The United Kingdom with kids remains one of the top tourist destinations worldwide for countless reasons. You’ll be amazed by the variety of family-friendly activities providing powerful insights into British culture while teaching you about its history and contributions to the planet, from Jane Austen to the Beatles. And there’s no end to the spectacular sights, including iconic landmarks, stunning coastal views, and world-class restaurants featuring an assortment of international cuisine.
Where to start on a trip to the UK with kids? Let’s take a look at some of the most compelling and unique ways to explore Europe’s island nation.
More than 170 years old, the London Zoo remains one of the city’s most popular attractions for both adults and children. During its more than a century of existence, the zoo has been home to the bear that inspired Winnie the Pooh as well as one of the world’s most famous giant pandas. It also bears the distinction of housing the only living quagga (Equus quagga quagga), an extinct subspecies of zebra once endemic to South Africa, ever photographed. A photographer at the zoo captured the rare photos in 1870.
Every member of your family will find something to entertain them at the zoo, whether you’ve got a history buff in tow or a kid fascinated by conservation efforts. Must-see exhibits include the Australian Outback, the Galapagos tortoises, the lions, the tigers, and the gorillas. The London Zoo also boasts an impressive collection of aquariums with three full halls of fish. And you’ll want to make a point of checking out Penguin Beach’s glass-fronted, all-around viewing area.
Do you want to take city sightseeing from humdrum to exhilarating? Then, consider a speedboat ride on the Thames, your family’s go-to activity for adventure. During your trip, you’ll learn about the UK’s capital city from a quick-witted London tour guide and highly skilled boat captain. Although this tour packs plenty of excitement, it also marks the ideal way to see more than 20 iconic London sights and landmarks.
Tours last for an hour and leave you feeling like a character in the James Bond series. The speed boats used are known as rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and pack plenty of action. There’s no better way to learn about London’s riverside history and cityscapes while being entertained with adrenaline-inspired fun.
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew provide a unique glimpse into the art of gardens, spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries. Stroll the grounds for superb views of spectacular botanic collections, including conserved plants and documents. Created in 1759, the gardens contain the world’s most important collection of living plants. Situated in southwest London on the River Thames’s banks, the Kew Gardens include 330-acres of immaculately maintained gardens. Every year, millions of people from all over the world flock to these exceptional grounds.
The Royal Botanic Gardens boast more than 30,000 plant species, including a spectacular Herbarium featuring more than seven million specimens. Many notable researchers and explorers collected these specimens, including David Livingstone and Charles Darwin. No trip to the gardens would be complete without a visit to the Palm House and Temperate House, containing tens of thousands of different palms. There’s also the Princess of Wales Conservatory opened in 1987. The conservatory includes 1,500 species of tropical orchids and water lilies. Check out our itinerary for more things to do in England.
What tour of Scotland would be complete without trying your hand at Highlander athletics? The Mini Highlander Games provides the perfect opportunity to give a variety of activities a try, including:
You’ll enjoy firsthand instruction from experts who will encourage you and provide you with tips to beat the competition. Before you know it, you and your family will be seasoned participants of the Scottish Games. The Mini Highlander Games rank at the top of our list of UK attractions for families, mixing cultural education with sporting competition.
On a ghost walk of Edinburgh, you’ll learn about one of Scotland’s most haunted cities. Gain insights into the capital’s storied history before descending into the Blair Street Underground Vaults. In this subterranean world, you’ll explore firsthand the shadowy depths of Edinburgh’s Old Town while learning about the vagrants, murderers, and mischief-makers who once called these vaults home.
Sinister tales of real-life characters who once roamed the city abound, including stories of body snatchers. Your family will be mesmerized and chilled by these stories from Scotland’s dark past. And you may feel a chill crawl up your spine, a cold breath on your neck, or hear a disembodied whisper. There are few things to do in the UK that prove more educational and spine-tingling at the same time.
There’s nothing like a bird’s eye view to let you see Scotland in a whole new way. On a flight along the West Coast of the nation, you’ll pass over many beautiful landscapes, including verdant hills and electric blue lochs. You’ll also fly over the island of Jura, famous for its famed whiskey, and pass over the Campsie Fells, a range of volcanic hills located in central Scotland north of Glasgow.
The journey provides an excellent way to see Scotland’s magnificent coastline while flying in a seaplane from the halcyon days of travel. You’ll take in beautiful sights along the way, including Loch Fyne and a dramatic collection of castles towards the Arrochar Alps. Find out more about all of the enriching activities awaiting you and your family in Scotland with our purposeful Scotland itinerary.
Whether you’re after a trek through England’s dreamy, quaint landscapes or you long to get the adrenaline pumping with a seaplane ride over the West Coast of Scotland, countless adventures await you and your family on a trip to the UK. You’ll also enjoy a blend of educational activities, covering everything from spooky history to zoology.
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