When planning a family getaway, the thought of spending hours on a plane with little ones may make the whole holiday plan seem very daunting. But you don’t have to go abroad to enjoy a great getaway with your loved ones; there are plenty of exciting places to visit within the UK. These are some of the best staycation destinations in the UK to visit with families.


Home to over 300 beaches and with one of the warmest climates in the UK, Cornwall is a top staycation spot for those who love the sun, sea, sand and surf! Whether you choose to stay in a B&B by the beach or a luxury Cornish cottage in the countryside, there is an abundance of fun awaiting in Cornwall! 

You’re truly spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches, and you’ll find the perfect spot for your family to relax on; whether you want to build sandcastles, go rock pooling or try out a water sport activity, such as paddle boarding or kayaking. 

It’s not all about the beaches here though, as there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to experience. Cornwall is rich with heritage, and there is a lot to discover on your visit. 

One of the best bits of Cornwall is the food. While the county is famous for its pasty, ice cream and fish and chips, Cornwall is also home to a vast number of award-winning chefs and restaurants, allowing you to enjoy an incredible dining experience after a busy day at the beach!

North Wales

While in the south, Wales’ capital Cardiff offers plenty of exciting attractions, the north of Wales is something of a gem, with an exciting assortment of family activities awaiting those who visit. 

Here you’ll find Snowdonia National Park, with unparalleled views and the chance to explore an impressive mountain. The north coast plays host to an assortment of picture-perfect beaches for that classic family summer holiday. Plenty of excitement can also be found in the unique attractions here, such as the largest zipline in Europe! 


Devon is another family favourite destination for a staycation, with the county offering a diverse range of attractions and natural landscapes to enjoy. In the North, active families will love the surf-friendly beaches and the many opportunities for exciting hiking and cycling adventures. 

In the South, you’ll find the larger towns and cities of Exeter and Plymouth, as well as Torquay, which is well-established as a holiday destination with plenty of unique attractions and beaches suited to sunbathing and playing.

Another highlight in Devon is Dartmoor National Park, which sits in the centre of the county, and comprises of moorland, woodland, rivers and valleys and is rich with wildlife. You’ll be presented with countless rambles, hikes or orienteering experiences, as well as the chance to spot some of the cute Dartmoor ponies if you choose to pay a visit!

Lake District

The Lake District has inspired many authors and artists, including the likes of Beatrix Potter, and it’s easy to see why when you catch a glimpse of this incredible location. 

An impressive landscaped lined with mountains and lakes, the Lake District is renowned for its walking routes and opportunities to spot local wildlife. As the most popular national park in the UK, there are plenty of places available to stay, from quaint village cottages to caravan sites. 


A great British holiday, Blackpool has it all for that classic family getaway. Highlights include the Pleasure Beach, the Blackpool Tower and the Sandcastle Waterpark – the largest indoor waterpark in the UK. 

On the beach, watch the donkeys go by as you paddle in the sea or build sandcastles. Enjoy the views from the promenade and take in the iconic sights of the area. 

Little ones will love the variety of attractions available here, including the wonderful Blackpool Zoo and SEA LIFE. 

Where do you love going in the UK for your family getaway? Do you prefer a staycation or going abroad? I would love to know in the comments below.

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Last Update: Thursday, 19th March 2020

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