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Discover the Ultimate Family Day Trips: Top UK Destinations for an Easter Adventure

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As families gear up for Easter half-term, new research has revealed that Google searches for “family places to visit near me” increased by 5,000% in the past day in the UK. Searches for “family day out near me”, “family day out in the UK” and “cheap family day out” also spiked the past week. 

Transport for Wales presents a curated list of the top destinations across the UK, offering diverse experiences for all ages to enjoy over the Easter holidays. Whether it’s soaking in the rich history of iconic cities, exploring the serene beauty of natural landscapes, or indulging in cultural delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


London, the vibrant capital of England and the UK, tops the list with its eclectic blend of history, culture, and entertainment. From the majestic Buckingham Palace to the world-renowned West End theatres, London promises an unforgettable experience for families seeking a mix of tradition and modernity.


Dubbed “the capital of the North”, Manchester’s rich history, prime shopping streets, and historical football grounds have helped it establish itself as one of the most exciting cities to visit in the UK. Mooch around in the Manchester Art Gallery or Whitworth, followed by dinner and drinks at one of the city’s many highly-rated independent restaurants and bars. If you’re a big football fan, you can tour the grounds at one of the city’s historic football grounds, whether that’s Manchester United or Manchester City. 


For a unique and rejuvenating experience, Glastonbury beckons with its peaceful charm and vibrant arts scene. Explore the iconic Glastonbury Tor, immerse yourself in mediaeval architecture, and discover the town’s mystical allure.


At first glance, Chester may seem like a small city. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in activities and charm. If you’re taking the whole family, you have to visit Chester Zoo. With 20,000 animals and 128 acres of zoological gardens, it’s the most visited zoo in the UK for a reason. If you’re a fan of history and culture, Chester is a town with a wealth of it. Visit the breathtaking cathedral and the city walls, then stop for a refreshment in one of the town’s quaint cafes, bustling restaurants, or casual bars. 


Step into Oxford’s hallowed halls of academia, where history comes alive amidst ancient colleges and charming streets. Visit landmarks like Oxford Castle and indulge in leisurely strolls along Cowley Road, which is known for its eclectic mix of shops and eateries.


Shrewsbury is an excellent city for a day trip with the entire family. Located in the Shropshire countryside, there are plenty of things to do. Take in its rich history with a walk through the mediaeval market towns and stroll to Shrewsbury Castle, which is great for breathtaking views and people-watching. You can also hop on the Sabrina Boat to cruise down the quarry park and take in some beautiful scenery. 


Birmingham is a huge city, so it’s no surprise that it comes with a wealth of things to do and see. If you’re taking the little ones, Cadbury World is definitely a must-see for a Willy Wonka-like experience that they will absolutely love. Alongside this, you can also visit the Black Country Museum, which is actually where some of the popular Peaky Blinders were filmed. Alongside this, Birmingham is also a cultural hot in the UK, with plenty of different restaurants and cuisines to try. Perfect for making a day – or a weekend – of it with the entire family. 


Immerse yourself in history and architecture in the picturesque city of Bath, home to ancient Roman baths and stunning Georgian landmarks. Explore the Royal Crescent, stroll along cobbled streets, and indulge in the city’s famed spa experiences.


Step back in time in the mediaeval city of York, where ancient walls and Gothic architecture transport visitors to another era. Discover the grandeur of York Minster and explore the city’s rich heritage at attractions like the Jorvik Viking Centre.


Experience the vibrant energy of Liverpool, renowned for its music, art, and maritime heritage. Visit iconic landmarks such as Liverpool Cathedral and delve into the legacy of The Beatles at the immersive Beatles Story exhibition.

Partnership Marketing Manager, Victoria Leyson, from Transport for Wales, said: “Family travel is about more than just reaching a destination; it’s about the journey itself – the moments shared, the sights discovered, and the memories made along the way. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and diverse attractions, the UK and Wales offer endless opportunities for families to embark on exciting adventures together. Whether exploring ancient castles, riding thrilling roller coasters, or immersing in wildlife encounters, every experience becomes a cherished chapter in the family storybook of travel.”

With such a diverse array of destinations to explore, families can embark on unforgettable adventures this half-term holiday without venturing far from home. Whether it’s a cultural city break or a tranquil nature retreat, the UK offers endless opportunities for memorable experiences. Even better, kids go free on Transport for Wales trains.

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