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Packing in a mix of scenery, history, and one-of-a-kind urban experiences, our England tours delight on monumental levels… in London where history and tradition can be found at every turn… at the walled city of York… as you dine in a manor house in the poetic Lake District… and in the walled cities of yore in modern Wales.

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Royal gems, historic jewels, and enchanted lakeside vistas; a place where the past is a constant reminder of the present provides many opportunities to feel the living history of this storied island...

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Carolyn Robb – co-founder of The Royal Touch and formerly Executive Chef to TRH Prince Charles and Princess Diana, gives a special farewell dinner presentation in London on select small group departures of "England, Scotland & Wales." Ms. Robb presents anecdotes from her time as Personal Chef to the royal household of TRH Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry, and introduces a farewell dinner menu featuring a favorite dish of the Royal Family. Available on select departures; ask at booking.

Dinner and a show in the West End

It's your choice of restaurant and a show in london's west end.

London's fabled West End theatre district has been the city's hub of theatrical entertainment since early in the 19th century. Often referred to as "Theatreland" today, the district comprises some 40 theatres set in or near the heart of London's West End, in such streets as the Strand, Shaftesbury Avenue and Drury Lane. During your stay in London, you'll enjoy a memorable evening in the West End with both dinner and a show at a restaurant and theatre of your choice.

Private capsule on the London Eye

Soaring over london aboard the london eye.

Your family will feel as though they are part of the London skyline when they get a bird's-eye view of the city while soaring high above it in Tauck's private observation capsule. Centuries of history are put into perspective as you gaze down from your unique perspective 450 feet above the Thames River... truly the world's most exciting observation wheel!

Private tour and lunch at Alnwick Castle

Through the centuries with an early-entry private tour and medieval lunch at alnwick castle.

11th-century Alnwick Castle is home to the Duke of Northumberland and his family... but it's such a quintessential medieval castle that it's often used as a film location – "Becket," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Elizabeth" – and played an illustrious role as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two "Harry Potter" films. On TV, it showcased its rich World War I-era heritage as "Brancaster Castle" in "Downton Abbey's" 2014 Christmas special. On your early-entry private tour, you'll explore with interpreters who share inside stories of its dramatic history and famous residents – including 14th-century Sir Henry Percy, the "Hotspur" immortalized in Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1" – and enjoy a glass of mead and a medieval lunch.

The one... the only... The Savoy

Welcome to The Savoy... a place where history and iconic elegance mingles with new-world sophistication. A world-famous name, celebrated for sublime service, and graced by stars, dignitaries and the global jet-set… where Art Deco rubs shoulders with English Edwardian, and exceptional dining blends with contemporary cocktails. The definitive destination in the heart of London, The Savoy stands proudly on the Northbank of the River Thames. The ballet, opera and theatre of vibrant Covent Garden are just steps away, with the City, world-renowned museums and galleries, and the designer shopping of Knightsbridge and Mayfair within easy reach. The one... the only... The Savoy.

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Experience the wonders of England with our specially crafted family tours, designed to create cherished memories for you and your loved ones. On a family trip to London , explore the majestic Buckingham Palace, witness the grandeur of the Tower Bridge, and marvel at the exhibits of the British Museum with friendly guides who can engage kids and the elderly alike. Also, visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour London, where your family can experience being in the wizard world. For a shared experience, include the breathtaking Lake District to your England hiking trip itinerary, where hiking trails offer stunning vistas and opportunities for family bonding. Indulge in the sweet world of chocolate at York's Chocolate Story, bike through the picturesque Cotswolds, and embark on a delightful cruise to the scenic Lake District. Our family tours combine cultural experiences with thrilling activities, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for all. Make your pick from the below-listed family tours to England today!

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Fabulous Windsor Castle And Stonehenge Tour

  • Starts London, England
  • Ends London, England

Fabulous Windsor Castle and Stonehenge

  • Free cancellation
  • Trip customizable
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Activities City sightseeing & Cultural, religious and historic sites
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 1-99 yrs
  • Operated in English
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London Historic Pub Tour

London Historic Pub Tour

  • Activities Pub and bar crawl & Walking tours
  • Age Range 15-99 yrs

Sherlock Private Walking Tour

Sherlock Private Walking Tour

  • Activities Walking tours & Movie or television tours

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

  • Activities Walking tours & City sightseeing

London History / Tourist Private Walking Tour

London History / Tourist Private Walking Tour

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Winston Churchill Walking Tour And War Roooms

Winston Churchill Walking Tour and War Roooms

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England And Scotland Heritage Tour

England and Scotland Heritage

  • No booking fees
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Activities Adventure
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Transport Coach & Train
  • Age Range 5-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,095
  • Special Deal (12%): - US$ 251
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,844
  • Apr 01 Only 8 seats left
  • Apr 03 Only 5 seats left

Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights Tour

  • Starts Carlisle, England
  • Ends Hexham, England

Walk Hadrian's Wall Highlights

  • Tour Type Small Group Tour
  • Activities Explorer & Active and outdoor Explorer , Active and outdoor & Trekking and Hiking 'data-more-tripid='34430'>+1 more
  • Accommodation Lodge
  • Transport Train, Bus & Taxi
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,875
  • Special Deal (5%): - US$ 94
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,781
  • Apr 21 10+ seats left
  • Apr 28 10+ seats left

Great Britain Christmas Tour

  • Starts York, England

Great Britain Christmas tour

  • Activities Christmas markets & Winter adventure
  • Transport Coach
  • Age Range 10-99 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,435
  • Special Deal (8%): - US$ 120
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,315
  • Dec 22 Only 5 seats left
  • Dec 22 10+ seats left

Great Britain New Year Tour

  • Starts Cambridge, England

Great Britain New Year tour

  • Activities Winter adventure
  • Transport Coach & Boat
  • Dec 29 10+ seats left

British Landscapes Featuring England, Scotland And Wales Tour

  • Starts Edinburgh, Scotland

British Landscapes featuring England, Scotland and Wales

  • Activities Natural landmarks sightseeing & City sightseeing
  • Age Range 1-95 yrs
  • Brochure Price: US$ 2,299
  • Special Deal (11%): - US$ 250
  • Total Price from: US$ 2,049
  • Mar 10 10+ seats left
  • Mar 17 10+ seats left

Great Britain Tour

Great Britain

  • Brochure Price: US$ 1,700
  • Special Deal (28%): - US$ 480
  • Total Price from: US$ 1,220
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  • Apr 14 Only 6 seats left

Treasures Of England Scotland And Ireland Tour

Treasures Of England Scotland and Ireland

  • Activities City sightseeing
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Boat, Ferry, Private Vehicle & Coach
  • Age Range 8-95 yrs
  • Apr 19 10+ seats left
  • Apr 26 10+ seats left

Journey Through Scotland & England Tour

Journey through Scotland & England

  • Activities City sightseeing & Cultural, religious and historic sites City sightseeing , Cultural, religious and historic sites & Art and architecture 'data-more-tripid='33641'>+1 more
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England means London, one of the world's largest capitals, but also the fascinating Oxford University, the Georgian architecture of Bath and the seaside in Cornwall . Don't miss the chance of touring the United Kingdom, mixing the marvellous attractions of England, Wales and Scotland. Read here about ideas for one week in England and Scotland (for seniors) .

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5-Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group from London Tour

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5-Day Devon & Cornwall Small Group from London

"Excellent! The Devon and Cornwall 5 days tour was a wonderful experience! :) We got..."

Epic London Discovery Tour

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Epic London Discovery

"Overall nice experience, tour was nice, hotel was near to Victoria station , food..."

3-Day Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath & the South West Coast Small-Group Tour from London Tour

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3-Day Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Bath & the South West Coast Small-Group Tour from London

"A delightful three day itinerary. In some places, it's necessary to choose between..."

Heart of England Tour

Heart of England

"What a great tour of beautiful locations in southern England! We made several "extra"..."
  • €150 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

London Explorer (Summer, 8 Days) Tour

London Explorer (Summer, 8 Days)

"This was my first tour, and I enjoyed every second of it. The itinerary was excellent,..."
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

London Explorer (Winter, 8 Days) Tour

London Explorer (Winter, 8 Days)

"LONDON EXCURSION: definitely a 5 star tour! Everything worked seamlessly. Our guide,..."

Literary Walking in the Lake District Tour

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  • Self-Guided

Literary Walking in the Lake District

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Epic Britain Seen and Unseen Tour

Epic Britain Seen and Unseen

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The Dales Way Tour

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Isle of Wight Cycle Tour

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Walking The Best of Hadrian\'s Wall Tour

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Walking The Best of Hadrian's Wall

Kent: The Garden of England Tour

Kent: The Garden of England

Kent: The Garden of England Tour

  • Get dressed up in your finest for a day at The Royal Ascot!
  • See London from atop a double-decker bus before joining the city’s biggest pub crawl.
  • Cycle to Stratford-upon-Avon to see the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
  • Visit Liverpool and lose yourself to Beatlemania! Stop by Penny Lane on your way to the Cavern Club.
  • Revisit the golden era of motor sport racing at the Goodwood Revival festival.
  • Sip samples at a winery before boarding the Tenterden Steam Railway.
  • Visit Bath for the baths! Spend the morning at the old Roman baths and the afternoon soaking at a modern spa.
  • Let the mystery of Stonehenge wash over you while you enjoy a beer from the Stonehenge Brewery.
  • The official language in England is English. There are many different accents but you shouldn’t have a problem.
  • The currency in England is called the Great British Pound. ATM’s are everywhere and credit cards are widely accepted.
  • If a service charge hasn’t been added to your bill, be sure to leave between 10-15% as a tip.
  • Feast on traditional fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. The water in England is safe to drink.
  • Be ready for anything when it comes to weather. Dress in layers and keep rain gear handy.
  • Don’t leave England without some Cadbury's chocolate, a pair of Doc Martens and some tea.
  • It’s considered an act of treason to put a postage stamp with the queen’s head upside down on an envelope!
  • English people consume more tea per capita than anybody else in the world!

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"As I travelled to Great Britain, our tour guide (Gayle) was absolutely wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and a vibrant happy lady. I highly recommend a tour with Gayle as I know it would be fun and memorable."
"The most incredible experience I've had was joining the European Wonder May 2014 tour. The tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable about the facts from countries, buildings, culture, food and history. The food was excellent as it was really authentic and cooked to perfection. The accommodation was brilliant, either in camp sites or hostels across Europe, all were very modern, clean and well organized. I would recommend this trip to anyone who loves to experience Europe."
"As a solo traveller, it was one the most memorable experience of my life and I made a lot of friends. Everything about the tour was fantastic and I will definitely go on a Contiki tour again."

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England – family vacation guide.

Some of the most spectacular countryside in Europe is contained in English national parks.

There are cities packed with museums and galleries; towns where history is part of everyday life; cute villages with sinister tales to tell.

And the length and breadth of the country is criss-crossed by road, rail, river and sea networks, so nothing’s more than a few hours’ travel, lots of the best stuff is free and almost everywhere deserves more than a quick visit.

Five of England’s top 10 attractions are public museums, and they’re all free.

Seventeen of the United Kingdom’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in England, including Stonehenge, the City of Bath and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

England has Britain’s three largest cities: London, Birmingham and Manchester.

From camping to glamping, treehouses to venerable London hotels, heritage guesthouses, stately homes and country cottages, England has one of the widest choices of family vacation accommodation in Europe.

Where to Go

A rich hub of history and culture, London is perfect for a long weekend or extended vacation.

  • London’s museums, including the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are among best museums in the world and mostly free to enter.
  • From hot roasted almonds on street stalls to five-star Michelin tasting menus, London has gastronomic offerings to suit every taste and budget.
  • Accommodation ranges from quirky and affordable Airbnbs to luxury penthouse suites.
  • When you’d like a break from the buzz of the city, there are plentiful train and bus connections to the green countryside and quaint English villages. 

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Manchester and the North

Birmingham and central england, the south of england, bristol and southwest england, southeast england.

This is the part of the country to visit for huge dramatic landscapes, wild moors, mighty fells, historic villages and grand – but down-to-earth – cities like Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool.

  • Visit the Yorkshire Coast for tales of Dracula in Whitby, Robin Hood Bay’s spectacular cliffs and cheerful Scarborough.
  • The north of England is home to five national parks: the Lake District, the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District and Northumberland.
  • Catch a ferry in Liverpool and sail to the Isle of Man in less than two hours for tail-less cats, ancient castles and coasteering.
  • Manchester is one of England’s great 19th-century industrial cities, restored to 21st-century brilliance, and the place you’ll find more canals than Venice – they’re easier to play on, too.
  • The outdoorsy north of England is good for self-catering in seaside towns and the countryside, aparthotels in cities and hundreds of national park places to stay.

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The heart of England is where you’ll find big, bright Birmingham and Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s also the land of ancient Cambridge and magical sailing holidays on the Norfolk Broads and the enchanting Suffolk Coast.

