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Mine, The city breaks with the kids She is an explosion of the senses. All of the sights, sounds, and experiences that come to your face crammed closer than close spaces can be overwhelming. Especially when you’re trying to keep track of little people and discourage them from touching anything “that brown sticky”.
Yes, Mother Cities brings out the helicopter in me!
But they also offer an incredible cultural and educational experience. Plus, there’s always somewhere more open and foliage not far away, if you need to escape the bustle. And in 2022, cities will likely be less crowded than usual!
There has probably never been a better time to book a vacation with kids in the UK!
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Our favorite city cuts with the kids
But where are you heading in 2022? We have many experience British city breaks with children Now, I wanted to share some of our favorite destinations, things to do, and places to stay.
You can also read our top tips for surviving with toddlers in the city, as well as our top family travel tips.
Are you looking for recommendations for European cities? Here’s this tried and tested European city, our breaks with the kids.
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I would like to hear your recommendations for child-friendly city breaks in the UK. What place have you been so family friendly or created for the perfect city escape with kids? Leave a comment below.
Some of the other cities we recommend visiting in the UK with your family include Exeter, Portsmouth, Norwich and Cardiff. Read about the top five UK family holidays.
Additionally, here are some tried and tested baby breaks:
Salisbury – city break with kids in historic Wiltshire
If you are a history buff we can also recommend a stay at Salisbury in Wiltshire. In the city, there is plenty to see around Salisbury Cathedral or if you want to experience a cinema with a difference, check out Odeon, which is located in the home of a Tudor merchant.
Stonehenge, its neighboring district on a farm of rare breeds Avebury and Charleston Charles is not far from the city.
In addition to the featured hotels in downtown Salisbury*, you can find affordable family camping near Salisbury.
Salisbury also makes an easy day trip from London or you can use it as a stopover on a road trip through the Great West Way.
Where to stay in Salisbury with kids: We stayed in a luxury cottage on the site of Stonehenge camp.
Find more places to stay in Salisbury with kids on Booking.com *:
Winchester in Hampshire
The capital of Hampshire and seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester is a favorite of ours. It’s small but beautiful with a stunning cathedral, a main street full of half-timbered buildings and its castle – or what’s left of it.
Explore the Great Hall, learn about history at the Winchester City Museum and buy some great local produce at regular farmers markets.
Outside the city center, a great family attraction is the Winchester Science Center and Planetarium. There’s a whole day out of interactive science experiments and fun for kids and adults alike.
Or if your kids love animals, take them to the Marwell Zoo. Another nice place to visit is Hinton Ampner – the home of the National Trust and gardens not far from town. Here are more reasons to visit Winchester with kids.
Winchester is also just over an hour from London by train from Waterloo, which makes it very easy to combine it with a trip to the capital.
It is also close to the cities of Southampton and Portsmouth.
Here are more ideas for where to go from London.
Where to stay with kids in Winchester: The Marwell Hotel* is outside the city center but is ideally located for a walk to the zoo.
Find more places to stay in Winchester with kids on Booking.com *
Bristol – a city full of family attractions
Bristol is a gem of the Southwest with plenty of maritime and industrial heritage to keep young people occupied during a family holiday in the city.
We love visiting SS Great Britain and house the free M Shed Museum, which tells the story of the city, its industry, and its people.
The Bristol Aquarium is located in the city center as are the We The Curious Museum and the Bristol Museum. A little further away is Bristol Zoo and Clifton Observatory – just hop on the bus and you’ll be there in less than 20 minutes.
Outside the city, there is also The Wild Place Project which is a cross between a safari park and an animal farm, also operated by Bristol Zoo.
Accommodation with children in Bristol: We can recommend a stay at SACO Broad Quay Serviced Apartments in Bristol city centre.
Find more places to stay in Bristol with kids on Booking.com *.
Bath – city break with kids in Somerset
Bath is a playground for history lovers. You must visit the Roman Baths and a bus tour of the city is a great way to understand its geography and heritage.
Other things to do are visit the beautiful 18th century Royal Crescent, the American Museum, the Sally Lawn Museum, and the Bath Postal Museum. A rooftop tour of Bath Abbey will also provide families with older children with stunning views of the city.
A few minutes down the road is Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, and elsewhere there are Fleet Air Arm Museum, Avon Valley Railway, Wookey Hole, and Cheddar Gorge, all of which are popular with families.
Where to Stay with Kids in Bath: We can recommend a stay at Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, a luxury lodge resort located just outside of town.
Find more places to stay with kids in Bath on Booking.com *
Swansea – city break by the sea
Swansea is a city by the sea with plenty of history, family activities, and attractions within easy reach of the Gower Peninsula if you want to escape into the countryside.
Read about some of the things we woke up to over the weekend in and around Mumbles, just out of town. We also had a road holiday in Llanelli as we had a caravan holiday in Wales with plenty of days outside.
You’re also not far from the Welsh capital, Cardiff, which has many great places to visit with kids including a tour of the Royal Mint.
Where to Stay in Swansea with Kids: We can recommend checking out this luxury dog-friendly cottage in Mumbles.
Find more places to stay in Swansea with kids on Booking.com *
Truro – city break with kids in Cornwall
Visit the southernmost city in the UK to see independent shops and boutiques and lots of local history.
The Gothic-style cathedral has three towers that leave their mark on the city’s skyline. In addition to being an impressive piece of architecture, it is also a venue for arts events.
Also in Truro, the Royal Cornwall Museum is the only museum in the county to host a permanent exhibition supported by the British Museum of Greek, Roman and Ancient Egyptian History.
If you’re looking for more things to do around Truro, we found plenty to keep the kids entertained during our recent holiday there, plus Cornwall is an excellent place for a family holiday in the UK.
Where to stay in Truro with kids: We stayed 10 minutes from downtown in a luxury cottage in The Valley.
Find more places to stay in Truro with kids on Booking.com *.
London – the best break in the UK
Of course, no evidence of breaks with children in UK cities would be complete without a mention of London. We first visited London with the girls when they were 11 months and 3 years old.
I’m not going to lie, it had more traumatic moments, but we were very new to experiencing family holidays in the city at the time. We learned many lessons!
Recently we visited London for a weekend getaway and it won. The key was to plan our route and not try to squeeze too much. We still saw Westminster and Buckingham Palace, we visited the LEGO Store, Chinatown and the Museum of Natural History – so much free fun!
If you are up to the challenge, I can recommend some easy ways to see the best views of London; Take advantage of free West End theater tickets for families in the summer; And explore the sights of the South Bank for free.
Here are some ideas for places to stay with kids in London on Booking.com*.
UK cities to visit with kids
If you prefer to start with a city in the UK, we can recommend Halifax and Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire as places to find a lot of culture, Torquay in Devon as a traditional seaside destination, and Dartmouth in Devon as a place to visit for nautical events and heritage.
Here are some of the recommended UK destinations and attractions to check out.
You can also find more family vacation inspiration in my Complete Guide to Family Travel.
What city cut in the UK can you recommend? I love to hear.
We also love European cities. Here’s this tried and tested European city, our breaks with the kids.
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