When it comes to raising children, parents are often questioning where they should live. Plenty of cities is full of life and enjoyable to kids to grow up. From the liveliest towns to the cities with the most fun, the options are endless when living in the UK.
Here are the top seven most family-friendly cities in the UK.
As Britain’s well-known metropolis, London is filled with plenty activities to attract people of all ages. You can check out the Harry Potter Studio Tours by Warner Bros that feature real sets from the iconic movies and where they were filmed. Your family can also discover the Egyptian mummies of the British Museum or view the changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace where the British Royal family resides. Just be sure to visit the Big Ben and House of Parliament as they are a must see in London. The city of London offers many direct trains that run through most major cities in the UK.
Visit the Bristol Zoo Gardens as it is home to gorillas, lions, crocodiles and more. Bristol is also home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the majestic ship. These are some of the many top-rated attractions in the entire United Kingdom. The center of Bristol city is also ideal for dining as restaurants such as the Clifton Sausage and the Gloucester Old Spot offer great food in a family environment. It takes approximately 1 hour to travel to Bristol from London. There are also plenty of train services available to Bristol from York, Cardiff, Southampton, Weymouth, and Penzance.
You can’t go wrong with the City by the sea. Brighton is a fun and friendly place with a bright atmosphere. You can take a stroll along Brighton Pier or soak up the sun on Brighton beach. Visit the Royal Pavilion and admire the Asian-styled Gardens for a breathtaking view. There are also plenty of bed and breakfast options to visit as well as the New Madeira Hotel, which is known or its scenic ocean views. To get to Brighton, it takes one hour to travel from London. Trains also run from Ashford International, Gatwick Airport, and Southampton.
As the town that is well-known for its chocolate, this city is a must see for every chocolate lover. Pay a visit to the Cadbury World as see how the world-class chocolate is made. Visit the Sealife Centre of Birmingham and the Birmingham Wildlife Conversation Park for an up close glimpse of the money. You can easily travel to Birmingham by train with their to and from service from Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, and London.
This modern city of Manchester is filled with plenty to do and places to see. You can visit the Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium if your family is into sports or learn more about history from the historical Blitzed Blitz exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. Manchester offers many places to see. The town is highly accessible by train with services to and from Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, and London.
If you ever decide to take a trip to Edinburgh, be sure to visit the Edinburgh Dungeon. For families with younger children, the Museum of Childhood is a great place to visit as the museum showcases toys and games that date as far back as the early 18th century. You can travel to Edinburgh by train from services that frequently run from London, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Leeds.
Known for its friendly locals and abundant nightlife, Newcastle is a great place for family. Parents must be sure to check out the Discovery Museum and learn about the artifacts found from the North East’s industrial heritage. Newcastle is also home to the icon Castle. The castle is publicly open to visitors although legend has it that the castle is quite haunted.
Train services to Newcastle run from Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Penzance and Glasgow frequently.
Aside from these top cities, Families will also enjoy the picture-perfect Alnwick Castle – the castle that was featured in Harry Potter films. Families will also have the check to try archery, broomstick training, join the Dragon quests and try medieval crafts.
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