Out of this world fun for kids of all ages, plus discounts on selected attractions.
Our attractions specialists have a wealth of knowledge to help you plan fantastic days out with your family; to get the ball rolling, they’ve chosen some of their favourites around the UK.
We have incredible discounts at many attractions this summer, so contact us to snap up some great offers, including up to 50% off at more than 30 Merlin Entertainments attractions across the country.
Age 5 and under
Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire
Many children have toy vehicles to play with but it’s not often that they get the chance to drive the real thing. That’s the joy of these four parks around the UK, no matter what your age you can climb into the cabin of huge diggers and dumper trucks and take control. There are also rides, go-karts, mini Land Rovers and tractors, and in Devon, you can camp on-site in the grounds of Verbeer Manor.
Thomas Land at Drayton Manor
Thomas the Tank Engine has been a favourite among children for decades and it doesn’t look like his popularity will wane any time soon. Many of the model trains, props and sets are now housed within the Drayton Manor theme park site, and visitors can take a ride on Thomas himself plus Percy and Rosie. As well as fun railway rides, there’s Emily’s indoor play area, Flynn’s fire rescue, Harold’s helicopter tours and Terrance’s driving school.
Set on a 150-acre site, Legoland is now one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. Visitors can explore 11 ‘lands’, including Miniland featuring global sights and cities in miniature form, Lego City where children can take the wheel of an electric car, and Pirate Shores which has the Pirate Falls water flume. Finish your day with a trip to the UK’s biggest Lego shop. Call us for discounted tickets.
Age 6 to 10
Visiting this Cornish icon is like travelling the world in one day, as you work your way across a site the size of 30 football pitches. The Rainforest Biome is not only the world’s largest greenhouse; it is also home to the world’s largest rainforest in captivity. The Mediterranean Biome is full of colourful flowers, fruits and herbs. We’re sure the biomes alone could keep you entertained for hours but there is also art, gardens, a tractor-pulled train, zip wire and rainforest canopy walk.
National Space Centre
If your child is keen to carve out a career in space science or astronomy then a visit here will be ideal, but even those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can have a fascinating day out. Make sure you allow plenty of time to view all the exhibits and partake in some of the 150 interactive experiences. This is also the home of the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium where you can experience a 360-degree cinema show about our galaxy.
This popular attraction allows you to get up close and personal with superstars and historical figures. The lifelike wax sculptures are split into 14 distinct zones, including film, sports, music and the royal family, as well as interactive experiences such as the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience. Discounted combination tickets can be purchased which include access to the London Dungeon, Shrek’s Adventure and SeaLife Aquarium – call us to book.
Age 11 to 16
London, Braintree, Dagenham, Ipswich, Manchester, Gateshead, Norwich, Romford and Tamworth
This Japanese import has fun at its heart and with nine centres around England, there’s bound to be one close to you. Ideal party venues but also great for a day out, especially if the weather is being unkind, they offer ten-pin bowling, dodgems, pool tables, video games and there are soft play areas for the very young.
Known for always bringing something new to the theme park market, this is the home of the world’s first vertical free-fall drop rollercoaster and Europe’s first inverted rollercoaster. As well as enjoying a total of 41 rides, visitors can stay at the resort hotel which is a great option during the annual Scarefest for Halloween and Santa’s Sleepovers during December and January.
Meet some of Scotland’s most gruesome historical characters and enjoy storytelling, laughs and screams as you follow your guide through the dungeon. Meet murdering duo, Burke and Hare, learn the legend of Sawney Bean, embark on a creepy boat ride and find out what it feels like when the floor opens under you, as those who were sentenced to hanging experienced.