Favourite UK coastal walks

From the west’s granite cliffs and stunning beaches to the calmer shores and vast estuaries of the east, the UK must be one of the world’s best locations for long or short hikes by the sea.

Take the kids to … Monkey World, Dorset

Monkeying around is very much the order of the day at this Dorset family attraction where fun, conservation projects and chimp-themed shortbread collide

Take the kids to … Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent

History lesson and fun family day out combine at this sumptuous medieval house and its gardens near Tonbridge. The cycle ride to it is a joy as well

Take the kids to … West Midland Safari Park

Featuring A-listers of the animal kingdom, this safari park gets a thumbs up from the children – though adults may learn to regret a trip to the hard-to-dodge fun fair

The best family attractions in the UK: readers’ travel tips

This spring, unleash the children’s pent-up energy at these less-well-known day-trip destinations, from Cornwall to North Yorkshire, chosen by readers