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15 of the best UK hotels for families, as tried and tested by parents

Fancy a weekend getaway with the kids? We’ve found the best UK family-friendly hotels that are geared up for guests of all ages. Whether you're on the hunt for a city break or a countryside escape, we've got recommendations from real parents to help plan your next trip. 

By Jenny Elliott | Last updated Nov 11, 2022

A child plays with a teddy on a hotel bed.

The UK may be brimming with family-friendly sights and attractions but finding a well-placed hotel that knows how to please both kids and parents can feel like a big ask. But worry not – we’ve done the legwork and found some brilliant UK hotels that offer fabulous kid-friendly facilities as well as some well-earned pampering for parents.

What makes a good family hotel?

One of the first things we look for in a family hotel is whether it offers comfortable family rooms. After all, all parents know that a good night’s sleep (or close to it) can make or break the following day.

Of course, the best family hotels also come with kid-pleasing facilities, such as swimming pools, play areas and gardens. Being handy for family-friendly attractions and offering a babysitting service definitely earns bonus points. 

Which UK cities are good for families?

Nearly all UK cities have lots to offer families. That said, there’s something magical about showing young eyes the world-class attractions of London and Edinburgh. With its parks, museums and compact centre, York also makes a surprisingly kid-friendly city break.  

So, here are the best UK hotels for family stays, as tried, tested and trusted by Mumnetters.

1. Woolley Grange, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Woolley Grange Hotel

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"It is utterly fab. We used the creche for the afternoon - and it was really well fitted out, and they serve great kids' food. I had a lovely aromatherapy massage too. Yes, we used listening service for our DD1 who was 1.5 then and no probs, felt very reassured" – recommended by Mumsnet user, Wingandprayer 

This luxury manor house hotel, on the edge of the Cotswolds and close to Bath, is firmly geared up for families. The beautiful grounds contain lots to do - from petting rabbits and pond dipping to making a splash in the outdoor summer pool. And inside, there’s also a pool for cooler days and a well-stocked games room. 

In fact, with 90 minutes of free childcare for each night stayed – and a baby-listening system – parents of little ones will have the rare chance to unwind in the spa or enjoy a relaxed meal. Uninterrupted bliss.

Nearest train station: Bath Spa (5.5 miles)

2. Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall

Woman in a spa pool overlooking Mawgan Porth beach from the Bedruthan Hotel and Spa

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"Have a look at Bedruthan Steps. Gorgeous place and family-friendly" – recommended by Mumsnet user, SilverHairedCat 

"The food is fabulous, and the beach is literally at the bottom of the hill. It's easy to get to Newquay and Padstow etc." – recommended by Mumsnet user, Pancake

It’s little wonder that parents rave about the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa. Not only is it within reach of some of Cornwall’s finest beaches, but it also comes with family suites, craft workshops, a games room and an outdoor play area. Not to mention the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. And should parents fancy some well-earnt downtime in the sea-view spa? The hotel has partnered with a babysitting agency, so you can book your childcare before you arrive. 

Nearest train station: Newquay (6 miles)

3. Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran

Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran

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"Would recommend Auchrannie Spa Resort on the Isle of Arran which is a 55-minute ferry journey from Ardrossan, which in turn is about 45 minutes drive from Glasgow. It is very relaxing and has great facilities" – recommended by Mumsnet user, Pagan.

Nothing says ‘family adventure’ quite like taking the boat to an enchanting Scottish isle filled with mountains, beaches and forests. And happily, the Auchrannie Resort – with its self-catering lodges and generous hotel rooms – makes a brilliant island base. 

Younger kids will love the Playbarn and its indoor and outdoor play areas. Teens, on the other hand, can enjoy segway and bike tours. The resort also has a games hall and an indoor and children’s pool – plus a restorative spa.

Nearest train station: Ardrossan Harbour (a 55-minute ferry ride to Isle of Arran)

4. Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London

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“We stayed at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in the summer - lots of adjoining rooms, mostly families staying there, great location and not too extortionate" – recommended by Mumsnet user, mamaduckbone

The Park Plaza Westminster Bridge is something of a rare beast: a mid-range London hotel with a choice of interconnecting and family rooms and a good-sized indoor pool. Plus, its location on the South Bank makes it easy to visit many of the capital’s kid-friendly attractions, including the London Eye, the SEALIFE London Aquarium, Jubilee Gardens and the Florence Nightingale Museum

After a day of exploring, blackout curtains and soundproofing will help everyone get a good night's sleep. First, though, take the chance to peek across the twinkling cityscape, especially if you've booked one of the rooms with views of Big Ben. 

