Firstly, let’s think history! The country is brimming with fantastic history which does not have to be housed in stale, old museums. Living history is hands on and exciting which is why it is the best history for the kids and two great examples of this are the Jorvik Centre and Warwick Castle.
The Jorvik Centre is in York and houses a fascinating series of mock Viking villages and workshops filled with all the smells and sounds of the Viking Age. It is sure to open the minds of the kids and will surely entertain the whole family because, let’s face it, Vikings are pretty epic! Well, apart from all the pillaging of course. Also as you are already in York you can spend the day shopping, eating or visiting the other attractions such as York Minster and the Dungeons.
Moving away from the history we have the magnificent landscape, rock formations and waterfalls around the village of Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. The plunging gorge at Gordale Scar is home to a fierce waterfall which definitely leaves a memory. Then you can walk a couple of miles to Malham Cove to see an underground river surface from the bottom of the 80ft cliff. No child could possibly turn their nose up at the seemingly endless miles of fresh air and freedom – and it is where a part of Harry Potter was filmed!
Speaking of the spectacled wizard wonder, a fourth great idea is the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This tour takes you on a journey through the eight Harry Potter films, from the very beginning to the very end. With the chance to see the massive sets and all the costumes and trinkets amassed from over 10 years of production it is the perfect place for any family left spellbound by the boy who lived. All these are great ideas but it leaves the question of how to keep the kids occupied in the meantime? Well, you could get some designer gifts for the little ones which will be sure to keep them, and so therefore you, smiling.