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Three family-friendly seaside attractions in England

When there’s so much world to explore, it’s easy to forget what’s on the doorstep. But there’s nothing like having kids to remind you of the wonderful family-friendly places to visit in England.

Beach and more: the best family-friendly seaside attractions in EnglandSince Minnie came along, we’ve had days out in around half the counties of England, from history to cities to animals. And given the chance, I never say no to a chance to nip to the seaside, from Kent to Suffolk, the Isle of Wight to the Isles of Scilly.

Today, I’m joining in with a blog carnival celebrating English Tourism Week, which means as well as my three suggestions for family-friendly places to visit, you can also check out all the other wonderful ideas from lots of fab blogger friends too.

Three great family-friendly seaside attractions
Half the fun of being by the coast is wandering clifftop paths and making sandcastles (as well as eating ice cream, of course). But I’ve picked a few attractions which are perfect to tempt you away for a bit, and great for rainy days too.

cornwall-newquay-blue-reef-coralCornwall is one of my favourite parts of the UK and there’s definitely no shortage of family-friendly attractions, not to mention two very different coasts. And right on the beach at Newquay is the Blue Reef Aquarium, home to a giant octopus, fire prawns and some distinctly dinky seahorses.

If you’d rather stay above the waves, head to neighbouring Devon and the lovely harbour town of Brixham where The Golden Hind sits right by the quay. The replica Elizabethan ship is fascinating for kids and adults, with plenty of history and a game of ‘spot the rat’.

Harbour where you find the Golden Hind in Brixham, DevonA little closer to home for me is Brighton, and another aquarium – the Sea Life Centre is the oldest in the world with unusual Victorian architecture and a glass-bottomed boat, as well as 150 different creatures to discover.

Check out these posts for more great ideas
Sam from North East Family Fun shares her top three English Heritage properties to visit with kids featuring Stonehenge, Bolsover Castle and Hadrian’s Wall.

Ting from My Travel Monkey looks back at her top three favourite National Trust’s sites in the South East of England, which not only combine majestic historic houses, but breathtaking gardens and landscapes. Fantastic day outs for the whole family.

From castles to yurts, over on A Residence Penny shares three awesome places to stay with the family in Warwick, Somerset and the Lake District.

Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos shares her favourite educational but fun family days out, featuring Warwick Castle, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Blists Hill Victorian Town

Jane from Practically Perfect Mums shows off three fabulously family friendly places to stay in the south west of England and they’re all spacious enough to accommodate a family of five!

Karen at Mini Travellers shares 3 child-friendly National Trust properties to visit with kids near Chester.

Yorkshire Girl, Jo Addison, shares her favourite family days out in her home county.

Over at Mums do travel, Gretta focuses on South East England in her post about the attractions of London, Kent and the Isle of Wight.

Erin from Yorkshire Tots shares three family adventure trails in Yorkshire where you can follow in the ‘footsteps’ of Stickman, re-tell the story of the Room on the Broom, and enjoy tunnels slides, bridges and beams on an amazing welly walk.

Alison, Helen, Penny and Katie pick three of their favourite cool places to take kids; glamp at the zoo, hire a beach hut or be an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.


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