  • Birmingham Museum has an under-fives’ gallery, while older kids will like Drayton Manor for ridiculous rides, Cadbury World and the extraordinary British Motor Museum.
  • Great Yarmouth is brilliant for enormous sands, funfairs and award-winning fish’n’chips.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company introduces kids as young as five to the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Find family apartments in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, B&Bs on the beach and heritage hotels in Shakespeare country.

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From resort towns and bustling coastal cities to fabulous forests, white-knuckle theme parks and world-class zoos, the south of England has lots going on above and beyond London.

  • Southampton and Portsmouth are seafaring England at its most ancient and enthralling.
  • Find huge stretches of sand at sunny Bournemouth, royal seaside traditions in Brighton and pretty harbor towns like Poole.
  • Enjoy woodland adventuring in the New Forest, tour back in time round the Cotswolds and set the kids free on the South Downs.
  • Beachy hotels, B&Bs and cosy seafront guesthouses are great options on the south coast. And forest chalets or eco-lodges are fun for family stays in the country.

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Bustling Bristol is loved for kids’ festivals, spectacular sights like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and masses of green space that’s free to enjoy. Further south, the Dorset Coast is fossil-central, and Cornwall and Devon are strong contenders for England’s list of  best family vacations ever.

  • North Somerset is home to colourful and exciting Weston-super-Mare.
  • Bath is good for Roman history, stately homes, and caving in nearby Cheddar Gorge.
  • Cornwall is where England keeps its wildest and loveliest seaside.
  • Devon’s well-marked family walks and cycle routes are fantastic for outdoorsy families.
  • One of the best areas for high-quality campsites, mobile homes and caravan parks.

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In the southeast, Kent is known as the Garden of England for good reason, and the captivating coast features marvels such as the  White Cliffs of Dover.

  • Dreamland funpark and the award-winning Turner Contemporary art gallery are by the sea in Margate.
  • The Kent Downs are one of England’s outstanding areas of natural beauty, and stretch from Maidstone to Dover’s chalky headland.
  • The Isle of Sheppey is sometimes called Kent’s Treasure Island, and its marshes, beaches and nature reserves are spellbinding.
  • Value family hotels and guesthouses, excellent coastal camping and interesting heritage self-catering are just a few south-east accommodation options.

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  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire The world’s most famous prehistoric stone circle is astonishing, and the excellent visitor centre makes up for the ‘look but don’t touch’ policy.
  • Lake District National Park, Cumbria England’s biggest national park also contains the country’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, and its largest natural lake, Windermere.
  • Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire Live in a log cabin and cycle, walk, hike and run in the footsteps of Robin Hood.
  • Cheddar Gorge, Somerset Kids can go caving into the depths of this natural wonder and get a certificate for their efforts.
  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire England’s original seaside resort still has one of the most thrilling pleasure beaches.
  • New Forest Water Park, Fordingbridge The UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark boasts breathtaking rides and outstanding camping facilities.
  • National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth The largest aquarium in the UK (and the one where kids can sleep with sharks!).
  • Museum of Liverpool The history of the city in one astounding new museum – free kids’ events all summer.
  • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield The space observatory, with its array of gigantic telescopes, has one of the best kids’ science centres in England.
  • Thorpe Park, Kent White-knuckle theme park and all-round remarkable family resort – all on an island in Surrey.

Educational value for kids

  • Discover the Ancient Roman Empire in England, from Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland to the Roman Baths in – where else? – Bath.
  • You can do anything from sailing to rock-climbing in the Lake District year-round the help of local experts.
  • And practically anywhere you turn in London provides history to our own country.
  • The National Trust has hundreds of English properties, with innovative kids’ events and activities year-round.
  • From Beatrix Potter in the Lake District to Jane Austen in Winchester and Roald Dahl in Buckinghamshire, England is an outstanding place to hear storyteller’s tales.

Getting Around with Kids in England

England’s extensive road network makes driving almost anywhere possible. Motorways are easy to avoid if you want a more leisurely pace, or you can hand the driving over to someone else altogether and take the train. Public transport in towns and cities is the best way to get around day and night.

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In London enjoy a trip to the Harry Potter film studios, a walking tour totally customized to your interests, or for sports fans, trips to Wembley Stadium, Lords, Twickenham or Wimbledon! Further afield, be like Henry VIII at Hampton Court, or stay in the same castle that Anne Boleyn once stayed in! Walk along York’s city walls – the original walls date back almost 2,000 years! Enjoy Jane Austen’s Bath and its Roman Baths or the spectacular small towns and villages of Dorset – Thomas Hardy country.

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One of the most glorious regions in all of Europe is the Cotswolds. Walk country paths from village to village (we’ll take your luggage) or go biking through bucolic farm fields. Enjoy high tea in beautiful towns or take in the sights of Downton Abbey where the filming took place! Most of all just lose yourself in some of the prettiest landscapes anywhere!

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Try traditional English treats such as scones loaded with jam and cream, traditional fish and chips wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper, bangers and mash, Cadbury’s Fingers, every kind of pie you can imagine and much, much more!

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  • Stay in a real castle or traditional B&B
  • Go to the same pub that Dickens used to frequent! (Kids welcome)
  • Go see Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United play in the English Premier League
  • See the original Magna Carta manuscript in Salisbury Cathedral
  • Watch a Shakespeare play at The Globe
  • Explore the narrow alleys and streets – The Shambles – of York, one of the most historic cities in Europe
  • Do a multi day walk in the Cotswolds or the wild and wonderful Yorkshire Dales
  • Experience the real live filming locations of many iconic tv shows – Broadchurch, Poldark, Outlander, Inspector Morse, All Creatures Great and Small, and many, many more!

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England Sample Itinerary

Day 1 On arrival at one of London’s major airports you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the center. Usually, we book hotels near one of London’s iconic green spaces like Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Days 2/3/4 It is almost impossible to condense all that London has to offer into 3 days! That’s why we use our experience and expertise to narrow your choice down so that we give you the very best experience of the city in a short time. Our selection of possibilities is huge so we work with you to make sure your time spent in this great city is absolutely memorable.

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This is just a sampling of what we have:

  • West End theater – we can get you the best tickets!
  • Premier league Football – Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and more! Pubs – we will show you the most historic places where Dickens and other great local celebrities were regulars.
  • Harry Potter – we will organize your trip to Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio!
  • Great Walks of London – we either do fully guided walks according to your interests (World War 2/The Blitz; Great Fire; etc) or give you our best set guided paths. One of our favorites is along the Thames river from St Paul’s to the Tate all the way into the city and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament! You can always then continue through St James Park to Buckingham Palace!
  • Museums and most well known sights – whether it’s the Tower of London or the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, The Churchill War Rooms or The London Eye, we’ll organize tickets and if desired your own private local guide!
  • High Tea – a trip to London simply MUST include High Tea! We’ll organize and prepay for it at one of London’s swankiest venues so you just have to arrive very hungry! Ready for a true British culinary adventure?


Day 5 Today a complete change of pace! You’ll take the train out to the Cotswolds, one of England’s prettiest areas. The Cotswolds means walking cobbled paths from quaint village to village; exploring castles, enjoying a pint in a traditional pub or tea in a 500 year old building!

On arrival you’ll be met by our guide and transferred to your lovely B&B in a quintessential English village.

Days 6/7 Depending on your preferences, we have designed 3 different styles of travel for your stay in the Cotswolds! As always we are totally flexible so we can mix and match.

  • For the next 3 days you will walk the Cotswolds! Starting at your B&B, and with your luggage being transferred for you, you’ll walk the gorgeous green valleys and fields of this wonderful area. Along the way you’ll pass through some of the area’s loveliest locations – Bourton – on – the Water, Broadway, Chipping Campden, Stow on the Wold, Painswick, Upper and Lower Slaughter and more. You’ll sleep in quaint B&B’s or 16th century inns and eat local food along the way. The length of your daily walks will be predetermined by you and you can easily walk unguided with our maps or with a guide if you wish.
  • The above can also easily be done by bike or a combination of bike and walking! How about a day of walking the famous Cotswold Way from lovely Winchcombe village to Sudeley castle?
  • If you prefer to take it easy, our expert local guides will spend these 3 days showing you the best of the Cotswolds including Blenheim Palace, Broadway Tower, Highgrove Gardens (overseen by the Prince of Wales) and many more. Your guide will also show you to the best pubs and tea rooms, all obligatory stops when in England!

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Day 8 Today you will be transferred to the train station and catch the train to York in the North of England. On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel in the center. Our expert local Yorkshire guide will be waiting to meet you and show off this incredible region!

Days 8/9/10 George VI said “the history of York, is the history of England” and we agree! Our tour will take you on a guided walking tour around this great city — bringing to life the history behind the city from Romans and Vikings to Normans, Tudors, Georgians and Victorians. We will also be able to visit the jewel in the crown – York Minster. There is so much to see and do in this fantastic city – besides the Cathedral (York Minster), The Shambles is possibly the most recognizable walking street in England; Clifford’s Tower just drips with history and we can meander along the city walls – the original walls date back to 71AD!

When you’re tired we have to stop in at Betty’s Tea Room and enjoy their local delicacy — Fat Rascals! And York is also famous for its multitude of candy shops all over the Shambles. It’s hard not to stop in a few times to do some tasting!

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Days 9/10 You may want to do more touring in York itself. Be warned though that the area offers a LOT so 2 full days will still leave you wanting much more! We could do a movie/tv themed day out. Well known productions like All Creatures Great and Small, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax and Bridgerton have many local filming locations. Even Harry Potter has some scenes filmed here!

We could spend a day visiting some of Yorkshire’s most famous old Abbeys (ruins), Priories and Heritage Houses. Places like Fountains Abbey, Bolton Priory and Castle Howard will take your breath away.

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Or we can spend a day on the famous Yorkshire Dales – places like Wensleydale, Wharfdale and the market town of Hawes. Stunning countryside, hear stories of times past and enjoy some real local Yorkshire food! You’ll also never be far away from Yorkshire cheese! There are (approximately) over two thousand types of local cheese! You can’t try them all but we will make sure you get a handsome sampling!

Day 11 – Back to London Sadly today it’s time to take the train back to London and on to your next destination! (We can extend this itinerary further into England or into Scotland on request)

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England Trip Tips & FAQ's

What time of year is best to visit england.

England is wonderful in Spring and Summer (April – June and July – September). It is popular all year round but can get pretty wet in winter! In fact in England one has to be prepared for rain every day no matter what time of year it is!

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Is England a good place for a family vacation?

England just might be the best family destination of all! It has established itself as a perfect destination for families! History is everywhere in the form of palaces, castles, cathedrals, Roman ruins and incredible documents and objects ranging from the Magna Carta and the Rosetta Stone to Beatles’ original lyrics on scraps of paper in the British Library!

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What can a family do in England?

Everything and anything! In London go to a pub where Dickens went; watch a Premier league soccer game or go to the theatre on the West End; enjoy a Jack the Ripper walking tour, indulge in a scrumptious High Tea or visit the Warner Brothers Harry Potter film studio! Outside of London walk through glorious countryside in the Cotswolds or in Yorkshire and sleep in 500 year old guesthouses in quaint villages, get lost in the great maze at Hampton Court or in Roman York’s great Shambles streets after which you can enjoy the local speciality, a Fat Rascal at Betty’s Tea House! And the big surprise – England has wonderful beaches!

What is the food like in England?

Not too long ago, England’s food had a very poor reputation. No longer. Besides age old favorites like fish and chips or shepherd’s pie, England has every ethnic cuisine imaginable – Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian, French, Caribbean, Chinese, Morrocan, Japanese – the list is endless. And England has excellent sandwich shops on almost every street so it’s a great place for eating on the go!

Where should I stay in England?

Accommodation can include intimate boutique hotels, large North American and European chain hotels and lovely guesthouses and B&B’s. There’s also the option of staying overnight in a castle where Anne Boleyn once slept! Staying overnight in an English country guest house is a great way to interact with local people.

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Is England Expensive?

England is not a cheap destination. However outside of London one can find excellent value in accommodations and food. At Quivertree we are experts at mixing free activities into your trip so don’t worry!


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England Family Tours

Ever considered signing up for some England tours? What are you waiting for?! This green and pleasant land is a natural and cultural paradise just waiting to be explored. With beautiful rolling hills, dramatic mountains, quaint market towns and picture-perfect villages, there are England tours to suit all travel tastes. While many visitors to the UK confine themselves to London and the surrounding area, there’s plenty to discover all over the country. From the wild coasts of Cornwall to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and the towering peaks of the Lake District, England tours have so much to offer!

Taking a Trip to England

Taking a trip to England is a magical experience for those who enjoy the outdoors, and many of the greatest adventure tours in England follow networks of walking and cycling trails that crisscross the country, some of which are centuries old. When you join any England tours you’ll be walking in the footsteps of pilgrims and merchants that travelled this ancient land many hundreds of years ago.

However, if you plan on taking a trip to England the organization phase can be a complicated and confusing activity! To help you navigate all the different options on offer, we’ve put together some helpful information about the range of England tours you can choose from. Whether you want a short guided tour or a much longer self-guided tour, here are some of our top recommendations for adventure tours in England.

