Sunrise over London.
Sunrise over London.

Family City Breaks in United Kingdom

We love UK city breaks with kids – they’re a great way of entertaining children between full-on family holidays and give us the chance to introduce them to the culture and heritage of our own country while having fun. 

We’ve hand-picked the best accommodation for families in cities around the UK, whether you’re heading for the West End shows or museums of London or for other fascinating cities including Manchester, LiverpoolBrighton and Edinburgh. Our recommendations include luxury hotels with the full array of family amenities, including indoor pools where you can let off steam after sightseeing. Other options are apartments, offering greater space plus cooking facilities and particularly useful for longer stays. Serviced apartments at the top end of the range include extras such as maid service. Then there are ‘apart-hotels’ offering the best of both worlds – the flexibility to self cater plus access to the usual hotel amenities.

Note that some ‘cottage’ companies also offer houses and apartments in cities. We’ve also listed the occasional family-friendly B&B and some child-friendly youth hostels.

As well as central hotels for those who want all the sights on their doorstep, we’ve also chosen some properties on city outskirts, which can be handy for those wishing to visit both the central attractions and those outside the city, such as themeparks, or for those using local airports.

See our tips on getting the most out of family city breaks.


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Alwyne Place

Stylish self-catering house sleeping up to 10, with toys for younger kids, a home cinema and excellent transport links.

Knight's Village Lodges at Warwick Castle

Become a knight and enjoy an overnight stay in a lodge next to the river within the grounds of Warwick Castle.

YHA family hostels

United Kingdom
Comfortable, great-value places to stay all around the UK – a must for budget-conscious families.

Holiday Cottages Suitable for Children and Babies

United Kingdom
Luxury holiday cottages around the UK and Ireland suitable for families with very young children.

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre

A central apartment hotel perfect for families exploring Britain's second-largest city.

Travelodge Sunderland Central

County Durham
Centrally located value hotel in Sunderland, offering low prices and easy access to all that County Durham has to offer for families.

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Travelodge Newcastle Central

Tyne and Wear
Located in the centre of Newcastle, this is an ideal budget hotel, offering family rooms, for stop-overs and city breaks in the north-east.

Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand Hotel

Comfortable, great value hotel in Liverpool city centre.

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

Centrally located in Manchester, this hotel offers comfortable family rooms and a great location from which to explore the city.

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bull Ring

A great-value hotel in the perfect location for families exploring central Birmingham.

Staycity Serviced Apartments Manchester - Laystall St

Spacious self-catering apartments in the heart of Manchester, sleeping up to eight.

The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel

Luxury self-catering serviced apartments in the historic, family-friendly city of York.

Holiday Inn York

Located just outside York city centre, this is a family-friendly hotel where kids eat free.

Hilton Warwick

A family-friendly option in a convenient location for exploring historic Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Hilton Southampton

An ideal option for families, with packages including Peppa Pig World tickets.

Malmaison Oxford

South East England
Luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Oxford, with quirky and unusual décor in this former Victorian prison.

The Merchant Hotel

A five-star option in the city centre, with a spa, a rooftop hot tub, upmarket family-friendly dining and a babysitting service.

Adagio Aparthotel Liverpool City Centre

City-centre apartments in Liverpool, sleeping 4 people and with a kitchenette, ideal for family breaks.

The Lowry Hotel

Family-friendly luxury in the heart of one of England's most exciting cities.

La Mon Hotel and Country Club

A country hotel, on the outskirts of Belfast with a tennis court, swimming pool and evening kids club.