Baby And Toddler Friendly Places To Stay In The UK
A holiday in the UK with a baby or toddler certainly has its advantages. It’s cheaper, you don’t have to squeeze all the baby paraphernalia into a couple of small suitcases, and the good old English weather means that sunburn won’t be too much of a problem. But where should go? These are my suggestions on the best baby and toddler friendly places to stay in the UK.
1. Clydey Cottages – Pembrokeshire
Babies and toddlers will love helping Farmer Malcolm feed the animals and collect the eggs at Clydey Cottages. Plus, there is a playground, swimming pool and an indoor soft play and playroom onsite so you don’t have to go out if you don’t want to.
All stays include complimentary childcare so parents can book a spa treatment or relax in the hot tub while the little ones have fun with their friends.
There is loads to do in the local area if you can drag yourself away from Clydey. Some of our favourite days out were at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, and Folly Farm.
Read my Mini Guide To Pembrokeshire With Babies And Toddlers for more information about Pembrokeshire.
2. Bluestone – Wales
The 4 night midweek Toddler Breaks at Bluestone start from £269 per family and have loads of activities and entertainment specifically for toddlers such as singing and dancing, story corner, and daily activity hours.
Families also get complimentary entry to the Blue Lagoon Waterpark, the indoor Adventure Centre and the circus themed soft play. There is also evening entertainment as part of the dinnertime shows.
The accommodation comprises of luxury holiday cottages around the resort and they all have travel cots, highchairs and stair gates available as standard.
The resort is also close to Pembrokeshire’s famous beaches.
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3. Gitcombe House Country Cottages – Devon
There are fantastic leisure facilities for babies and toddlers at Gitcombe House, including a full size indoor swimming pool and outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna – and these facilities are only shared with another 7 cottages so they don’t get too crowded.
Outside there is an adventure playground, toy shed and 14 acres of grassland to play in, as well as an indoor soft play in case it rains. There is also loads of baby and toddler equipment available to borrow so you don’t need to bring it all with you.
The nearest beach is Blackpool Sands which is about 20 minutes away.
4. The Old Station At Allerston – Converted Train Carriages In Yorkshire
These converted train carriages near the market town of Pickering, North Yorkshire are a great place to take a baby or toddler on holiday. The spacious train carriages are really well appointed overlooking beautiful countryside with a little playground and chickens to feed. The carriages are just 30 minutes away from the coast and are close to the Dalby Forest with the Gruffalo Trail, and York. Highly recommended.
These are recommendations on other train carriages to stay in with toddlers.
5. Tattershall Lakes In Lincolnshire
Tattershall Lakes is a holiday park in Lincolnshire with amazing facilities for babies and toddlers. There is a small lakeside beach, aeroplane themed playground and load of amazing activities for babies and toddlers such as Pirate Play, Superhero Academy, pottery painting and nature rangers. Plus, there is an outdoor cinema in summer too!
Stay in one of the new TriBeCa caravans with a hot tub for the ultimate luxury!
4 night midweek breaks at Tattershall Lakes cost from £169 per family.
6. Cwmcrwth Farm – Wales
Cwmcrwth Farm offers fantastic 3 / 4 night toddler farm holidays where toddlers can spend time on the farm learning about the animals and getting involved with jobs such as collecting eggs and feeding the animals.
The farm has special child sized animals which are perfect for introducing toddlers to life on the farm.
The owners also arrange toddler friendly activities such as biscuit baking, puddle splashing, pond dipping or going a scavenger hunt on an afternoon.
There is also a sandpit, ride on tractors and a trampoline to bounce on.
7. Ribby Hall Village
Ribby Hall Village is a 5* holiday village 10 minutes drive from Blackpool and Lytham St Annes in Lancashire.
There are fantastic facilities for babies and toddlers, including a baby and toddler swimming pool, slides and toys, an indoor soft play area, outdoor adventure playground and Woodland Trail.
There are loads of activities for babies and toddlers too including Messy Time, Character Party Time, feeding the ducks at the village pond and Toddlers Tumble.
Parents can take a break too and relax in the Spa, have a massage, play golf or visit the gym.
8. Darwin Forest Country Park – The Peak District
Darwin Forest is a 5* holiday park set in a forest in the Peak District. Some of the holiday homes even have their own hot tub.
There are loads of facilities for babies and toddlers at Darwin Country Park, including an indoor swimming pool, indoor soft play and outdoor adventure playground.
Older children will like the Activity Den with pool tables, tennis tennis tables and air hockey.
Cycle hire is available and there are plenty of bike trails to explore the forest using your own steam.
9. The YHA – Nationwide
The YHA has recently embarked on a multi million pound investment programme refurbishing their properties making them more family friendly.
We had a weekend at the YHA Whitby in an private ensuite family room, and were very impressed.
There was a playroom downstairs with loads of books and toys, and a family friendly garden outside. The best thing was the location though – the YHA was located next to Whitby Abbey about a 10 minutes walk from the centre.
10. The Sands Resort – Cornwall
The Sands Resort is a baby and toddler friendly hotel 10 minutes from the beach. There is an outdoor playground (with a pirate ship!), indoor and outdoor swimming pool and indoor soft play for children.
Adults will love the spa, adults only restaurant and free baby listening service.
