Top family-friendly city breaks

Looking for a budget-friendly, action packed break that’s fun for all the family? Here are some of the top family-friendly city breaks worth checking out this year.

Nuremberg (Germany)

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You’ve done Berlin before and been to Munich already, so where else in Germany is worth checking out?


Well, with its pretty cobbled streets and medieval buildings, Nuremberg is definitely an appealing option.


Delve a little deeper and you’ll find this historic destination is a vibrant city perfect for a family getaway.


With tons of kid-friendly attractions such as the Toy Museum, Transport Museum, Playmobil Fun Park, Nuremberg Zoo, and Copernicus Space Planetarium, there’s loads for all ages to enjoy.



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Gdansk (Poland)

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If you’re looking to take the family on a memorable European city break but don’t want to overspend, then Gdansk is the perfect option for you.


This charming port city is bursting with colour along its Long Market, which is home to an array of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants.


The Golden Gate and Neptune Fountain are popular photo spots, while the city is also dotted with artistic murals and statues.


Kids will enjoy day trips to Malbork Castle, the Sołdek ship and the city’s sandy beach. Mum and dad will love indulging in some local cuisine, like Pierogi (Polish dumplings) and Gołąbki (pork and cabbage roll).


Gdansk is a cheap city for food and drink, so your family can dine out at the city’s most popular restaurants and bars without breaking the bank.


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Athens (Greece)

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Packed with historic sites, filled with culture and blessed with mild temperatures, Athens is an excellent choice for a family break away.


The Greek capital enjoys up to 350 days of sunshine every year and it’s one of Europe’s hottest destinations.


Temperatures are known to soar above 30 degrees during the summer but are a much more pleasant 18 degrees between March and May.


You can chill out by the pool one day, and head into the city to see the sites and eat to your heart’s content the next. Children will love exploring the iconic Parthenon temple and the Acropolis.


A morning hike up Mount Lycabettus (you can take the funicular if you’re feeling tired!) will give you some of the best views of the city, while the antique market stalls at Monastiraki are also a must.


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London (England)

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Black cabs, afternoon tea and the Harry Potter tour at Warner Bros Studio - come rain, snow or shine, you and the kids will have a blast in London.


English weather isn’t great at the best of times, but don’t let that dampen your family's spirits. Whether it’s fun activities that’ll cost you next to nothing, delicious food or free museums (plus tons of public transport to get around), London has it all.


You know all about the usual tourist spots like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and London Eye. Explore a little further and you and your family will have a holiday to remember.


Here’s how to enjoy London on a budget, and here are 10 ways to have a properly English day out in the capital.


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Billund (Denmark)

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Your kids will have the time of their lives in this dreamy Danish destination.


Billund is home to one of the most fun-filled, action-packed theme parks in the world: LEGOLAND®, as well as Lalandia Waterpark and the safari park at Givskud Zoo.


These resorts are easily accessible from Billund Airport and the possibilities are endless: take part in medieval activities and a costume workshop at Koldinghus castle, or travel back in time at Ribe Viking Centre.


Billund was recently named the ‘Capital of Children’ and with swimming pools, theme parks and wildlife galore, there’s no doubt your family will enjoy an unforgettable trip here.


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