Top UK Attractions to Explore Before the Summer Holiday Rush


As a parent one of the best things is going for a day out to an interesting and fun place with your children. Do you know what one of the worst things is? Going for a day out to an interesting and fun place with everybody else’s children. The summer holidays are speeding towards us and that means that soon there won’t be a museum, zoo or theme park in the country you can visit without lengthy queues, hiked up prices and a constant soundtrack of somebody, somewhere, screaming at the top of their lungs because they want an ice cream.

So this is the ideal time to dodge the crowds. We’ve a precious few weeks before the summer holiday starts and a handful of weekends before then. Rather than waiting for the holidays to roll around with their traffic jams and queues, why not beat the rush? Here are a few uk attractions you can sneak in before the summer rush.


Alton Towers

Let’s be honest, there are few things in this world worse than a theme park on a summer holiday. But before a holiday, they’re the best! If you want to go on a ride, just go on a ride! Fancy something to eat, there’s loads of bored staff in eateries all over the park who’ll be eager to serve up your food in a timely fashion.

And the best part is, as well as less queues and quicker service, it’s cheaper. Alton Towers is offering 40% off if you book in advance for a day during June.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

The Warner Bros Studio Tour is about as close as you and your kids will ever get to visiting Hogwarts in real life. And if you think about it, why would you want to visit Hogwarts during the summer holidays? Do you remember that really good bit in the Harry Potter books that took place during the summer holidays at Hogwarts? No, obviously not. Because Harry was busy sitting at home in his cupboard under the stairs. So during term time is clearly the best time to visit.

Of course, the Warner Bros Studio Tour won’t just take you to Hogwarts, you can see the Hogwarts Express, Diagon Alley, and more!

Eden Project

Driving up to the Eden Project you might think it looks like a prototype for our first Mars colony, and you wouldn’t be far wrong. The gigantic hexagonal domes are built to take tropical and Mediterranean environments and help them survive way up in Cornwall. Standing in the middle of one of those domes you might think you’re not so far from the Amazon itself. Although admittedly, that illusion will be a whole lot sturdier if you’re not visiting at the same time as every other holiday-making family in the country.

Legoland Windsor

You remember that bit in the Lego Movie where everyone is singing “Everything Is Awesome” and then Emmett shouts “I could listen to this song for hours!” and it smash cuts to eight hours later and everyone is still singing the same song?

The point is, everyone loves Lego. Everybody. If you meet someone who says they don’t like Lego there’s a realistic chance they’re a very convincing robot. Possibly made out of Lego. So obviously an entire theme park made of Lego is going to get absolutely packed during the summer holidays. Beat the rush!

Where will you be visiting before it gets too busy?



  1. June 29, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    We went to the Eden Project at Easter and were surprised how manageable the crowds were. It was a really wet day though so some people may have stayed away. Good tips! Days out are so much more fun when you’re not competing for every ride or space in the toilet queue! 🙂

  2. August 16, 2016 / 11:46 am

    We know what you mean with theme parks during holidays. We often still go as we have the Merlin Annual passes and are not so stressed about getting on as many rides as possible in one visit. We often visit Warwick Castle just for a picnic.

    Sometimes, Bank Holidays can be some of the quietest days as many people avoid these days as they expect them to be busy.