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All too often, people think that when it comes to going on a holiday with the family, we have to sacrifice the luxuries. But that is not the case. Sure, planning a luxury holiday is never easy especially if you’ve got small kids in tow. Thankfully, there are plenty of beautiful places in the UK that cater to luxury travellers with kids.

From visiting the iconic Harry Potter film locations at the Highlands to taking a luxury boat trip at the Lake District or staying at an elegant hotel in London, here’s our pick for the top luxury family holidays throughout the UK.

  1. The Highlands

With so much to see and do in and around the Highlands, you have all the reasons to take your family here for a luxury holiday. Dubbed the “Harry Potter Bridge”, the impressive Glenfinnan viaduct is a must-visit, whether you’re a fan of Harry Potter or not. The viaduct opens to exceptional views overlooking the Glenfinnan monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

One of the best things about holidaying in the Highlands with the family is that you have plenty of options for your accommodation. From hotels, cottages, to holiday parks and resorts, the Highlands have it all. But if you want your family holiday to be truly unforgettable, consider staying at the Zetter Townhouse or the Glengorm Castle. These accommodations are fitted with luxury amenities for a more relaxing holiday with your kids.

2. The Lake District

Michelin-starred restaurants, elegant country houses, and world-class spas are some of the things that await you on your luxury holiday at the Lake District. Of course, there are plenty of family-friendly activities, too. In fact, the place is beautifully geared to families with lots of quirky attractions to explore and exciting activities to enjoy.

Windermere, the largest natural lake in England, is perfect for families. Take a luxury boat across the lake going to Wray Castle and check out the restaurants and shops in the beautiful town of Ambleside. Take your kids to explore The World of Beatrix Potter and Hill Top and head to the Levens Hall, a charming manor house in the Kent Valley.

3. The Cotswolds

When it comes to family-friendly breaks in the UK, the Cotswolds is your best bet. From exploring the Cotswold Wildlife Park to visiting the Chastleton House, there’s always something in the Cotswolds to keep both adults and kids entertained.

The Cotswolds has plenty of cottages geared towards luxury travellers. These cottages have brilliant facilities, from swimming pools to tennis courts and family-friendly suites and facilities. The Southrop Manor, a beautiful house that boasts a stunning garden, is highly recommended.

4. London

London is home to Europe’s most luxurious hotels that welcome holidaying families with open arms. When it comes to luxury family travel in London, no other place in the UK does it better than England’s vibrant capital city. When it comes to fine dining, you’ll find plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants in the city with tailor-made child-friendly menus.

While you head off for a bit of luxury shopping, there are tons of activities in London that can keep your little ones entertained. They can explore the London Eye, check out the countless museums, or visit the Buckingham Palace.

5. Surrey

Surrey is a fabulous place to visit for a fun-filled family holiday. It has plenty of family-friendly places where you can spend some quality time with your kids. Cycle through the forest through the exhilarating bike trails at Alice Holt Forest and test your climbing skills at the Tree Top Adventure.

Take your little ones to explore the historical sights in Surrey such as the Hampton Court Palace and the glorious Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 50,000 living plants. Loseley Park is not to be missed. Here, you’ll find a gorgeous Tudor manor house surrounded by a walled garden with mulberry trees, hedges and colourful flowering plants.