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8 Great Places To Visit In The Midlands With The Kids During Half Term

The half term holiday is here and it is always a pain trying to find new and exciting places to take the kids, that have all the accessible facilities you or they might need. AccessAble is the perfect place to search, with our Detailed Access Guides giving you all the accessibility information you need to decide if it is the right place for you and your family to visit.

Today I am sharing 8 places my boys and I have visited and enjoyed in the Midlands, or plan on visiting this year. I hope this helps give you some inspiration for the school holidays and offers you somewhere new to consider exploring!


1 - Sea Life Birmingham

Natalie's two sons are pictured in front of the penguin exhibit at Sea Life Birmingham. You can see ice and two penguins behind them, as they smile at the camera

The boys LOVE visiting an aquarium and this one is fabulous. Right in the centre of Birmingham and easy to reach from the train station, there is so much to do and see here. We all loved the Ocean Tunnel and Leo got to see his favourites - the penguins - which were in a brilliant exhibit. There is so much to do around Birmingham and this is based in a great location should you want to spend a few days in the city.

Detailed Access Guide for Sea Life Birmingham

2 - Derby Theatre

We love going to the theatre and have seen a number of plays and performances here over the years. This February half-term you can enjoy, among others, Dear Zoo and the Flying High Gang Show.

Detailed Access Guide for Derby Theatre

3 - The Thinktank (Birmingham Science Museum)

My youngest is a huge space fan so loves the Planetarium here - and there is s o much more to see and do including the Science Garden and a child sized world perfect for under 8's to explore. They have a range of extra activities on during the half-term and pre-booking tickets is advised.

Detailed Access Guide for The Thinktank

4 - Walks of Life Museum

This is one place I haven't come across before finding it on the AccessAble website, despite it not being far from me at all! The Walks of Life Museum showcases the many inventions that have underpinned progress for rural communities and the rural way of life from hand labour to the automated modern world.

Detailed Access Guide for Walks of Life Museum

5 - LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

With two massive Lego fans in this house, this was always going to be a hit. Described as the ultimate indoor Lego playground, it is primarily aimed at children aged between 3 and 10. Pre-booking is essential and they also offer a range of quiet sessions.

Detailed Access Gudie for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

A black and white photo of Natalie and her two sons, pictured in a wooden treehouse.

6 - Tudor World

I am a huge fan of Tudor history and found this place on AccessAble - so now we have to visit!  This is a Tudor living history museum with plenty to see, and is set in the beautiful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Detailed Access Guide for Tudor World

7 - Shakespeare's Birthplace and Centre

I haven't actually been here (yet) but my mum and dad visited and said it was great. As a keen reader, it is somewhere I want to visit and it is on my 40 before 40 list! As the boys are now in high school they have been introduced to Shakespeare and it will be great to take them to visit where he was born;

Detailed Access Guide for Shakespeare's Birthplace

Detailed Access Guide for The Shakespeare Centre

8 - Cadbury World

I remember my first visit here as a child and feeling like I was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! It has changed a lot since then but is still an amazing place to visit with the kids - make sure you take some extra spending money for in the shop afterwards!

Detailed Acces Guide for Cadbury World

I hope this run through of some of the places we have enjoyed visiting, or plan to visit, has inspired you as to where you might go in the school holidays. I have found the AccessAble website a great way to find new places to visit and it takes the guesswork of making sure a place has the things I need, as the Detailed Access Guides are right at my fingertips.

Hope you all have a fabulous half-term, happy exploring!

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