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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Citadines Apart'hotel Trafalgar

Apartments in a great location near Trafalgar Square, London, perfect for large families and each with a kitchenette.

Citadines Holborn

Family-friendly apartments with private kitchen facility and a great central location near Covent Garden.

The Athenaeum Hotel

A 5-star hotel with luxury family apartments, just a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly Circus in central London.

ibis budget Birmingham City Centre

Basic hotel with clean, quiet accommodation in a central location in Birmingham.

Holiday Inn York

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

The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel

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

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The Lowry Hotel

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

Staycity Serviced Apartments Manchester - Laystall St

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

YHA family hostels

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

One Aldwych

A chic boutique hotel in a central location, with family rooms and suites plus a lovely basement pool.

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.

The Milestone Hotel

A luxury hotel overlooking London's Kensington Gardens, perfect for a splurge with or without the kids.

Adagio Aparthotel Liverpool City Centre

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

Alwyne Place

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

Malone Lodge Hotel

The boutique-style hotel in Belfast is well-presented with good sized rooms, a great restaurant and impressive staff.

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bull Ring

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

Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly

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

Travelodge Liverpool Central The Strand Hotel

Comfortable, great value hotel in Liverpool city centre.

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.

Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre

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