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The Top 5 Destinations UK Families Choose for Family Travel

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Where have you been this Summer, or where are you still to go?

Booking.com (a website with a diverse range of accommodation that I use loads for booking hotels last minute in the UK) has undertaken a study revealing the most popular destinations for UK families to get away to!  When I thought about where those destinations would be, I guessed at France, Spain, America, Greece and Portugal.  I was wrong.

According to the research by Booking.com, the top five destinations that UK families are visiting are France, followed by Austria, Denmark, United Arab Emirates and Spain. I would not have guessed at Austria at all (for some reason it isn’t even on my radar) and Denmark was a huge surprise to me too!

France & Spain


There are so many different reasons to take your family to France from the abundance of culture, to the French food, the landscapes and endless amounts of activities from cycling to skiing. France has it all – tranquil countryside, to beautiful beaches to buzzing cities making it is impossible not to be charmed by this country, particularly if you are a foodie loving family.

We have stayed all over France over the years, why not check out our stays near Bordeaux and this wonderful villa holiday in Uzes.



With its architecture and mountain views Austria looks like it has been plucked straight off the pages of a fairy-tale. Home to six national parks complete with lakes and stunning landscapes it is a top destination for the nature lovers. There are also quirky activities for the family such as the Obir Stalactite Caves, where during the enchanting light and audio there’s a visit from the dragon who lives in the cave.

As I said Austria has never really been on my radar, but I can totally see the attraction.  This lovely post by Gretta at Mums do Travel really highlights the attraction to families. Another one for the list then!



Spain has a strong reputation for family friendly holiday for a reason. Year on year families go back for the Spanish sunshine, outstanding beaches and mouth-watering tapas. In Spain you will also find some of Europe’s best waterparks and world-class zoos, should you fancy a day away from the beach. With the mainland and many islands there is an area in Spain suited for every family and with so many different accommodation types it is a surprisingly affordable family destination.

Over the years we’ve been to Barcelona, Madrid, San Sebastian, Majorca, Tenerife, Lanzarote – how about you??

Copenhagan for Kids


Scandinavia’s popularity has surged over the past couple of years. People have been flocking to Denmark for its friendly culture which stems from being one of the happiest places on earth. The family will have plenty to learn in this country including the history of the Vikings. It is also great destination for cycling holidays if your family fancies an active break.  If you would prefer a city break head to Copenhagen for great food and stunning architecture. A family trip to Copenhagen is not complete without visiting the magical Tivoli gardens.

We have some top tips on Copenhagan for Kids here too from a fellow blogger.

Dubai Marina Lights

United Arab Emirates

The UAE is the destination to go if your family are after some guaranteed sunshine. In the UAE you will find extravagant hotels, beaches, waterparks and luxury shopping but there is also plenty to do to keep the family entertained. Take your family camel riding through the desert, fly high in a hot air balloon ride, experience fast rides over sand dunes and if you fancy it there is even snow skiing in Dubai proving that the UAE has something for everyone!

We recently wrote a post on the top 5 things we would like to do in Dubai if we visited as a family, but I also love this one from Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos too and she is just about to head off there for 4 nights!

So those countries are reportedly the UK’s favourite holiday locations, but where are yours? We are definitely a little but in love with Greece!

NB: This post has been created in collaboration with Booking.com



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  • Reply
    Tracey Williams
    31st August 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Must admit we love Greece too, and I would love to return next year. I was surprised with Denmark and Austria but they do look great places to visit. Infact my very first holiday with school was to Austria skiing when I was 13 x

  • Reply
    1st September 2016 at 6:49 am

    Nice article, and very interesting to discover places we like to holiday.

    I love discovering places in the UK itself on a family holiday – there’s such a variety right here. Rome and its magnificent places is also up there.

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    Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    9th September 2016 at 6:29 am

    This is really interesting, I have never been to Austria but have always fancied it you know! x

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    Sarah Christie
    16th September 2016 at 9:15 am

    Ah thank you for the mention, you know how much we loved France so I am not surprised it is up there. I cant wait to explore it a lot more! And Dubai was mazing and crazy a wonderful place to travel with the family x

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    Ravi Roshan Jaiswal
    19th September 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Hi there,

    Well suggested destinations for family travel. I think each one is going to perfect for family travel. Therefore, I too agree with your recommended places for family travel. Family travel need more fun and enjoyment because children love so much the place, that is capable to fulfills their all entertainment there.

    France is perfect destination where we can get a beautiful beaches and children moving around the beaches, since they love to play with sand. Thanks for highlighting about the Booking site, I got impressed to know the features and benefit of using this site.

    Really, planning a perfect family trip may be a matter of worry but these recommended area may help we all to make our travel day fantastic and wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing.
    – Ravi.

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    Lizzie firstooth
    7th October 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I thought America would have possibly made the list but I’m pleasantly surprised! Denmark and Dubai are definitely two places I’d love to travel as a family. They both have a unique culture, or way of living and it’d be brilliant to experience it. I imagine Denmark would be a fantastic place to visit for the countryside, which of course kiddies love x

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    8th October 2016 at 9:05 am

    I agree – Spain is a greta place to bring kids. I’ve just returned from Cost Barcelona and they had some great areas for children.

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    Lynda (Toddler Baby World)
    15th October 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you very much. This article adds to my knowledge and very helpful!

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    Krishnendu Kes
    15th November 2016 at 7:51 am

    The list of Top 5 destinations you mentioned is amazing. The beauty of Austria really seems to be straight coming out of fairy land. The colorful buildings with an amazing place of boating in Denmark looks incredible and the night view of the United Arab Emirates is jaw dropping. I would love to travel these places one day.

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    Katie Haydock
    24th November 2016 at 3:15 pm

    These all sounds gorgeous. We’ve never been abroad as a family on 3 so I’ll keep all of these in mind xXx

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