Affordable kid-friendly travel in England is easier to come by than you might think. From free museums to endless urban green spaces, you can see the best British cities without breaking the bank.
From London to Bristol and beyond, here is a look at the very best family-friendly cities in England.
Best Things To Do in London with Kids
You absolutely cannot visit the UK without exploring London. Not only do the majority of international flights arrive in the capital city, but this thriving metro is the beating heart of Britain. You could spend weeks if not months exploring so give yourself at least a couple of days to see the best of the best even if you are on a tight timeline.
For easy travel and to get the lay of the land, check out one of the many hop-on-hop-off bus options. You will get to know the history and culture of the area while getting an easy transport option. The majority of the museums are free, which is perfect for younger ones who might not have the patience to make it worth buying tickets for the whole family. Explore the London Sea Life Aquarium, London Zoo, or just pack a picnic and go people-watching in Hyde Park.
When it comes to affordable and central kid-friendly hotels in London, the Holiday Inn London – Regent’s Park is an easy winner. Kids ages 17 and under can stay for free, and travelers under 12 can eat for free too all day long.
Planning Tip: Did you know there are a whole lot of international airlines that let kids travel for free? Check out our rundown of the best family-friendly airlines that will save you some serious cash.
Family-Friendly Fun in Bristol
While the UK can be somewhat expensive, particularly in the southern region, affordable kid-friendly travel in England is out there. Bristol is another place where you could fill your entire trip with free kid-friendly spots. Soak in the culture and history at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery then take a stroll along Bristol’s Harbour. Go to Clifton Suspension Bridge for a sweeping view of the city (and a prime spot for selfies!). Hike through Leigh Woods then get up close and personal with the animals at one of the many community farms. Visit The Children’s Library at Bristol Central Library for fun creative activities.
For a comfortable place to lay your head after a long day of travel, check out the Future Inn Cabot Circus Hotel. This central hotel offers free parking — definitely an unusual and handy perk in the middle of the city! With a range of perks at a low price, it has everything that travelers of all ages need for a comfortable stay.
Fun and Affordable Things to Do With Kids in Birmingham
Travel north to the heart of the West Midlands region for a look at England’s second city. This metro has the second most Michelin star restaurants outside of London. They have Europe’s second-biggest urban park, and a few other numbers two on the list of the UK’s best — but this city is anything but second rate!
Kid-friendly Birmingham is easy to explore on foot or on the top-notch public transport. Explore more free museums and galleries like the Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Ikon Gallery, Dudley Museum, Birmingham Tolkien Trail (a must for any Lord of the Rings fan), and countless others. Get friendly with the locals at the Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary then enjoy the urban oasis the is Martineau Gardens.
For a central and affordable kid-friendly hotel in Birmingham, you are going to love the condo-hotel Aparthotel Adagio Birmingham City Centre. Just beside the Bullring Shopping Center, the family rooms here are perfect for the whole crew and will have you a stone’s throw from the best of the best in the city.
Must-Do Family Activities in Liverpool
More than just The Beatles and the famous football club, Liverpool is a vibrant city with so much to offer travelers of all ages. Walk along the Albert Docks and Pier Head to admire the beautiful waterfront. Stop by one of the city’s many free museums. Pack a picnic for Sefton Park and plan plenty of time to wander around and visit the Botanical Gardens. Snap a few selfies at the waterfalls then go for a boat ride on the lake.
With a gorgeous view of the city, you can get a cozy space for the family at the kid-friendly Pullman Liverpool hotel. This lovely hotel on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is an ideal base for exploring.
Travel to Ireland from England is quick and easy. Whether you want to trace your family’s Irish roots or explore the countless sites for the Emerald Isle, Ireland is well worth the trip.
Check out our Affordable European Vacations for Families, which includes a nature family trip to the Lake District in England.