Travel Time: 23+ hours from East Coast & 19½+ hours from West Coast (depending on duration of stop-over)
Weather: Summer, June to August, brings the warmest and most reliable weather across all regions of the UK and Ireland, as well as peak tourist season.
The winter months experience very cold and wet weather through the UK. Northern and rural parts of England and Ireland have reduced opening hours or close down during this period. Scotland experiences freezing temperatures throughout winter and in December only experiences daylight until 4pm.
Currency: GBP (Great Britain Pound) and Euro (in Ireland)
Major destinations: England – London, Oxford & Stonehenge, Ireland – Dublin, Galway City & Connemara, Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond & Glen Nevis, Wales – Cardiff
Holiday types: City break, countryside, historical, & nature experiences adventure for older kids & teens
The UK is ideal for travelling with children for its diverse attractions, relatively compact size, magnificent wealth of outdoor activities and variety of entertainments for all ages.
England is home to bustling cities with a wealth of quality entertainments and exhibits for children – London and Oxford are highlights. Try camping or a farm-stay in the countryside for an idyllic English getaway.
Wales, modern and fun, is geared toward family travel, offering interesting castle explorations, beachside towns and adventure sports galore.
Ireland is a diverse destination of ancient and modern walks of life – visit Dublin, with wonderful kid-centric activities, Galway City, Ireland’s ‘most Irish city’ – its artsy bohemian vibe will appeal to older kids – and the Connemara Peninsula and Cliffs of Moher for awe-inspiring scenery.
Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world – The Isle of Skye and Glen Nevis are particularly acclaimed regions where a variety of adventure sports abound. The capital city, Edinburgh, is superbly family-friendly, full of playgrounds, festivals and interesting tours dedicated to children.