Best family city breaks for 2024

Best family city breaks for 2024

Planning a weekend away with the whole family?

Whether you’d prefer a seaside retreat or a healthy dose of retail therapy, there are so many fantastic destinations to choose from. Luckily, the UK is teeming with family-friendly attractions, hotels and restaurants, so it’s never been easier to take the kids.

Before you get started, it’s worth knowing about some of the best destinations to keep the whole family entertained. In this guide, we’ve outlined four of our favourites.

Top UK cities for a family break

Edinburgh

As Scotland’s gorgeous capital city, Edinburgh boasts a wealth of activities and sights for adults and children alike. Edinburgh Zoo is a top attraction for the whole family, but those with special interests won’t be disappointed by the rich variety on offer.

Edinburgh Castle remains one of the most popular spots for tourists to visit, and for good reason. This magnificent, historic site sits upon its own hill, encapsulating the prestige behind the city. Arthur’s Seat is another key hotspot, an ancient volcano just a short walk from the city’s Royal Mile. Climbing to the top takes around two hours, so don’t forget your hiking boots!

York

York makes for a top family day out filled with adventure.

From decadent tours at York’s Chocolate Story to spooky shows at The York Dungeon, anything is possible within the city walls. One of the most popular attractions can be found on Coppergate, a quaint street and open-air shopping centre. The JORVIK Viking Centre tells an immersive story of York’s Viking history and makes a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Our tip: If you’ve seen everything that you’d like to in the city centre, there’s still so much more to discover. The National Railway Museum is tucked behind the train station and is free to visit – there’s a café onsite too.

Bristol

A true gem in the southwest, Bristol is a vibrant city with plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Luckily, Bristol is easy to reach from almost every corner of the UK. For those travelling from the southwest, direct trains from Devon to Bristol make the journey simple.

Evident from one street to the next, much of the city’s touristic landscape is shaped by strong maritime and industrial history. That makes for some seriously engaging things to do with kids, so if you’re all ready for a big day out, Bristol makes a brilliant choice. From the historic vessel Brunel’s SS to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, there’s so much to see and explore.

London

Lastly, if you’re ready to make an action-packed plan, nowhere comes close to London.

Whether it’s an engaging visit to the Natural History Museum or a tour around the Tower of London, there’s plenty to learn in England’s dynamic capital. Or, if you’re heading there with teenagers, you might be tempted by the incredible shopping on offer. Discover high street brands on Oxford Street, vintage gems in Camden Town, and luxury names in Mayfair.

Our tip: Performances of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre are unmissable for families with young children. For all the Disney fans in the family, this 25-year running performance is must-see.

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