5 of the best family-friendly city breaks in the UK

5 of the best family-friendly city breaks in the UK

Searching for the perfect getaway with baby or toddler in tow? We round up Britain's best cities for fun family mini breaks

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Image: Dazzle ferry on Liverpool waterfront

Fancy bright lights, big city? You can do it, mama! Having tinies doesn’t mean city life is out of bounds. You’ll want everything in easy reach, so being based at the heart of the action is ideal. Check out family accommodation options at luxehostels.com, airbnb.co.uk and booking.com, for some of the best bargains from our round up of the our favourite destinations for child-friendly UK city breaks.

Manchester

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Manchester is great for tram-loving toddlers. Who doesn’t want to sit in the ‘driver’s’ seat and go ‘choo choo’?

Central Manchester is easy to explore on foot and has pleasures for grown-ups, like the boho Northern Quarter with its boutiques and foodie pitstops, and for little ones, the Manchester Art Gallery is completely buggy-accessible, has a pay-what-you-feel child’s menu in the café and a fabulous, sensory-focused Clore Art Studio for creative little hands.

Or jump on the tram to Salford Quays to The Lowry, which offers lots of free family activities. Older kids will love the Trafford Centre, with its leisure complex including SeaLife and the Legoland Discovery Centre.

Birmingham

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Birmingham’s canalside is a revelation for new parents.Take a stroll while your little one is safely tucked into their pushchair and explore the bars and galleries around Brindleyplace.

The city’s science museum, ThinkTank, has over 200 hands-on displays and lots of baby-friendly features (including quiet spaces for feeding), and the family shows in its planetarium will have you all mesmerised.

Birmingham’s Legoland Discovery Centre is set to open this summer.

Newcastle

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Newcastle has space to chill; the waterside area in Newcastle and Gateshead has been transformed into a vibrant leisure district, with space for wandering, outdoor dining and attractions with a family-friendly focus.

Seven Stories on Lime Street is the National Centre for Children’s Books. And try the Washington Wetland Centre for lungs full of fresh air and wonderful wildlife.

The Jesmond district has great accomodation options, including the funky 91 Aparthotel.

London on a budget

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A trip to the capital doesn’t have to cost the earth. Stay in villagey, more affordable areas like Wimbledon and Greenwich and make the most of the many free things to do.

The V&A Museum of Childhood, Museum of London Docklands and Science Museum all run daily preschool activities.

There’s lots on at the South Bank Centre by the Thames, and for a runaround, try Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford or the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

Liverpool

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Image: Dazzle ferry on Liverpool waterfront

Liverpool is celebrating its ten year anniversary of being named European capital of culture. Don’t miss the fleet of ships sailing in on 25th - 28th May, and Mattel Play!, Albert Dock.

 

Words: Catherine Hudson and Laura Lee Davis

 

Which UK city do you fancy taking your kids to this spring/summer? Let us know by tweeting us @GurgleUK or post on our Facebook Page.

 

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