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Spending time with the grandchildren

We've listed 6 great places to visit with your grandchildren. Our suggestions have been recommended by older travellers, so you know they've been tried and tested thoroughly!


North England

Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, near Driffield, East Yorkshire

Burton Agnes Hall (Flickr) by Yaffa PhillipsThis beautiful Tudor property offers extensive grounds to explore, picnic and run around in. Hidden inside its small and secretive ‘Coloured Gardens’ are giant games of chess, draughts, snakes and ladders and hopscotch. There is even a jungle garden and a maze to get lost in. The carved animals in the woodland garden and the ghost in the house will make for a wonderful day out.

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East England

Viking Bay, Broadstairs, Kent

Viking Bay (Flickr) by John Stratford This is a perfect horseshoe-shaped sandy beach. There are lifeguards in attendance during summer and no dogs are allowed on the beach from May to September. Deckchairs are also available for hire. There’s a clifftop promenade, children’s rides and a range of restaurants to cover even the fussiest eaters. Toilets and individual changing rooms are free and a lift runs from the top during the season - a real bonus!

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West England

Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Gloucestershire

Sleeping Ducks - Slimbridge, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust by Ashley Coates (Flickr) A wonderful place with birds in abundance and otters too. There’s an area called 'WellyBoot land' which has a safe, shallow, artificial stream running through it, where grandchildren can splash, sail boats, build dams, and cross bridges. It runs in a circle round a safe play area . There are tables, benches and sunshades, all great for a picnic. The whole site is accessible.

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South England

Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green, West Sussex

Fishers Adventure Farm Park A real treat for everyone visiting, with animals to meet and greet, play areas, pony and tractor rides, water activities, zip wires and more. This is an educational experience and lots of fun too. It offers good accessibility throughout the farm park, including toilets and parking. There are concessions too.

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Wales

Llandudno

Great Orme Tour Bus, Llandudno by Brianac37 (Flickr) This comes highly recommended. The West Shore play area has plenty of free parking, benches for picnics and it's easy to get pushchairs close to the beach.

Great Orme tram railway station offers a fun short up the steep hill and there’s a lovely play area at the summit with toilets and ice-cream available.

The promenade has a Punch and Judy show and the pier is great fun too!

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Scotland

Dunbar

Dunbar Harbour by Windosil (Flickr) This is an east coast gem! The East Links playground is great for adults of all ages and children alike. And the annual summer lifeboat fete is worth planning a visit around.

It’s a great place for kite flying and it's fun hunting for golf balls in the rock pools (lost by those playing on the links by the sea). If the weather is poor, the modern leisure centre provides an indoor alternative to the beach, as does the Dunbar Museum. For walkers, the John Muir Way is close by.

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Great British days out with the grandchildren mini-guide

If you would like more ideas, our mini-guide, Great British days out with the grandchildren, offers plenty of suggestions for places to visit. You can read the guide online or request a printed copy - it's free of charge.

Great British days out with the grandchildren mini-guide

Photo attributions: 1) Burton Agnes Hall by Yaffa Phillips under CC 2) Viking Bay by John Stratford under CC 3) Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust by Ashley Coates under CC 4) Fishers Adventure Farm Park 5) Great Orme Tour Bus, Llandudno by Brianac37 under CC 6) Dunbar Harbour by Windosil under CC

Further information

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