Nearest train station: Waterloo (0.4 miles)

5. Lakeside Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge, Cumbria

Lakeside Hotel and Spa, Newby Bridge

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"The Lakeside Hotel in Newby Bridge is lovely and caters brilliantly for families. It's in a beautiful spot right on the water's edge and a couple of minutes' walk from the Lakes Aquarium (good for kids) and also close to the motor museum, which is worth a visit. The hotel has a nice pool and a couple of different eating areas. It's just really lovely and we can't wait to visit again" – recommended by Mumsnet user, Peacypops

The Lakeside Hotel & Spa sits on the picturesque southern shore of Lake Windermere and is well-located for scenic walks and boat trips. The comfy family suites have separate sleeping areas for the kids (complete with bunk beds). Plus, there are interconnecting rooms that work well with teens and bigger groups. The indoor family pool is sure to please all ages, as are the hearty breakfasts.

Nearest train station: Oxenholme Lake District (17 miles)

6. The Grand Hotel, York

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“The Grand is lovely. Went for a joint birthday celebration with friends and I don’t know whether our rooms were standard or not but they were huge. Spa facilities and a pool too. Oh and the cookery school looks fabulous” – recommended by Mumsnet user, Brogues

York’s only 5-star hotel knows how to welcome parents and kids with its special check-in for children and plush family rooms. Head to the hotel’s cookery school for family classes without the clean-up. Or unwind in the serene hotel spa, which includes a 14-metre swimming pool and offers under-16s manicures. 

The Grand’s location is handy for the train station, as well as York’s huge range of kid-pleasing attractions (including the National Railway Museum, JORVIK Viking Centre and York Castle Museum). 

Nearest train station: York (0.3 miles)

7. Holyrood Aparthotel, Edinburgh

Holyrood Aparthotel, Edinburgh

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"Holyrood Aparthotel - it is BRILLIANT. You get a really nice kitchen so you can cook it you want or order in a takeaway" - recommended by Mumsnet user, mumoftwoboys

Edinburgh’s interactive museums, historical sites and large parks make it a wonderful city to visit with kids. And the Holyrood Aparthotel is a super convenient base. Not only is it a short stroll from the slopes and trails of Holyrood Park (situated on an extinct volcano), but it's handy for the train station and the handsome Old Town. The mix of studios and one and two-bed apartments come with well-equipped kitchens, so you can easily prepare kid-friendly snacks and money-saving meals.

Nearest train station: Edinburgh Waverley (0.4 miles)

8. Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey, Gwynedd

Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey

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“Definitely go to Aberdyfi. Have afternoon tea at the Trefeddian hotel - big place on a hill with fab views. Crabbing, lovely beach.” – recommended by Mumsnetter, deaddei

Parents and kids love this grand Mid-Wales hotel close to Snowdonia National Park, which also has stunning sea views. The kid-friendly facilities include an outdoor playground, a tennis court, an indoor play area and a swimming pool. What’s more, children under five stay for free throughout the year.

There’s an early children’s supper menu featuring plenty of family favourites to help ensure fuss-free mealtimes. The complimentary listening service also means parents can slink off to enjoy a romantic meal once their little ones are safe and sound in bed. 

Nearest train station: Aberdovey (0.8 miles)

9. Beadnell Towers, Chathill, Northumberland

Beadnell Towers Northumberland

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"Beadnell. Particularly Beadnell Towers if you want a hotel, but there are Airbnbs and holiday cottages around too" – recommended by Mumsnet user, MissLC

This elegant hotel, close to beautiful Beadnell Bay Beach, welcomes families (as well as their dogs). Some of the stylish family rooms feature a double and bunk beds - or you can book two adjoining rooms to form a spacious suite. 

Perhaps the biggest draw, though, is the gorgeous Northumberland coastal location. Kids can try their hands at a range of watersports offered by local KA Adventure Sports. And you’re just down the road from Seahouses (where you can join a puffin cruise), as well as being well-located for day trips to handsome Bamburgh Castle and lovely Lindisfarne.  

Nearest train station: Chathill (3.2 miles)

10. The Ickworth, Suffolk

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"I bloody loved Ickworth when DS was small. I remember him waking at some ungodly hour, 4.30 or so, and they let us into the crèche. He played happily for a couple of hours, I dozed on beanbags, and the porter brought me toast and tea!" – recommended by Mumsnet user, PenguindreamsofDraco

Located within 1800 acres of National Trust parkland, The Ickworth combines refined luxury with plenty of kid-friendly facilities. Make the most of the 90 minutes of free childcare included with every night of your stay - and treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa treatment or a delicious meal at the adults-only Fredericks restaurant. There are plenty of opportunities for quality family time too, with a more relaxed restaurant, an indoor heated pool (stocked with floats and noodles), as well as a kids’ cinema and fairy garden. 

