The best family-friendly museums in the UK: readers’ travel tips

The Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds does an incredible job of helping kids to understand how lucky they are to have vaccinations, antibiotics and even the basics, such as clean water. It’s a Victorian street complete with smells and printed cards (describing nasties like bed bugs), plus it highlights the horrors of cholera and there’s […]

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Take the kids to … The Making of Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio, Leavesden, Herts

A self-guided tour of the studio where the eight Harry Potter films were made. A vast hangar features all of the sets – starting with the Great Hall, currently decked out for Christmas with sparkling trees, tables laden with festive food and, for the first time, an ice-sculpture, icicles and a floating orchestra from the […]

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Buckler’s Hard, New Forest: ‘A calm backwater but in a good way’ – review

Hampshire holidays Take the kids to … This riverside attraction, where maritime history can be explored at a gentle pace, offers a relaxed family day out  Float way … Buckler’s Hard in Hampshire, with its former worker’s cottage leading to the water’s edge In a nutshell A former ship-building village on the River Beaulieu in […]

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20 of the best coastal campsites around Britain

ENGLAND Pitches 40 Good for Atlantic isolation On the western foreshore of St Agnes, the southernmost of the inhabited Isles of Scilly, the farm’s meadows slip right down to the sea. Pitch on the water’s edge at the UK’s most south-westerly campsite, with Periglis beach (a shell collectors’ paradise) on one side and intriguing rock […]

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