20 months ago, we spent a freaking fortune on a fortnight’s holiday abroad with both mini humans, who were just turned 2, and 4 months at the time. The 4* holiday – complete with luminous buffet food, infection-infested toddler pool, and hotter than expected weather – was, overall, a disaster. Martha was awake breastfeeding through the heat 24/7, Toby got an awful ear infection from the pool, and although there were some lovely moments, it was absolutely not worth draining our savings account for.
Since then, we’ve stayed closer to home, enjoying several wonderful breaks in the UK. So far, we’ve mostly explored more rural settings at destinations such as Center Parcs and Bluestone, however without any plans for a week-long holiday this year, we’re having a think about the cities we’d like to visit and explore for just a couple of nights at a time.
London with toddlers
We all absolutely adore London. I love living in the countryside, but love the sights and sounds of our wonderful capital city.
We’ve done day trips to the city with the children, but I think it would be amazing to stay overnight somewhere, and enjoy some of the top toddler-friendly London attractions, such as:
- The Science Museum
- The Natural History Museum
- HMS Belfast
- Emirates Air Line Cable Car
Liverpool with toddlers
I’ve only visited Liverpool once, and it was a whistle-stop visit, but I fell in love with the city. Toby loves the Beatles, so as there are child-friendly activities at The Beatles Story, we would definitely have to head there.
We would also have to take a ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ – even if in my head I would need to be singing Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur the whole time!
Edinburgh with toddlers
Shamefully, I have never been to Scotland, and Edinburgh is so high on my list of places to visit. Phil and I have spoken about a train holiday through Scotland, so when our travels do take us there, we’ll be cramming as much as we can into our time there.
We all love going to the zoo, so a trip to see the only giant pandas in the UK would be a must. You also surely cannot go to Edinburgh without visiting the castle, and my research has also led me to Dynamic Earth, which looks incredible and certainly right up Toby’s street.
Brighton with toddlers
I have loads of lovely friends in Brighton and the surrounding areas, so this summer I’m planning to take Toby down there for some fun in the sun (or rain, who knows) because he’s desperate to go to the seaside.
As well as time at the beach, I think the Sea Life Centre will be a great way to spend a day, maybe followed by a trip up on the British Airways i360 observation tower and a meal at the West Beach restaurant.
So these places are all pretty high on our wish list of places to visit with the children, and I’d love to hear where in the UK you love to visit with your mini people, or your favourite things to do in the places I’ve mentioned.
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