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Whether you are a parent living in the UK or a family travelling with kids, there are plenty of choices when it comes to attractions worth visiting.
Below, TravelSupermarket.com takes a closer look at some of the best UK attractions to visit with children:
One family attraction is the ever popular Longleat. This Safari Park is exhilarating, with the chance to commune with wild animals. There is also a world-famous maze, a huge adventure playground and boat trips. Inclusive Adult tickets cost £12.50, whilst kids (ages 3 to 14) cost £7.50.
The park is open from 11am to 4pm in the winter, when warm outdoor clothes are recommended. Times vary in the summer. Longleat is near Warminster BA12 7NW. You can visit Longleat for a day, but there is also accommodation on site if you want to stay longer.
The Eden Project is a unique attraction in Cornwall. Revolving around man’s relationship with the environment, it has plenty to keep the kids amused, including play areas and an ice rink in the winter. Prices range from £7.50 for kids (5+) to £22 for adults, though prices vary depending on when and how you buy the tickets. Opening times in the winter are from 9.30 to 3.30, although there are late opening nights until 9pm, offering reduced rates. Located at PL24 2SG, Eden is near St Austell and a good day trip.
Legoland, Windsor is a hugely popular attraction. With on site accommodation, people like to stay for a few days. The park has 150 rides and caters for kids aged 2 – 12. There are also boat rides, water slides and shows.
Ticket prices vary but an adult 1-day ticket costs £41.40, a child’s £32.30. Legoland is closed until March 2012, but it is open for Christmas shopping from 10am to 5pm. Located in Windsor SL4 4AY, it is easily accessible.
Alton Towers has grown over the years and now there is a huge variety of things to entertain visitors. Firstly, there is the theme park, complete with its hair-raising roller coasters and rides and playgrounds for the little ones. An indoor water park is also a major attraction, as is the spa. The park has a number of onsite hotels which are perfect for those wanting to stay in close proximity to the park. For those looking for cheap hotel accommodation there are other nearby hotels that are likely to work out cheaper than staying at the onsite hotels.
One day passes cost around £20 for adults and kids over the age of 12. Under-12s cost £12.00. The park opens at 10am and closes sometime between 4pm and 8pm, depending on the time of year. Located at ST10 4DB and accessible from the M6 and with transit buses from Stoke, Uttoxeter, Nottingham and Leek train stations, it is well connected.
Aquariums are always popular. One of the best aquariums and Europe’s deepest is in Hull. With a 30 ft main tank, home to manta rays, sharks and saw fish to name a few, there are plenty of interesting activities for the children. As well as having a soft play area for the under 8s, kids can design their own sea monster or find out about slime. The Deep is open from 10am until 6pm daily. Adults pay £9.95 and kids £7.95 with special family deals. The Deep is near Hull city centre at HU1 4DP or HU9 1TU.
Stretched along the border between Scotland and Northern England is Hadrian’s Wall and there are sites all along it. Housesteads Fort is the most complete Roman fort in Britain and has Roman garb for kids to play. Kids can also explore the fort as it is open for kids to run around.
Similarly, at Chesters Fort, there are activities for children in summer. Both offer fascinating glimpses into Roman culture. Housesteads is at NE47 6NN and costs £5 for adults and £3 for kids; it is open from 10 to 6 in summer. Chesters Fort, at NE46 4EU, is the same price and opening times. It is possible to visit both these sites in one day.
W5 is an interactive discovery centre in Belfast. All the exhibits allow visitors to explore and interact, catering for all ages. START is for under-8s, allowing kids to imagine they are a mechanic or a pop star. The GO, SEE and DO sections invite visitors to try all kinds of activities whilst exploring space, mechanics, biodiversity and nature. There are also science demonstrations and shows throughout the day. At Belfast BT3 9QQ, it is easy to reach from the city centre. Open from 10 to 5, it costs £7.70 for adults and £5.70 for kids.
Some of the country’s best museums are in London. A good family friendly one is the Science Museum. With an IMAX 3D cinema and a 3D underwater adventure, it’s truly exciting. That’s without mentioning its 40 galleries and under-5′s garden and water play area. Located on Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD, it is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Whilst admission to the museum itself is free, it costs £20 for adults for all the attractions and £17.70 for kids.
A trip to the Jorvik Centre in York takes us back in time. This amazing museum allows visitors to time travel back to a Viking village, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of Viking life. You can walk the streets and meet a Viking warrior. Jorvik is open from 10 am to 4 or 5 pm and costs £9.25 for adults and £6.25 for kids, although this price allows for a year’s free entry. Jorvik is in the city centre and so car parking is available in nearby municipal car parks.
Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Blackpool has been Britain’s main holiday resort for years and the Pleasure Beach has now updated for the modern age. Like Alton Towers, it is more of resort now, but still famed for its rollercoaster’s. There are rides for all ages, shows and entertainment, as well as eateries and bars for young and old alike. There is now on site accommodation, allowing visitors to stay for more than a day.
The Pleasure Beach is currently open from 11 am to 4 pm, although times are different in the summer. A one-day wristband costs £18 per person, but there are cheaper deals on their website. The Pleasure Beach is located on 525 Ocean Boulevard Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 1EZ and is easy to get to.
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