10 Best UK Holiday Destinations For Toddlers
Thinking about a taking your toddler on holiday in the UK but not sure where to go? Read on to discover the best holiday destinations for toddlers in the UK including Cornwall, Norfolk, Devon, Yorkshire and the Isle of Wight.
Best Holiday Destinations For Toddlers In The UK
Cornwall is a great holiday destination for toddlers. This slice of south west Britain is packed full of golden sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and great places to visit such as The Eden Project, Lost Gardens of Heligan and Dairyland Farmland. There are loads of great family friendly beaches in Cornwall – check out Sennen Cove which is one of the cleanest in Europe and has lifeguards on watch in the summer months.
Where To Stay – Award winning Bosinver Farm Cottages is a great place to stay with babies and toddlers. Toddlers can get stuck in with the daily animal feeding and egg collecting before having a pony ride and taking a dip in the indoor swimming pool.
Experience life on a Cornish farm at Trevorrick Farm Cottages where toddlers can help feed the animals, play on the pretend combine harvester and go swimming in the indoor heated swimming pool. The famous fishing port of Padstow is within walking distance.
If you are looking for a baby and toddler friendly hotel in Cornwall, check out the Sands Resort just outside Newquay. This hotel has large family sized rooms, a soft play, indoor pool and pirate ship play area.
Devon is a great holiday destination for toddlers. It’s known for its 2 beautiful coastlines, unspoilt countryside and stunning seaside towns like Sidmouth, Torquay and Salcombe. Crealy Theme Park and Resort is the biggest family friendly theme park in Devon and has over 60 rides and attractions, including rides specifically for little ones. The Big Sheep in North Devon is an all-weather family day out with a massive indoor soft play, animals and daily shows (plus a gin distillery for parents!).
Where To Stay – Knowle Farm Cottages are heaven for babies and toddlers who can drive cars on the toddler race track, meet the friendly farm animals or play to their heart’s content in the play barn. The cottages are just 30 minutes drive away from Devon’s famous sandy beaches.
Flear Farm Cottages in the South Hams have an indoor swimming pool, amazing play barn and 27 acres of countryside to explore, plus a Spa and Treatment Room for Mum and Dad.
Finlake Holiday Resort has a range of log cabins plus an outdoor play area, outdoor heated pool and an indoor water playground and soft play to keep boredom at bay on rainy days!
#3. The New Forest
If you are looking for a holiday destination for toddlers, The New Forest is a great choice. This haven of unspoilt woodland, heathland and beaches has ponies, donkeys and deer roaming free around the forest. Plus, the New Forest is the home of the one and only, Peppa Pig World, and is also a jumping off point for a day trip to the Isle of Wight.
Where To Stay – The Sandy Balls Holiday Village has loads for babies and toddlers including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, cycling, alpaca walks, bush craft school, an adventure playground and a soft play. There is also an onsite restaurant, shop and evening entertainment.
Chewton Glen is a 5* country house hotel with treehouses which are suspended 35 feet above ground and have forest views, hot tubs and a luxury children’s bedroom. Outside there is an outdoor play area, bug hotel and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
#4. The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are a pocket of England where time seems to have stood still. Rolling hills, honey coloured houses, quaint villages bursting with tea rooms, and loads of amazing days out for families make this one of the best holiday destinations for toddlers. Don’t miss trips out to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Birdland and Blenheim Palace.
Where To Stay – Bruern Cottages is an exclusive collection of 12 baby and toddler friendly luxury cottages, near to Chipping Norton, sleeping from 2 people to 14. There’s a superb indoor swimming pool, gorgeous gardens, playground and fab playground.
Woolley Grange is a beautiful Jacobean manor house on the edge of the Cotswolds, near to Bath. Little ones can get involved in egg collecting, exploring the Good Life garden, pond dipping and meeting Simon the rabbit and the pigs.
Calcot Manor is a former farmhouse near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, which has been transformed into a luxury baby and toddler friendly hotel with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
#5. Loch Lomond
Beautiful Loch Lomond in Scotland is a great holiday destination for toddlers. Days can be spent exploring the lake by boat or learning what lives underwater at the Sea Life Loch Lomond Aquarium. Loch Lomond is also a great place to base yourself to explore the Trossachs and further afield including Glasgow. The seaside town of Largs is also a 1 hour drive away, and this is the jumping off point for trips to the tiny island of Cumbrae. Further up the road is Wemyss Bay where you can catch the ferry to the Isle of Bute.
