The cost of living is spiralling, which is not great news for parents trying to entertain their kids during the long summer holidays.
While of course there are plenty of free activities you can enjoy together, from visiting the local park to dusting off the paddling pool, heading instead to some of the UK’s attractions and theme parks can set you back a huge amount of money.
That’s why we were pleased to see that Tripadvisor has collated some of its best experiences on offer for £10 and under to try this summer, all with excellent comments and ratings from reviewers. Read on to discover their tips…
UK family days out under £10 each
Wizard Walk of York – Magical Fun for all the Family! – York – from £9.00
Join multi-award winning entertainer The Magic Hatter as The Wizard of York on this family-friendly walking tour, ideal for ages five to 10 in particular (or big kids with a silly sense of humour). A must-do for wizard fans, the tour features comedy and history in abundance.
Changing of the Guard Walking Tour in London – London – £10.00
A chance to get up close to the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace from the best viewpoint available. Along the way your local tour guide will explain the Changing of the Guard process as you watch the Queen’s Foot Guards, the Household Cavalry and the Regimental Musical Bands march towards Buckingham Palace in one of the most inspiring British events in all its pomp and pageantry. With a small group, you’ll also learn about landmarks including St James’s Palace and Clarence House, and visit the heartland of British Royalty and Government to learn about Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament.
Traditional Scottish Ceilidh Experience – Oban – £10.00
This is a perfect choice for music fans visiting Scotland this summer. Enjoy the ultimate night of Scottish entertainment with traditional live music and Highland dancing, open to all ages.
Original Harry Potter Locations Tour – York – £5.00
As well as being full of architectural treasures, York also has a strong association with the world’s most famous wizard. Get an intimate glimpse into the city while visiting places significant to J K Rowling and Harry Potter on a magical walking tour, ideal for fans of the books and movies.
Street Art: The Modern History of the Northern Quarter – Manchester – £10.00
One to take the teens along for, this tour is for those interested in Manchester’s counterculture, as told by an authentic local voice through the street art on display there. Explore the back streets of the Northern Quarter, find film locations and street art and discover how ceramic art transformed the area into the city’s coolest district.
Welcome to Bath Short Walking Tour – Bath – from £10.00
Take an express tour of Bath with a local guide to see the city’s highlights in less than an hour. The ideal tour for families or those who have limited free time, the experience takes in sights of the Roman Baths, Guildhall, Theatre Royal, and more, along with the lowdown on each one. You’ll also get tips on places to eat and visit on your own.
Once England’s largest Roman fortification, Chester still bears evidence of that ancient heritage today. On this one-of-a-kind walking tour, discover the city’s most important Roman–era landmarks, and explore in the company of a costumed gladiator. Pick between two daily tour times, and set off on foot. You’ll discover the Chester Roman Amphitheatre, the Chester Roman Gardens, stroll its city walls, and learn entertaining stories about its history as you go.
Game of Thrones – Tollymore Forest Trek – Newcastle – from £10.00
Head out into the woods of Tollymore, which appeared in the first season of Game of Thrones, with this guided walking tour. You’ll walk for about 2 miles (3.2 km), visiting three different stops that appeared in the show with a guide on hand to lead the way.