Planning a summer getaway with the kids but don’t fancy the hassle of going abroad? Look no further than the UK, a country filled with exciting cities that perfectly cater to families of all ages and sizes.
From stunning coastlines to historic landmarks and interactive museums, the UK has plenty to offer for an unforgettable family holiday. Here we take a look at four of the best cities to visit with the kids, with some great ideas to include in your itinerary.
The capital city of the UK is a cultural hub featuring a magnitude of attractions for kids. Visit iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the British Museum. Afterwards, you can head to one of the many green spaces dotted around the city, like Hyde Park, and enjoy a picnic in the sun.
There are also great museums for children in London, where they can engage in hands-on learning experiences. We recommend taking a trip to the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum. And you won’t want to miss the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour. Let your little ones relive the magic of the books in real life and become wizards for the day – it’s an experience they’ll never forget!
While London can be a busy city, particularly in the height of summer, getting there doesn’t need to be difficult – even with a young family. Simply book your tickets to London Kings Cross Station ahead of time and make sure to reserve seats for the whole family. Once in London, you’re able to walk easily to each tourist site as these are fairly close.
The South West gem is a fabulous location for young families. With its maritime history and pastel-coloured streets, Bristol isn’t a city to miss. You must visit the S.S. Great Britain, the world’s very first steam-powered passenger liner located in the harbour, and of one Bristol’s main attractions. The kids can get stuck in here, whether it be becoming a Victorian sailor or taking a walking tour around the harbourside.
You can also ride the Avon Valley Railway, which once connected Bristol and Bath back in the 1800s. Nowadays, it’s a three-mile heritage railway featuring a steam-powered train. The fully-restored train station is great for the kids to get a sense of what Victorian life was like, and there’s a walking trail beside the tracks should you decide to go for a family hike.
North York Moors
Away from the bustling cities on this list, the North York Moors makes for the perfect chilled family break. Whether your fancy a picnic, a paddle, or a walk, the choice is yours. The woodland walks in Sneaton Forest are particularly memorable. The forest is close to Midge Hall and a 30-foot Falling Foss waterfall.
Why not live the life of luxury and hire a cottage? From games rooms to pizza ovens, the accommodation here is enough to make you never want to leave. Plus, most are dog-friendly, allowing you to bring your beloved pooch.
Looking for the classic family beach vacation but without the hefty price tag? Blackpool offers an incredible amount of things to do with the family. The vibrant seaside resort has long stretches of golden coastline, perfect to kick off your shoes and go paddling whilst the kids build sandcastles.
There’s also the largest indoor waterpark in the UK, Sandcastle Waterpark, where the little ones can spend hours going on all of the rides and slides. Finish the day off by taking a trip up to the Blackpool Tower Eye and marvel at stunning views across the North West.
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