The best family holidays in the North East

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Victoria Shopping Centre The Heart of Harrogate Shopping "Victoria Shopping Centre 'The Heart of Harrogate Shopping' Harrogate's premier shopping experience. On 4 levels there are many leading stores offering everything from food to clothing, flowers to picture frames and tapestries..."
Bettys Tea Rooms
Bettys Tea Rooms "Betty's has earned its self a high reputation for cakes and biscuits as well as many different varieties of breads from around the world - and of course a wide range of speciality Teas and Coffees!.."
Roman Baths
Roman Baths "After a shower, visit the Steam Room where high humidity, made gently fragrant with cleansing Eucalyptus, opens pores, penetrates the respiratory system and eases tense muscles..."
Valley Gardens, entrance
Valley Gardens, entrance "Valley Gardens includes acres of floral displays leading into beautiful pine woods containing many rhododendron bushes. Model boating lake, paddling pool, playground, tennis courts, pitch and putt, mini golf. Restored sun pavilion and colonnade. Summer band concerts. Open daily - and FREE!.."

In these tough economic times, many families are choosing to holiday in Britain rather than venture abroad. A cheaper and more convenient option, the popularity of home-grown holidays undoubtedly stems from their affordability and diversity, with numerous activities and attractions found littered across the entire length and breadth of the country.

One of the most notable regions for this is the North East, which contains a number of fantastic holiday destinations including York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Whether you decide to stay in a hotel or visit one of the country’s numerous holiday parks is up to you and there are plenty of attractions for both options. If you want to travel to your chosen destination in comfort and style, the why not look at booking train tickets to your chosen location? With companies such as East Cost Trains servicing numerous destinations throughout the UK you will have plenty of choice and won’t have to deal with the stress and high expense associated with domestic flights or long car journeys.

Where to go?

In terms of destinations in the North East, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh are perhaps the three biggest options – although there are plenty of other possibilities, including Lincoln and Aberdeen.

With its famous quayside, diverse shopping facilities and varied eateries, Newcastle is a great choice for a holiday destination. Home to the largest independent library found outside of England’s capital and with the Life Science Centre offering plenty of education activities to keep children amused, this is the perfect place for families looking for a city break.

For history enthusiasts, the city of York is the ideal holiday location with plenty of museums and historic buildings to visit. Famously containing a recreated Victorian street, the York Castle Museum is a great attraction and one which is within easy reach of the city centre.

For those daring to venture further afield to the northern territory of Scotland, Edinburgh is by far one of the best places to visit. Whether it’s the globally recognised castle, the plethora of museums or the extensive shopping you are here for, there will be plenty to keep you amused.

Where to stay?

Whether its a hotel, campsite or bed and breakfast that you are after, there will be plenty of options for you in the North East. If you are intending to take a family holiday, then look for sites which cater to children.

For those with pets, check whether animals are permitted at your chosen accommodation and make sure you inform the train line when booking your tickets. East Coast Trains will enable your pet to travel free of charge, so long as they don’t occupy a seat, but you will still need to inform them beforehand.

Most accommodation and parks will be centrally located within these cities, so getting around your chosen destination won’t be a problem either. All you need to do is check suitable departure times and train fares and enjoy a well-deserved break in one of the UK’s best cities.