Best Family UK City Breaks 2023

Collaborative post by another author. Are you looking to get away with the kids this year? Here are some of the UK’s best city breaks for families in 2023.

A view of the City of London from a river boat
The City of London from near London Bridge


As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh holds a wealth of things to do for families with children of all ages and can easily be reached by train from most UK towns and cities.

Edinburgh Zoo is one of the city’s top visitor attractions and it’s easy to see why when you learn that it’s home to over 2,500 animals, including the UK’s only giant pandas (although they are expected to return to China in the Autumn). Edinburgh Castle is also well worth a visit, especially if you’re there for the one o’clock gun!


England’s capital is a major tourist destination, attracting visitors from across the globe, and families are no exception. No matter whether you have teens, tweens or toddlers, London has something to offer everyone.

Youngsters will enjoy the Natural History Museum or seeing the Changing of the Guard, while older kids can get up close with the city’s grisly past at London Dungeons or snap a selfie on the London Eye. There are also free child-friendly trails around the City of London, taking in major landmarks like Tower Bridge without tiring out little legs!


A family break in Bath promises plenty of culture and history as well as lots of fun activities to keep you all entertained.  The Roman Baths are a popular must-visit attraction, where children’s guides and costumed guides will help keep youngsters engaged.

The beautiful Royal Victoria Park is the perfect place for a family picnic. As well as an extensive adventure playground, families can also explore the Botanical Gardens.

On the outskirts of Bath, you’ll find the American Museum and Gardens and Longleat Safari Park is just thirty minutes away.


The historic city of York has plenty to offer families, including museums such as the famous Jorvik Viking Centre and York’s Chocolate Story. There are also plenty of olde-worlde shops, selling sweets and teddy bears, where youngsters can spend their pocket money.

York’s ghost walks are sure to spook even the most aloof teens, or for younger kids, why not try one of the city’s Wizard Walks, where you can wander York’s enchanting alleyways in search of magic?

You could also take a city cruise along the River Ouse or hop aboard a steam train along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (about an hour from York). Surrounded by beautiful countryside and not far from the coast, York also makes a great base for exploring the surrounding area.

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