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Top 10 Family Attractions in the UK

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There are so many wonderful family attractions in the UK that it can be difficult to choose among them.  Many of them charge an admission fee that is sufficiently substantial for you to want to know you will not be wasting your money, so how to choose?  Word of mouth has to be one of the most reliable methods – if other families rate a place then chances are you and your brood will love it too.   Here are ten that have received the seal of approval in various forms from families across the country:

1: National Space Centre

Based in Leicester the National Space Centre is an award-winning attraction all about space.  With numerous interactive activities, real rockets, hands-on exhibits and awesome visual displays, this is one attraction that is sure to be a hit.

2: Belfast Zoo

This delightful attraction is set in a mountain park above the city, and its location is part of the overall appeal, with lovely views and plenty of outside space in which to relax and enjoy them.  Indoor and outdoor animal exhibits include all the kids’ favourites, from gorillas and tigers to penguins and sea lions.  A great day out for the whole family, with something to interest even the littlest members of your group.

3: Alnwick Castle

Situated in Northumberland, this lovely medieval castle offers a different kind of family day out.  Young film fans will be familiar with the castle from its starring role in as Hogwarts School in the first two Harry Potter movies.  This open-door attraction allows visitors to explore most corners of the castle, and the Knight’s Quest feature offers the chance for kids to dress up like medieval knights and ladies, and try their hand at sword fighting and jousting.

4: Longleat Safari Park

A vast estate with many large open enclosures, Longleat is a great place to see animals roaming with relative freedom.  Lions, rhinos and giraffes can all be seen here.   The Park’s Animal Adventure attraction is popular with kids, as they get the chance to handle some of the softer and cuddlier creatures to which the Park is home.   There is also the chance to help staff with the day-to-day care and feeding of smaller animals such as the guinea pigs, ferrets and tortoises.  With additional activities for the little ones, like the maze, adventure playground and miniature railway, it is easy to see why this varied and comprehensive attraction is such a hit.

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5: At Bristol

A science centre with a difference, this focuses on the small fascinating stuff as well as the big, and has around 170 interactive experiences for you and the kids to try.  Older children may find the Live Science Zone interesting, as it showcases real science in action.

6: Go Ape! 

Another award-winner, this innovative adventure park offers high wire fun for slightly older children, from age 10.  With 12 centres across the UK there is likely to be one not too far away from wherever you are.  Kids can try their hand at Tarzan swings, rope bridges and hair-raising zip-slides in authentic woodland surroundings.

7: Deep Sea World

With one of the largest collection of sharks anywhere in Europe, this park is sure to impress.  Some 2000 aquatic animals are available to view in this impressive Scottish Aquarium, which boasts one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world.  Live theatre events, and endless examples of weird and wonderful marine life should keep your little ones happily occupied for the day.

8: Seven Stories

This innovative attraction in Newcastle is the only one in the UK dedicated to the celebration of children’s literature.  Storytelling, guest authors and illustrators and a veritable treasure trove of valuable original manuscripts and pictures make this a fascinating place for anyone who loves books.  Family events take place throughout the year, including painting workshops for babies, and one that teaches all you need to know to create your own comic.

9: Landmark Forest Theme Park

In the style of a more traditional theme park, this Inverness attraction has rides and exhibitions to cater for the whole family, including a steam-powered sawmill.

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10: Dairyland Farm World

More than just a family farm day out, this Cornwall attractions is the place to teach kids about life in the country.  They can have a go at milking a cow, feeding the animals and take a pony ride.  Indoor fun can be found in the special play area.

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About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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