10 of the best family national attractions

From London to the ends of Cornwall, the UK has many well-loved family destinations. Here are the cream of the crop, sure to make some lasting childhood memories

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  • London Eye

    The London Eye is located on London’s South Bank next to the London Aquarium and opposite Big Ben and the House of Parliament. Children under 4 years travel for free on the Eye, which soars to a height of 135 meters and offers you a breathtaking 25-mile view over London.

  • Stonehenge

    Known as one of the man-made wonders of the world, Stonehenge is believed to have existed in Wiltshire since 3100BC. Stonehenge is open every day of the year except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Children under 5 years are able to attend the attraction for free.

  • Eden Project

    Children under 5 years go free at the Eden Project in Cornwall, which is one of the world’s largest botanical gardens. Eden features lots of child-friendly play areas as well as impromptu storytelling sessions and workshops, which take place throughout a busy events schedule.

  • Unicorn Theatre

    Located near London Bridge, the Unicorn Theatre is a favourite for introducing children into the world of theatre. Babies under 18 months go free (unless stated) at the theatre that stages over 620 performances a year and has been entertaining audiences for decades.

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  • World of Model Railways

    If your children are crazy for toy trains, the World of Model Railways is a great place to visit. Located in Mevagissey, Cornwall, the main display features more than 30 trains travelling through different landscapes such as towns, countryside, seaside and even a alpine winter.

  • Kew Gardens

    Located just outside London in Kew, Surrey, Kew Gardens is one of the most famous botanical gardens in the UK. All children are able to enter the gardens for free, find adventure in a number of unique indoor play areas and embark on a number of specially designed children’s trails, to name just a few of the child-friendly activities on offer.

  • The Dungeons

    Best suited to older children, The Dungeons introduce children to the darker side of history, including Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, the Great Fire of London, Jack the Ripper, the legend of Sweeny Todd and many other gruesome characters. 

  • Brighton Pier

    Brighton Pier is a special place, adn not just because the admission is free! As you walk along the pier, not only will you get to see the beautiful British channel but you’ll also be greeted by a great big fun fair with a dedicated children’s rides area.

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  • National Botanic Garden of Wales

    Based in Llanarthne, Carmarthernshire, the National Botanic Garden of Wales was the first national botanical garden created in the new millennium. The garden features over 8,000 different varieties of plants (including Wales’ rarest tree) spread across 560 acres of countryside. Children under 5 years go free, and there’s a family trail that changes seasonally. There’s also the Roots and Shoots Adventure zone and school holiday activities.

  • Madame Tussauds

    Children under 4 years go free at Madame Tussauds, where all the family can meet their favourite celebrities (well, wax versions anyway). You can learn about dozens of famous faces, from the Queen to Shrek, in the interactive exhibits.