Ah, Kent. Oast houses, windswept beaches and, erm, inquisitive tigers peering in your hotel window. Yes, at this conservation-minded safari park – one of the Aspinall Foundation’s two Kentish facilities – you can (safely) spend the night a few furry footsteps away from bears, rhinos, big cats and more. Rooms run the gamut from swish, savannah-ready tents to lavish treehouse suites (complete with private golf buggy). Recover from feeding the giraffes by heading to nearby Hythe to catch a dinky steam train bound for the atmospheric shinglescape in Dungeness.
Best for: Critter-crazy pre-school tykes.