When is the Best Time to Travel to England?

The best time to travel to England depends entirely on what you are hoping to accomplish on your trip; however, many people consider the best time to travel to England to be during the summer months of May to September. During this window you will experience warmer and sunnier weather conditions that are perfectly suited to exploring the outdoors, although this also coincides with the most popular time to visit for tourists of all varieties. If you want to avoid the crowds and don’t mind cooler, rainy weather, then the winter months, as well as the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn, are also good options to visit England.

England Map

Although it isn’t a particularly large country, it can be hard to fully visualize England and its different counties - especially if you are looking at the entirety of the United Kingdom. We’ve put together this simple England Map to provide an overview of the country with the hopes of providing a clearer picture for you during the planning phase of your next England trip!

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Popular Activities in England

The picturesque English countryside is home to a variety of different landscapes and terrains, all of which are home to a number of fun activities. If you are looking for the most popular activities in England to try out on your next trip, be sure to check out these options below:

Walking Tours in England

Walking tours in England are almost a right of passage for any outdoor enthusiast looking to visit the country. Whether you want to explore the utterly stunning Lake District, the imposing terrain of the Peak District, or any of the dramatic coastal areas surrounding the country, there is no shortage of incredible walking tours in England that are waiting to be explored.

Bike Tours in England

From narrow village streets lined with stone cottages to quiet roadways set in the rolling green hills of the English countryside, there are countless bike tours in England that will make for the perfect holiday. Book yours today to uncover the natural beauty of England.

Where to go in England

With so many amazingly scenic destinations, it can be hard to decide on where to go in England. That’s why we’ve split it up into a number of smaller sub-regions, allowing you to better explore the different parts of the country with the hopes of making it easier when it comes to actually choosing where to go in England.

Tours in Northern England

Exploring the landscapes from the Solway Firth to the North Sea and everything in between, tours in Northern England are an exceptional experience that highlight the natural beauty of England’s northern reaches. With iconic destinations like Northumberland National Park, and North York Moors National Park, and Yorkshire Dales National Park, you can rest assured that you will never run out of adventures on a tour in Northern England.

Tours in the Midlands

Covering the central counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire, tours in the Midlands offer a vast swathe of the English countryside to explore. Whether you want to navigate this picturesque region on foot or by bike, tours in the Midlands will make for an exciting excursion on your next trip to England.

Tours in Southwest England

Featuring some of the most dramatic coastal areas in the entire country, tours in Southwest England are a life changing experience if you enjoy spending time by the edge of the sea. From the iconic fishing villages of Cornwall to the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, you might not want to leave after spending time on these tours of Southwest England!

Tours in Southeast England

Home to the various counties surrounding London, Southeast England is understandably a popular place for visitors looking to get out of the city. Whether you are looking to simply get out into the countryside or want to head to the coast for some incredible views of the sea, there are plenty of things to do on tours in Southeast England.

Tours in the Lake District

Travelling through some of the most rugged and beautiful scenic landscapes in all of the British Isles, tours in the Lake District are a truly incredible experience. Glacial lakes, dramatic fell mountains, peaceful valleys, and bustling market towns characterize the terrain here – what are you waiting for?!

Tours in the Cotswolds

Tours in the Cotswolds are the perfect adventure if you want to experience some of the most picturesque landscapes and charming villages in the world. From quaint stone cottages to rolling green hills, you might need to stop and pick your jaw up off the floor while out on these amazing tours in the Cotswolds.

Frequently Asked Questions About England

What is the best way to tour england.

Taking the train around England is a great way to efficiently see much of the country; however, if you want to fully experience all that the country has to offer, a road trip is the best way to tour England.

How many days should I spend in England?

While 4-5 days will allow you to see plenty of must-visit sights, an extended visit of 2 weeks or more will allow you to better experience all that England has to offer.

What is the prettiest town in England?

With its charming stone cottages, narrow lanes, and vibrant greenery, Castle Combe in the Cotswolds is often referred to as the prettiest town in England.

what is the number one tourist attraction in England?

In terms of overall tourist numbers, the number one tourist attraction is the Tower of London, which was built in 1078 and hosts nearly 3 million visitors per year.

What is the prettiest county in England?

While there are a number of picturesque counties in the United Kingdom, Cornwall is often cited as the prettiest county in England.

England Tour Highlights

The cotswolds.

Home to some of the prettiest landscapes in the whole of England, the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday filled with plenty of opportunities for exploring the outdoors. The region has a rich history that dates back beyond the medieval period and is home to picturesque waterways and market towns like Stow-on-the-Wold. From walking through the rolling green hills of the English countryside to meandering along narrow village streets that are lined with charming stone cottages, you won’t have a single moment of boredom while out on a tour of the Cotswolds.

Peak District National Park

Situated within the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, and Cheshire in the heart of England, Peak District National Park is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the entire country. Characterized by rolling hills, serene valleys, and windswept moorlands, the Peak District is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. Whether you want to walk and cycle through its rugged terrain or spend time visiting the many historical sites in the region, such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, there are plenty of adventures to undertake in Peak District National Park.

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5-Day Cotswold Villages Walking Tour

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Have the quintessential English countryside experience on this self-guided walking tour of the Cotswold villages! Each day you’ll take a lovely walk through the bucolic villages whose honey-coloured stone walls transport you back in time.

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FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Look no further for a holiday that’s perfect for the whole family! Begin in London, where you’ll explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series before heading north to the region that inspired Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit stories. End your tour in Edinburgh, where you’ll discover the city’s haunted history and take a day trip to Loch Ness.

Great Britian for Families

This 9-day England vacation takes you on a family-friendly adventure across the United Kingdom, from London to Newcastle to Edinburgh. It features first-class accommodations, shared and private tours, and is a perfect family trip for Harry Potter fans.

Your family vacation through England begins in London, one of the most visited cities on the planet and the capital of the United Kingdom. With history reaching back to Roman times, you’ll find plenty of great historical sites and culture in London. Take advantage of the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour and its convenient kids club to zip between popular sites in the city, such as the Tower of London, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. The next day, take a walking tour through the city to explore the filming locations of the Harry Potter series, heading from the real-life Diagon Alley to Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station. That afternoon, head to Madame Tussauds to see wax figures of some of your kids’ favourite movie characters. Keep the magic alive the next day as you tour Warner Brothers Studios and see the sets of the Harry Potter films. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see props and learn how the magical films came to life.

From London, head north to the picturesque Lake District and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you’ll head to Hill Top Farm and explore the stories of Beatrix Potter. See the gardens and farmlands where Peter Rabbit was invented before heading through the medieval village of Hawkshead and the Yewdale Valley.

Cross the border into Scotland and reach the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a lovely city awash with medieval and Georgian architecture. That first night, head on a walking tour to discover some of the ghostly secrets of the city and descend into the underground vaults of Blair Street. The next day, take a day trip into the highlands, visiting the valley of Glencoe and Loch Ness, where your kids can search for Nessie during a cruise. Return to Edinburgh for a walking tour that’ll showcase the streets of Old Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle, where you’ll discover its remarkable history in the company of an expert guide.

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to continue your onward journey.

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Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience West London at Novotel.

Novotel London City West

Discover the contemporary elegance of Novotel London West. Whether you choose this hotel for business or leisure, you are sure to be tempted by the international cuisine. Just minutes from three of London's main tube lines, it is the perfect location for successful meetings. Experience …

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Tootbus London - 24 hour Hop-on-hop-off Discovery Tour

Check out all the wonderful things London has to offer in a day when you hop on board the Tootbus London Discovery tour! Make your way around, experience the heart of the city, and see London's top landmarks from the open-top deck of the bus including the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, St. James Palace and many more. Take advantage of the incredible views of the capital from above to pinpoint all the places you want to see up close. Follow your hit list, hop off the bus at the nearest stop and explore more in-depth. Choose to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace or climb the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. Food lovers may find a piece of paradise at Borough Market, one of the best food markets in London. As the day falls, opt for a ride on the London Eye or enjoy a fun night out in Soho. If you are traveling with children, try our child-friendly channel, it will keep them entertained! Upon first validation, your ticket is valid for 24 hours. You can hop on and hop off, an unlimited number of times within the validity period. Download the Tootbus app to easily find your way around, follow the buses in real-time, and follow self-guided walking tours to help you explore further. The validity of the pass starts at the point of redemption and you can use it an unlimited number of times until the pass is no longer valid.

Harry Potter Walking Tour

The Harry Potter books and film series have enthralled and captivated the world - now you can follow in the footsteps of the world's most famous wizard and take a magical journey throughout London with this Harry Potter themed walking tour. Your expert guide will take you on a spellbinding tour of the city and London Underground to show you the exact locations where Harry filmed key scenes of this epic tale, whisking you through. Starting at Westminster, you'll make your way to the Ministry of Magic; find the entrance to the 'Leaky Cauldron' before taking a walk down the real 'Diagon Alley', then stand in the very spot where the Death Eaters destroyed the famous Millennium Bridge. You'll not only see the locations where the films were shot, you'll discover the magic behind locations such as Cecil and Goodwin Courts, and how these enchanting locations provided the inspiration for this wizarding adventure to unfold. Your tour will conclude at Platform 9 3/4- where you can make your own way to Hogwarts! Please note that admission(s) to the London Underground is/are not included. An Oyster Card or Travel Card is required to participate on this tour. Oyster Cards can be pre-booked or purchased in destination.

Madame Tussauds

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago, and it remains as popular as ever. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good old-fashioned curiosity. Today's visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up-close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.

Warner Brothers London Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a thrilling new opportunity to explore the magic of the world-renowned Harry Potter film series - the most successful of all time. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Refreshments are available from the Studio Cafe freshly prepared hot soups and snacks, salads, sandwiches and afternoon treats are available (own account). There's also a Studio Shop stocked with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to remind you of the day you spent immersed in The Making of Harry Potter. A wonderful day out for the entire family, and fully accessible to all!

London Central Hotel to London Train Station

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The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, which is used only in summer; snooker and a table tennis table are also available. 09/08db) The hotel is has one of the best locations in the area. It is based in the centre of Bowness and on the shores of the Lake Windermere. With it's own extensive gardens, fantastic view of the lake and its village centre location it's convenient whether you want peace and quiet or a piece of the action.

Macdonald Old England Spa

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Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Half Day Small Group Tour

This tour is the ideal way to explore the favorite places associated with Beatrix Potter. The first part of the journey takes you to Hill Top Farm where she wrote many of her famous children's stories in this 17th-century cottage. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (additional charge required please check with National Trust - not open on Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop.

Continue onto the medieval village of Hawkshead with a little time to explore its many delightful features. There is plenty of photo opportunities as William Wordsworth's old Grammar School is located here.

Onwards then, to the renowned beauty spot of Tarn Hows before descending to Coniston for the lake cruise to Brantwood. The final part of the tour takes you through the spectacular Yewdale Valley.

Highlights of the Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour are Beatrix Potter's Hilltop Farm Hawkshead, Tarn Hows, Cruise on Coniston and Tour through Yewdale Valley.

Windermere to Oxenholme Train Station

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The hotel is located in the historical heart of the city, right next door to Haymarket station and only 4 minutes away on foot to Edinburgh International Conference Center. Varied selection of cafes, bars and restaurants are situated next to the hotel. Explore the numerous sights and events of the city such as Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, Murrayfield Stadium and much more. The hotel offers many modern rooms equipped with free Wi-fi. Have a refreshing start to the day with a an abundant Scottish breakfast buffet and enjoy traditional and modern dishes at the restaurant. Modern and well-equipped meeting room venues are available for business meetings.

Edinburgh Walking Tour - Ghosts and Ghouls

Entertainment - 17th Century style! An evening of spine-tingling storytelling awaits you. How best to experience our grim and ghostly past? Just as our ghoulish ancestors did... with gusto! The infamous 'Edinburgh mob' loved the 'entertainment' of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided! Especially at the Mercat Cross. Hear grisly tales of witchcraft, torture and restless spirits as you venture down medieval closes and descend into the haunted Blair Street Underground Vaults. As night darkens, savour a welcome drink by candle-light, as you weave tales in your atmospheric, underground cellar. Visit where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present...

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands

You depart Edinburgh and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland's great hero, William Wallace.

You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander.

The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands. The flat plains of the lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains, and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans.

You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you'll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes.

After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.

At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie"), and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise. Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.

Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here with time to eat lunch and take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.

From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.

You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven. Then it's over the Queensferry Crossing before returning to Edinburgh.

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The beautiful city is waiting for you. The best way to explore Edinburgh is to follow your feet. Where the buses can't take you, and the guide books don't show you is where the real stories can be found - the closes, wynds, courtyards and homes of Old Edinburgh. This walking tour will paint a vivid picture of the colourful past and people - see the secrets and tell the tales - the culture, crime and politics of Scotland's capital. This is an experience shared by Mercat historians.

Your experience of the medieval city is then completed with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it. Visit the Castle and let your Mercat guide reveal its remarkable history.

