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If you’re thinking ahead to 2022 and wondering where might be the best UK family holiday destinations, then look no further.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 UK family holiday destinations for 2022; from bright city lights to dramatic coastlines, there is no better place to enjoy a family holiday. Choose from the breath-taking scenery of the Welsh mountains, try your hand at surfing in Cornwall or go wild swimming in the Peaks. The possibilities are endless and let’s face it, nothing compares to a UK family holiday.

Read on to discover our top 10 UK family holiday destinations for 2022…


1. North Wales

Snowdonia National Park

Carved by rich history and culture, North Wales is without a doubt one of the best family holiday destinations in the UK.

The region plays host to some of the best castles in Wales, including Gwrych Castle, famed for being the 2020 location for I’m a Celebrity and the Wrexham gem of Chirk Castle.

The Snowdonia National Park is referred to as the ‘Adventure Capital’, where you can climb Wales’ highest mountain, experience the world’s fastest zip wire at Zip World or head underground to unleash your inner-thrill seeker at Bounce Below.

Alternatively, you could stick to the coastline to explore the abundance of North Wales coastal walks, home to a number of lighthouses, idyllic seaside towns and miles of beaches that you must visit.

There is plenty of things to do in North Wales for families, so be sure to take a look at our free North Wales travel guide for more inspiration.


2. North York Moors and Coast

Whitby Abbey

For city lovers, countryside explorers and coastal seekers, the North York Moors National Park makes a great destination for a UK family holiday.

Enjoy a breath of fresh air in the North York Moors National Park and walk the vibrant landscape of moorland, wooded valleys and a dramatic coastline before heading to the seaside town of Whitby.

Steeped in history and home to delicious Whitby fish and chips, Whitby is famous for many things and makes for an outstanding destination for you and your family. Here, you will find the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, the Dracula Experience and the 199 steps that take you up to the ruins of the Abbey to keep you entertained, as well as a sandy beach with a number of watersport opportunities.

Alternatively, treat your loved ones to a break to the wonders of Runswick Bay, Robin’s Hood Bay or Scarborough for even more coastal fun!


3. Cornwall

Polperro harbour

For years, this independent peninsula has been a family favourite UK holiday destination. With wild coastlines, picture-postcard harbours, sandy beaches and a sub-tropical climate, it is no surprise that families flock from all over to holiday in Cornwall.

A popular choice amongst families is the coastal town of Newquay, which rests on the Atlantic coast. Here, you will find five sandy beaches with Towan, Great Western, Lusty Glaze and Tulane all reasonably safe for swimming, whilst Fistral Beach is famous for Boardmasters surfing championships.

Other family-friendly Cornwall attractions include Newquay Zoo, Blue Reef Aquarium and the Lappa Valley Steam Railway offers a ride through some of Cornwall’s most spectacular scenery.

Alternatively, you could head further along the coast to discover the most enchanting fishing villages and harbours of Perranporth, Portreath, St Ives and Penzance for a memorable stay by the sea.

Scattered across Cornwall are a number of gardens that are sure to be a hit with a family of all ages and tastes, including Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Alternatively, head inland and immerse yourself in the moorland countryside by visiting Bodmin Moor, which is grazed by moorland ponies and houses numerous archaeological remains that are awaiting your discovery.


4. Cumbria and the Lake District National Park

Haystacks, Lake District

Pack the raincoats and dust off your wellies, and set off for an adventure to the countryside, which inspired some of Beatrix Potter’s most famous tales.

The Lake District is a much-loved UK family holiday destination, whether you are bringing small children along or teenagers, this part of the countryside promises countless adventures.

Now a World Heritage Site, this National Park is home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike or take in the sights from a traditional steamboat that cruises through a number of tranquil lakes.

For those feeling active, spend an afternoon in Ullswater, which is England’s second-largest lake and offers a magnitude of watersport opportunities, including sailing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Alternatively, soar through the national park on your mountain bike before refuelling with a slice of the famous Kendal Mint Cake.

Younger guests of the family will be delighted by The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, where you will be able to bring to life the magical stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck that had been inspired by the beauty of this national park.

Browse through our Lake District travel guide for even more things to do in the Lake District.


5. Peak District National Park

Peak District National Park family holiday

With exceptional wild swimming opportunities and beautiful waterfall walks, the Peak District National Park is perfect for families who love the calming aura of water!

Spend your UK family holiday exploring the varied landscape spanning 555 square miles, with a wide range of things to see and do. From easy Peak District walks to dog-friendly Peak District walks, there’s no better way to soak in the rural landscapes.

As well as great outdoor opportunities, the Peaks has incredible historical landmarks that the whole family will love! From Chatsworth House to Haddon Hall and Poole’s Cavern, there is a plethora of great things to do in the Peak District National Park.

Families will also be delighted to find an array of towns and villages to visit, including the market town of Bakewell. Best known for its delicious Bakewell Tart, this town also has plenty of tempting activities that all ages will enjoy. You could meander the specialist shops, stroll along the banks of the River Wye or photograph the striking medieval five-arched stone bridge.

