Top 5 Family Friendly Motorway Service Stations in the UK

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Long car journeys with young kids – need I say more. If you’re embarking on a road trip across the UK this summer then check out our top family friendly motorway service station picks, so you can manage a (reasonably!) stress-free family journey…

 

South Mimms Service Station

Image courtesy of Welcome Break

Where: M25

Family Facilities:

  • Parking free up to 2 hours
  • Open 24 hours
  • Free Shower facilities
  • Baby Facilities including changing spaces
  • Variety of eateries including Ed’s Diner, Burger King, Harry Ramsden, KFC, Krispy Kreme, Pret, Starbucks, Subway, Tossed
  • Variety of shops including Waitrose, WH Smiths

Best Bit: Plenty of places to eat and great baby friendly facilities

Learn more: https://www.welcomebreak.co.uk/locations/south-mimms-m25/

 

Gloucester Service Station

Image belongs to Gloucester Services, Westmore

Where: M5

Family Facilities:

  • Organic baby food
  • Children’s food portions and lunchboxes available
  • Family toilet facilities with spacious baby changing areas and child size toilets and basins.
  • A family area including a small kitchen with a microwave for warming up baby food plus children’s seating and an indoor play area
  • Beautiful duck pond and outdoor space, plus water bowls and a dog walk area available
  • Lovely farmshop and eateries selling fresh organic produce and homemade baked goods

Best Bit: Really incredible food of excellent quality, lovely environment and perfect for families with little ones!

Learn more: http://www.gloucesterservices.com/  

 

Beaconsfield Service Station

Image belongs to http://www.extraservices.co.uk/location/beaconsfield/

Where: M40

Family Facilities:

  • Spacious food court with bright decor and comfortable seating
  • Range of places to eat including JD Wetherspoon, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Greggs, Nandos, Patisserie Valerie, El Mexicana, Carvery Express, Chozen Noddle, Mint Leaves Indian Food, KFC
  • Range of shops including WH Smith, M&S Simply Food, Top Gifts
  • Large lakeside terrace with paths out into the landscaped grounds and preserved woodlands
  • Special indoor and outdoors play areas for children to enjoy
  • Giant TV screen
  • Award winning bathroom facilities including baby changing facilities
  • Free parking for 3 hours

Best Bit: The lovely children’s play area set in the beautifully landscaped grounds

Learn more: http://www.extraservices.co.uk/location/beaconsfield/

 

Tebay Service Station

Image belongs to Tebay Services, Westmore

Where: M6

Family Facilities:

  • Organic baby food
  • Children’s food portions and lunchboxes available
  • Family toilet facilities with spacious baby changing areas and child size toilets and basins.
  • A family area including a small kitchen with a microwave for warming up baby food plus children’s seating and an indoor play area
  • Beautiful duck pond and outdoor space, plus water bowls and a dog walk area available
  • Lovely farmshop and eateries selling fresh organic produce and homemade baked goods

Best Bit: The indoor play area is great for little ones, plus the duck pond is just lovely!

Learn more: http://www.tebayservices.com/

 

Annadale Water Service Station

Image source: Roadchef, Annandale Water

Where: A74

Family Facilities:

  • Lovely nature trail and picnic area
  • Showers and Wi-Fi available
  • Catering including Costa, Hot Food Co., McDonald’s, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Wild Bean Cafe
  • Bathroom facilities including baby changing

 

Best Bit: The nature trail is a great way to burn off some energy before hopping back in the car

Learn more: http://www.roadchef.com/motorway-service-area-annandale-water 

 

For more tips on the best UK family service stations check out this great mumsnet guide by clicking here or for tips on how to entertain your tots during long car journeys, view our blog article here.

Wendy Johnson
Wendy Johnson

Wendy Johnson is the Social Media Manager at Tots to Travel, Mum of 2, lover of France & Greece, talented knitter and loves any kind of crafting with her girls.

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