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The Best Family-Friendly Tours to the UK

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Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure with your loved ones? Look no further! We've meticulously analyzed all the family-friendly tours to the UK, ensuring that you and your children have the time of your lives. Say goodbye to the stress of planning a trip with kids and hello to the joys of traveling as a family, as we present to you a terrific range of meticulously organized tours and vacation packages designed to cater to your family's every need. One of the best aspects of these family-friendly guided tours is that many of them offer an all-inclusive travel style. All of these tour options are well-planned, and they also cater to travelers under 18, too! This means that you can focus on what truly matters: spending quality time on vacation with your family. Great for museums & attractions, food, nightlife, and music, it's easy to see why the UK is such a fun destination. So, why wait any longer? It's time to pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on an extraordinary journey to the UK.

From the big cities to the countryside, if you're traveling with kids you'll find something great to do. London has family-friendly museums and attractions such as science museums, the Tower of London, and amusement parks. Plenty of beach resort areas are found along the coastline, too, such as in Blackpool, Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, or Paignton. Head north to Snowdonia for hiking and watersports, or to Scotland for the lakes, historic railways, and castles. Kids of all ages, and parents also will love if.

  • Loch Ness, Inverness & The Highlands - from Edinburgh 2 Days, $127.17
  • Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - from Glasgow 2 Days, $127.17
  • Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - Departing Edinburgh 2 Days, $127.17

What types of child-friendly tours are available in the UK?

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  • 326 trip options analyzed
  • $276 average price per day (USD)
  • 2 to 23 days in length
  • 4.3 of 5 average rating
  • 56 people or less on average

You'll be surprised at the array of family-friendly tours in the UK, as there is something for everyone. It's no wonder that visitors can't get enough of these tours, boasting an impressive average guest rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Picture yourself joining a group of like-minded adventurers, with an average maximum size of 56 people, ensuring a fantastic blend of social and personalized experiences. The average tour length spans 9 days, with tours ranging from 2 to 23 days long. Regarding physical activity , the tours are categorized as easy, moderate, serious, and relaxing, with the majority being easy. As for transportation options, the tours are thoughtfully categorized as coach / bus, ocean cruise, self drive, and train & rail, with the most being coach / bus. With our thorough analysis of 326 family-friendly tours, we've found the best. So rest assured that the UK has something to captivate every kind of traveler.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best Family-Friendly Tours in the UK

Loch ness, inverness & the highlands - from edinburgh.

  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for family-friendly tours.
  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

This fantastic journey has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. This trip visits 11 destinations, including Fort William, Loch Ness, Inverness, and Culloden along the way. Your adventure starts and ends in Edinburgh. With an emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. Lasting 2 days, the maximum group size is 19 people, and it's good for guests age 5 and older. Organized by Timberbush Tours , this is a great deal because it's only $64 per day.

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Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - from Glasgow

With a stellar 4.5 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary trip is the perfect choice. And since the priority is on local culture and family-friendly activities, this tour is a great choice. Experience a trip that takes you to 7 remarkable destinations, including Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Stirling, and Glencoe. Glasgow will be the beginning and end of your trip. Spanning across 2 days, the trip accommodates 32 individuals, and is suitable for guests age 5 and older. Offered by Timberbush Tours , this remarkable trip is priced at just $64 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - Departing Edinburgh

This exceptional trip offering by Timberbush Tours has received a 4.3 out of 5 rating. On this 2-day voyage you can unwind while also making new memories. Explore 7 incredible locations on this trip, including Loch Ness, Glasgow, Stirling, and Glencoe. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Edinburgh. With a group size of 32 people, it's suitable for guests age 5 and older. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $64 per day.

Isle of Skye, The Fairy Pools & Highland Castles

Check out this journey that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 5 out of 5 rating, visiting Scotland and England. Discover a journey that spans 9 destinations, with notable stops in Dunvegan, Kilt Rock, Portree, and Sligachan. You'll start and end your journey in beautiful Inverness. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around local culture and family-friendly activities. Spanning across 2 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 19 participants, and it's great for guests age 4 and older. Brought to you by the renowned Timberbush Tours , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $76 per day - an unbeatable value.

Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness - from Edinburgh

This 3-day journey, visiting Scotland and England, is ideal for guests age 5 and older. And priced at only $74 per day, it's a great value, too. This trip takes you on an adventure to 11 destinations, including Loch Ness, Laggan, Glasgow, and Fort William. Edinburgh kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. It's offered by Timberbush Tours , a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands - from Glasgow

Priced at just $64 per day, this terrific 2-day journey is ideal for guests age 5 and older. With 11 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Pitlochry, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Glencoe, and Fort William, and more. You'll start and end this amazing trip in Glasgow. Organized by the reputable Timberbush Tours , this is one of the best tours on this list.

Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness - from Glasgow

Check out this incredible journey that has received a 4.6 out of 5 rating from previous guests. With a duration of 3 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 33 people, and is good for guests age 5 and older. Along the way, this journey encompasses 12 destinations, including Laggan, Pitlochry, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, and Glencoe. Glasgow will be both the start and end of your journey. This fantastic option, organized by Timberbush Tours , presents an unbeatable value at just $74 per day.

Northern Route end Berlin

Spanning over 7 days, this trip, visiting England, Netherlands, and Germany, has a maximum size of 50 individuals. Welcoming guests age 1 to 85, it is organized by Europamundo , a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. This itinerary covers 5 captivating destinations, with stops in Colchester, Volendam, and Amsterdam, among others. Begin your trip in London and complete it with a memorable finale in Berlin. With an emphasis on local culture and family-friendly activities, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. Available at an unbeatable price of only $124 per day, this option also has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars from previous guests.

2-Day Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Here's your chance to take off on an exceptional journey that has garnered a 5 out of 5 rating. With a duration of 2 days, this jouney will have 16 participants, and it warmly welcomes guests age 5 and older. And since the priority is on local culture and family-friendly activities, this tour is a great choice. Expertly organized by Rabbie's Tours , this amazing trip is an incredible value at just $141 per day.

Loch Ness Shore Experience

This memorable voyage is offered by Highland Experience Tours which has received plenty of positive reviews. The trip itself has a guest rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, and is priced affordably at $130 per day. Uncover the beauty of 8 destinations on this itinerary, with highlights such as Glenfinnan, Loch Ness, Culloden, and Glasgow. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Edinburgh. Rest assured, this trip is all about local culture and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. The maximum group size is 32 people, welcoming guests age 3 and older.

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How much do family-friendly tours to the UK cost?

Visitors will find a large range of terrific options for family-friendly tours when planning a visit to the UK. The price of these specific trips can vary according to length, destinations, and travel style. The average price of family-friendly tours in the UK based on data from 326 options is an affordable $276 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in the UK .

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The drum beat guides the marching Palace Guards to order. Big Ben chimes the quarter-hour alongside the rushing waters of the River Thames. The fountains in the garden of Versailles erupt with theatrical drama. The Eiffel Tower offers a view of the city’s rooftops, from the Champs Elysees to the base of Montmartre. Your custom family friendly tour to London and Paris is designed to immerse the family in the history of London and Paris, showcasing the royalty of both past and present, and the timeless cultures that have, and continue to inspire the world.

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Take the children down the paths of royals during your personalized family-friendly tour of London and Paris. Bring history to life at the Tower of London and stroll through the gilded halls of Versailles. Witness the hypnotic march of the Changing of the Guard and indulge in the captivating flavors of Parisian chocolates. Make scones in Windsor with the kids and sample wines in Montmartre with the adults. Your family tour of England and France immerses you in charismatic art, fascinating culture, and distinguished culinary experiences you, and the kids will love.

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Family time is as precious as gold, which makes custom family vacations priceless. Your custom tailored family vacation to England, France, and Italy offers you marvels of which the entire family will enjoy, from the storybook villages of the French countryside to the trotting horses along the lush plateau of the Swiss Alps. Castles overlook the historic waterways in London. Bakeries and boutique shops line the wide avenues of Paris. Renaissance statues decorate the public squares of Florence. Hike along the Mediterranean coast and create everlasting memories that the entire family will treasure for a lifetime.

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Price: from $1,950 USD per person

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This is a similar itinerary to the 8-day vacation package above, but this time extended and with a different feel to the trip. Travel down country roads as you meander your way through the glorious English countryside. See the university city of Oxford and explore the quintessential Cotswolds villages. You’ll also visit Wales, with an overnight stay in Cardiff.

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Our 14-day package has a lot in common with the 10-day package above but is extended with more fantastic locations! Departing and returning from London you’ll visit Northern England and head into Scotland. You’ll also visit the southwest of England. See Plymouth where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World, with millions of American families tracing their family heritage back to these voyages. You’ll also explore the legends of King Arthur with a visit to mystical Glastonbury. In Scotland, you will also head to the Isle of Skye, an island with one of the most spectacular pieces of scenery in the world!

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This trip will venture from London into Northern England, stopping at classic highlights including Stratford-upon-Avon and the Viking town of York. 3 days are spent in Scotland, with stops in the two big cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as time in the magnificent Scottish countryside. On your way back down south, you’ll drive through the Lake District and Wales. The trip also heads into South West England, stopping at Plymouth where the Pilgrim Father’s set sail to America.

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Price: from $2,675 USD per person

Our whistlestop package tour combines a bit of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Perfect if you are short on time but want to see a lot of places. You’ll head from London into Northern England to York and the Lake District. See Glasgow and Edinburgh before taking a ferry into Northern Ireland. See Belfast and Dublin and enjoy the delights of the Irish countryside. A ferry crossing takes you into Wales, where you’ll pass by Cardiff and return to London stopping at Stonehenge and Bath along the way.

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England & Ireland Package – 15 Days

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Price: from $3,795 USD per person

With 15 days there’s a little bit more time to explore England and Ireland in depth. On this package tour, you’ll spend 9 days in England, 2 days in Scotland and 4 days in Ireland. That’s a great way to get a feel for the beautiful landscapes and customs of this part of the world, as well as a taste of English, Scottish and Irish cultures, which are all quite different and unique. The trip also includes two short ferry rides between Britain and Ireland.

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Romantic Britain & Ireland – 20 Days

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Trip Size: Small or Large Group

Price: from $6,950 USD per person

Our 20 day mega trip to Britain and Ireland is a wonderful way to explore the region. In England, you’ll visit towns including Plymouth, Oxford, Bath and York. In Scotland you’ll head to Loch Ness, venture onto the Isle of Skye and see the home of golf at St Andrews. Spend a day exploring the Northern Ireland capital city of Belfast before heading down south into Ireland. Here you’ll explore lots of spectacular countryside, as well as see the Irish capital of Dublin. There is even time spent in Wales and Cardiff. This trip has something for everyone – UNESCO World Heritage Sites, big cities, quaint villages and spectacular countryside.

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UK & Ireland Package – 24 Days

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Price: from $7,195 USD per person

Spend 3.5 weeks exploring England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland in depth. This is quite possibly the trip of a lifetime, with the choice of a small or large group. It’s hard to sum this one up in just a short paragraph, but it’s probably the most in-depth vacation package we offer. It’s also the only tour that heads into the UNESCO Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland which was a Game of Thrones filming location, as well as visiting UNESCO Conwy Castle in North Wales.

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Vacation Packages for Special Events 2023 & 2024

There are lots of special events taking place in England during 2023 and 2024, and we’ve listed below some of the specialist vacation packages that coincide with these events. We also have garden packages that include the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Many of these are once-in-a-lifetime events that are not to be missed!

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Package – 4 Days

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Price: from £319 per person

Departure Dates: August 2023

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most important events in Scotland, with military bands and performers descending onto the Scottish capital from around the world. There will be Highland Dancers, military pipes and drums, flybys of military jets, fireworks and more! The package also includes a visit to Loch Lomond in the Scottish Highlands.

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English Gardens & Chelsea Flower Show – 15 days

Price: From $5,559 per person

Our 15-day package takes you around the fabulous gardens of England. Starting in London you’ll spend a day at the Chelsea Flower Show, perhaps the biggest horticultural event in the world with spectacular displays from international exhibitors. It takes place in May for just 6 days every year, so this is a rare treat for flower lovers! Following your visit, you will then tour England visiting some of the finest gardens and country estates in the world! This includes The Lost Garden of Heligan, Wisley Gardens, Bodnant Garden, Blenheim Palace and more! Regions of England that are visited on this package include Cornwall, the Lake District, the Cotswolds and North Wales. The trip also includes a visit to Bampton, which was the real-life village used in the filming of the Downton Abbey TV Series.

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Interested in more English garden packages? Check out our dedicated page for English Garden Package Tours .

Movie & TV Themed Packages

There are loads of blockbuster movies and TV shows that have been filmed and produced in the UK. American audiences have been wowed by series including Downton Abbey, Outlander and Game of Thrones. Here are some shorter and longer vacation packages dedicated to these shows!

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Downton Abbey Vacation Package – 5 Days

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Price: from £675 per person

Our Downton Abbey package visits the real-life locations used in the making of the hit TV series. You’ll visit Highclere Castle, the iconic country estate that will be instantly recognizable to fans of the show! Explore the majestic rooms and lavish gardens. The package will then visit a selection of manor houses and country estates that were typical of the Downton Abbey period of history. This includes Loseley Park, Hatchalnds Park, as well as a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, makers of the iconic drink!

