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Ten educational attractions offering great summer days out

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Staycationing has become a British tradition. But if you’re staying put for the long holidays, you’ll want to break up the summer with the occasional day out. We’ve got the UK covered, with 10 attractions where you can have fun with the whole family while sneaking in some learning on the sly! The prices shown were sourced from the venues’ websites at the time of writing (summer 2017).


Camera Obscura, Edinburgh

Enjoy 360⁰ views over the Scottish capital from the Camera Obscura and rooftop terrace. Learn about optics over five floors of interactive optical illusions, tricks and more.


Prices: Adults £15, children aged five to 15 £11.

Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Centre

Based on the banks of Loch Lomond just half an hour from Glasgow, this aquarium offers a huge experience. Prepare to be wowed by the many creatures of the deep!


Prices: Adult or child over three: £13.95 – book tickets online to save; discounts available for two or more people.

Discovery Point, Dundee

This attraction focuses on Captain Scott of the Antarctic’s Dundee-built RRS Discovery. Climb aboard and follow in the great explorer’s footsteps (or wake!) to see how he and his crew lived.


Prices: Adult £9.25, children £5.50.


Pembroke Castle

Pembroke Castle is a medieval fortress overlooking the Cleddau estuary. With its towers, passageways and Great Keep, this former seat of successive important barons has shaped British history.


Prices: Adults (i.e. over 16) £6.60 (with Gift Aid, £6 without), children £5.50 (with Gift Aid, £5 without), children under three go free.


Armagh Planetarium

This attraction offers a range of starry shows, along with craft workshops and exhibitions – please DO touch the meteorites! A great way to learn about astronomy while staying entertained for light years.


Prices: Family ticket including exhibitions, £20 per show. Adults, £6 per show, under 16s £5 per show.


Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

This award-winning, open-air living museum tells the tale of the world’s first industrial landscape, with buildings, vehicles and more. Take an olden-days school lesson, play a traditional street game or catch a silent movie.


Prices: Adults £17.50, children aged five to 16 £8.75, children aged four and younger free.

JORVIK Viking Centre, York

Take a journey to Viking times and experience life in the tenth century on the site of some of Britain’s most extraordinary archaeological excavations. There’s now an updated ride experience and ultra-modern galleries showcasing a unique collection of Viking artefacts.


Prices: Adults £10.25, children aged five to 16, £7.25, family discounts available.

Amazona Zoo, Cromer

The North Norfolk coast’s Amazona Zoo houses dozens of South American species, from jaguars and parrots to snakes and iguanas for a truly colourful day out. Kids learn all about wildlife and conservation, and there are extensive play areas and rainforest springs, too.


Prices: Adults £11.50, children aged four to 16 £8.50, family tickets available.


Tudor World, Stratford-upon-Avon

Discover the secret life of Tudors at this interactive attraction. Visit a plague cottage, recline on an Elizabethan bed or have a crack at writing with a quill! All set within a sixteenth-century building.


Prices: Adults £6, children six to 15 £3, free for those aged five or younger. Family ticket £14.

The Eden Project, Cornwall

Experience everything from a rainforest ecosystem to Mediterranean trees and plants. There’s a rainforest canopy walkway, a zip wire and play areas that are both educational and fun.


Prices: Adults £25, children £15, family ticket £69, 10% online discount.

Have a fun, learning-filled summer!

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