Family-friendly holidays that won’t break the bank

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From the golden beaches of Cornwall to the craggy hills of Aberdeen, the rolling greens of Galway and all that’s in between – the UK and Ireland has so many choices for family friendly holidays to suit all budgets.

Driving in the UK and Ireland

The great thing about travelling in the UK & Ireland is the possibility of using your own transport. The freedom of using your own car means that you are following nobody’s itinerary but your own. You can choose exactly where you go and when you want to go there. There are some wonderful scenic road trips to be taken in the UK & Ireland too which will hopefully keep the kids occupied before they insist on another round of ‘eye spy’.

If wanting to travel to Ireland with your car then taking the ferry is a cheap, quick and fuss-free option. On board you’ll find plenty of food and shopping options to enjoy and pets are also welcome on board (they do have to stay in the car however) meaning that nobody, not even the family pet, need miss out on the holiday this year.

Exploring the local cuisine

For such small islands, the UK and Ireland really do have their fair share of regional delicacies for you and the family to try on your holiday – if travelling on the South West coast then a piping hot Cornish pasty is a must, a sweet Bakewell tart if you’re visiting the aptly named Derbyshire town of Bakewell, a hearty hot pot if in Lancashire, and haggis ‘neeps’ and ‘tatties’ (haggis, turnips, potatoes) if in Scotland.

To save a bit of money on feeding your family you can research where the local food markets are before arriving.  Make up a picnic for an outdoor lunch, or get your meat for the evening BBQ at the local supermarket to save some extra cash. If you want to avoid overpriced service station prices you can also make up snack bags for your road trips.

Cheaper tickets for attractions

Research is key when looking to save money. Visiting tourist attractions and paying on the door, on the day can see the entry price double. Visit voucher websites to find money off certain attractions, and research if certain days/ times are cheaper for families. You can also visit local tourist websites as they often advertise free activities and events in the area.

Where to sleep

Accommodation is often the most expensive aspect of a family holiday and camping can be a budget option for the family to enjoy. If travelling in your own vehicle, any camping equipment can be stowed away in the boot, and you can change your temporary home as often as you’d like!


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