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Game of Thrones Mini-Package – 4 Days

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Price: from £499 per person

Game of Thrones fans will love this 4-day package that visits the filming locations in Northern Ireland! It includes flights from London to Belfast and free time to explore the city. You’ll visit the recently opened Game of Thrones Studio Tour where you’ll go behind the scenes to see how the TV series was brought to life. The next day, you’ll drive to the Giant’s Causeway and into the Northern Irish countryside to see locations used to portray the free city of Braavos, the Stormlands, the cost of Dorne and the background for Kingsroad.

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Outlander Inspired Package – 13 Days

Price: from $3,825 per person

Our 13-day Outlander inspired package takes you along the Highland trail to explore some of the most spectacular locations in the region. You’ll start the trip in Edinburgh and end in Glasgow, travelling through the Highlands in between. You’ll see Outlander filming locations for the village of Cranesmuir, Mrs Baird’s B&B, ‘L’Hopital des Anges’, as well as landscapes that were used as backdrops for some of the most important scenes in the show. You’ll visit the Orkney Island and the Isle of Skye, pass through Glencoe, Inverness, St. Andrews and much more!

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Self-Drive & Private Vacation Packages

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Self-Drive Packages

Looking to go solo? We can put together a once-in-a-lifetime self-drive package that can include inspirational driving roads in England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. We can arrange for car hire and can plan an itinerary according to your interests. Feel free to get in touch for more information.

Private Packages

Looking to travel in a group of 9 or more? A private vacation package can work out as a really cost-effective way of travelling. Take a look at our private tour pages for some inspiration. We can arrange private versions of the tour package listed above. Or we can tailor make a trip according to your interests with an expert guide. We can even arrange family heritage tours to trace the roots of your ancestors. Feel free to get in touch with us to find out more information.

Guide to Planning a Trip

There are so many different vacation packages to choose from when visiting England, let’s break it down and give you a few important things to consider!

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Where to Visit? England, Scotland, Britain, UK, United Kingdom….

This can get confusing so let’s start out by getting a few things straight!

England is part of what is officially called The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland . That’s a very long name to keep using! So to make things a little easier, we’ll just call it the UK.

The UK is made up of 4 regions – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland . And across the border from Northern Ireland lies the country of Ireland (which is totally independent from the UK.)

So the first question to ask when looking for an England vacation package. Are you looking just to visit England? Or do you also want to visit other parts of the United Kingdom as well?

There are a few ways to plan an England Vacation Package. You could visit:

100% England Packages (we’ve got plenty of amazing things to see here!)

England with Scotland Packages: Combine a trip and go to Scotland as well!

England, Scotland & Ireland Packages : The big trip! These vacation packages sometimes also include Northern Ireland as well. For this size of trip, we recommend packages that are at least 2 weeks long!

And what about Wales? Many of the vacation packages also include 1 or 2 days in Wales

So in this article, we’ll divide up our vacation packages into 4 – ‘100% England Packages’, ‘England & Scotland Packages’, ‘England & Ireland Packages’ & finally ‘Special Packages’

What are our special vacation packages ? Well… these are packages that are based around a specific theme or event. In 2023, we have the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo Parade in July.

Plus we’ve got some amazing vacation packages for Downton Abbey fans, Game of Thrones fans, Outlander fans, as well as some awesome walking trips, railway trips and even adventure trips!

That’s a lot of England vacation packages to sift through! So please use the contents at the top of the page to navigate directly to what interests you.

We hope you find this guide useful. Please contact the Tourist England team if you have any questions!

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How much would a trip to England cost?

This really depends on the length of your vacation package and the size of the group. Prices can range anywhere from $1,800 per person for an 8 day trip in a large group to over $5,000 for a 14-day small-group tour of England.

How many days do you need in England?

We would say that at least 7 days is a good amount of time to explore many of the highlights of England and get a feel for the country. Of course, you could easily spend many more days exploring the best of England, Scotland and Ireland with our amazing vacation packages from London !

How Can I spend 10 days in the UK?

We have many package tours that are 10 days in duration. Typically these trips depart from London and you can expect to spend 7-8 days in England, with 2-3 days in Scotland. With these kinds of holidays, you will normally travel in a loop, travelling north from London along the east side of England, heading into Scotland and then returning to London via the west side of England, with a little bit of Wales as well. Regions you’ll visit include Yorkshire, the Lake District, Scotland and London.

Do these vacation packages include financing options?

Many of the packages offer financing options, allowing you to spread out the cost of the trip over multiple payments. Many of the tours also require a low-value deposit in order to secure your place on the tour.

Do all-inclusive vacations get cheaper closer to date?

Normally booking well in advance is a good way to get a great price on vacation deals, since travel companies like people to book early. Vacation packages will only get cheaper closer to the travel date if the travel company is struggling to fill up the tour.

Is there a package to London and Paris?

We have a 9-day London and Paris vacation package that’s perfect for you! Spend a few days in London before hopping over the English channel and spend some time exploring the French capital.

Do you have mini-vacation packages to England?

Yes, we also have a selection of multi-day tours from London that last 2-5 days, as well as Scotland minibreaks from Edinburgh . These are great options if you are looking to visit a lot of sights but are pressed for time.

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Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea while aboard a traditional, red London bus that travels past some of the city’s key landmarks.

View the Crown Jewels on a private Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) tour of the Tower of London.

Discover the magical world of Harry Potter on a private walking tour of London.

Tour Oxford with a graduate from the prestigious university.

Explore the sites that inspired The Beatles on a private tour of Liverpool.

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On arrival in London, you're met by your private driver and driven to your hotel. You have the morning to explore the city at your leisure before boarding a nostalgic, red Routemaster bus for a tour past some of London’s iconic landmarks while enjoying a traditional afternoon tea.

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Make your own way to the Tower of London for your private Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) tour of the Tower of London. Explore the grounds and see the awe-inspiring Crown Jewels, which are still used by the Royal family today. Afterwards, sing and dance through the streets of London on a Mary Poppins tour.

Beefeater at the Tower of London

Discover the magical world of Harry Potter on a private walking tour of prominent filming locations and landmarks. In the afternoon, view the spectacular London skyline from atop the London Eye.

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This morning you bid farewell to London and make your way to the train station for a day trip to the university city of Oxford. Upon arrival in Oxford, embark on a guided city tour with an Oxford University graduate. Your lively guide will give you plenty of insight into the university and the city’s connections to Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. Then relax as an experienced punter gently glides you along the River Cherwell, before you board a train back to London.


Make your own way to the train station for your two-hour train journey to Liverpool, most well-known for its connection to The Beatles and its two rival football clubs. Upon arrival in Liverpool, make your own way to your Beatles inspired hotel. In the afternoon, go on a behind-the-scenes, audio-guide tour of Anfield Stadium, home to Liverpool Football Club — one of the most successful football teams in the world.


Whizz around Liverpool in an eye-catching, psychedelic cab inspired by John Lennon’s vividly painted 1964 Rolls-Royce. Visit the sites that inspired Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever on a private tour with your expert guide, who is a super fan of The Beatles. Learn more about the British Invasion on self-guided visits to the Beatles Story and the interactive British Music Experience.

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Say goodbye to England as you depart by private car to the airport.

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The Top 18 Family Attractions in the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom's top attractions for families run the gamut—from screaming thrill rides and totally immersive child-sized worlds to wonderful animal exhibits and family-friendly cultural attractions.

There's no need to put off a trip to the UK just because you have young children, either. Family travel can be fun for everyone as long as you remember to include child-friendly attractions in your itinerary. Fortunately, most of these attractions are also fun for teenagers and adults—everyone can find their inner child on a trip to the United Kingdom.

Tour the Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans and anyone interested in a detailed look at what's involved in the making of movie magic will love the Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter .

The movies' most iconic sets, including The Great Hall , Dumbledore's Office, Hagrid's Hut, The Gryffindor Common Room are open to the public at the studio, 20 miles northwest of London, where the movies were filmed.

The studio tour is conducted on foot and features costumes, props, and behind-the-scenes secrets of the franchise. While there are no rides or theme park thrills, kids old enough to have read the books and enjoyed the films will be enthralled, and there are interactive experiences including the chance to ride a flying broom.

Roleplay at KidZania

Picture a town where kids run everything: They work as doctors and dentists; train as actors and put on shows for their parents; and do the jobs of airline pilots, firefighters, and law enforcement officers.

Such a place exists at KidZania, a children's role-playing attraction that offers 100 different role-playing activities in 60 different establishments like shops, offices, hospitals, factories, and race car pit stops. Parents can watch from discreet windows, but kids run all the activities inside the play space. The tiny workers even earn KidZania's own currency (Kidzos) that they can spend in the shops. 

KidZania is monitored and safe. The play space only has one entrance and one exit, and once in Kidzania, children are fitted with RFID bracelets that keep tabs on them. Children can only be removed at the exit while in the confirmed presence of their parents. 

Watch Live Theater

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What better place to introduce children to the experience of live theater than the West End? Kids Week , sponsored by the Society of London Theatres, has been held since 1998 and has grown from a one-week festival to an entire month of performances in August each year.

During Kids Week, a child under 16 can attend a performance for free with a paying adult ticket holder, and two more children can come along for half price. During the week, there's also an array of free events, workshops, storytelling, and activities.

Tickets go on sale in June, and the participating shows are announced near the start of the month. The best way to find out what's happening is to subscribe to the Society of London Theatre Family Bulletin . That way, even if you can't come for Kids Week in August, you can find out about other family-friendly shows, promotions, and competitions in London throughout the year.

Stay at Legoland Windsor Resort

Legoland has 150 rides, all kinds of shows, water slides, and boat trips, and everywhere you look, you'll find amazing creations made of Lego pieces. In Miniland, at the center of the park, 35 million pieces of Lego have been used to create scenes from London, Paris, Amsterdam, and elsewhere in Europe.

There are surprises everywhere, including a fire-breathing dragon at the entrance to the resort and an incredibly realistic Chewbacca guarding the entrance to the Star Wars exhibits.

The park is aimed at children between 2 and 12 years old, but some of the rides have height restrictions for the younger ones. You can also stay overnight at The Legoland Resort Hotel . The hotel, which opened in the middle of the park in 2012, includes two days of free entry to the park for each guest.

Get Lost in Longleat Safari Park

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Longleat is one of the best safari parks in the world—and the oldest outside of Africa. The park has a huge maze, a boat ride on a lake full of seals, a train ride, and an adventure playground designed like a child-sized castle.

For the adults, there is a  stately home, garden, and park (landscaped by Capability Brown) to explore. Regularly voted the U.K. Family Attraction of the Year by all kinds of guides and domestic magazines, Longleat won't disappoint visitors of any age.

Wave at the Swans in Abbotsbury

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For more than 600 years, nearly a thousand mute swans have nested at the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset each year, and as a result, they've become completely tolerant of, if not indifferent to, close up encounters with humans.

Spending a day with the world's only man-managed nesting colony of mute swans is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Watch the swans build their nests and tend to their eggs. Visitors might even get to see the cygnets hatching, especially in May and June, when hundreds of cygnets break free of their shells and wander around the paths of the nesting site. 

Observe Sharks

Europe's deepest aquarium is a magical exploration of the world's oceans with fascinating displays and utterly beautiful aquaria.

At The Deep , the main tank is more than 30-feet in depth and has manta rays, sharks, strange looking Australian sawfish, and schools of smaller fish (about 3,500) that, remarkably, don't get eaten.

Don't miss the "jewel" tanks that demonstrate the jellyfish cycle of life and the Twilight Zone with its strange, almost prehistoric critters. 

Explore Museums Near Ironbridge Gorge

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Ten museums over 80 acres illustrate the industrial revolution beside Thomas  Telford's cast iron bridge , the world's first. The Ironbridge Gorge , known as the Birthplace of Industry, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the location, visitors can learn about the first factory-made products and the tools and machines that made them.

Nearby, there's a Coalport China Museum , a tile museum, a pipe makers workshop, a reconstructed Victorian town, and more—if that seems a bit dry and grown-up, be assured the interactivity makes it a blast for children. Leave plenty of time because there is simply too much to see in one day.

Another option is visiting Enginuity , an interactive design and technology center where kids can learn how things work and design their own bright ideas. Also, don't miss Blists Hill Victorian Town , where your family can experience a day in the life of ordinary people during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Visit The Eden Project

Contained in a series of transparent geodesic domes that squat on the Cornwall landscape like sci-fi mushrooms, the Eden Project describes itself as a place that "is all about man's relationship with and dependence upon plants."

The Enden Project is a "green" theme park where issues and questions around nature and sustainability are explored. Although not specifically aimed at kids, there are plenty of child-centered activities including trails, restaurants with healthy children's menus, and play structures naturally "grown" from willow and bamboo.

Head Underground in a Mine Shaft

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The Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, within the Snowdonia National Park, are at the heart of a feast of family-friendly activities. What began as a modest, illuminated attraction in a disused slate mine has grown into a multi-activity center.

