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Save a pretty penny: Family days out in the UK


88657803b1e7af787dc8df3c6c034451(11).jpgWith the festive period now over, cash-strapped parents will be wondering how they are going to keep the kids entertained throughout January.

To help families save a pretty penny, has collated activities for a group of four1 to do for under £55 in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham. From visiting stunning castles and learning about their past and present residents to weather friendly treasure trails and bus tours around key cities, this guide is bound to keep the little one’s happy and at a low cost too!


A royal affair

Home to over 1,000 years of history, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of this spectacular Scottish city. Why not explore the castle dungeons and get up close and personal with the historic Crown Jewels? If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker then make sure you’re around to see Mons Meg, a cannon capable of blasting ammunition for as far as two miles, do its daily 1 o’clock blast!

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £54.40

On the busses

If you’re heading to Edinburgh on a rainy day then a City Sight Seeing hop-on-hop-off bus is a great way to see the city whilst staying dry. Enjoy the 14-stop tour which will show you landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. As you travel the kids can enjoy a fun and freaky Horrible History audio tour on the headphones provided.

Starting ticket costs for a family of four: £45


Football mad

The National Football Museum is 31c11844b92d357d823381b120455cb2.jpga great place for the kids to burn off some of their energy by having a kick about and discovering fun facts about the 150-year history of this world renowned British sport. Entry is free but you are encouraged to donate £3 per person which goes towards the running of this charity-run football centre.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

Release your inner bookworm

Take time to unwind with the kids at Manchester’s John Rylands Library, which was created 100-years ago as a gift to Manchester and its people. This neo-gothic venue hosts events for children, including dedicated Toddler Tale sessions in a cosy corner of the library where your little ones can pull up a cushion and listen to fun stories. They also offer playtime where kids are encouraged to create a story of their own.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free


The magic of a museum

Let the little ones get interactive at Leeds City Museum where they can walk like an Egyptian in one of the museums many galleries which are home to 540 million years of discovery and history. During half term, this stunning venue which was established in 1819 will play host to fun family activities and clubs which are bound to keep the kids entertained.

Cost: Free

All that glitters is not gold

Are you ready for an adventure? Join Iraid Tooms - local treasure hunter and all-round trouble maker - on the trail for 588b11ad7a92d13777fe0be3adf633bf(5).jpgburied doubloons on The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail. Captain Tooms has uncovered a long-lost map, one which you can download in handy PDF form: this will be your guide on a loop through the heart of Leeds with a set of clear directions. As you explore spot all sorts of historic sights, like Granary Wharf, and keep eyes peeled for clues along the way. They’ll be peppered across the town on statues, sculptures and plaques.

Cost: £6.99 per Trail (not per person)


Budding Einstein’s

While school’s out, it is always tricky to think of ways to keep the kids challenged. Well look no further! Greens Windmill and Science Centre which is located in a 19th century tower windmill is the place for your kids to flex their scientific muscles. Once in this historic venue your little ones can experiment with light, electricity and magnetism in the footsteps of mathematical physicist George Green (1793 to 1841) and learn about his life's work and achievements in this charming tribute to one of Britain's most undersold geniuses.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free

Animal Lovers

White Post Farm is wonderful place to escape the rat race and get the family connected with nature. It is a working farm so the little ones will get a chance to get their hands dirty and (hopefully) enjoy rural life by coming face to face with the best of Britain’s animals, including cows, calves, llamas, sheep, donkeys, deer, pigs and chickens! There is also e5d67599bbb698e0cb7ec7a0713419e2(11).jpga lovely little pet shop where you can even let your little ones choose a new friend to care for.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: £48.40


Culture vulture

Visiting the British Museum in London is totally free. It’s the UK’s largest museum which plays host to 2 million years’ worth of history. Take advantage of the free gallery backpacks which can be borrowed on arrival and don’t need to be booked. These packs contain puzzles, games and activities to keep the kids entertained while they browse the galleries.

Average entrance cost for a family of four: Free



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