Summer breaks at British seaside resorts or holiday camps are the least child-friendly in the world, according to a survey which reveals the problems for families holidaying at home.
Couples with youngsters are treated as a nuisance in Britain and ripped-off whenever possible, according to the research.
Many families complain of child- hating Basil Fawlty-style hotel bosses. Rooms are expensive and too small and the food provided for children is poor, according to the study of more than 2,000 parents for Mother and Baby magazine and Mothercare.
Parents say the average cost of £84 for a day's outing in the UK is too expensive, with a typical family splashing out £2,016 a year on such trips.
The United States was the country voted the most child-friendly by almost one in four of those surveyed, followed by Spain (20 per cent), France (18 per cent), Greece (12 per cent) and Italy (8 per cent). Britain trailed in last, attracting just 6 per cent of those polled.
Elena Dalrymple, the editor of Mother and Baby, said: "It seems British hotels haven't moved much beyond Basil Fawlty.
"Although there are some wonderful family hotels which provide spacious rooms, outdoor play areas and swimming pools, they come at a high price.
"With so many outside threats, from terrorism to global warming, more and more families want to holiday at home and we need Britain's holiday hotels to rise to the challenge and meet the needs of young families."
Blackpool was voted the worst place in Britain for a family holiday, followed by Hastings and Bognor.
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