On the Deep Mine Tour , the steepest cable railway in Britain plunges into the heart of Llechwedd mountain and back. Tour guides come from families with generations of links to the slate industry. Younger children love the hard hat experience.

Once underground, let the kids loose on the Bounce Below , a vast underground playground with bouncy, trampoline-like nets filling the caverns. For the adventurous, ZipWorld Caverns takes participants on a journey through otherwise inaccessible caverns on zip lines, rope bridges, via ferrata, and tunnels. The tour is limited to children older than 10, involves some onsite training, and can take about three hours.

Be Mesmerized by Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Great for visitors of all ages, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is the oldest visitor attraction in Edinburgh, which first opened in 1853. Filled with tricks, puzzles, illusions, special effects, and all sorts of new and old technology alike, this unique attraction includes five floors of illusions as well as a spectacular rooftop view of the city.

Climb Into BeWILDerwood

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Nestled into the forests of Hoveton, Norfolk, the BeWILDerwood attraction is a 50-acre park filled with whimsical fun, head-scratching puzzles, zip-line adventures, interactive story-telling events, and puppet shows.

Appropriate for kids up to 12 years old, BeWILDerwood is the brainchild of kids’ author Tom Blofeld and features characters from his book including Hazel the Wood Witch, Moss & Leaflette, Swampy, Mildred the Crocklebog, and Snagglefang.

Marvel at the Giant's Causeway

A UNESCO-listed natural phenomenon, the Giant's Causeway in Bushmills, Antrim, in Northern Ireland gets its name from the large system of basalt columns that look like stepping stones for giants disappearing into the sea.

Features include walking trails, an interactive visitor's center, and the Wishing Chair—a natural throne formed from perfectly-arranged columns. Kids of all ages will enjoy climbing up and down the stone "steps" and learning about the history of the region on the Giant's Causeway Experience at the Visitor's Centre.

Step Back in Time in Beamish

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The world-famous open-air museum Beamish—also known as The Living Museum of the North—tells the story of life in northern England in the 1820s, 1900s, and 1940s.

Located in Stanley in County Durham, this unique attraction invites guests to dress in period garb and meet a cast of characters from England's past. From plowing the fields to descending into a coal pit, school-age children of all ages can enjoy this truly immersive experience.

Get Thrilled at Alton Towers Resort

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Located in Alton in Staffordshire, the Alton Towers Resort is an all-inclusive amusement park and hotel complete with a waterpark and kids' play place, making it the perfect destination for families of all ages.

Kids aged 10 and up can embark on thrilling rollercoasters, including the first vertical drop rollercoaster in the world, Thirteen, as well as fairground rides, playhouses, and haunted houses. Meanwhile, younger kids can spend the day in the Term Time CBeebies Land Hotel, a colorful world of rainbows and interactive exhibits.

Get Wild at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo

If your kids are fans of animals and nature, head to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo in Begelly, Pembrokeshire.

From learning how to milk cows and goats to petting goats, rabbits, miniature ponies and pigs, and donkeys, there's plenty of interactive amusement to be found on Folly Farm. Additionally, kids will get a chance to see wilder animals like lions, giraffes, meerkats, and Humboldt penguins up close.

Discover the World Museum

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Housing everything from Egyptian mummies to an entire wing dedicated to insects, The World Museum in Liverpool, Merseyside, is a must-see attraction for natural history fans visiting the United Kingdom. Explore the cosmos in the planetarium, discover different traditions from around the planet in the World Cultures Gallery, and marvel at real casts of dinosaur skeletons in the prehistoric wing.

Be Mesmerized by Stonehenge

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One of the most famous and oldest attractions in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is a must-see on any trip to the region.

Located near Amesbury in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is easily accessible from London, and many companies offer private tours of the prehistoric monument with transportation included in the cost. Other things to see and do near Stonehenge include exploring Neolithic houses, touring the Stonehenge exhibition at the visitor's center, dining at the nearby cafe, or buying a souvenir at the gift shop.

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In the past decade, new family-friendly tours have opened up a whole world of possibilities to suit every age group and interest. Booking an organised trip means you’re able to up your holiday ambitions, knowing you’ve got the support of an operator behind you — whether those ambitions stretch to once-in-a-lifetime adventure tours or simply making the most of a short break. Lots of them are tailor-made, allowing you to focus on quality time with the children and reconnecting as a family rather than the tedious business of sorting out travel arrangements. Group tours are a great option, too — you and your little ones are likely to make firm friends with the other families on the trip. Be sure to check what’s included in the tour before booking; costs can swiftly mount if you’re travelling as a group, even with child discounts.

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1. Sri Lanka family adventure, Original Travel

If you’d like to sneak in some education without the children realising, Original Travel’s Sri Lanka tour is going to hit the mark. Your brood will learn about local culture, history and wildlife during the 13-day family trip, with entertaining local guides pitching stories at their level. They can train to become Young Rangers at a national park (while spotting leopards and sloth bears); pick and taste tea at a plantation in the hills; try some traditional Sri Lankan dancing; and give surfing a go. There’s plenty of free time, too, so you can strike out on your own adventures or just chill by the pool. Flights, transport, guiding, activities and B&B accommodation are included in the rates.

Group size private tour Price ££


2. Ultimate Kenya family adventure, andBeyond

Get a taste of things to come on the first day of this ten-night Kenya tour with a stay at Nairobi’s Giraffe Manor, where a giraffe is likely to stick its head through a dining room window as you have breakfast. From there, you’ll visit an elephant orphanage, take a camel safari through a wildlife conservatory, learn some Swahili with Maasai guides and glide over the plains in a hot-air balloon. All the while, your children will be learning about conservation and local communities. The family fun concludes at a private villa on the Kenyan coast.

Group size private tour Price £££


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3. Petra & Wadi Rum adventure, Exodus

As a family adventure holiday goes, this 12-day small group itinerary through Jordan from tour operators Exodus will keep all age groups happy. Parents will enjoy the historical and cultural elements of the trip, and visit Unesco-listed sites including the extraordinary city of Petra. Children (and adults) will enjoy the pure fantasy served up each day — watching a gladiator show, camping out in the desert, eating dinner cooked on the fire, bobbing about in the Dead Sea and snorkelling in the Red Sea. The trip is for children aged nine and up, and is fully inclusive, with international flights covered.

Group size 8-20 Price £

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4. Borneo Family Adventure, Wild Frontiers

Family holidays will never be the same after you go on Wild Frontier’s 12-day tailor-made trip to the island of Borneo . There’s an emphasis on local immersion throughout, meaning your children might plant rice and learn to cook in a village farm stay, tour a sun bear conservation centre with its founder, and spend time in tiny fishing villages deep in the jungle. Of course, you can’t come to Borneo and not search for its legendary wildlife, and there are plenty of opportunities to look for orangutans, pygmy elephants and proboscis monkeys. The holiday ends on the beach, with three days at a resort on Gaya Island.


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5. Summer Pyrenees family holiday with teenagers, Intrepid Travel

Keeping teenagers happy and entertained on holiday can be a full-time occupation. Intrepid Travel has the answer; their expertly guided tour through Andorra’s Pyrenees is crammed with such a diverse range of activities, they won’t even have time to look at their phones. Staying in a single base over the seven-night trip, you’ll venture out into the mountains each day. Here, you can trek over peaks, mountain-bike around lakeside trails and go white-water rafting down the Noguera River. There’s a free day, too, with suggestions to try ziplining or canyoning. The trip is aimed at teenagers though all children over ten are welcome.

Group size 2–16 Price £

G Adventures - along with National Geographic - created this family-friendly itinerary

6. Iceland family journey: Geysers, glaciers, and fjords, G Adventures

Iceland is a country that seems conjured out of a myth and any visit is guaranteed to fire young imaginations. G Adventures has partnered with National Geographic Expeditions to create this itinerary, featuring unique experiences specifically designed to create lasting family memories. Over the course of a week in Iceland, you’ll take a boat trip to spot whales and dolphins; dip into natural hot springs; have a picnic by one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls; journey through a tunnel made from lava; go horse-riding; and sail out to an island to see nesting puffins. You have two “chief experience officers” on hand throughout the trip who can organise activities during your free time and sort out logistics.

Group size 18-20 Price £££

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7. Costa Rica Family Fun, Scott Dunn

Family adventures don’t get much bigger than Scott Dunn’s 13-night Costa Rica trip. After a day recovering from the flight in capital San Juan, you’ll dive straight in, arriving at your luxury jungle lodge after a 90-minute journey down the Pacuare River on a raft. From here, you’ve got access to treetop canopy walks, ziplining, horse-riding and canyoning. The focus switches to wildlife at the next stop on the Osa Peninsula, with guided nature walks through the jungle, before returning to further adrenaline-pumping activities at the Arenal volcano. This spot is considered the adventure capital of Costa Rica and options include quad-biking and rappelling down waterfalls. There’s the chance to recover at the end with a few days on the beach.


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8. Family Dubrovnik and Croatian Islands adventure, Explore

Water babies will be kept very happy indeed on Explore’s Croatia tour — there’s barely a moment spent away from the sea. Most of your time on this week-long escape is spent on the island of Lopud, an hour’s ferry ride away from Dubrovnik . On the latter, you’ll kayak between islets and into grottos, play games on the beach, cliff dive, snorkel and stand-up paddleboard — there’s even time for some good old-fashioned swimming. Away from the water, you’ll cycle around the island of Sipian and take a guided tour of the beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, and there’s a free day to spend as you wish. Note that flights aren’t included in the package.

Group size 4-20 Price £

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9. Best of Vietnam for teenagers, On the Go

This packed itinerary of Vietnam sees you joining other like-minded families (minimum age 12) on a tour that’ll take you the length of the country, from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south. In between, you’ll spend the night on a junk boat on Unesco-listed Halong Bay, tour the imperial city of Hue, take sleeper train and rickshaw rides and cycle through farmland and rice paddies in the country’s rural heartland. You can also join a bamboo-craft workshop, cooking lesson and tai chi session. Keep money spare for guiding tips and entrance fees and book your own international flights.

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10. In search of tiger, Abercrombie & Kent

Proper Jungle Book adventures await on Abercrombie & Kent’s ten-night tour through northern India . With time spent in three of the county’s finest national parks, you’ve a good chance of spotting your target: the elusive tiger. Expect to head out on game drives each day, accompanied by an expert guide and tracker, who’ll point out swamp deer, leopard and wild dogs, too, if you’re lucky. Returning to your safari lodge or tented camp at night and falling asleep to the sounds of the parks’ nocturnal wildlife waking up is all part of the magic. Flights into Mumbai and out of Delhi are included; you could add on a couple of days to visit the Taj Mahal from the latter.

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Your children will feel like bona fide polar explorers once they’ve spent a week in Arctic Finland in the depths of winter — there aren’t many holidays from which you return having learnt to build an igloo, lasso a reindeer and mush a team of huskies. These are just some of the daytime activities, with snowshoeing, ice-fishing and cross-country skiing included as well. You’ve got seven nights’ worth of opportunities to spot the northern lights, too, stepping out of your cosy log cabin to gaze hopefully upwards, watching for that first grey-green wisp to steak across the sky. Activities, meals and accommodation are included; you’ll need to make your own way to local airport Kuusamo.

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England With Kids: 10 Ideas for the Best England Itinerary for Families

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Visiting the country of England with kids is a must for any family’s bucket list. With its rich history, culture, and outstanding natural beauty, an England itinerary for families is sure to be packed with all sorts of unique and interesting activities.

Our family absolutely fell in love with the country of England. We spent over a month and a half in England and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the culture, and the people we met during our stay in England.

Canal boats waiting in the water in Camden Market during an England itinerary for families visiting England with kids

If you’re planning a trip to England for your family, then you’ll definitely want to read up on our ideas for things to do in England with kids. Take some time to see our wonderful suggestions for an itinerary in England for families. And then get ready for your own wonderful adventure in England!

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Don't have time to read the whole post? Browse through these highlights for England itinerary ideas for what to do in each featured city during your trip to England with kids:

  • London: Markets tour
  • Greater London: Harry Potter Studio tour
  • Brighton: Walking tour
  • Salisbury: Stonehenge tour
  • Bath: Bridgerton walking tour
  • Cotswolds: Village tour
  • Birmingham: Walking tour
  • Stratford-upon-Avon: City sightseeing bus
  • Oxford: University walking tour
  • Lake District: Ten lakes tour

10 ideas for the best England itinerary for families

We normally like to do slow tourism , but from time to time, we do like to do shorter trips as well. Our time in England was a mix of slow travel and quick trips. We essentially did a big road trip around the country!

As we traveled throughout England with kids, I couldn’t help but take note of our favorite parts of this country so that I could share it with you all. Eventually, I ended up with this list of ideas and travel tips for an itinerary in England for families.

The front entrance of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, England

This is by no means an extensive list. There are undoubtedly many places that we missed. But it’s certainly a good introduction to England. My hope is that you use this England itinerary to give your family ideas of where to explore on your own family vacation to England. 