There are spacious Family Suites, which have a separate sleeping area for babies, and a Children’s High Tea is served at 5pm. The hotel is a great location to explore all of the attractions in and around Newquay. We spent 4 nights at the Sands Resort and loved it. These are our recommendations on 25 Baby and Toddler Friendly Things To Do In Cornwall.
11. Farmer James’ Farm Cottages – Cornwall
Farmer James has 2 baby and toddler friendly cottages near Port Isaac in Cornwall.
Toddlers can have a go at collecting eggs, bottle feeding lambs and maybe see chicks hatching out. There is a playground (including a pirate ship) or you can explore the farm on the nature trail. Plus, the farm is in an ideal location to explore attractions such as the Eden Project, Padstow and St Ives.
12. East Cambusmoon Cottages – Scotland
East Cambusmoon have a 2 bedroom and 4 bedroom cottage in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
These sustainably designed cottages have loads of baby and toddler equipment to borrow, as well as box of toys and books in each cottage. The cottages are close to a village with a playground, restaurant / café with children’s menu and an ice cream shop.
Children can also climb their first peak whilst staying at East Cambusmoon Cottages – The Dumpling is a local hill with fantastic views of Loch Lomond!
13. Mazzard Farm – Devon
Just outside the market town of Ottery St Mary in East Devon, Mazzard Farm has a cluster of cottages with animals to feed, a children’s play area, ride on toys – and they even put a paddling pool out if it is hot!
Treatments and a personal chef are available if you want a bit of pampering.
14. Burnfoot Holiday Cottages – Northumberland
Burnfoot Holiday Cottages are in an ideal position on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, but close enough to the coast and attractions such as the National Trust Cragside, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Seahouses and Holy Island.
Read my recommendations on things to do in Northumberland with toddlers.
There are 2 acres of lawns surrounding the cottages to run around in as well as 2 streams (not easily accessible to children on their own).
There is also a children’s play area with a range of outdoor play equipment including trampolines, swings and a slide.
Travel cots, highchairs and stair gates are all available to borrow.
15. The Salty Dog Holiday Cottage – Camber Sands
The Salty Dog is a 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Camber Sands, East Sussex. One of the best things about this fabulously appointed cottage, is the emails, stories and luggage labels which children get from Oscar the Owl before they arrive at the cottage. Oscar the Owl lives at the Salty Dog and likes to say hello to guests and greet them in flesh (well, felt actually!) when they arrive.
As well as a welcome from Oscar the Owl, children will love the playroom in the cottage, paddling pool, garden toys and playing on Camber Sands beach which is just a 5 minute walk away.
16. Gladwins Farm – Suffolk
Gladwins Farm Cottages are set in 22 acres of Suffolk countryside so there is plenty of room for toddlers to run around and let off steam.
There is also an outdoor playground with swings, a rocking rooster, a wendy house complete with kitchen and a football goal for little striker tots!
If it rains, little ones can play in the soft play area especially for babies and toddlers, or go for a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool. Swimming lessons are available from the resident swimming instructor.
Finally, in addition to all the activities above. Gladstone Farm has animals to feed. Children can feed the pigs, pigmy goats, meet the horses and sheep and collect eggs – all the ingredients for a perfect holiday!
17. Netttlecombe Farm – Isle of Wight
Nettlecombe Farm Cottages are in a perfect location to explore the Isle of Wight. There are loads of animals to make friends with including the resident reindeers, Comet and Dancer!
There is loads of grass to play games on and a wendy house, wooden tractor and climbing frame.
Read my recommendations on things to do on the Isle of Wight with babies and toddlers. Whitecliff Bay is a toddler friendly holiday park in the Isle of Wight.
18. The Merton Hotel – Jersey
The Merton Hotel is a family friendly hotel in Jersey close to the beach and St Helier.
There are large family rooms, with separate sleeping areas for baby, and loads of facilities to keep active toddlers entertained.
There is an Aquadome which is a subtropical dome heated to 27 degrees with a water slide, cascades and lazy river.
There is also an outdoor play area, crèche and indoor play room.
There are lots of eating options at the hotel and also nightly entertainment.
Jersey is a wonderful place to go on holiday with babies and toddlers. Just a short flight away from the mainland, you will feel like you are in a different country when you arrive. Spend your days on the beach, exploring St Helier or visiting the world famous Durrell Wildlife Park.
19. Wheeldon Trees Farm – The Peak District
Close to Buxton and Bakewell, Wheeldon Trees Farm cottages provide an ideal base to enjoy a holiday in the Peak District. There is an adventure playground onsite, a Games Room with books, toys, DVDs and games and a free hop on and hop off bus from right outside the door!
Find out about toddler friendly bike rides in the Peak District
20. Old Oak Cottages – Yorkshire
Old Oak Cottages are also in a good location to explore the seaside towns of Filey, Scarborough and Bridlington, and many other family friendly attractions in beautiful North Yorkshire.
The cottages boast an indoor swimming pool, spa bath and sauna and 400 acres of farmland to explore. There is also a playground with a climbing frame, swings, slide, play fort and trampoline.
Get ideas about things to do in Yorkshire with toddlers here.
Moonfleet Manor is a luxury baby and toddler friendly hotel in Dorset. There are loads of facilities and activities for babies and toddlers including an indoor swimming pool, indoor play area, outdoor play area and onsite creche. There is also a family friendly restaurant which serves a Children’s High Tea and has Adult Only dining later in the evening.
Read our review of Mooonfleet Manor