The Summer Holidays are in full swing and for when the promising British Summer Weather has its ups and downs and you’re not sure what to do, we have some fantastic educational places for your family to visit to keep them occupied, entertained and maybe even learn a thing or two.
While relaxing and recharging is incredibly important during the Summer Holidays, it’s also important to keep the cogs turning in your child(ren)’s brain. However, we know that staying in doors trying to teach them things out of a book or off a screen is completely out the question – but don’t worry, we have some fantastic suggestions of educational places for your family to visit across the UK during the summer holidays.

Places to visit!

The London Eye

The London Eye is an observation wheel in London, UK located on the bank of the Thames River. If you can stomach heights and want a wonderful view where you can spot iconic attractions and historic places across London, this is the activity for your family. You will be able to spot the following – perhaps make a game of it or healthy competition!

  1. Houses of Parliament
  2. Big Ben
  3. Tower Bridge
  4. Buckingham Palace
  1. Westminster Abbey
  2. St Paul’s Cathedral
  3. The Shard
  4. Jubilee Gardens

The list above – while great for games and a bit of healthy competition – are also a number of fantastic places to visit in London while you’re there!

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire in the UK. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was constructed from 3,000BC to 2,000BC so visiting this historical and mesmerising place will definitely send you back a few years. There are more things to explore as well, step into the Neolithic Village and find out if you have what it takes to move a mighty Sarsen Stone for example.

Edinburgh Castle

Not only is Edinburgh Castle one of the most astonishingly amazing Castles to visit, but it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scotland. It is situated on the Castle Rock which offers mesmerising views for visitors and is the second most visited attraction in the UK. While you’re in Edinburgh you also have the chance to visit both Old Town and New Town which provide plenty of history and other activities to entertain your child(ren)!

Hadrian’s Wall

Reaching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. When visiting this historic area you can discover the remains of the forts, towers, turrets, and towns that once kept watch over the Wall and learn about rare Roman artefacts, participate in hands on activities in the museums and much more!

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle may be mostly known by younger generations as the home of Hogwarts Students and Teachers – but there is much more history to this fantastic castle for “muggles” to see! Your family can explore the grounds, learn about the history behind the Castle and participate in numerous activities across the grounds – including some Broom Training and more for those who happen to love Harry Potter!

Alnwick Gardens

Make a longer stay in Alnwick by visiting the Alnwick Gardens too! The beautiful landscape, mazes, flowers, plants, and water features across the Gardens are something you don’t want to miss! Your family can learn more about wildlife and enjoy interactive, educational activities on sight. There are new things added and planned for each season so there is always something new for eveyrone!

Museums not to be missed!

  1. National Railway Museum – York

Learn about iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance. This museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways.

  1. Oxford University Museum of Natural History – Oxford

Home of the University’s scientific collections of geological and zoological specimens. The museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building and inside includes much, much more!

  1. National Gallery – London

If you and your family love art and appreciate art culture this museum is for you! The National Gallery is the home of the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th-19th centuries.

  1. Scottish National Gallery – Edinburgh

The home of a outstanding collection of art dating  from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

  1. Coventry Transport Museum – Coventry

For anyone with an interest in the worlds largest collection of British road transport (in public ownership) this one is for you! Fantastic and educational trip out for all the family.

  1. Royal Armouries Museum – Leeds

Home of the UK’s national collection of arms and armours as well as the annual International Jousting Tournament – brilliant trip out for families of interest.

  1. Beamish Museum – County Durham

Beamish Museum is a world famous open air museum that tells the story of life in the North East of England during the 1820’s, 1900’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, full of interactive and exciting yet educational activities for all ages!

There you have it – one chunky list of some of the best educational places to visit across the UK – the summer is a perfect time to really find out what your child likes to sink their teeth into naturally so you can steer and guide them in the right direction to help them thrive in the classroom when school starts again in the Autumn.

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