UK: 3 Cities Perfect for Visiting With Kids

Travelling with kids can be tricky. Especially if they are small and very demanding. Therefore when deciding on a travel destination it is important to check that there is enough there to keep them occupied and entertained. Many people may not consider major cities as they are busy and perceived as not being child friendly. However, that is not always the case. There are several cities dotted around the UK which are perfect for visiting with kids. Here we look at 3 of our favourite cities which we hope will influence you to set a date, sort out your transportation, book accommodation via Ebooking and take the trip.

Cardiff

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff, the capital of Wales is a wonderful city perfect for visiting with kids. It has a mixture of both indoor and outdoor activities to keep little ones, together with the rest of the family entertained.

No visit to Cardiff would be complete without visiting Cardiff Castle. The medieval castle is located in the city centre, which makes it easily accessible. Children can let their imagination run wild here as they search for the Princess or pretend to be a Knight. Cardiff Castle is open to visitors 7 days a week all year round, including bank holidays. The only exceptions are 25th and 26th December and 1st January, when it is closed.

If your child is a lover of history then St Fagans National Museum of History which is a free attraction is the place to visit. This 100-acre (40.5ha) open-air museum allows you to learn about Wales’s historical past. Here you will find over forty original buildings from different historical periods which have been re-erected. These include houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a Workmen’s Institute.

Other attractions include Treetop Adventure Golf, Techniquest and Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail. Plus Cardiff Bay Barrage is always a great day out. Here you will find amazing views over the Severn Estuary together with a children’s play area and the Skate Plaza.

Durham

Durham is a city in northeast England that has a lot to offer kids, both in the city and around the county. With a wonderful mix of history and fun, Durham is a great place to visit.

One of the major landmarks in Durham is Durham Cathedral which dates back to 1133. You can take a unique behind the scenes tour of the Cathedral’s museum which lasts 90 minutes and learn about what life was like for the monks that once lived there. The museum also houses many collections including the treasures of St Cuthbert. You can also, if little legs allow, climb 325 steps up the central tower which offers amazing views over the city.

On the outskirts of Durham, you will find the Beamish The Living Museum. This open-air museum is a great day out for all the family. There is something here that will interest all ages. The museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. You can visit 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, 1940s Farm, 1900s Colliery and 1820s Pockerley. You can walk around the museum (approx 3 miles) or jump on one of the many buses that travel between the ‘areas’ frequently.

There are also a lot of other attractions in Durham suitable for children these include Raby Castle, Hall Hill Farm, Diggerland and Adventure Valley. However, if you are looking for something then Alpaca trekking with Teeside Alpacas in the market town of Barnard Castle is a must.

Kingston-upon-Hull

The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire

Kingston upon Hull (Hull) is our home city. Therefore we know and have visited most if not all of the top attractions perfect for visiting with kids. Located in East Yorkshire on the North East Coast, it is a city waiting to be explored if you haven’t already.

One of the main attractions perfect for visiting with kids is The Deep. It is the world’s only “submarium”. Located at Sammy’s Point just off Castle Street in Hull City Centre, The Deep is home to thousands of sea creatures. Research into the marine environment and encouraging people to understand the world’s oceans are the main aims of The Deep. Each ticket bought (online or on the day) allows the holder to return as many times as they like within the following 12 months.  Great if you live in the area or visit often.

If churches are your thing then Hull Minster (formerly known as Holy Trinity Church), England’s largest parish church is certainly worth a visit. Located in Trinity Square in the Old Town, this beautiful building is well worth a visit. You can take a tower tour up 180 steps to see a panoramic view of Kingston-upon-Hull from the highest point in the city. The tour allows you to learn about the Bells of the Minster and see the clock mechanism in action. Access is narrow and steep but the views make the climb worthwhile.

Hull is also home to the museum quarter which comprises of four museums – Hull & East Riding Museum, Arctic Corsair, Streetlife Museum and the Wilberforce Museum, all of which are free and will give you a further insight into Hull and its rich history whilst being interactive and fun for the kids.

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