As a couple, you might have strolled Dubrovnik’s ancient streets, enjoyed a candlelit meal in Rome and taken in London’s stunning skyline. But if you’re missing all the culture of a city break because you now have little ones in tow, fear not: these cities are still worth going to with kids. There’s no need to compromise on an amazing holiday just because your lifestyle’s changed. Take a look at my suggestions for family city breaks and I promise you might just reconsider another week around the kids’ pool.
If you’ve never been on a city break with tiny tots before, London’s a great place to start. There’s no faffing around with different currencies or worrying about a language barrier, plus you probably already know your way around the London Underground. There’s lots of incredible free things to do here too, so between the price of a train ticket and a few meals out, you’re in for a pretty affordable long weekend. Take kids on a journey through time at the Natural History Museum, entertain them with the sights and sounds of Borough Market or head off for a picnic in Greenwich Park.
Take a look at London and some of our other UK city breaks.
Rome has a rep for being notoriously hot and busy, so hit up the city with the Colosseum during its cooler, quieter periods in autumn and spring. Enrol the little ones in the Rome Gladiator School so they can play soldiers for an afternoon, watch a traditional puppet show and help make all their wildest wishes come true at the Trevi Fountain. And when it comes to dinner time, let’s give Italy a pat on the back for its surprisingly kid-friendly food. Fresh, stone-baked pizza? Check. Messy (but delicious!) authentic spag bol? Double check. Generous helpings of world-famous gelato? I’m sold too.
If you’re looking for a family city break without compromising on coastline, Dubrovnik’s got your name written all over it. Banje beach is just a short walk from the Old Town, so you can make light work of paddling in the sea and doing lots of sightseeing. A few days is really all you’ll need to get a taste of Croatia’s culture, but there’s no saying you can’t go island hopping, swim in salt lakes and wander through waterfalls too. You’ll be sure to wear the kids out with all that fresh air and fun, so use your spare time to stroll the real King’s Landing from Game of Thrones while they catch some Zs in the buggy.