Best UK cities to visit this summer for families

When people look for a city break in the UK, they tend to be drawn towards London. This is for good reason too, as London offers an abundance of attractions that can fill any length of holiday. However, the sheer size and business of London can make it less appealing for families as little legs have far to travel whilst also navigating long queues and the tube! There are many cities in the UK that contain plentiful attractions whilst being more suitable for family stays. Three are listed here that are my personal favorites and should be considered when planning a UK visit with children.

Liverpool

Liverpool is undoubtedly one of England’s leading cultural hotspots. Liverpool’s beautiful docklands gave the city the coveted title of being a UNESCO World Heritage City and enjoyed being the EU Capital of Culture in 2008. A decade on from gaining that title, the city is celebrating by putting on a year of activities and events. Children will love the return to Liverpool of the Biscay Tall Ships Regatta as they watch the ships race through the waves! An exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum is a rare opportunity to see these figures without having to travel to far east Asia to do so. Liverpool offers multiple quality museums and galleries, such as the Tate Liverpool, whilst offering it in a much smaller package than London that will suit families. It is also within reach of some of the UK’s most beautiful areas such as the Peak District National Park and Snowdonia National Park. These are perfect for weekend excursions to get kids out into the sunshine and enjoying the natural splendor! The company Groupon are offering great deals on Liverpool attractions at the moment, follow this link to access them: https://www.groupon.co.uk/vouchers/liverpool/things-to-do.

York

The UK has a rich history that can be explored, and York provides ample historical attractions for any family with a budding historian in their midst. Often the periods of history that children enjoy are those which involve swords and shields! Jorvik Viking Centre contains life-sized mannequins that give a fascinating insight into Viking life. York’s ancient city walls are some of the best in England and strolling along them will take you to York Castle Museum which is located at the castle built by William the Conqueror and has excellent exhibitions that change frequently. York Minster is of the largest cathedrals in northern Europe and delivers a beautiful, serene environment for kids to appreciate. The York Dungeon is a must for slightly older children who will love being scared silly by the historical horror that is put on show!

Bath

Being a relatively small city, Bath is the perfect destination for young families that don’t want to stray to far. Bath is quintessentially British; parents and children alike will adore the exquisite aesthetic of the city! As the name suggests, the main attraction is the thermal springs here that provide for the Roman Baths. Costumed actors dressed as Romans provide audio guides that are specifically targeted for children. Families can buy a ticket at the baths that also gains them access to Bath Fashion Museum which allows kids to play dress up in clothes of time gone by! Go to Thermae Bath Spa to get a feel for the thermal waters of Bath with modern facilities.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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