Fancy a family weekend break? Need great ideas to keep the kids amused as well as mum and dad?
Look no further. From theme parks to zoos and museums that are anything but boring there’s so much to explore on a Great British family break.
And we’ve got a range of amazing, family-friendly accommodation close to the UK’s most exciting attractions. Get your getaway off to the right start with a good night’s sleep and a delicious brekkie before the real adventure begins…
What’s your perfect family break?
Whether you’re a family of thrill seekers or want to introduce the kids to some British history, Best Western hotels have the perfect holiday package for you. Explore our most popular getaways below and book your next family break.
Scream if you want to go faster! One of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, Alton Towers amusement park has a wide range of rides and attractions aimed at the young and the young at heart.
Mix your day with live shows, activities, shops, walking through the many gardens and taking time out at one of the many places to eat. Whether you want to scream, let off steam, ride or slide, Alton Towers Theme Park is a fabulous, fun-packed destination for all the family.
Don’t know your Vikings from your Normans? Travel back in time to when York was captured by Danish raiders in 866AD, and see what it was like to live, play and work as a Viking in England before the invention of the iPhone!
Not only will you hear the original language spoken at the time, but you will also hear the sounds of a thriving town and smell everything too! Jorvik has undergone and extensive £5 million refurbishment to bring it up to date with the latest facilities and technologies, but keeps it firmly in the past too!
Brick it on one of their rides! Legoland is somewhere where the entertainment is certainly hands-on. Children can take to the road, soar through the skies and sail the seas in complete safety.
With over 50 interactive rides, live shows, LEGO building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, there’s always something fun going on. Legoland, the unique family theme park.
Ah the sights and sounds of the traditional British seaside. Is there a better place in the UK than Blackpool Pleasure Beach for a family break packed with thrilling rides, candy floss and a little paddling in the sea?
Buzzing and buoyant in the summer, visiting the legendary Christmas lights later in the year is also a memorable experience. Put on your Kiss-Me-Quick hats and join us on the Golden Mile as we explore some of the best things to do when you visit the North’s most famous and, arguably, best short break resort.
A day at the zoo is one of the best ideas you can have for a family break. Even better when it’s one of the finest zoos in the UK. Meet the animals and attractions of Edinburgh where the variety of cute and scary creatures on show is impressive and there’s so much else to keep the kids occupied.
The extra good news is that you’ll be in Scotland’s capital city where the range of things to see and do can keep you occupied for many more weekends than the one you booked. Just make sure you buy the little ones a fluffy panda from the gift shop so they stay well behaved.
Long gone are the days when a day at the museum was full of stuffy exhibitions that bored the kids rigid. The National Museum of Scotland is great for a UK family break because it's one of the new generation of attractions that mixes education with entertainment.
There’s plenty of depth there for the adults and lots of shiny whizz and bang that keep the children interested. You’ll all come away knowing a lot more about Scotland and its fascinating past, ready to enjoy the other delights Edinburgh has to offer.
Chocolate. Who will argue that it’s not brilliant? Imagine a major attraction devoted to chocolate including rides, games and other cutting edge digital experiences.
Cadbury World in Birmingham is not a hard sell when you’re planning a UK family break. Your kids will think they’ve won a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory except this is real and accessible to everyone. Book your own ticket and get ready for a wild ride through the brown sweet stuff that is fun, educational and full of unforgettable moments.
Did you know that Birmingham can lay claim to be the home of the modern world? The amount of scientific breakthroughs that came from the city in the 19th century was astonishing and you can explore this amazing legacy when you take a family break to the Midlands and visit Thinktank.
This is a museum packed with activities the kids will love and will expand their minds. Adults are going to have a great time as well as you explore the many different exhibitions. Let’s do science.
If you’re taking a hotel break with the family in the North-West then you must visit Jodrell Bank, the astonishing large radio telescope set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside.
As well as being amazing to look at, the dish is home to a centre full of fun activities for kids and adults that can teach everyone about the wonders of the universe. If you just want to enjoy the countryside there are acres of charming walks to enjoy as well.
You may or may not find Nemo but you will discover a dizzying array of sea life at the Blue Planet Aquarium. Put it in the diary for one of this year’s weekend family breaks and get ready to meet everything from sharks to frogs at this fabulous centre that protects as well as shows off rare species you’ll only ever see on TV.
If you’re feeling really brave then why not book to swim with the sharks? No-one’s been eaten yet and it’s definitely something to tick off the bucket list as your kids watch on with pride.
Pay a visit to the Prince of Thieves with a family weekend break to Nottingham Castle. Okay, the Castle isn't standing any more but there’s loads of history to explore including adventures in tunnels and romantic ruins as the family learns about real life in medieval times as well as the possible true story behind the men in Lincoln Green.
Explore the fabulous city of Nottingham afterwards as the children dream about evil sheriffs and daring escapes and better appreciate one of the many world famous tales that Great Britain has to offer the world.
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