City breaks might not seem like the best choice for a mini-break or vacation with children, but if you choose the right city, they can make actually great family destinations for your next trip. Here are some of the best options for city breaks with kids.
City breaks in Europe are a great choice for families. For instance, Italy is a good choice for children of any age, but some of the cities are best left until your children have reached elementary school age. Venice is known for being a very romantic city, but the novelty of a city built on the water will fascinate children. Rent a yacht nearer home to make sure they like the water. There are lots of family-friendly activities available in Italian cities, such as classes with the option to learn to make gelato. Rome also has a lot to explore for children too, especially if they’re learning about the Romans at school.
April is a good time for European city breaks with children. The peak season crowds haven’t descended yet, and the weather is usually cooler, but you still get a lot of sun.
If you’re travelling with kids, city breaks in the UK can be perfect. There’s a lot to explore for children of all ages, whether you want an educational or a more entertaining trip.
London is a great city for children, with lots to do from museums to shows. Most of the museums and art galleries in London are free, so you can give your child some culture without spending too much.
Brighton is a great trip with children too. Brighton offers a mix of beach and city attractions, and the quirky atmosphere is fun for children.
In the South-East, the family can learn some history in Windsor, or try the Christmas market in Winchester. Oxford works for families too. The city is largely pedestrianized, so it’s very easy to get around with a pushchair, and there is plenty to see for fans of children’s books like Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, or Alice In Wonderland.
Birmingham is home to Cadbury World, or you might prefer more history in Bath. Bath has some excellent museums, including the Roman Baths. Bristol has lots to offer too, including a very interesting Science museum. Bath and Bristol both often have sculpture trails that children might enjoy, with past themes including bears, pigs, and Wallace and Gromit.
If you’d like to explore Wales, Cardiff is a brilliant city to visit. The city is small and easy to get around. There are some great museums, a castle in the city centre, lots of history, boat trips, and walks by the sea. Chester is another good pick if you have children who are learning about the Romans at school, who would like to see some Roman architecture for real.
If you choose the right city and plan around peak seasons, and hottest temperatures, there’s no reason that a city break can’t be a great holiday for the whole family.