Cheap family days out in the UK

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Having trouble thinking of ways to keep your children entertained over the summer, without breaking the bank? Fear not – fellow Mumsnetters are on hand with suggestions for the best cheap days out and things to do for families in your area and close by.


From museums and galleries to parks and playgrounds, plus transport to enjoy both on and over the river – and even underground – there’s something to enchant kids of all ages (as well as their parents) in the capital.

Kent and the South East

Free (or virtually free) places to visit from sandy shores to shady forests, all over the South East of England.

Bristol and South West

The South West is positively chocka with summer days out, from farms to castles and much more besides – all at little or no cost.

Norfolk and East of England

Seaside towns, family-friendly farms and a raft of quirky museums and historical sites in between.

Nottingham and the Midlands

Bike tracks, caves, cable cars and lots more – all gratis or great value – in the Midlands.

Yorkshire and the North

Whether you have a railway enthusiast or a budding butterfly conservationist, you'll find something wonderful to do in this pick of cheap days out in the North.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Some of the best free museums outside London plus wild places for kids to indulge their wild sides.