With the half-term holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can entertain the whole family. It can sometimes be tricky to find a day out that amuses both children and adults, especially in your local area. So, why not take a day trip further afield this half-term? There are countless tourist attractions around the UK that make for the perfect day trip! We’ve picked our top 5 UK-based locations that will provide a mountain of fun for all of the family.
National Railway Museum, North Yorkshire & County Durham
The National Railway Museum is known as one of the best free museums in the country and is based across two sites in York and at Shildon, County Durham. Open 10am-4pm, with a traditional model railway, outdoor children’s play area and even a train-ride simulator – this one is sure to impress the entire family.
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
Alton Towers theme park resort is perfect for the thrill-seekers day out! Including a theme park, water park, mini golf and hotel complex, this one really provides fun for all. During October and November, the park is becoming the home to Halloween and is celebrating with a Scarefest, complete with terrifyingly fantastic decorations, live shows and rides.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Best known for its feature in the Harry Potter films, Alnwick Castle is a stunning 14th-century crenelated castle. The Castle offers events and activities including medieval dressing up sessions and guided tours of the grounds and inside the castle. Not only is this great for the Harry Potter enthusiasts in the family, but for those who enjoy fine architecture and enjoyable activities too.
Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Chester Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the UK, at 125 acres! Open daily and home to over 21,000 animals and 500 different species, it’s no surprise that this is the most-visited wildlife attraction in Britain. You can even enjoy a spot of lunch in one of their many restaurants, kiosks and cafes!
Dreamland Margate is an amusement park and entertainment centre based on a traditional English seaside funfair in Margate, Kent. Offering a roller-skating room, rides and an indoor Children’s play zone, Dreamland is a fun-fuelled world that inspires creativity from all ages.