Four Fun UK Cities to Visit with Kids

My family and I go on a lot of weekends and school holiday breaks in the UK. It’s amazing how many family-friendly cities and villages right on our doorstep. My friends and relatives often ask me for advice on where they can take their kids on holiday, where there is low risk of boredom, tears and tantrums. So with the Mother’s Day and the Easter holidays nearly upon us, I thought would be a good idea to write a post on fun places in the UK to enjoy a family holiday. I hope these ideas will help you out.


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1    London

It’s the most obvious place to start, but it’s also the best. London is bursting at the seams with sights and attractions, much of which are designed for children. These include museums, shows, playgrounds and activities. You wouldn’t be able to do even half as much as you wanted to during a holiday in London, so it’s a good idea do your research beforehand and make a list of your must-see attractions. For our next visit, on our list is the V and A Museum of Childhood, the Battersea Park and Zoo and a theatre show like Lion King or Billy Elliot. My kids are also desperate to take the Harry Potter studio tour!


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2    Blackpool

There are so many family-friendly attractions in Blackpool. I would probably call it the Mecca for kid’s entertainment! There is something to suit every child from mini golf to bowling and water parks to ice skating rinks. And when you are not spending time at one of the city’s many family attractions, you can take your bucket and spade and just spend some time on the beach. There are also a huge number of family-friendly hotels and restaurants to choose from in Blackpool.

3    Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a marvellous place to take your children, especially if they are old enough to appreciate the beautiful appearance and amazing history of the city. Naturally, one of your first stops will be at the Edinburgh castle, inside which there are a number of interactive learning displays for young visitors. Be sure to get there for 1 o’clock to see and hear the gun being fired. If your kids are brave enough, a ghost tour exploring the city’s old town could be a memorable experience. Make sure you pick a tour suitable for children, as the others have been known to shake even the most fearless of visitors!

4    Plymouth

Plymouth is a great idea if you and your family want a lot of outdoor action on your holiday. You can take a ferry trip, go on a Segway or bicycle tour or just go for plenty of lovely family walks in the beautiful scenery. On a trip to Plymouth, I would recommend visiting the National Marine Aquarium. It’s the largest of it’s kind in the UK and, for me, was certainly the most impressive I’ve been to.

These are just some of the amazing places in the UK for family holidays. I hope your next break is a fun-filled adventure for all!

Rebecca x

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  • some great ideas there, we never seem to have much success with days out, something always seems to go wrong and we end up back indoors within a few hours! have made a note of some of the London suggestions.

    Anthony Harrington

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