Nearest train station: Bury St Edmunds (4 miles)

11. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Newcastle, County Down

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"Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co. Down is fantastic! Brilliant spa, right on the beach, golf, good local town to browse shops and cafes" – recommended by Mumsnet user, 3nationsfamily

Around an hour south of Belfast airport, Slieve Donard Resort is set between the Irish sea and the magnificent Mountains of Mourne. Little sandcastle builders can head to Newcastle’s wide sandy beach, and the town also has fun-filled amusements, as well as a glut of well-rated cafes and restaurants. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the resort itself - with its swimming pool, tennis courts, pub-style bistro and luxury spa.

Nearest train station: Newry Station (23 miles)

12. The Grove, Cromer, Norfolk

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"The Grove in Cromer has a pool, and you can get the train via Norwich" – recommended by Mumsnet user, fadingfast

The Grove provides family-friendly accommodation within a Georgian country house, just a 10-minute stroll from Cromer’s golden sandy beach.  Choose to stay in one of the spacious family rooms or opt for a stand-alone cottage or garden-set yurt. There’s an indoor heated pool should you fancy a dip. Meanwhile, the extensive breakfast menu – including buttermilk pancakes, smoked bacon and maple syrup – should set everyone up for the day pottering along the town’s traditional prom and pier.

Nearest train station: Cromer (450 metres)

13. Moonfleet Manor, Weymouth, Dorset

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"Moonfleet Manor is very geared up for children, a really lovely place" – recommended by Mumsnet user, TickleMyTitsTilFriday

"It's lovely and very family-friendly without being Butlins" – recommended by Mumsnet user, M0therofdragons

The savvy folk at the Luxury Family Hotels chain understand that the key to a blissful family holiday is well-entertained kids. Which is why Moonfleet Manor, on the Jurassic Coast, is the third of their properties to make our list (in addition to Woolley Manor and The Ickworth). 

Kids will adore the heated indoor pools (including a baby pool), as well as the outdoor playground, well-stocked library and cinema room. There’s also an Ofsted-registered creche and children’s club for under-9s - so parents can enjoy a little downtime in the spa or award-winning restaurant. Come nightfall, retire to one of the stylish rooms or two-bedroom suites.

Nearest train station: Weymouth (6 miles)

14. Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool

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"We’ve stayed at the Big Blue Hotel a couple of times. Really enjoyed it both times. Kids liked the novelty of seeing the rollercoasters out of the bedroom window!" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Retrievemysanity

"We stayed in the Big Blue Hotel and loved it. Rooms had giant snakes and ladders on the wall for the kids and TVs at the end of their bunks so nice as a treat" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Meltedicicle

Do your kids love rides? If so, treat them to a stay at the Big Blue Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, home to some epic rollercoasters as well as the UK’s only Nickelodeon Land. The funky family rooms feature a separate children’s area with bunk beds and inbuilt PlayStations. Come mealtimes, head to the buzzy brasserie where kids can create their own pizzas. 

Nearest train station: Blackpool Pleasure Beach (0.1 mile)

15. Luccombe Hall Hotel, Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Luccombe Hall Hotel, Isle of Wight

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Luccombe Hall is a real favourite with families thanks to its friendly service and beautiful clifftop location in the seaside town of Shanklin. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, a children’s playground, mini putting green, plus steps that lead you down to the beach. The airy family rooms have a double and bunks. Nearby you’ll find a great range of attractions, including the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Dinosaur Isle and Blackgang Chine – the UK’s oldest amusement park.

"Luccombe Hall has an indoor and outdoor pool, indoor games room, sunbathing area, sauna and hot tub. It’s within walking distance of shops, restaurants, beach and train station in Shanklin" – recommended by Mumsnet user, Ricekrispie22

Nearest train station: Shanklin (1 mile)

What’s the best hotel in the UK for families?

Parents of older thrill-seekers will love the great value and location of the Big Blue Hotel in Blackpool. Meanwhile, families with younger kids are bound to enjoy a break at the Trefeddian Hotel, where children under five stay for free.

That said, the Woolley Grange Hotel gets our vote as the best all-round hotel for families in the UK, thanks to its mix of luxury rooms, kid-friendly facilities and high-quality childcare.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there's nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what family-friendly hotels in the UK were being recommended.

We then did some online research, looking at what family hotels in UK had won accolades or been featured in 'best choice' and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best UK hotels for families.

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