The top 5 UK landmarks to take your children to

Sep 04,2014

With the summer holidays in full force, entertaining your children is no mean feat. Great family days out are a great way of getting the whole family involved. From castles and caves, to events and activities, there are wonderful surroundings to explore throughout the UK. Here's our rundown of the five best landmarks parents can take their carefree children to.

Cheddar Gorge

Before you get confused, we're not referring to devouring a cheese ploughman's. Instead, we're referring to the underground Somerset attraction of the Cheddar Gorge. Created by our ancestors (Homo Britannicus) approximately 40,000 years ago. Children love an adventure, and nothing says that more than heading below ground to explore the stalactite caves of Cheddar Gorge. Covering an expanse of over 3 miles, and with dramatic cliffs rising to 450ft kids will soon burn off all their excess energy. Climb the 274 steps to take in the views from the other side of the Gorge, or take a deep breath and climb a further 48 to reach the Lookout Tower!

What makes this great for kids? The mix of adventure and history means they can follow the dramatic story before ending up in the Museum of Pre History. Here they can try their hand at cave painting and learn how their ancestors survived in the Ice Age. From the iconic, spectacular landscapes to the open-top bus tour - there's something for all the family.

Location: Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Cheddar, Somerset

For more information visit the website: www.cheddargorge.co.uk/interest/great-family-day-out

Doctor Who Experience

Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Doctor.

Doctor Who?

The real Doctor Who Experience is a fantastic day out for all the family. Capture the imaginations of your children and take them on a journey of time and space. For kids and big kids alike, a day out at the Doctor Who exhibition offers you the chance to fly in the Tardis and get up close to some of the shows best known baddies and creatures. Uncover the exhibition of some of the show's original props and artefacts, as well as iconic costumes from the shows birth in 1963 to the present day.

The series has been filmed on location in and around Cardiff, and as such makes the city the home of Doctor Who and the perfect themed break destination. The hotels in Cardiff will welcome you and your family on your stay.

Location: Doctor Who Experience, Discovery Quay, Cardiff

For more information visit the website: www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-experience

Science Museum

It never rains but it pours. When you've exhausted the colouring in, make-shift dens and Disney films don't fret! There's still fun to be had whatever the weather. The Science Museum boasts seven floors of education and entertain, a perfect combination for kids. It's the activities such as the Apollo 10 flight simulator and interactive tour that really make this a fun rainy day out. Take them on a voyage of discovery with exhibitions on everything that encompasses the development of space and technology.

Fancy an ultimate sleepover at the Science Museum? This can be arranged with their 'Science Night' event for 7-13 year olds. Delve into the world of science after hours, attend exciting hands-on workshops and a film in their IMAX cinema before resting your head. Science never seemed so exciting!

Location: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London

For more information visit the website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Dudley Zoo

We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo. You can come too, too, too. We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Although Dudley Zoo might be little well known, it is home to some of the biggest and rarest animals in Europe. With over 200 different species, children and adults alike can meet everything from giraffes, tigers, lions, wallabies and snow leopards to red panda, kangaroo, reindeer and monkey's. Overlooking Dudley castle, and its 11th century remains you can witness the breath taking views of the grounds. Entrance to the castle is included in the zoo fee, so you can travel back in time and embark on the horrible history tour.

What kids will love the most? Feed time at the zoo (and feeding the animals!). Their Creature Features talks invite visitors to learn more about your favourite animals, as well as getting chance to feed them. What's more, the face painting, land train, fair rides and Castle Courtyard complete with restaurant make this a fun family day out. If you're travelling to the Black Country from a little further afield, then the Dudley hotels will provide welcome rest after a busy day. They'll sure sleep well!

Location: Dudley Zoological Gardens, Castle Hill, Dudley

For more information visit the website: www.dudleyzoo.org.uk

Hayling Island

No summer holiday is complete without a trip to the seaside. The sun might not be shining bright, but that shouldn't dampen your spirits. Holidaying in the UK is all about enjoying the very best of things, even if that means donning those wellies and rain mac. Hayling Island is packed full of fun things to do with the family. From seaside rollercoaster rides, adventure playgrounds and crazy golf - if it's traditional seaside fun you're after then look no further. If all the excitement gets too much, then a ride on the Light Railway provides a welcome seat and the chance to take in the views from along the seafront of Hayling. If the rain gets too much, then there is plenty to do on the island. Take your pick from the number of museums and the historic dockyard that can also be found here.

What makes a seaside trip perfect for a family day out? Fish and chips on the beach, of course. Grab a bag of chips, doused in salt and vinegar, and let the sea breeze blow the cobwebs away. Just watch out for those seagulls - they'll be eying up your food if you're not careful!

Location: Hayling Island

For more information visit the website: www.hayling.co.uk

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