A weekend trip away with the kids is an ideal way to learn and bond as a family. And it can also help you become an instant member of Booking.com‘s travel rewards programme, Genius. With any two bookings, you’ll get at least 10 percent off for life.
So, for those looking to detach from devices and spend some quality time together, we’ve found the most popular trips endorsed by families in the UK.*
London to Brighton
Spoil yourself and the family dining out
If dining out is something you feel like you don’t do often enough, take this weekend away to graze around London. With numerous child-friendly restaurants in the capital, you won’t be short of choice. For a refined lunch break, try Nobu. Dinner will most likely be booked out but lunch is ideal for same-day bookings. There are kid bento box options also. And for dinner, try Daphne's. Don’t be put off by its marble-topped bar, the staff have a great sense of humour and are very accommodating to families. Stay at The Rembrandt, a short walk from the restaurant.
Head to Brighton and explore the North Laines
Next stop, you’ll swap the bustling city for Brighton’s charming coast, which is roughly an hour by train from London. If the weather is fine, stroll along the famous pebble beach followed by the bright and lively Brighton Palace Pier. Finish the day exploring the North Laines. And be sure to stop in for a treat at Gelato Gusto. They freshly make all the classics and other flavours with a modern twist. End your weekend trip in style at The Grand Brighton.
Skegness to Nottingham
Feast on local seafood
Skegness is an all-time classic choice for families looking for a beach getaway. If the sun is shining, spend the day at Pleasure Beach FairGround bravely going on all the rides. And if you want to avoid the sugar high of candy floss, there are endless seafood options of fresh cockles, whelks, mussels and pinks sold at stands along the seafront and around the town. Stay at the family-friendly, Crown Hotel.
Admire the herds of deer at Grand Wollaton Hall
Just over a two-hour train ride away is Nottingham. Here you’ll find five hundred acres of well-kempt gardens and parkland at Grand Wollaton Hall. This Grade One-listed building was built between 1580 and 1588, and it featured in the film The Dark Knight Rises (2011). It also has a historic deer park where the whole family can admire the graceful herds. After gallivanting around the area, sit and relax with a tea at the Wollaton 508 café located next to the children's play area. Come home to Gateway Apartment Nottingham.
Llandudno to Chester
Let the Great Orme Tramway show you the scenery of Llandudno
Llandudno is a coastal town in north Wales known for its North Shore Beach and 19th-century Llandudno Pier. Give yourself a rest from pushing around a pram or lugging a day bag and see the sights via the Great Orme Tramway. It slowly chugs through the town and over valleys until it reaches the top of the Great Orme. Spend some time at the top soaking in the spectacular views of the rocky hillsides and deep blue ocean. Stay at the Orme Rise Apartments.
Introduce your children to architecture from all the ages
Cross the border to Chester, which is best known for having the most complete and preserved medieval and Roman town wall system in Britain. Here you can introduce the kids to the city’s architecture. Just around the corner from the Market Cross, you’ll see a street complete with three distinctive architecture styles – Chester red copper sandstone, 18th-century Georgian and black-and-white Tudor timber. And be sure to check out the city’s famous rows, which are covered walkways located on the first floor of a building. Stay at the Hallmark Hotel The Queen.
*We looked at the top 50 destinations booked by UK families (two adults and two kids) in 2019 and then checked distances between the two destinations.