The United Kingdom may be the most family-friendly destination in Europe. It’s filled with history, culture, nature and plenty of fun activities. At Scott Dunn, we’ve selected the best Blue Badge guides, who will not only look after your family throughout the day, but most importantly, will be able to make everywhere you go come to life from a child’s perspective. They’ll also make sure to discuss your family’s interests to create an entirely bespoke itinerary just for you. So, whether your kids want to ride on the London Eye, see where Harry Potter was filmed or hunt for dinosaur fossils on the Jurassic Coast, we can make it happen. This also gives your family the freedom and flexibility to do as little or as much as you’d like. A fun-filled vacation lies ahead for your family the UK.
London is an incredible, diverse global city of trade, culture and arts. It would take lifetimes to explore everything, but we know how to customize the perfect trip to take-in the most London has to offer. The city is the land of Harry Potter, Peter Pan and Paddington Bear, so you know your family will have an enchanting time.
For younger children, there’s an inexhaustible number of fun things to do from hopping on a double-decker bus to view the city’s monuments and watching street performers at Covent Garden to catching a family-friendly show like "The Lion King" or "Matilda" in the West End. With seemingly endless options in this vast metropolis, we can help you organize your days by location so that no time is wasted. It’s also important to keep in mind that London’s hectic pace can be tiring for little ones, so we recommend incorporating some downtime into your days. Whether that be a picnic in the park, a "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" themed afternoon tea or a stop at Hamley’s Toy Shop.
There’s just as much for tweens and teens to do in London as younger children, and while little ones may get tuckered out by the afternoon, teens feed off the bustling excitement around them. The city is exploding with fashion, music, art and history. Teens will appreciate iconic sites like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. They’ll love exploring the museums and galleries, spending the day with shopping and spa treatments in Knightsbridge, taking a stroll through Kew Gardens, snapping selfies with the lions at Trafalgar Square, or spending some time on the South Bank discovering Borough Market, the Tate Modern, Gabriel’s Wharf and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Your family will have a hard time choosing what to do next.
After the hectic pace of London, we recommend that your family take some much-needed downtime in the Cotswolds. Just a couple hours from London, the Cotswolds is a picturesque countryside filled with quaint English villages, winding roads and rolling hills. Little ones will feel like princes and princesses exploring the fairy-tale castles, stepping back in time at Stonehenge, seeing the birthplace of William Shakespeare, touring some of the world’s best preserved Roman baths and discovering Britain’s oldest University in Oxford.
A must do for your family while in Oxford is discovering the real-life sets and locations of Hogwarts hidden throughout the city. Then, you and your little wizards can continue on to the Warner Brother’s Studio, home to any array of sets, props and costumes from the film. Climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and refresh with a delicious glass of Butterbeer!
While in the UK, Scotland needs to be on every family’s list. In Edinburgh your family can join a kid-friendly ghost tour, wander to the castle to watch the One O’clock Gun or head to the Royal Mile. And for the most outdoor adventure in the UK, head to the Highlands.
The Scottish Highlands are an outdoor adventure playground brimming with natural beauty, scenic glens, heather-clad peaks and glistening lochs. Its one of Europe’s last wilderness regions and a nature lover’s paradise. Get your family out and about with cycling, riding, falconry, golf, hiking, off-road safaris, fishing and canoeing.
Experiencing the famed lochs by boat is one of the most fun things to do. Explore the Sound of Lorn in search of seals, dolphins, sharks and orcas, or hop aboard a RIB for a private expedition in search of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Finish your boat trip with a stop at Britain’s highest waterfall or a visit of the most remote chocolate producer in Europe.
There’s no better way to end your trip in the UK than by heading to the hills of Cairngorms National Park in search of the only wild reindeer herd in the UK. These animals wander freely around the park and your guide will take you to meet the ranger, who will introduce you to the herd. Your family even have the chance to feed them!