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Why go to UK?
  • Comprising England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: each country is alive with culture, history, attractions, and diverse landscapes.
  • Excellent city break opportunities: London, is one of the world's great cities, with many child-friendly attractions (Zoo, Natural History Museum, London Eye), while many other towns and cities Bath, York, Edinburgh - have a rich heritage to discover.
  • While you can't always guarantee your sunshine hours, you can be sure of a wide variety of landscapes and attractions: from the tranquil beauty of the Lake District and the wild Scottish highlands, to the unique Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, the rolling hills of Dorset, the ruggedness of Cornwall...
  • Cheeky seaside resorts like Brighton and Scarborough appeal to the most discerning babies and toddlers. Kiss me quick!
  • Small enough to tour around and pack a lot in - good roads, a lot to see and do in each region.
  • Easy to plan a two-centre break. A few days in a city can be combined with a bit of time spent relaxing in the countryside or by the coast.
  • Excellent transport network means that, generally, a car is not essential.
  • There are a growing number of family-friendly hotels which positively welcome babies and children while retaining plenty of adult appeal.
  • Wide range of self-catering options from cottages on the Cornish coast with enclosed play areas, to woodland lodges in the Lake District
  • If you already live here, a holiday in the UK means that you don't have to worry about unfamiliar food, language or time differences.
  • High-quality baby paraphernalia readily available from organic food to nappies, so no need to take everything including the kitchen sink.
  • The variety of food on offer means there's bound to be something to tempt the palate of even the fussiest toddler. Failing that, you can get chips with just about everything.
  • No need for any vaccinations, and no poisonous snakes, fish etc
  • Excellent medical facilities generally close at hand.

Things to think about:

  • Weather unpredictable. Cities have many indoor distractions, but even at the height of summer, you'll need to pack some wet weather gear just to be sure.
  • Not an innately child-friendly culture when compared to most European countries. At many restaurants, babies and children are tolerated rather than welcomed, and while they themselves are unlikely to notice, you may feel tense. Always best to check if children are welcome. Sad, but true.
  • Good service often feels like an impossible dream rather than a basic human right.

Best times to visit: for best chance of decent weather May-Sept

Currency: Pound. Travellers cheques and/or credit cards widely accepted.

Capitals: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast

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