Take a look at our ten suggestions for places to visit in England with kids. I’ve highlighted things to do in each location. And I’ve also added a suggested number of days, to give you an idea of how long to stay. 

You don’t need to do everything on the list. For example, if you’re trying to plan for a 10 day England itinerary, you can pick three spots to really deep dive into. Or if you’re planning to spend two or three months in England, you can expand your time in each location, and explore other destinations too.

London has many family friendly points of interest, so you’ll want to use your time wisely while you’re visiting this city in England with kids. I suggest at least a week in the city if your England itinerary allows it. But if you have 10 days in England, or fewer, then plan for at least two full days to visit London with kids .

The front entrance of the British Museum on a visit to England with kids as part of an England itinerary

Many museums are free, such as the British Museum , the Victoria and Albert Museum , the Natural History Museum , and the Science Museum . This is great news if you're trying to visit England with kids on a budget. Famous landmarks, such as the Tower of London , Globe Theatre , and Westminster Abbey , however, will have an admission fee.

There are plenty of unique markets to visit such as Borough Market and Camden Market . You can also visit parks like Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens . We enjoyed walking along the River Thames, via the Jubilee Walk , or taking a boat ride along the Regent’s Canal .

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For a good overview of London book one of these tours:

London In a Day: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey & Changing of the Guard

London in a Day - Private Custom Walking Tour

Camden Market, Borough Market and Covent Garden Market Private Tour

Suggested number of days in London for your England itinerary: 2-5

2. Greater London, England itinerary options

There are so many wonderful places to see outside of London as well. You should be sure to include spending time in this area while you're in England with kids. If you’re not limited to a 10 day England itinerary, you’ll want to plan for at least a day doing one or two of these things. Many of the places are accessible by train, or you can book one of the tours highlighted below, which includes transport.

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The town of Windsor, to the west of London, is home to Windsor Castle . Visitors can stroll through the grounds and tour the home where the Queen of England spends most of her private weekends.

Book your Windsor Castle tour here:

Private Half-Day Windsor Castle, Park and Old Town Tour from London

If you’re more into a low key excursion during your time in England with kids, and you happen to be a Ted Lasso fan, take a visit to Richmond. Also situated west of London, Richmond is home to two beautiful parks: the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Richmond Park .

Book this tour of London, which includes a visit to Kew Gardens:

Amazing Kew Gardens & London Landmarks Tour

Harry Potter fans will want to book a walking tour of Harry Potter filming locations in London. And don’t miss visiting the Warner Brothers Studios in Leavesden, where you can learn how the movies were made. 

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Book this tour to visit the Warner Brothers Studio, which includes transport:

Warner Bros. Studio: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London

If you have more time in the United Kingdom (and you absolutely love Harry Potter), then be sure to visit Edinburgh where you'll find even more Harry Potter tours .

Suggested number of days in Greater London for your England itinerary: 1-2

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3. Brighton

Just south of London is the beach city of Brighton. This city is a must-visit for your England itinerary. However, if your time in England with kids is limited, you can also just spend a morning or afternoon here.

A popular beach holiday spot for Londoners, Brighton has the boardwalk atmosphere of Atlantic City, and the eccentricity of Venice Beach, with a touch of British charm thrown in the mix.

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If you have time in your England travel itinerary, plan to spend at least one full day in Brighton. You’ll want to walk along Brighton Pier and also enjoy the beachfront path. Shelter Hall is a great food hall to enjoy a meal, with a diverse selection of cuisines that you can purchase through an app. Even though the weather wasn't too great when we were there, Brighton was definitely a highlight during our time in England with kids.

You also don’t want to miss walking through The Lanes, a collection of pedestrian lanes and small streets full of eclectic shops, cafes, and restaurants. There is bus service in Brighton, but we didn’t need to use it as the city is very walkable.

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For a great overview of Brighton, book this walking tour:

The Brighton story - walking tour

Suggested number of days in Brighton for your England itinerary: 1-2

4. Salisbury

I like to think of Salisbury as the gateway to Stonehenge . The UNESCO World Heritage Site is only 9 miles away from Salisbury. But the city of Salisbury is interesting in its own right. And families who come to England with kids will enjoy visiting this ancient town. 

Stonehenge and Salisbury are great places to spend an afternoon if you have a limited 10 day England itinerary. But if you have more time, it’s worth adding a day or two to your England travel itinerary to explore Salisbury on its own.

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The city of Salisbury is located west of Brighton and southwest of London. The Salisbury Cathedral is home to one of the best surviving original copies of Magna Carta. A historic legal document drafted in 1215, Magna Carta led to the establishment of Parliament and laid the groundwork for documents like the US Constitution.

Central Salisbury is fun to explore when you're in England with kids, with shops and restaurants along the River Avon. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, be sure to visit the Salisbury Market . The city is walkable. And if you have a car, you can park in one of the public car parks located in the center of the city.

Salisbury Cathedral against a blue sky

Book this private tour to experience Salisbury and Stonehenge with your kids: 

Bespoke private tours of Stonehenge and Avebury by car with local guide

Suggested number of days in Salisbury for your England itinerary: 2-3

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If you’re a fan of Roman history (or a fan of the show, Bridgerton), then you’ll definitely want to include Bath in your England itinerary. The city of Bath dates back thousands of years. But it’s most well-known for the Roman baths that were created in 60 AD. 

Today, Bath remains a popular tourist destination for families who come to England with kids. The city is not just known for the Roman baths, which you can still visit and tour, but also for its beautiful architecture and parks. If you’re limited to a 10 day England itinerary or shorter, plan to spend a morning visiting the Roman baths.  

The Pulteney Bridge and a weir at the River Avon in Bath, a popular England itinerary destination for families visiting England with kids

But if you have more time to spend in Bath, be sure to visit the Royal Crescent, a set of homes built in the 1700s laid out in a crescent overlooking a well-manicured park. The homes feature prominently in many scenes in Bridgerton . You can take a tour of one of the homes at No. 1 Royal Crescent .

Also while in Bath, spend an afternoon having tea at one of Bath’s many tea rooms and cafes. This is a must and gives you a glimpse into Britain’s tea culture while you're in England with kids. And don’t forget to visit Bath Abbey , located near the Roman baths and built over a thousand years ago.

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Book one of these tours of Bath to fully experience all the city has to offer:

Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tourist Guide (90 Minutes)

Private Walking Tour with Blue Badge Tour Guide

2-Hour Bath Walking Tour of Bridgerton Filming Locations

Suggested number of days in Bath for your England itinerary: 1-2

6. The Cotswolds

One of the most picturesque parts of England is the Cotswolds. This part of the country was once famous for its wool, from sheep that were introduced to this part of the world by the Romans. 

Today, though, the Cotswolds are known for its well-preserved small villages that look like they’re straight out of a storybook. Wool is still an industry in the Cotswolds, but so is tourism. And no trip to England with kids is complete without a visit to the Cotswolds.

A footbridge over a river at Bourton-on-the-Water, England with ducks in the foreground, trees to the left, and a sidewalk lined with stores in the background

If you are on a limited 10 day England itinerary, plan to spend an afternoon at the Cotswolds. But if you have more time, it’s worth spending a day or two exploring the many small villages that make up the Cotswolds. 

We enjoyed Bourton-on-the-Water, with its shop-lined river running through the village. There’s also the Model Village , a 1:9 scale replica of Bourton-on-the-Water that’s well-worth visiting.

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To explore the Cotswolds, book one of these tours:

Private Cotswold Village Tour

Tour of the Cotswolds from Moreton-in-Marsh

Suggested number of days in the Cotswolds for your England itinerary: 1-2

7. Birmingham

While Birmingham might not be an obvious choice to include in an itinerary for England with kids (unless you’re a fan of the show, Peaky Blinders ), it’s definitely a city not to be missed. Even if you’re limited to a 10 day England itinerary, I highly suggest including one full day in this city.

The second largest city in England, and located in the West Midlands region of the country, Birmingham played a large role in the Industrial Revolution. This is primarily due to its close proximity to the Black Country, named because of its many coal mines. Because of the coal mines of the Black Country, Birmingham became the epicenter of industry and metal crafts. 

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For worldschooling families visiting England with kids, Birmingham is a great destination for learning about science, technology, and history. You can learn about the area’s industrial history by visiting the Black Country Living Museum , just outside of the city. And within the city, you can visit museums like the Pen Museum or the more popular Think Tank Birmingham Science Museum .

Birmingham is also near to two places of interest: Warwick Castle and Cadbury World . Warwick Castle is a Medieval castle constructed by William the Conqueror in 1068. And Cadbury World is a family-friendly exhibition tour run by the Cadbury Company showcasing the chocolate-making process.

Three canal boats on a canal near a dock at the Black Country Living Museum, an England itinerary destination for families visiting England with kids

Book one of these Birmingham tours to really get a feel for this unique city:

Discovering Birmingham Afternoon Walking Tour

From Canals and Victorians to Today's City: Birmingham Walking Tour

Suggested number of days in Birmingham for your England itinerary: 2-4

8. Stratford-Upon-Avon

For literary buffs, a visit to Stratford-Upon-Avon is a must in your itinerary for England with kids. The town of Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, one of England’s most famous writers. Plan to spend a morning in Stratford-Upon-Avon if you’re on a 10 day England itinerary, and at least a day if you have more time and flexibility. 

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The town is small enough to walk around. There are shops around the town center, and you can tour Shakespeare’s actual house . Additionally, you can also visit the home of Anne Hathaway , Shakespeare’s wife. 

For a different activity, take a visit to the Stratford Butterfly Farm . Kids will especially enjoy seeing the wide variety of butterflies included at the butterfly farm.

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To experience Stratford-Upon-Avon during your visit to England with kids, book this tour:

City Sightseeing Stratford-upon-Avon Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Suggested number of days in Stratford-Upon-Avon for your England itinerary: 1-2

For worldschooling families who love to incorporate learning into our travels , a visit to the town of Oxford during their time in England with kids is not to be missed. Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford. And it’s also host to the Bodleian Library , the second largest library in the United Kingdom. 

The town of Oxford is referenced in countless pieces of literature and film. Most recently, Oxford has been the setting for several Harry Potter film scenes. If you’re on a limited 10 day England itinerary, spend an afternoon here. But if you have more days to spare on your England itinerary, then plan at least one full day.

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We were unfortunately not able to explore Oxford during our England itinerary, although we did drive through the city. But we intend to come back and visit the next time we come to England with kids.

Book one of these tours of Oxford to experience the town and all its beautiful attractions:

Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler

Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church

Suggested number of days in Oxford for your England itinerary: 1-2

10. Lake District

If your England itinerary allows, take a visit to the northern part of England to the Lake District . This area of England is filled with beautiful lakes, mountains, national parks, and small villages. It’s a wonderful option for experiencing the natural beauty of the country while visiting England with kids.

If you’re limited to a 10 day England itinerary, I wouldn’t suggest visiting the Lake District due to its distance from London. This was what happened during our first England itinerary. We simply didn't have time!

But the second time we were in England with kids, we did have a chance to visit the Lake District, and it didn't disappoint. This part of England is beautiful. The best time to go is in the summer, where you can fully experience the outdoors, and maybe even do some camping while you’re there.

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Book this tour of the Lake District to fully experience the beauty of the area:

The High Adventure: Full Day Ten Lakes Tour of the Lake District

Suggested number of days in the Lake District for your England itinerary: 1-2

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Basic information for your England itinerary 

As you're preparing for your trip to England with kids, take some time to get acquainted with some basic travel information. England is part of the larger country of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are four countries within the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Out of these four countries, England is the largest.

Giant stones of Stonehenge on green grass with a blue sky in the background

The language spoken in England is English, but each region of England has their own distinct accent. During our time in England with kids, we loved chatting with locals and hearing their accents! 

In terms of lodging, you'll be able to find plenty of Airbnbs and vacation rentals throughout England. You can also use Booking to find hotels across all budget ranges for your trip to England with kids. Alternatively, consider doing house sitting with kids to SAVE BIG on accommodations.

Before your trip, you and your kids can learn about England and the United Kingdom with this book: 

The Big Book of the UK: Facts, folklore and fascinations from around the United Kingdom

I also suggest buying a guidebook for your England with kids trip. We like this one from Rick Steves:

Rick Steves England

Best time to visit England with kids

If you’re planning to visit England with kids, the best time for your England itinerary is between the months of April to October. This is when the weather is the warmest.

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However, be aware of when British children go on school holidays as that will impact the crowds during your trip. August is the summer vacation month for British school kids. But during the year, there are also one to two week-long breaks between school terms in April and December. Additionally, there are also week-long breaks in the middle of the term (called half term) during the months of February, June, and October.

As you’re planning your best England itinerary, be mindful of these school holidays so that you know what crowds to expect.

What to pack for your England itinerary

Depending on the time of year, you’ll want to make sure you’re packed for the weather for your England with kids trip. Having a lightweight sweater or cardigan may come in handy. 

