Recommended Days out between Carlisle and Drayton Manor (Heading from Aberdeen, scotland though!)

    My sister is heading down tomorrow with her other half and 2.5 year old son Kyan to Drayton Manor and planning to visit other places on routeroundabout and spend about a week in the area - can anyone recommend must visit places which would be great for a toddler?

    Thanks in Advance!


    Sorry but it is not clear in your question where they are actually staying. You say they are visiting Drayton Manor, but then ask about places between Carlisle and Drayton Manor.

    If they are staying in and around the Drayton Manor area (North East of Birmingham) then Twycross Zoo would be great. It is just North of Drayton Manor, just off the M42 near Ashby de la Zouch.

    It has loads of Apes / Monkeys so lots for a young child to see going on (other animals as well of course)…htm

    As they may well know, Drayton Manor now has Thomas Land, an area themed round Thomas the Tank Engine and ideal for young kids.

    While the area is great, and very well themed, the rides are quite small so queues can build up quite quickly and it can mean kids having a long wait for each ride. They can get quite bored and irritable.

    This is of course a busy time for theme parks so not sure much they can do to avoid the queues (except perhaps go out of season) so just a warning really.

    There is also a small zoo at Drayton Manor, plus at the "back" of the zoo (where the Thomas train ride ends) there is a HUGE climbing area which young kids love.

    The Scottish Crannog center is worth a visit, although not sure if the toddler would fully appreciate it. There's Deep Sea World at the Forth Bridge and there's also the Butterfly and Insect World at Dobbie's Garden Centre just south of Edinburgh where they do some 'meet the animals' thing with a small Royal Python, Giant Millipede and Chilean Rose Tarantula, not everyone's thing, but whenever I've been the kids are pushing the adults out of the way to see and touch them. You also have the hothouse part where all the butterflies are flying around you and they are beautiful.

    There's also the Falkirk Wheel which links the Caledonian and Forth & Clyde Canals, pretty amazing to watch it and it has a nice visitor centre. There's also the M&Ds at Strathclyde Park just outside Glasgow with lots of fairground rides and stuff like that.
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