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Six stupendous Car-free trips with kidsaround the UK

Enjoy our selection of car-free trips with kids. Steam through Snowdonia on a scenic family adventure, explore the world of writer Roald Dahl, or visit zoos and wildlife parks around the UK. Learn how chocolate is made or how to write great stories: just a few suggestions for family-friendly outings that are far more rewarding without a car.

  • County: around the UK
  • Great for: castles | chocolate | steam railway | stories | wildlife park | zoo |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and more
  • Please note: researched/updated in February 2020. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
Sumatran tiger at Chester Zoo, spotted on our car-free trips with kids
  1. 4. Chester Zoo

    A selection of car-free trips with kids wouldn’t be complete without a zoo.  Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! Be transported round the world at Chester Zoo, where the bright colours will help you forget the grey Cheshire weather and imagine you’re far away. Take a leisurely boat trip through the Islands, a series of south-east Asian habitats that opened in 2015, or walk through the warm, leafy tropical house, full of free-flying Madgascan red fodies and emerald doves.

    • Half term activities include tours, quizzes, animal-themed games and an interactive show all about animal poo!
    • How to get to Chester Zoo car-free: follow Good Journey’s directions. There are frequent buses from Chester railway station and you can buy a discounted combined ticket for train, but and entry.
    • And, for more ideas in the area, see our car-free guide to Chester.
  1. 5. Shepreth Wildlife Park, Cambridgeshire

    Right next to the railway station in peaceful Cambridgeshire countryside, Shepreth Wildlife Park reopens this February and makes an ideal car-free trip for animal lovers and their families.

    • Hear about lynxes or lemurs, see majestic birds of prey and cuddly red pandas; watch the sleek otters or the (surprisingly fierce) meerkats being fed or the Egypitian fruit bats in the darkened nocturnal house. February 15th is a fundraising day for wild elephant conservation.
    • How to get to Shepreth Wildlife Park: follow the Good Journey directions and claim your car-free discount.
  1. 6. Wildwood, Kent

    The final pick from our selection of car-free trips with kids is Wildwood.  Only animals that are or have been native to Kent roam the wooded enclosures at Wildwood: bears, boars and bison. There are walkways through the trees, where you can watch the red squirrels chase each other over the sweet chestnut leaves below or a wolf pack winding through the bracken.

    • Wildwood is good for families, with a huge adventure playground and offers half-price entry to people who arrive by public transport.
    • This wildlife park near Herne Bay has a sister park in Devon and is also connected to a working conservation charity that helps reintroduce beavers, save water voles or use wild horses to restore habitat.
    • It’s open from 10am to 3pm in winter.
    • How to get to Wildwood car-free: Catch the Triangle bus from Canterbury’s bus station (£6.60 return, kids £1 extra each); it leaves every quarter of an hour and takes 20 minutes to reach Wildwood’s gate. Follow Good Journey’s directions for more options.
  • A colourful Madagascan Red Fody bird at Chester Zoo, spotted on our car-free trips with kids
  • Sumatran tiger at Chester Zoo, spotted on our car-free trips with kids
  • Animal at shepreth wildlife park, one of our car-free trips with kids
  • Tree Shrew at Wildwood, one of our car-free trips with kids

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!