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Cheap family days out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Beautiful beaches, fascinating museums and more country parks than you can shake a stick at.

Scotland

National Museum of Rural Life East Kilbride

“We had a lovely day out at the Museum of Rural Life with our almost-three-year-old DS at the weekend, I'd highly recommend it. It’s £7 entry for adults and free for under-fives. There's a working farm, tractor ride, nice cafe, play park etc.” BearFoxBear

National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh

“National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is amazing and free to get in. It's even got picnic rooms so you can bring a packed lunch. You could spend days in it and not see everything, and it's got loads of interactive things for kids.” Starryeyes28

Museum of Scotland

Linlithgow Palace West Lothian

“Linlithgow Palace is free for members of Historic Scotland. Nice walk round Linlithgow loch, too” ActualAl

Riverside Museum Glasgow

“Kids love it and, as it’s free, you can just pop in for half an hour when the fancy takes you. It’s an easy walk from Partick train/underground/buses and two minutes from the Kelvin Hall underground station.” Beachcomber

Wales

National Waterfront Museum Swansea

“Free entry and a nice cafe, which is quite cheap and serves lunchboxes and hot chocolates. It also has a play area with Lego and books.” Ilythia

“Not a huge amount to see that small ones can understand but lots of 'interactive' exhibits means they get to push buttons and use roller/scrolling balls.” Ilythia

Waterfront Museum

St Fagans National Museum of History Cardiff

“My top favourite is St Fagan's – it's an outdoor museum in a little village just outside Cardiff (near Llandaff) with loads of houses, cottages and buildings to explore. Great for all ages and it's free.” ediemay

Folly Farm Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire

“Not free, but really good value. We've got annual passes but I think it's in the region of £10 for adult entry and there is loads there, easily enough to keep a family amused for a whole day and there are picnic areas inside and outside.”__ FlipFlopWaddle__

Margham Country Park Port Talbot

“Around 30 minutes from Cardiff or Swansea with extensive, beautiful grounds, a big castle to explore, two brilliant playparks, small farm trail, train rides in season, herd of deer, woodland trail, long or short walks or bike rides, Go Ape high ropes, and lots of events on through the year.” DesignedForLife

Northern Ireland

Ulster Museum Belfast

“Visit the children's art workshop on the top floor. Dinosaurs, art and lots of history. A great day out of the rain!” GiraffeinBelfast

Ulster museum

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The Big Fish Belfast

Cave Hill Adventure Playground Belfast