Because England’s climate can be rainy, even in the summer, you’ll want to pack a waterproof jacket to prepare for the weather. We like bringing these jackets along for our trip to England with kids:

Columbia Kids & Baby Rainy Trails Fleece Lined Jacket

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Additionally, you also want to make sure you have things like cloth tote bags for when you visit farmer’s markets or go souvenir shopping. Many stores in England, especially grocery stores, now charge for the use of plastic bags, so having your own tote bag is helpful. You can also consider bringing other eco-friendly travel products to make your trip more sustainable.

If there's a holiday or a birthday coming up, take it as an opportunity to give travel gifts for your kids that can prepare them for your England trip.

Take a look at our favorite backpacks for travel with kids to bring along for your trip.

Getting around England with kids

It’s surprisingly easy to get around England with kids. The country has an extensive rail system. And you can get to most cities and towns by train. Additionally, there are over 30 airports in England.

However, in our opinion, the best way to get around England with kids in tow is by car. International rental companies that service England include Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and Thrifty. Use Expedia to find great England car rentals .

A statue of Queen Victoria in front of Kensington Palace, a stop during an England itinerary for families while visiting England with kids

When driving around England, remember that drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road. This is different from other European countries that we’ve been driven through, such as Spain , Italy , or France . 

British roads and speed limit signs use miles, just like in the United States. Additionally, British roads will often use roundabouts instead of stop lights, so you’ll need to be familiar with how to get in and out of a roundabout. 

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Making memories with your England itinerary

We had such an amazing time visiting England with kids. We feel like even a month and a half is not enough time to really experience this country and do all the England kids activities we wanted to do. Next time, we want to plan for a longer England itinerary, to really get a feel for what England has to offer.

If you’re planning a trip to England with kids, feel free to use this England itinerary as a starting off point for making your own memories of England. Whether it’s for a short 10 day England itinerary, or a longer three month stay, England is well worth a visit. This country is full of so much history, culture, and beauty, we know that you’ll love it as much as we did. 

Have you visited England with kids? What was your experience like? Share your family and kids England itinerary with me in the comments below.

Planning to use England as a starting off point for a family gap year? Use my ebook, Hey Kids, Let's Go Travel! for family travel advice on planning and prepping for a family gap year.

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I’ve always wanted to visit England – and feel hurt that my two sisters have planned a trip there without me

Ask them why, which may encourage them to take responsibility for hurting you. Then look into going on your own or with a group

I am a retired North American woman who is a huge anglophile. I have visited England a couple of times and always want to return. The only thing stopping me is finances. A solo trip anywhere these days is beyond my budget. I have two sisters living on the other side of the country and we stay in touch via a chat group. I have considered asking one or both of them if they’d like to visit England with me but there are various reasons I haven’t.

Recently in that chat I said something about wanting to go to England so much that I sometimes watch YouTube videos of bus trips around the country. In reply, one of the sisters tells me that she is planning a trip to England for her and our other sister . My jaw dropped. It felt terribly insensitive . There seemed to be no thought of including me in the trip or how I might feel about being left out. I have said nothing . I don’t want to rain on their parade, but I also feel as if I now know what they think of me.

At our age it is unlikely I will get a chance to visit England again . I am hurt and have pretty much cut off contact with them. This is possibly an immature and extreme reaction, but that’s how I feel.

Were you the eldest, middle or youngest? And what was your relationship with your sisters like growing up? I wonder if this is a very tangible, painful reminder of how things have always been between you? Have they always done things without you?

You chastise yourself by saying your reaction is immature, which hints of very young (but understandable) feelings. No one likes to be left out, but if this started in childhood, the reactions can feel very tender. I found myself wishing you’d felt able to say something at the point they mentioned England – there can be no ambiguity if you lay your cards on the table – but I understand how hard that would have been. It takes courage to admit to these feelings and face possible further rejection, but when you call people out on this type of behaviour they rarely have the courage to persist with it, because so much relies on complicit silence. A proclamation of vulnerability can actually make us very powerful.

One caveat: I am, of course, presuming you told them how much England meant to you before the chat where you mention the YouTube buses, and this wasn’t the first time they’d heard of it?

I went to ACP-registered psychotherapist Alison Roy, who gave me a really interesting perspective on not just triad dynamics (what you’re in) but how, generally, some people need an audience to make themselves feel good. We see this a lot on social media: “Look at me, my life/relationship is fabulous.”

“In these situations, the third person [here, you] is playing an important useful role for the other two,” says Roy, “and it might be worth remembering that although you feel left out, your sisters are probably thinking about you a lot [and they need your reaction]. Because usually when someone needs to tell someone else that they’re having a good time, or their relationship is special, we might wonder how special it really is.”

Roy suggested, if you felt able, saying something fairly gentle but pointed, such as “Did you not realise how important going to England was to me?”. He adds: “By doing this you encourage your sisters to take back responsibility for what’s theirs [making the trip without you] and you can take your power back by asking a question that makes them think.”

We could pontificate for the length of this column about what your sisters are doing and why. You want to go to England. Can I gently challenge you to look at whether you can afford it? What is it about going with your sisters that would have made it so much more accessible, given that the flights would be the same? I’m guessing accommodation, but would this be radically cheaper if you went with your sisters? Have you looked at group travel? I wonder if perhaps it was the thought of company that made this trip feel doable? I can understand that. I’m sure transatlantic readers will have some ideas about how you could make this work, and get to see London from the front of a real bus.

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The royal family were out in full force this evening in London to pay respects to those who lost their lives in battle.

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For the solemn event, the Princess of Wales wore a black Emilia Wickstead dress, which she paired with what appeared to be Queen Elizabeth's three-strand pearl necklace, which Kate previously wore to a lunch at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Queen's funeral last year . She also looked to be wearing pearl and diamond earrings.

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9 New England Winter Getaways for Families Who Don't Like to Ski

Posted: November 13, 2023 | Last updated: November 13, 2023

While other parts of the country may grudgingly tolerate frosty weather, in New England the cold temperatures and outdoor fun go together like milk and cookies. Many hearty New Englanders actually celebrate their snowy wonderland, and that’s great news if your family is looking for New England winter getaways this year. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the colder months across the six New England states, even if you’re not a family of skiers. 

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From tried-and-true winter favorites like ice skating and sledding to more unusual activities like curling and snow biking, here are my picks for the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors during New England winter getaways. 

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1. Guided Snowshoeing Tours with Wander the Whites

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Snowshoeing is a fine cold weather pastime. With no steep learning curve and not much in the way of cumbersome equipment, it’s an excellent choice for those without previous winter sport experience. And it’s easy to socially distance as you follow a winding trail through woods and meadows on racquet-like shoes surrounded by snow-draped pines. 

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In New Hampshire’s White Mountains,  Wander the Whites  will teach you snowshoe basics and beyond. Owner Lisa Holcomb has a master’s degree in education and shares her profound respect and stewardship of the land with guests. You’ll feel like you’re inside a snow globe as you traverse a blanket of alabaster powder past frozen waterfalls, ponds, and riverbanks. Guided trips start at $35 per person. 

2. Snow Biking at the Woodstock Inn’s Nordic Center

Woodstock, vermont.

If you can ride a bike, you can ride a bike in the snow. Fat bikes are fitted with extra-wide oversized tires and modified frames to give added stability and traction to grip deep snowpack, no training wheels necessary. Pedaling uphill can be exhausting; coasting downhill is exhilarating.

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The  Nordic Center at the Woodstock Inn and Resort  has miles of groomed and ungroomed terrain for riding. Trail fees for a full day start at $30 per adult ($25 for a half day), $20 for kids under 18 ($15 half day). And 2023-2024 season passes for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbiking are $300 pr adult ($525 for a couple) and $115 for children. A special deal allows families of four (two adults, two children) everyday access for $585 this winter season. 

3. Ice Bumper Cars at Bank Newport City Center’s Outdoor Skating Rink

Providence, rhode island.

New England winter getaways don’t get any more fun for non-skiers than steering a colorful bumper car forwards, backwards, and sideways over an outdoor ice surface. The  Ice Bumper Cars  at Bank Newport City Center’s outdoor skating rink provide Arctic fun in urban Providence . Slide, twirl and bump your fellow drivers during this 15-minute ride.

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The cost is $12 when a portion of the ice is reserved for bumper cars (the rest of the ice will be for skaters) in February and March 2024, and $15 per person per ride in December 2023 or January 2024. It’s $18 for the full ice rink experience on weekends. You can reserve the entire rink for a private 30-minute session for $250.

4. Tobogganing at the Camden Snow Bowl

Camden, maine.

The  Camden Snow Bowl  is a small ski area with a view of Maine’s stunning coastline from one of New England’s most charming seaside towns . Camden is home to the  Jack Williams Toboggan Chute , a venerable handmade wood chute flooded with ice.

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Coast down on a long narrow sled at a daredevil speed of up to 40 miles per hour all the way onto frozen Hosmer Pond. The chute is open during the winter months (typically January through March) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, weather permitting. The toboggan chute can only open when the pond is frozen. It costs $10 per person per hour. 

5. Snow Tubing at Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort

Middlefield, connecticut .

Snow tubing is the epitome of carefree fun. Your only job is to sit in a giant inflatable inner tube and enjoy the descent as gravity pulls and spins you to the bottom of the slope. At Connecticut’s  Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort , there’s a large tubing park with day and night tubing. Sessions last 45 minutes and cost $31 for adults and $16 for kids. The resort supplies the tube and helmet. Reservations are recommended.

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If you need ideas for vacations with teens , consider Interstellar Nights at Powder Ridge, when the high-speed, eight-lane tubing track is illuminated with colorful neon lights and pop music plays in the background. 

6. Winter Ziplining with Alpine Adventures

Lincoln, new hampshire.

It’s hard to imagine a more thrilling New England winter getaway for non-skiers than zipping across a series of cables suspended between snow-dusted treetops. Situated at the base of Barron Mountain, Alpine Adventure’s  winter zipline tour  is a real vertigo-inducing zinger. After an all-terrain vehicle whisks you to the summit, you’ll swing across six cables that vary in length and height, with bird’s-eye views of the pristine forest.

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The cost for winter 2023-2024 is $109 for this two- to three-hour aerial adventure. Seasoned guides lend a hand, spicing things up with tidbits of information on flora and fauna. Participants must weigh between 60 and 240 lbs., with a maximum height of 6’5″.

7. Guided Snowmobiling Tours with Northern Outdoors

The forks, maine.

Northern Outdoors  is a rustic resort in a remote corner of Western Maine. With miles of trails traversing frozen rivers, snowy peaks, and forests of pine, spruce, and birch, it’s an ideal hub to try a snowmobiling getaway. 

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Northern Outdoors will help you rent a snowmobile and suggest trails that will have you coasting across snow-covered landscapes and spotting wildlife in its winter habitat. For the winter 2023-24 season, guided snowmobile tours cost $200 for a half day with a group of up to five riders; full day tours are $300. The resort rents cozy cabins and has an onsite brewery where you can unwind with a draught beer at the end of an adventurous day.

8. Skating at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common

Boston, massachusetts.

The charming  Frog Pond at the historic Boston Common , America’s oldest public park, is a picturesque spot to twirl and glide for an afternoon or evening. Its central location makes it easy to squeeze in a few laps around the sparkling ice as you take a break from Boston’s many charms. 

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Daily public sessions, rentals, and lessons are available, plus creamy hot chocolate to warm you up when the cold wind blows. Admission is based on the skater’s height and might just be the best winter getaway bargain in New England—free for anyone under 58 inches, $8 for everyone else. If you need to rent skates, those cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

9. Learning to Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

North conway, new hampshire.

New England is home to dozens of family ski resorts , but North Conway’s  Cranmore Mountain  is special. This is the New England winter getaway where non-skiers can easily learn to  become  skiers thanks to its top-notch ski school and some of the gentlest of alpine terrain in the Granite State.

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Cranmore is known for its abundant natural snow, sunny south-facing slopes, and varied terrain. There are 54 trails—enough to keep any skiers in the family entertained—yet the mountain manages to feel intimate and friendly for those just starting out. And if you’re just not convinced to give skiing a try, Cranmore has a large snow tubing hill and alpine coaster to keep you occupied as well. Single day lift tickets for the 2024 winter season start at $89 for kids and seniors and $119 for adults. Discounts on multi-day tickets are available, as well as four-hour (half-day) and night skiing tickets.

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Jon Batiste announces first North American headlining tour, celebrating ‘World Music Radio’

The “Uneasy Tour: Purifying the Airwaves for the People” will kick off Feb. 16 in Portland, Oregon, and take Batiste across the U.S. and Canada. The tour wraps in Miramar Beach, Florida, on April 27.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —  Jon Batiste,  the Grammy- and Oscar-winning musician and former  bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”  will embark on his first North American headlining tour in support of his latest album. The expansive  “World Music Radio,”  featuring his signature rich blend of R&B, hip-hop, swing, jazz and pop, was released earlier this summer.

The tour news arrived Monday, on the heels of the  2024 Grammy nominations  announcement: Batiste is up for six Grammys, including album, song, and record of the year.

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Along the way, he’ll hit numerous cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta.

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