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Four of the best destinations for a UK family break

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With spring upon us and summer fast approaching there’s no better time to start planning your next family getaway. But before you can get into the nitty-gritty of planning, you need to figure out just where your destination is going to be!

As there are so many excellent holiday destinations around the UK to choose from, how are you ever supposed to narrow your options down? There are a few factors you can use to zero in on your perfect location but, to make things even simpler, we’ve put together a list of four of the best destinations for family breaks UK.

Whether you’re looking for a stunning coastal break or a break amongst rolling hills, then read on for our recommendations…

  1. Cornwall

Let’s start with one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. Tourists have been flocking to Cornwall for decades, with good reason. It’s hard to compete with Cornwall’s long stretches of sand, deep blue waves, and picturesque coastal villages.

Even though plenty of families head down to Cornwall for their holidays, with more than 300 miles of coastline there are still more than enough beaches for your family to explore. If you’ve got adrenaline seekers to please then you can’t go wrong with one of the many surfing spots along the Cornish coast. Many of these offer classes for newcomers, as well as swells to satisfy the more experienced surfers.

For a more peaceful beach experience, consider spots like St Ives or Penzance where you can stroll along the waterfront and mix days on the beach with relaxed strolls through town.

  1. Lake District

If you want something a little different from the standard beach holiday, then consider a trip to the Lake District this year. With a mix of outdoor adventure opportunities and incredible scenery, this northern gem is a destination everyone should visit at least once.

For the active family, the Lake District is an ideal playground, with endless opportunities for days out cycling, hiking or even taking to the water on one of the area’s iconic lakes. Or, when you want a slightly slower pace of exploration, spend time ambling through some of the region’s scenic villages like Ambleside or Keswick.

An essential stop for the more bookish children is a visit to Beatrix Potter’s old home Hill Top and the World of Beatrix Potter attraction, where you can immerse yourselves in the whimsical world of beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

  1. Snowdonia

Not so far away from the Lake District, the northern reaches of Wales offer a mixture of coastal scenery and impressive mountains. It’s the best of both worlds, with beautiful beaches, rocky coves, ancient woodlands, and vibrant valleys.

The highest peak in Wales awaits those with the hiking skills to challenge it, although the Snowdon Mountain Railway can carry families to the peak without having to brave the whole trek. Whatever the level of activity or adventure, there’s a wealth of ways to spend your time in this beautiful national park. 

  1. Isle of Wight

How about heading off on an island adventure? Located just off the coast of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight is somewhere you can find all the ingredients for a quintessential UK family holiday.

A popular holiday destination in Victorian times, when plenty of visitors came down to enjoy the warmer temperatures and seaside scenery, the island is just as attractive for holidaymakers today. Nobody will forget a visit to the Needles landmark, with these three chalk stacks being some of the most photographed geological formations in the world.

The Isle of Wight is also home to one of the oldest theme parks in the UK, with Blackgang Chine offering thrilling rides and immersive lands of imagination.

Whatever it is that you’re looking for in a family holiday, the UK has plenty of locations that can offer you an experience like no other. From the beautiful beaches of Cornwall and the Isle of Wight to the breathtaking mountains of the Lake District and Snowdonia, you can’t go wrong with taking your family for a break in one of these great destinations.

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