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The most popular kid-friendly attractions this October half term

Lizz Banks
Authored by Lizz Banks
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 16:58
  • These are the UK’s top 10 most popular kid-friendly days out for 2021 as rated by visitors 
  • Edinburgh Castle, Alton Towers and Chester Zoo appear in the UK’s top ten 
  • Scotland home to three of the UK’s most popular kid-friendly attractions
  • Yorkshire rated as UK region with the highest number of TripAdvisor 5* rated kid-friendly attractions

Legal and General has analysed over 13,000 kid friendly TripAdvisor attractions to bring you the ultimate list of kid-friendly days out in the UK.

As families adjust to the ‘new normal’, there’s no time like the present to make up for lost time. The impact of the pandemic has been felt by us all, but not least by parents and grandparents up and down the country.

To help families spend more quality time with the ones they love, L&G has analysed over 13,000 child friendly TripAdvisor attractions to bring you the ultimate list of child-friendly days out in the UK. Spanning museums, parks and immersive experiences, we’ve ranked activities with the highest number of 5-star ratings and the highest number of reviews to bring you the definitive list of the UK’s top days out this October half term.  

The Most Popular Kid Friendly Days out in the UK

Based on those attractions with the highest number of overall and 5-star rated reviews, L&G has put together some of the best days out for families. There’s something for everyone!

  1. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
  2. The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
  3. Titanic Belfast, Belfast
  4. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  5. Alton Towers Theme Park, Staffordshire
  6. Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh
  7. Chester Zoo, Chester
  8. The Shambles, York
  9. Warwick Castle, Warwick
  10. Stonehenge, Amesbury


Visiting busy places can still feel overwhelming. As we learn to navigate the ‘new normal’, many of us want to discover places that offer an escape from the crowds. Therefore, L&G has ranked destinations with the lowest number of reviews, but the highest concentration of 5-star ratings, to bring you the top hidden gem activities in the country.

The UK’s Top Hidden Gem Kid Friendly Activities

  1. Log Heights, Outdoor Adventure, Harrogate
  2. The Source Park, Skateboard Park, Hastings
  3. The Escape Challenge, Immersive Gaming, Redditch
  4. Dr Neils Garden, Horticulture, Edinburgh
  5. Hounds Escape Game Experiences, Immersive Gaming, Crawley
  6. Cute Farm Experience, Farming & Animals Chepstow
  7. Wilder Ways, Horseback Riding Tours, Campbeltown
  8. Chads Theatre Company, Theatre, Cheadle Hulme
  9. Hitcham Diary Ice Cream, Speciality Farm Shop, Burnham
  10. The Hawking Centre, Bird of Prey Experience Centre, Ashford


Which regions are the most kid-friendly to visit?

In compiling the list, L&G discovered that Yorkshire is the UK region with the most amount of TripAdvisor 5-star rated kid-friendly attractions. While it may come as no surprise to those from ‘God’s Own Country’, there are countless urban and rural delights for visiting grandparents , parents and kids to enjoy. 

County                             Total sum of 5* reviews

  1. Yorkshire.                 220143
  2. Edinburgh.              133457
  3. Cornwall                  101984
  4. Devon                        101490
  5. Hampshire.             77720


Closely behind is Edinburgh, ranked as the second-best region for kid-friendly attractions. Cornwall, Devon and Hampshire also appear in the top 5 as the counties in the UK with the highest number of 5-star rated kid friendly days out.


Cover photo By Pahis on Canva

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