We absolutely love this place! We stayed here last year for my birthday in May and had a lovely break, but this time was even better because our youngest, Charlotte, is now old enough to enjoy all the wonderful facilities and activities with us.
Woolley Grange is a beautiful Jacobean country Manor set in Bradford-on-Avon.
What they have created here for families is something very special and I would highly recommend it. We didn’t need to leave the hotel because there is so much here to see and do and the staff really look after you.
To see all the things we got up to on our stay here check out our Woolley Grange video, or you can read my previous blog post to learn more about the all the activities and facilities they have to offer.
What a day! Longleat was a truly amazing experience. I used to love watching the TV series about Longleat, so I was really excited to visit. The show doesn’t prepare you for the true scale of this place. It is quite incredible and seeing the animals roam free in all this land is a beautiful thing. We arrived in the morning and asked a helpful lady in the ticket booth for her advice on how we should plan our day. Safari or house first?
She said that although the safari may be busier now, the animals are more likely to be active. They tend to take cover from the heat later on. I’m so glad we took her advice, as some of the animal encounters we experienced that day were truly unforgettable. (Skip to 4 mins 50 secs in our family holiday video below, to see what I mean!)
- You can use Tesco Clubcard points to put towards the cost of this fantastic family day out.
- There is very little mobile phone signal at Longleat, so if your group becomes separated, it can be hard to find each other again. However, if you visit the Chameleon Cafe, you can join their Wifi by asking a member of staff for the password.
We hadn’t planned to go to Bath on this trip, but I think that was what I liked most about the idea! The spontaneity! We decided to drive to Bath in the evening, after visiting Longleat. We looked online at a few different hotel options on the way, but decided that even if we couldn’t stay the night, we could have dinner before driving home.
The first thing we did was drive to the Travelodge Bath Central, to see what the location was like and find out if they had a room for us. The location is very central and within easy walking distance to all the attractions. We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful receptionist (Anna), who confirmed a family room was available, helped us with parking arrangements and even carried all our luggage up to our room.
We really loved exploring Bath. It is such a beautiful city and there is so much to see and do. We took a ride on the City Sightseeing open-top bus tour, which was a great way to explore the city, with two little ones in tow! We completed both routes, the City Tour – which was the perfect way to learn all about Bath’s history and see some of it’s finest architectural sights and the ‘Skyline Tour’ – which circles the hilltops of Bath and showcases the most astonishing, panoramic views of the city.
- If you are staying at The Travelodge Bath Central there is a great spot across the road for breakfast called The Adventure Cafe, Plus guests from the Travelodge receive a 10% discount!
- If you want to show your little ones a Roman bath without having to queue or pay a penny… take them into the ticket hall, go past the toilets and take your first door on the right. Here you will be able to see a Roman bath below, through the window. You can also see some Roman artefacts and visit the fountain in the restaurant.
This trip was so much fun and we have taken home some amazing memories. It also shows that you can still be spontaneous as a family, without it being stressful and you can cram a lot into a four day holiday in the UK!
See our full summer holiday adventure in our fun family video below…