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The best days out with toddlers in the UK

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Now that some venues and places of interest will soon be starting to re-open after the lockdown, we've compiled a definitive list of the very best toddler days out that the whole family will enjoy.

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If you're looking for places to take your toddler, we've got loads of great suggestions for 1-year-olds and above, from exploring Peppa Pig world to a medieval duel at Warwick Castle to fishy-themed adventures, there is something to spark the imagination in every child. 

Here are 14 brilliant toddler days out ideas in the UK 

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1) Peppa Pig World, Hampshire

From Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter ride, to Muddy Puddles Water Splash Park, to George’s Spaceship Indoor Playzone - Peppa Pig World has all you need for a family fun day out! Nestled in The New Forest in Hampshire, you and your tot are bound to have a ball in this beautiful setting. 
Read our guide to taking your toddler to Peppa Pig World here. 
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2) Legoland, Windsor

Legoland is now open with new and improved hygiene and safety measures. Activities include rides, attractions, shows and events.
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3) Glasgow Spy Mission Treasure Trail, Glasgow, Glasgow and Strathclyde, Scotland

Safe for a socially distanced day out, follow the Glasgow Spy Mission Treasure Trail, solve clues on route as well as taking in the views and exploring the area. Available to download and for all ages. 
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4) Thomas Land, Staffordshire

Calling all Thomas and the Tank Engine lovers, Thomas Land will make all your dreams come true!
Read our guide on taking a toddler to Thomas Land, here.
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5) Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes 

This fun-filled park in Milton Keynes is well worth a visit with your tot! Pop into the Whispering Woods and take the Fairy Trail through the magical woods to turn all your toddler’s worries into wishes, and much much more...
Here's our cheat sheet for taking your toddler to Gulliver's Land!
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6) Dublin Zoo, Dublin, Ireland 

Based inDublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland? Why not head to Dublin Zoo, located in the heart of Dublin, a fun-filled day out for all ages, and the place to learn more about animals too. Dublin Zoo is one of the oldest zoos and home to 400 animals. You'll need to pre-book a timeslot for safety reasons.
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7) The Deep Aquarium, Hull

Make some Fishy Friends an this award-winning aquarium in Hull, where your tot can learn about life under water and see a huge variety of sea life!
Here's our guide to making the most of The Deep Aquarium.
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8) Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Republic of Ireland

Aillwee Cave is located in the Burren In County Clare, with one of the best views of Galway Bay. Aillwee Cave is one of the oldest caves in Ireland and has so much to offer. As well as a tour of the cave, you can sit down and watch flying displays at the Birds of Prey centre, the home to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and Owls from all over the world. 
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9) Cbeebies Land, Alton

CBeebies Land is where your little one’s TV dreams come true. From In the Night Garden to Postman Pat, expect your tots to be star struck as you make your way around the attractions. CBeebies Land is part of Alton Towers, so there's plenty more to do if you have older kids too!
Here's everything you need to know about taking your toddler to Cbeebies Land and if you're planning on an overnight stay, check out our review of the CBeebies Hotel here. 
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10) SEA LIFE Brighton 

Whether your tot is up for feeding turtles or even Shark feeding if he's brave, Sea Life Brighton is an aquarium like no other! 
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11) The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle, Stirling and Falkirk, Scotland

Treetops adventures and scenic trails, the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle should be on the top of your list when you're in the area. With something that everyone can enjoy, enjoy a gentle stroll to a waterfall too. 
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12) Treetop Adventure Golf, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales

Treetop Adventure Golf is perfect for wet day in Cardiff, and something for all ages. With a theme of a tropical rainforest, you won't be disappointed. 
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13) Willows Activity Farm (featuring Peter Rabbit!), St Albans 

Come and play with the much-loved stars of the animated CBeebies series ‘Peter Rabbit’ at Willows Activity Farm, near St. Albans. Visit Peter’s Secret Treehouse, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s Kitchen and Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery at this first Peter Rabbit themed adventure play area of its kind.
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14) Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

 From epic bird shows to history museums to a Medieval dining experience - there is lots of fun to be had at for the whole family! Read our review of Warwick Castle, here. 

Still looking for ideas? Check out the below, for more inspiration! 

The best theme parks for toddlers

ChessingtonFrom Chessington World of Adventures to Pleasure Island, to Digger Land, our Guide to the Best Theme Parks for Little Ones gives you all the info on parks all around the UK!

Seasonal days out

Click on the below to get some season-appropriate ideas on where to take your toddler:

Family-friendly days out in London 

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If you're looking for fun days out there are interactive experiences, museums, Royal parks, and playgrounds to keep them busy.

If you have an animal lover, there are zoos and parks packed full of cute and cuddly critters and kings of the jungle.

Check out our full guide on the fun days out ideas in London.

The best family-friendly pub gardens 

Pub GardenSummer afternoons are made for lounging around in the sun, but it can be difficult with several tots in tow.

We've rounded up our favourite family-friendly pub gardens, so you and your little one can get outside and have some fun!

The best adventure playgrounds in the UK

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There are many fantastic adventure playgrounds across the UK you and your family can visit, with some offering free entry. Here are just ten of our favourites.

Days out inspired by children's books

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Story-time with children can often be a magical, mysterious and exciting experience, but you may be surprised to know that you and your family can visit lots of the places that inspired children’s literary classics, right here in the UK!

Here's our where-to-go guide for all your favourite children's books, including Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, The Chronicles of Narnia and Beatrix Potter! 

The best museums in the UK for families

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Many museums are themed with particular interests such as science or dinosaurs while others encompass a variety of exhibitions. Plus, for many, small children under a certain age go free. Bonus! Take a look at our favourites.

Best free outdoor activities for kids 

Toddler-on-bikeHide and Seek, cycling, sculptures on the beach, bug hunting and all the classic outdoor activities are listed here, to remind you what fun you can have on a budget!

You can also have a look at our pick of the best free things to do with your baby here.

Alternatively, you could grab a picnic and let them burn off some energy while getting some fresh air with our pick of the best parks and fun-filled outdoor spaces for the whole family. 

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