book your break in Dorset and you’ll find there is no shortage of things to do, with several traditional theatres as well as modern art centres, it’s the perfect place to watch anything from Shakespeare to a live orchestra band. It’s also the filming location for ITV’s incredibly successful Broadchurch drama.
Congham Hall Hotel & Spa in Norfolk
The private-owned Georgian manor situated in the centre of Norfolk’s incredible countryside. Families can enjoy an incredibly relaxing break with a sandy beach and a variety of market towns situated not far from the Queen’s beloved Sandringham Estate. Congham Hall Hotel & Spa has something for everyone, so make sure to check out all the amazing places it has to offer. Make a start on the Dinosaur Adventure with an indoor and outdoor play area, the little ones will have a day filled with activities and barrels of fun.
Things to do in Norfolk
Renowned for its beautiful coastal beaches, a stroll on the coast could be just what you need, get creative with pebble collecting activities or try your hand at kite flying, there’s much more to the idyllic coastal beaches than just the skyline (although, that is an incredible feat in itself). The Snettisham Park is bound to make your stay memorable, giving little ones the chance to witness the birth of lambs and stags shedding antlers.
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