Looking for a great UK family holiday on a budget? We’ve put together five of the best for around £500 to help get you on your way
Are you in the mood for a getting away from it all, but worried about the costs spiralling out of control? You are not alone. The average two-week holiday for a UK family of four costs £4792, according to www.evolutionmoney.co.uk. Furthermore, while on holiday Britons tend to spend an average of £227 per person per week. Crazy!
So, to help manage budgets better this year, here’s our guide to the best UK family holidays costing £500 and under. Now all you have to do is choose your favourite!
1. Loch Ness
Fire the family’s imaginations with a visit to the infamous lake and see if they can spot the Loch Ness Monster.
You could stay in a Loch Ness Monster pod in nearby Fort Augustus, which offers studio accommodation not far from the site.
Take in the Loch Ness Monster exhibition and explore plenty of other nearby attractions, including Urquhart Castle and the Great Glen Walk.
There are also lots of opportunities for cycling, canoeing and fishing, as well as host of restaurants to choose from.
A four-night stay at a Loch Ness Monster Pod costs from around £396 for a family of four in July.
2. Peak District
The beauty of the Peak District is it’s not too far away but it’s so spectacular you’ll feel as though you’ve travelled miles to get there.
With amazing peaks and gorges to discover there’s so much to do to ensure the kids are out and about but are kept interested.
Places such as Bakewell, which is famous for its puddings, Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground and Peveril castle are sure to entertain you all.
Not forgetting the many caves at Castleton, Chatsworth House, Peak Wildlife Park and the Peak Rail steam railway. Then there is the Heights of Abraham, which includes cable cars to take visitors over the valley, caverns, adventure play and walks.
A seven night stay at Barr Cottage in Tideswell with Sykes Cottages, costs from around £505 in July.
Kids love camping and Cosy Under Canvas, Kington, offers the glamping experience. Voted the top alternative accommodation in the 2013 Wales Tourism Awards, this site provides luxurious yurts and domes in idyllic natural woodland surroundings.
There are streams to paddle in, wood-fired hot tubs and camp fires.
The site runs along Offa’s Dyke the border between England and Wales and is close to the Brecon Beacons and the town of Hay on Wye.
A four night mid-week stay based on two adults and two children costs from around £510 in peak season.
Hoseasons Sandy Glade Holiday Park in Burnham on Sea offers a great family option.
Sitting on the Somerset coast, the caravan park boasts an indoor pool so there’s no worries if the weather’s bad. It also has an adventure playground, kids’ club, wi-fi, games and nightly entertainment.
And if the weather’s good there are lots of beaches, with seaside towns such as Weston-Super Mare close by. While days out at Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar Gorge are also easily accessible.
A seven-night stay based on two adults and two children costs from around £529 in peak holiday season.
People of all ages love Blackpool.
There’s just so much to see and do in the Lancashire seaside town – from the white-knuckle rides at the Pleasure Beach; thrilling water slides in the Sandcastle; endless fun in the many amusements arcades along the town’s infamous Golden Mile; three piers to explore; and its most famous building, the Blackpool Tower.
This is all besides the donkey rides on the beach, the many attractions such as Madame Tussauds, the illuminations and all the shows to take in.
A three-night stay at the Big Blue Hotel, based on two adults and two children, costs from around £459.