Quality assured attractions
Here are our top 10 family assessed attractions - you'll find everything from storytelling to knight schools, ensuring that you and your family will never be short of things to do during your visit to Britain. The attractions below have all been assessed by us as quality attractions.
Take your children to Seven Stories, the only exhibition space in the UK dedicated to the celebration of British children's literature. Here you'll find something for all the family, from great exhibitions and family activities to storytelling and talks with authors and illustrators. There's also an exciting and fascinating treasure trove of artwork and manuscripts from authors and illustrators. Afterwards, head to the huge bookshop, where you'll find books for children of all ages.
Web: Seven Stories
Where: Newquay, Cornwall
If your family love animals, take them to Dairyland Farm World. This all-weather attraction is a great way to teach children about animals and country life. Your children will love the Bullpen indoor play area, and you can join in too. In the farm park, children have the chance to hold some of the farm animals and take pony rides, and in Clarabelle's Milking Parlour, they can see how cows are milked and even have a go themselves.
Web: DairyLand Farm World
For a family day out with a difference, head to Alnwick Castle. This glorious medieval castle has been the setting for many great films including Harry Potter. And if having a whole castle to explore isn't enough, your children will love Knights' Quest, where they can experience what it was like to be a real Knight or Lady. They can dress up in clothes of medieval times, learn the art of swordsmanship and even have a go at jousting.
Web: Alnwick Castle
Landmark Forest is full of fun, discovery and adventure for all ages - and it's educational too. At Landmark, your children can rock climb, 'skydive', flume ride, walk through the tops of pine trees, watch logs being sawn at a steam-powered sawmill, explore the hidden microscopic universe, discover the secrets of Scotland's ancient pine forests and much more.
Web: Landmark Forest Theme Park
The award-winning National Space Centre is the UK's biggest attraction dedicated to space. Offering hours of interactive discovery and fun, the National Space Centre offers something for all the family. There are 6 themed galleries covering topics like 'Orbiting Earth' and 'Exploring the universe', and each with amazing space rockets, satellites and capsules, and hundreds of fun and educational interactive activities.
Web: National Space Centre
Belfast Zoo makes a great day out for the whole family. The first thing you'll notice about the zoo is its stunning location. Set in a picturesque mountain park above the city, the zoo gives great views of Loch Lagan and Belfast itself. There are animals from Africa, Asia and South America in the zoo, including gorillas, red pandas, spectacled bears, rare tamarins and marmosets. You can also get a great underwater view of sea lions and penguins, which your children will love.
Web: Belfast Zoo
Where: Fife, Scotland
Known as 'Scotland's Shark Capital', Deep Sea World is Scotland's largest aquarium, with over 2,000 aquatic animals and one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe. Stand under one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world, explore the Amazon rainforest and enjoy the spectacular live theatre which bring the creatures of the deep to life. Deep Sea World is also home to seals, piranhas and lots of other fascinating examples of marine life.
Web: Deep Sea World
Where: Locations all over Britain
If you want a family day out with a difference, look no further than Go Ape! an award-winning high wire forest course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet (12m) in the trees. There are 12 courses across Britain: East Anglia; Cumbria; Bracknell; Dorset; Nottinghamshire; Gloucestershire; Cheshire; Derbyshire; Stirlingshire (Scotland); North Yorkshire; Surrey and Kent. Anyone from the age of 10 can experience the Go Ape! courses, so come and experience Britain's forests without ever touching the ground.
Web: Go Ape!
At Bristol is one of the most exciting hands-on science centres, and has something for all the family. At Bristol brings science to life with fascinating visuals and over 170 interactive experiences. Find out how your brain works, investigate the world around you and find out how space research affects your everyday life in the fascinating galleries. Don't miss the Live Science Zone, where you can create, investigate and participate in live science. While you're there, you can meet and question guest scientists, researchers and other leading experts.
Web: At Bristol
See how you measure up to a giraffe, watch out for the zebras crossing, wander amongst the wallabies in Wallaby Wood and be enthralled by the majestic lions, tigers, rhino and more! Kids love Animal Adventure, a chance to get close to the cuddlier specimens at the park. Help staff with day-to-day tasks looking after ferrets, guinea pigs, tortoises and more. There’s also a butterfly house, rides, a maze, miniature railway and an adventure playground.