Where To Stay – Loch Lomond Holiday Park has a great range of log cabins on the shores of Loch Lomond. There is also a little playground for little ones.
Ardgartan Argyll Lodges is a collection of luxury 40 log cabins on the shore of Loch Long near to Loch Lomond. Toddlers will love taking part in the Mini Forest Ranger activities where they can learn about plants and trees, play games and make forest crafts.
The largest county in the UK – beautiful Yorkshire is a great holiday destination for toddlers. The Yorkshire Dales has acres of open space consisting of grassy green valleys and heaths which make it the perfect setting for a lodge, caravan or camping holiday. Alternatively, if you choose to stay a little closer to urban centres such as Leeds or York, you’ll find all manner of toddler-friendly attractions like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park or learning about chocolate at York Chocolate Story. For seaside fun, don’t miss trips out to Filey or Whiby.
Where To Stay – Flamingo Land is a well-known zoo and theme park with a Peter Rabbit themed playground near Malton in North Yorkshire. Families with toddlers can choose to stay over at the onsite Flamingo Land Resort, which offers luxurious accommodation and an entertainment and leisure complex, and is perfectly place for easy access to the zoo and theme park.
Aysgarth Falls Holiday Park is in a peaceful area of the Yorkshire Dales within walking distance of Asgarth Falls waterfalls. Families can stay in luxury lodges with their own hot tubs and stunning Wensleydale views. Asgarth Falls has its own petting farm where little ones can meet alpacas, goats, Wensleydale sheep and even the resident kune kune pigs called Pepper and George.
#7. The Peak District
Just a little further south from the Yorkshire Dales you’ll find another of the UK’s great national parks – the Peak District. Incredibly, it’s one of the most visited national parks in the world. This is a great holiday destination for toddlers as there is loads to do here including visiting Gullivers theme park, the Heights of Abraham and also Crich Tramway Village – perfect for transport loving toddlers! You could also let the little ones try a sweet treat in Bakewell, the village that’s home to the original Bakewell Tart.
Where To Stay – 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 is an indoor swimming pool, indoor soft play and outdoor adventure playground for babies and toddlers.
#8. The Isle of Wight
Fancy going somewhere close to home, but with the feel of going abroad? The Isle of Wight is the answer! Just 40 mins off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight has beautiful beaches and great days out like the Isle of Wight Railway, Isle of Wight Zoo, Godshill Model Village and even a dinosaur museum.
Where To Stay – Nettlecombe Farm Cottages are ideal for families with babies and toddlers. Little ones can meet Comet and Dancer – the resident reindeer and there is a toddler play area including a big Wendy house, wooden tractor and rustic climbing play facility.
Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park has loads of facilities for toddlers including 2 playgrounds, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, onsite entertainment – and best of all its own private beach within walking distance of the park.
#9. The Lake District
The Lake District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and has loads to do for families with babies and toddlers. The areas around Windermere, Derwentwater and Ambleside are all great places to base yourself. Don’t forget to visit The World of Beatrix Potter to see fun characters from the author’s beloved books, including Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-duck. Go on a steamer boat ride across Windermere, visit Wray Castle which is decked out for little ones or take a stream train ride – it’s all here in the Lake District!
Where To Stay – Fallbarrow Holiday Park is a 5* holiday park in one of the best locations in the Lake District; on the shores of Lake Windermere and a 5-minute stroll into Windermere town centre itself. Toddlers will love the outdoor playground, sports court and feeding the ducks from the shores of the lake.
Ullswater Heights holiday park boasts luxury lodges and a secluded glamping village with deluxe safari tents complete with their own hot tub. Toddlers will love playing in the playground and best of all – visiting the park’s own petting farm!
With gorgeous countryside, beautiful beaches and miles and miles of unspoilt coastline, Norfolk is a great place for a holiday with a baby or toddler. Take a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads, explore some of the fantastic National Trust properties in Norfolk or let off some steam at BeWILDerwood which is a forest of family activities and fun.
Where To Stay – Home Farm Cottages is a collection of 20 baby and toddler friendly holiday cottages in Norfolk. There is an indoor swimming pool, outdoor play area and a brand new indoor soft play just for pre-schoolers!
Norfolk Woods is a brand-new holiday resort with luxurious lodges (some with hot tubs!) in Norfolk. There is an indoor swimming pool with a splash area for toddlers, as well as a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
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