Family-friendly apps for days out in the UK.

Last updated: 30 September 2015

Family-friendly apps for days out in the UK.

There are loads of fun things to do on your doorstep, but we all need some inspiration for making the most of what the UK has to offer.

Whether you’re planning a leisurely family day out or you’re looking for some excitement, these apps give you some tempting ideas for your time off and all the tools you’ll need. So get out your smartphone, download these apps and get ready to discover more.

  • AA Days Out App Image

    AA Days Out Guide 2014 - iPhone, Android (free)

    This app features recommendations for over 1,800 attractions across the country, including visitor centres, stately homes, castles and gardens, theme parks, zoos, museums, and gardens.

    Search your location or a location of your choice, and the app will show you a list of attractions by distance. Along with a Google map, you’ll find price info, opening times and more.

  • 2015 Good Pub Guide icon.

    2015 Good Pub Guide - iPhone (£4.99)

    Once you’ve had enough of exploring and playing, a family lunch or a relaxing evening in a good British pub fits the bill. With the 2015 guide, you can read recommendations and independent reviews for 5,000 pubs across the country and share great pubs with your mates.

  • Alton Towers App Icon.

    Alton Towers - iPhone, Android (free)

    Count the days until your next theme park adventure with a countdown clock. And when you arrive at Alton Towers, there are loads of useful features in this app.

    It’ll help you find your car, tell you facts about the rides and give you the all-important queue times. You can also beat boredom while you’re queuing by rating your last ride.

  • Change4Life Fun Generator App Icon

    Change4Life Fun Generator - iOS, Android, Windows (free)

    Part of the NHS Change4Life fitness and health initiative, this is perfect if you don’t want to travel far or spend a great deal, but still want to make the most of your free time. Just pick an activity and the app gives you loads of fun ideas for keeping the kids entertained and making sure they get some exercise.

  • Day Out with Kids App Icon

    Days Out With Kids - iPhone, Android (free)

    This straightforward app uses your location to search for nearby family-friendly attractions. When you see something you like, the app gives you links to contact details and related websites, along with those all-important user reviews.

  • English Heritage Days Out

    English Heritage Days Out - iPhone, Android (free)

    Whether it’s dungeons and dragons or shining knights that you want to see, you’ll find them all with this app.

    To help you choose where to go, there’s info on pricing and opening times, along with images and travel directions. Choose your preferred area, and then just browse current events. Family-focused and user-friendly, you can even see whether you can take the dog along too.

  • Google Field Trip App

    Google Field Trip - iPhone, Android (free)

    This quirky app pinpoints your location and brings up a list of all the attractions around you – whether it’s landmarks, museums or other places of interest.

  • Toilet Finder App Icon

    Toilet Finder - iPhone, Android, Windows (free)

    This app really is a life-saver when you’re out with the whole family. Toilet Finder does exactly what is says on the tin, giving you a list of nearby conveniences and plotting them on a map. Fingers crossed you get there in time.

  • Wikitude App Icon

    Wikitude - iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows (free)

    This app uses your phone’s camera, plus augmented reality technology, to highlight different information around you. Search for ATMs, restaurants or even your friends. Just hold your phone up and pan around to see everything you’ll need during your day.