Other places to visit include the highest town in England, Buxton, the exciting town of Matlock or the wind through the cobbled streets of Ashbourne.

Find even more great places to visit with our Peak District travel guide.


6. Yorkshire Dales

Twistleton Scar in North Yorkshire

Next on our guide to the best UK holidays for families is the ever-beautiful Yorkshire Dales! Best know for its breath-taking scenery and great natural landscapes, this part of the UK is perfect for a family holiday at any time of the year.

From the historic town of Richmond to the scenic setting of the Nidderdale AONB, to the nearby town of Harrogate, the Dales is sure to impress!

As well as charming towns and villages to explore, the national park plays host to deep valleys and incredible moorlands. While here, climb above the moorland as you take on the challenge of the Three Peaks, one of the best walks in Yorkshire, or linger over a pint at the UK’s highest pub to soak up further views.

Take a look at our Yorkshire Dales travel guide for even more great things to do!


7. East Anglia

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach

East Anglia comprises the historic counties of Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk, and is a perfect destination for UK family holidays.

For a seaside getaway, stay on the Norfolk coastline, home to superb beaches and exceptional resorts. Choose between the delights of Hunstanton, Cromer and Great Yarmouth, each one offering its own unique charm by the sea. Alternatively, experience city life with a visit to Norwich or venture to Cambridgeshire to enjoy the historical wonders of Ely and Cambridge.

Moreover, a family holiday to East Anglia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Norfolk Broads! The best way to appreciate the Broads is from the waters, where you can choose to hire a private day boat or relax on a group river trip with Broads Tours.

Alternatively, you and your loved ones can step back in time with a visit to the area’s vast array of castles medieval towns and stately homes. Our favourite places to visit in East Anglia include; Sandringham Estate, Framlingham Castle and Melford Hall.


8. South Wales

Aerial view of the harbour in Tenby

A family holiday to South Wales is promised to be filled with stunning South Wales coastal walks, windswept landscapes and bustling city life. South Wales is truly great for those seeking a bit of everything!

Here, you can visit the Welsh capital of Cardiff, home to one of the busiest ports in the UK, Cardiff Castle, Victorian Arcades, the Welsh Millennium Centre and lots more! On the outskirts of the city, there is Barry Island, a vibrant coastal town made famous by the BBC series Gavin and Stacey, which is well worth a visit.

Beachcombers can look forward to the delights of Tenby, which is considered one of Wales’ top seaside towns. With a colour harbour, a sandy beach and plenty of places to eat, it makes an ideal base for young families. Alternatively, The Mumbles, Saundersfoot and Pembroke are all coastal havens that families can enjoy this year!

Further along the coastline is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, offering endless opportunities. Discover beautiful weather-worn cliffs, exotic beaches and hidden coves, as well as a plethora of walking and watersport opportunities for all to enjoy.

Are you feeling left unsure of which part of Wales is best for your family? Take a look at our guide to North Wales vs South Wales for further inspiration.


9. Heart of England

Oxford

The Heart of England is ideal for families who are seeking an action-packed holiday of sightseeing. Here, you are promised to see some of the finest examples of stately homes in England, superb historic cities and breath-taking landscapes.

Spend your family holiday meandering Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon or the striking city of Oxford. Find the finest sightseeing treasures here, with Oxford Castle and Prison, The Sheldonian Theatre and the Radcliffe Camera waiting to be photographed.

Families seeking a more active break can enjoy the great outdoors of Shropshire and Herefordshire, as well as the beauty of the Malvern Hills AONB, whilst Wyre Forest has something to suit all ages and tastes.

Other superb places to visit whilst on your family holiday include Warwick CastleRoyal Leamington Spa and Biddulph Grange Garden.


10. Northern Ireland

National Trust Carrick-a-Rede

This corner of Ireland is carved by its legendary attractions, lively music scene, world-class restaurants and the majestic Giant’s Causeway Coast.

Begin your UK family holiday by visiting the city of Belfast which was once the powerhouse of the British Empire shipbuilding. Today, the city houses the striking landmark of The Titanic Belfast, where you can enjoy a guided tour around the slipway where the ill-fated Titanic was built.

After soaking up Irish city life, head along the coastline to the Giant’s Causeway and discover the world-famous basalt columns before creeping along the vertigo-inducing Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, if you dare!

After an epic Irish road trip, you’re bound to have worked up an appetite, so be sure to check out traditional Irish foods that you must try. These include The Belfast bap, Tayto Cheese and Onion, Tobacco onions, and Derry Milk (a chocolate stout made with cow’s milk).

A family holiday is incomplete for Game of Throne fans without exploring the filming locations while you are here. The rugged coastline and historical castles found throughout this corner of Ireland were the ideal backdrops for this fantasy TV series and the perfect excuse for exploring Ireland further.

Be sure to stop off at Castle Ward, which doubled up as Winterfell or explore the Tollymore Forest Park where the Nightwalkers were spotted.


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Do you fancy paying a visit to one of our top UK family holidays for 2022? If so, be sure to book with us to secure your family holiday. If you are looking for further family holiday inspiration, take a look at our free travel guide.  

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