Best UK attractions on a budget


The summer holidays are finally upon us! Due to the unpredictability of our English weather, we’ve devised a list of some of the UK’s best-value family days out featuring attractions both indoors and out. Whatever the forecast, take a road trip to these featured attractions over the holidays and enjoy a day of treasured family time.

Here is a list of our favourites to suit a range of tastes.

The Dinosaur Museum – Dorchester

£23.99 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)

Loved watching Jurassic World this summer? Continue your dinosaur-themed adventure with a trip to The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. A World Heritage Museum, The Dinosaur Museum is open seven days a week (although these hours are shortened in winter).

The Dinosaur Museum is the only attraction on mainland Britain that is solely devoted to dinosaurs. With real fossils, skeletons and full-size dinosaur reconstructions, it has something for people of all ages, and its hands-on displays provide great learning tools.

For younger children, colouring sheets of their favourite dinosaurs are available, while older children can enjoy dino fact sheets. If you’re looking for a fun and educational day out, look no further than The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester.

You can visit The Dinosaur Museum website for more booking details, directions and to learn more:

Lightwater Valley – North Yorkshire

£19.60 per person with numerous deals available

If you’re looking for a theme park experience at a lower price, then Lightwater Valley is the perfect place for you and your family. With activities ranging from ‘mini adventures’ for the children to ‘ultimate adventures’ for thrill-seekers, there’s something for everybody.

From the Eagle’s Creek Farm tractors to the Ultimate rollercoaster, there’s certainly something to take your fancy, and there’s even an Angry Birds attraction. With numerous events also going on during the summer, there’s something available for adults and children alike. You can book your adventure on the Lightwater Valley website:

The World of Beatrix Potter – Bowness-on-Windermere (The Lake District)

£18.50 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children)

A family favourite for decades, The World of Beatrix Potter brings beloved childhood stories to life.

There’s so much to see and do, including films, a woodland glade with Mr Tod’s underground home, the Peter Rabbit garden and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s kitchen, among other great attractions. You can even do a virtual walk of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Cumbrian countryside.

There’s also an on-site tea room if you need to refuel before the journey home. With a warm welcome for children of all ages, this is the perfect place to experience the magical world that Beatrix Potter created. You can learn more via The World of Beatrix Potter website:

Treasure Trails – Northumbria

£6.99 per trail

A fun and imaginative way to explore the local area, the Northumbria treasure trail is the perfect, family fun adventure if you’re near Alnwick. It’s a great way to spend time as a family, as you work together to solve clues and try to find the long-lost treasure. Surely there’s no better way to spend a warm summer’s day than following the trail, solving the clues and seeing the sights of the local area?

This route is two miles long, so it’s the ideal length for children, and should only take you around two hours to complete. Treasure Trails are available in many villages, towns and cities across the UK, so wherever you are, a trail won’t be far away. Find out more on the Treasure Trails website:

The Roald Dahl Museum – Buckinghamshire

£21 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children)

The Roald Dahl Museum is a lovely and quaint museum situated in the heart of the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote some of his most cherished works. The museum is primarily aimed at those aged between six and 12.

Within the museum there are three interactive galleries, with one focusing on Roald Dahl’s school days, another on his writing hut and the third acting as a story hut that puts imagination on centre stage. If your children fancy themselves as writers, there’s simply no better place to visit. More information is available on the Roald Dahl Museum website:

These highlights showcase some of England’s best-value family attractions. Have you visited these destinations? Or do you have a firm family favourite we’ve not yet featured? We’d love to hear your thoughts and will be publishing more guides on family trips around the UK over the coming months.


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