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The best places to take your grandchildren on holiday, in and outside of the UK

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You never know what memories will stick with children, so it’s best to always create lasting ones that are fun and special for everyone involved. With this in mind, we have a list of amazing holiday destinations to think about if you’re taking your little ones away.

When you talk about a kid’s holiday, perhaps what springs to mind is destinations like Disneyland or a holiday resort, but there are so many more choices that you could all enjoy together as a family. 

Where to take your grandchildren in the UK

Isle of Wight

This is the perfect trip for the little beach lovers in your family. With the excitement of going on a ferry to reach this destination, the Isle of Wight could be the ideal holiday getaway for you. This spot is beautiful, with lots of places to explore. Known for its English Heritage attractions, such as Yarmouth and Carisbrooke Castle, there’s a lot of site-seeing to do. You could also take a ride on the Needles Landmark Attraction and see the coastline from the height of a chairlift. The island is secluded and peaceful, it’s a lovely and quiet place to go for some quality time with your grandchildren.

Isle of Wight

Guernsey

This tiny island in the English Channel may not seem like it has much to offer, but it actually has many popular attractions that are perfect for a long weekend away with your grandchildren. For the history nuts among you, there’s a lot to see. Rousse Tower, Sausmarez Manor and the German Underground Hospital are among many attractions to visit and learn from on the island.

Guernsey also has some beautiful bays and the stunning Castle Cornet to explore. The journey to Guernsey will usually involve a ferry from England’s mainland. Perfect for your grandchildren to step out onto the observation deck or play in the kids’ area.  

Guernsey

Cornwall

Cornwall is a popular holiday destination and for a good reason; it is utterly stunning, packed full of things to do and can be lovely and sunny in the summer months. If attractions with animals is something you’re after, Cornwall has a vast range of aquariums, zoos and even a seal sanctuary.

There’s so much beauty in Cornwall to explore with your family, The Eden Project is a full day out, that can be both visually inspiring and educational, teaching you about the environment around you. There’s no end to the castles and heritage sites to see in Cornwall either, not to mention Dairyland Farm World, Camel Creek Adventure Park, and the Pirate’s Quest in Newquay. You’ll never be bored for things to do with your grandchildren!

Cornwall

Edinburgh 

The capital city of Scotland is one that everyone agrees is a must visit for the views, the museums, the history and the hearty Scottish food. This city is perfect for a long weekend away as there are some entertaining day trips and tours to take across the city. You can visit the palace, wander around Edinburgh castle, climb the hill called Arthur’s Seat and look over the sea, visit various battle sites and commemorative bridges, or take the self-guided Old Town Treasure Trail. The grandkids won’t even realise they’re learning so much.  

Edinburgh

Windsor

You may have seen Windsor Castle more recently for a series of Royal Weddings, but its beautiful streets are always filled with British culture. There are quite a few tourist stops here: watch the changing of the guards at Windsor Castle, play at Legoland or visit the Royal Windsor Maze. Windsor is also well connected to London so it’s the perfect place to stay if you want to take your children into the capital city easily, whilst enjoying a quaint and quiet stay in this historic town.

Windsor

Where to take your grandchildren outside of the UK

Costa Rica

This is a beautiful destination, exotic and full of things to do. Children can be easily entertained on a holiday to Costa Rica; there are the Hanging Bridges, a volcano hike, a zip line over the forest and trip to beautiful waterfalls. There is also a potentially once in a lifetime opportunity to go whale watching, which would be an unforgettable experience. It doesn’t hurt either that the sun shines a lot and there is a consistent average temperature of over 20 degrees.

Costa Rica

Canada

This vast country has so much to offer visitors. Children will love the open spaces of British Columbia, the French-speaking city of Montreal, and the tumbling rapids of Niagara Falls. Canada offers variety and something that can entertain every child. The capital, Ottawa, has some really interactive experiences at the Children’s Museum, with toys, games, costumes and hands-on artefacts. Toronto also sports what could be one of the best aquariums for kids, with some amazing marine life on show.

Canada

Tenerife

There are so many beautiful places to see on the largest of the Spanish Canary Islands. Whether you’re taking a trip to Teide, the active volcano, or the massive adventure water park, Siam Park, there are some amazing sites to see on this holiday. Tenerife is the perfect place to site-see, whilst also being able to soak up the sun, like a submarine safari, which is an amazing way to get closer to the sea life around the island.

Tenerife

United States of America

With a country the size of America, there are endless places to go and things to do. Tour the shows, shops and food of New York, or visit your favourite movie sets at the Universal Studios in Florida, and dive into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yes, America can be a pricey holiday, but it’s certainly one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. There are so many different cultures your grandchildren can get involved in, it’s an amazing experience.

United States of America

Cyprus

This island is popular amongst lovers of Greek Mythology, hot weather and beautiful beaches. If you want to take your grandchildren to see some history, there are some amazing ruins to see here. But it’s not all sight-seeing, take an adventure on horseback in Pathos or head to the Aphrodite Waterpark. There are various activity parks throughout the island if you want to go in search of places like Dinosaur Park and Looney Land too!

Cyprus

Do you need a letter of permission to travel with your grandchildren?

Whilst this not required by law, it’s better to be safe than sorry in this circumstance. Usually, a letter of permission is needed from a parent when travelling abroad alone with their child, this is to prove they have permission to travel with the child and are not taking them without the other parent’s knowledge or consent. Whilst it is not essential to have such a letter when travelling with your grandchildren, it can be a good idea in case of any issues or emergencies. This can just be in the style of a formal written letter that is signed and dated by both parents, this is an important detail if the parents are divorced.

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