Family weekend getaways in the UK
If you have just moved to the UK, here are some fun ideas for weekend trips around the country you can take with your family.
One of the benefits of relocating to Great Britain on a UK visa is that your family will be able to slowly explore this beautiful country via several weekend trips to different destinations.
The UK is a compact island, meaning that you can likely reach most of these great getaways within a day, no matter where you are based. The train and bus system in the UK are quite extensive and easy to use.
Here are a few of the top weekend getaways your family can enjoy in the UK.
Hike along Hadrian’s Wall
Construction began on this ancient fortification in AD 122, during the rule of the emperor Hadrian. This massive 87 mile wall was built to protect the Romans from the Pictish tribes in Scotland and it stretches from the Irish Sea o the North Sea through Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.
It was the strongest fortified border in the British Empire and it is thought to be the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Hadrian’s Wall is a great family weekend getaway as along the route you will find forts, castles, turrets, ancient stone circles and more. There are many activities which are suitable for families with children of all ages and plenty of family friendly places to dine. Along the way you can stop in the larger towns such as Newcastle, Carlisle and Hexham to enjoy attractions such as cinemas, bowling alleys and swimming baths which will be hours of fun for the kids.
Go back in time in Bath
The city of Bath lies within the green rolling hills of Somerset at the edge of the Cotswolds and it is an ideal weekend getaway in the UK. Bath has some of the most beautiful historical architecture in the UK, with over 5,000 officially listed heritage buildings within the city.
The main attraction in Bath is the world famous Roman Baths, which are the only mineral hot springs in all of England. They were built over 2000 years ago by the Romans and they still output over one million liters of hot water every day.
There are plenty of other great family friend activities available in Bath as well, such as hiring a boat from the Bath Boating Station and canoeing down the river. Also, be sure to check out The Egg which is an award winning theatre for children with performances every Saturday.
Exploring in Scotland
Scotland is a fantastic place for a family holiday because it is filled with adventure, great family accommodation, kid friendly restaurants and lots of fun for everyone. If you get a chance to visit Scotland while you are staying on your UK visa, don’t miss out!
The Scottish Highlands are a gorgeous natural area perfect for nature walks, rock climbing, canoeing and much more. There are several holiday parks and caravan site with accommodations designed to suit families with young ones.
If a city break is what you enjoy, Edinburgh is a beautiful and friendly city which is easy to walk around and offers plenty of green parks and kid-friendly attractions such as museums, galleries, the Edinburgh Castle and the Edinburgh Zoo.
These are just a few examples of the many great family weekend getaways you can take while you are in the country on a UK visa. Taking advantage of your weekends to explore will give you a chance to get to know your new home better after moving to the UK and to enjoy some fun experiences around this great country.
Kelly Dunning / Global Visas / Expatica
Kelly Dunning is a freelance writer for Global Visas, the world’s leading authority on immigration. She spent 14 months living in Northern England on a UK work permit and used her weekends to explore lots of fun destinations throughout the country.
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