From stretching coastlines and rolling countryside to quaint market towns and bustling cities, there’s more to the South of England than London – the south is packed with family-friendly tourist attractions, spread across a diverse range of charming locations that are easily accessible by train. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure by land or sea, the following destinations could be just the ticket:
Bournemouth – If you’re looking for a British seaside getaway, this charming coastal resort town is the perfect location. Located in beautiful Dorset, Bournemouth is home to a wide range of family-friendly attractions including amusement parks and sandy beaches – if you’re looking for a spot of adventure with the kids, check out action-packed attractions like RockReef, Tower Park and the mind-bending Upside Down House. While train journey times from London average around 3 hours, it’s possible to get to Bournemouth in less than 2 hours from Waterloo.
Brighton – Famed for its nightlife and beautiful beaches, Brighton is a great seaside location with an average journey time of 1hr20mins from London. This picturesque city is a prime spot to soak up the sun and relax, but it’s also well suited to the more active and adventurous – if you fancy a spot of friendly competition on your family holiday, see who can bounce higher at the Sky High Trampoline Park or have a race at the Extreme Ventures climbing gym. To get the best from your Southern adventure, consider staying for a few days and checking out the surrounding areas; action-packed attractions near the town include Knockhill Mountain Board Centre, Splashpoint and Knockhatch Adventure Park.
Bath – Located in stunning Somerset, Bath takes its name from the Roman-built public baths that you can still visit today. If you’re looking to soak up some history and enjoy exquisite architecture from days gone by, this well-preserved historic town is ideal – the city is listed as a World Heritage Site and one of the 11 Great Spa Towns of Europe. While relaxing in the city’s baths and spas may suit the parents, family-friendly attractions on offer include Original Wild, West Country Games and Wookey Hole Caves.
Torquay – Lovingly known as ‘the English Riviera’, Torquay is renowned as one of the most picturesque areas of the country. As well as outstanding natural beauty, this Devon seaside resort town is home to some great family attractions including Babbacombe Model Village, Paignton Zoo and the Golden Hind Museum Ship.