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The 13 best theme parks in the UK to go to with the kids

Your little ones will love these fun days out, whatever their age

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Harriet Keane
Harriet KeaneLifestyle Intern
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Thinking of fun things to do as a family as the summer holiday draws to a close? The perfect way to keep little ones entertained during the weekends is a trip to a theme park. 

We've compiled a list of the best theme parks here in the UK; from Blackpool to Cornwall and London. See which attractions made our must-visit list and plan your next trip...

Best theme parks for families in the UK

Alton Towers - Alton, England

theme park alton towers

From the world’s first 14-loop rollercoaster to the world’s first freefall drop coaster, Alton Towers is home to some of the world’s scariest rides set to frighten even the bravest of thrill-seekers. It also accommodates the little ones with the singing and dancing CBeebies Land boasting 14 rides, various live shows, and an accompanying hotel. See more at

Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Blackpool, England

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

A favourite among visitors to the seaside town of Blackpool, this amusement park has highlights like Nickelodeon Land as well as huge rollercoasters like The Big One and ICON, the UK's first double-launch rollercoaster that launches riders to heights of 88.5ft. Book tickets in advance at

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Crealy Adventure Park & Resort – Exeter, England

Crealy Adventure Park

Complete with fun rides, a number of indoor play areas, live shows, and Buddy Bear’s Kingdom, there's no shortage of activities for the whole family at Crealy Adventure Park & Resort. More information can be found on

Legoland - Windsor, London


When one of the most famous toy brands in the world opens a theme park, you know it's going to promise the magic and fun of a live-action toy store. At Legoland Windsor, all their lovable favourites are brought to life, such as the popular LEGO Ninjago World where the children can test their Ninja skills through a 4D interactive ride and a variety of training camp activities. 

There is also the infamous Lego City driving school where most of us received our first license to drive (at the age of three-years-old and upwards) and The Dragon Coaster, one of LegoLand’s thrill-seeking rollercoasters. The best news is that Legoland even offers holiday packages, book now at

Sundown Adventureland - Retford, England

Sundown Adventureland

Head to Retford for a fun family day out at Sundown Adventureland. Here you'll find the Angry Birds Activity Park, Rocky Mountain Railroad and numerous other rides all designed specifically for children under ten. See more at

Brighton Palace Pier - Brighton, England

Brighton Pier© Photo: iStock

Tie in a trip to the seaside with a visit to the Brighton Palace Pier, which is filled with attractions for the whole family, including arcade games and traditional fairground rides.

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Adventure Island - Southend-on-Sea, England


If you're heading for a staycation in Southend, you don't want to miss a day at Adventure Island, which has over 40 rides and attractions. Entry to the park is free, and it instead operates on a ride band system, so you only pay for the rides that fit the level you and your family are comfortable with. Visit for more information.

Best theme parks for toddlers and young children

Paultons Park - Romsey, England

Paultons Family Themepark

The home of Peppa Pig World and dinosaur theme park Lost Kingdom was revealed in 2018 as Trip Advisor's most popular amusement park, and it's easy to see why. Paultons Park has lots to offer the whole family, with over 70 rides and attractions such as Adventure Golf, the Water Kingdom, playgrounds and several beautiful gardens. See more at

The Milky Way Adventure Park - Clovelly, England

The Milkyway

Located near Clovelly, North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park is a favourite among young families. As well as rides and attractions like the Cosmic Typhoon, Clone Zone, and the Time Warp, the park also has live shows, a soft play room for under fives, as well as the Milky Way Railway. See more details at

Drayton Manor Park - Tamworth, England

Drayton Manor© Photo: iStock

Drayton Manor, specifically modelled for younger children, is the home to over 100 rides and attractions with everything from thrill-seeking rollercoasters to crazy golf - but the fun doesn't stop there. With a 15-acre Zoo and its very own Thomas Land boasting over 25 rides and attractions for the little ones, Drayton Manor is the fourth largest amusement park in the UK. Find out more on

Best theme parks for older children

Landmark Forest Adventure Park - Carribridge, Scotland

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

Set within the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, Landmark Forest Adventure Park wins over families who want an action-packed day out. From the Wild Water Coaster to a Skydive experience and Tarzan Trail, there is so much for children and grown-ups to enjoy. Get more details at

Lightwater Valley - Ripon, Yorkshire

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Lightwater Valley offers not only adrenaline-pumping rides, family fun attractions, and daily live shows but also provides stunning views of the Yorkshire valley, if you're brave enough to seek them out. Our favourite? Take a ride on Raptor Attack, regarded as one of the best dark rides in the UK. For more information visit

Flambards - Cornwall

theme park flambards

Renowned as the West Country’s leading family attraction, Flambards offers more than your average amusement park. As well as boasting thrilling rides such as the sky-plummeting Skycracker and the splash-filled Log Flume during the summer, Flambards’ indoor attractions offer a thrill (even on level ground) during the colder months. Get tickets via

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