City Break with Babies – UK edition

We love a city break and the UK is filled with some great baby friendly cities! Some of favourite family travel bloggers have picked their favourite cities for family city breaks and have shared other parents to offer top tips, advice and inspiration for other families to take successful UK city break.

BIRMINGHAM, WEST MIDLANDS 

With Wandermust Mummy from Wandermustfamily

Enjoying The Birmingham sealife centre

Birmingham is originally my home town so I go back fairly regularly. The city centre is remarkably baby friendly as it is accessible and relatively flat. There is plenty to do in the city centre from shopping to lovely walks along the canal but perhaps our baby’s favourite thing to do is visit the Sealife Centre (we won’t dwell on birmingham’s proximity, or lack there if to the sea). It also has great museums like the city museum and the Thinktank science centre. We also love the jewellery quarter for some window shopping and enjoyed the jewellery quarter museum. It It also has great parks outside of the city such as Cannon Hill which includes a wildlife centre and Sutton Park which is a great place to stroll around.

Given its location, Birmingham is fairly easy to access from all over the Uk,  has great train and road links and an international airport making it a really easy city to escape to.

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CARDIFF, WALES 

By Christine at Tapped Out Travellers 

The Tapped Out Travellers at the Doctor Who Experience
We really wanted to visit the Doctor Who experience and Cardiff castle. They were both so amazing that it is really hard to decide which was better. The Christmas markets around the city were pretty amazing too, they gave us a glimpse of what was to come in the rest of England during the holidays. Everything was walking distance, save Doctor Who, but it was a good way to get a quick nap in before the attraction.

We didn’t need much transit to get around the city, just some walking. Everything was family friendly in that it wasn’t for Adults only. The food was great, especially Jamie’s Italian , with a great selection for the children’s menu. The castle didn’t allow strollers in the Residence or in the Keep but there was stroller parking available and it was still a great attraction for the kids, though with a baby, baby wearing would be required at this point.

Don’t forget a baby-wearing device for the little ones and try to do the big things when they are awake. Parts of the castle allowed a stroller so we did that part during nap time since the dark and quiet were a perfect setting for calming down an excited 2 year old.

You can read more about the Tapped Out Travellers Cardiff trip here


HENLEY UPON THAMES, OXFORDSHIRE

by Wandermust Mummy

 

Henley upon Thames
What Wandermust Mummy has to say

Henley is the perfect weekend getaway. Only a short train ride from London, and its proximity to nature is why we went. On a sunny day you can walk along the riverside and stop at the fascinating river and rowing museum. Or if you don’t fancy walking you can take one of the lovely Hobbs from henleys boats down the river. The shoppings great too. It is easily accessible to families and you can get everywhere with pram. The near by Greys Court is not to be missed and Henley is surrounded by great historic houses and national trust properties for those with a car.

Read more about our time in Henley here

LONDON

by Claire from Tin Box Traveller who took her daughter aged three and 11 months to London

Mr Tin Box and Baby on the Cutty Sark London
Here what Claire has to say:

We decided to have a week-long break in the UK’s capital because my husband was running the London Marathon. Supporting him was the perfect excuse for a city break with our daughters, then aged three and 11-months-old. This was our first trip to London with our kids. Experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city when also trying to fit in ridged feeding and nap times was a challenge, but we did it. Our top attraction for entertaining the girls was the Science Museum with its interactive children’s zones and spacious baby changing area. It’s also free! The Cutty Sark is another brilliant attraction for young kids, with lots of exhibits suitable for little fingers. For us parents, we enjoyed the peace and quiet of viewing the city’s famous skyline from the London Eye, knowing there was no where for the girls to escape.

You can read more about Claire’s trip to London here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE 

by Wandermust Mummy at wandermust family who took her five month old to Oxford!

What Wandermust Mummy has to say:

“There is definitely a sweet spot for visiting Oxford after all the summer tourists have left and before the students arrive back which is why we visited in early September. We got so much done during our city break as the city is so baby friendly. Lots of museums for a cold day but plenty of surprising green spaces too. We enjoyed the botanic gardens and exploring all of the colleges which were open to the public. Our favourites were Magdalen as it has a deer park and New College with its walled garden.

It’s a really great city to go with Babies given the variety of good and bad weather activities but be warned the cobbles could be a travel pram killer!

You can read more about our experiences in Oxford here

If you liked this post you may also be interested in our European City Breaks with Babies part one and part two

Come back soon to find out more about city adventures with babies in Asia, America and Australia and if you would like to add your baby travel experience to the Uk or any other category please get in touch! 

U.K. City breaks with babies
U.K. City breaks with babies

56 thoughts on “City Break with Babies – UK edition”

  1. Great locations. I love Oxford and plan on going back with Mr J this summer as it’s where we had our first date. Birmingham is also a fab city, I grew up not far from Birmingham (nr Stratford on Avon) and never thought it was good for much else than shopping but after spending so much time there I have a new found love for it and there are some really nice parts. Thanks for sharing for #marvmondays x
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  2. Aww glad to hear you found lots of baby friendly cities in the UK! Birmingham is great fun, I grew up not to far from there! Cadburys world is just a short train ride from Birmingham and every kids dream! Brighton and Hastings are also great fun for kids too, both with sea life centres, mini golf, piers and ice cream! (I am a big kid I know!) #citytripping

  3. As a Welsh girl I have to agree that Cardiff is an amazing city, I love it there. I also really like Oxford but somehow managed to go my whole life never visiting Birmingham xx #bloggerclubuk

  4. I still haven’t taken Jamie to any of these places and most of them are accessible to us. Great post. I wish it was easier to drive into Birmingham to get to the sea life centre #familyfun

    1. I use to go to Nottingham as a child but no one offered to write on it. My favourite city is york but no one wrote about here either. I might just have to take the baby so I can include it

  5. Oh wow some brilliant recommendations, thank you! I live near Birmingham and have also lived in Cardiff so I’m biased and I’d have to say that those are my faves. London is amazing with children though and Oxford too. The one I’ve never been to that I now want to visit is Henley Upon Thames. We love National Trust so the fact there are loads of places near there to visit on National trust is perfect. Thanks so much for linking up to #familytraveltips
    Nat.x

  6. Birmingham truly amazed my family! Usually we go for aparthotels or serviced apartments but we were told by a friend that the Park Regis would be our best bet with two young kids, as the staff were so accommodating on their visit with their child. And wow weren’t they just! We would never have seen the amount in Birmingham that we did if it wasn’t for their guidance, just wish we had seen this blog before hand as well so we knew about more! Definitely coming back for another visit soon! (The Thinktank and The Mac at Cannon Hill Park were truly amazing).

    1. I’m staying in Birmingham for the whole summer and would love to try park Regis as I’ve heard good things! Really looking forward to exploring more this summer and writing more blog posts

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