The best UK city breaks for families.


Dylan Mitchell

Going away for a weekend break as a family is a great way of winding down and forgetting about the stresses of everyday life. Forget work, school, homework, bills and more while on a city break as a family. But, where will you go? Come with tastecard on our journey around the best UK city breaks for families.

Best UK city breaks for families.

At tastecard, we love a weekend away! Taking the kids on an exciting holiday can be expensive, but that’s where UK city breaks come into the mix. Not only are they closer to home, but they’re much gentler on your wallet. Plus, with a tastecard membership, you can make great savings on attractions and days out around the UK. Check out our list of the best UK city breaks for families:

  • London

  • Edinburgh

  • Manchester

  • Liverpool

  • Cardiff


As the capital of England, London offers an abundance of family-friendly attractions, including museums like the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Science Museum. The iconic landmarks, such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and Kensington Palace are sure to captivate little ones as well as excite parents. After a walk around this glamorous palace, we’re sure the whole family will be hungry. Fortunately, The Princess Victoria is just down the road. With a tastecard membership, you can get 50% off your food and drink here before heading back out into the city.

Experience some outdoor beauty in London with a trip to Hyde Park. Once you’ve had a bite to eat, you can visit the London Zoo, or explore the magical world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. There is so much to see and do! But remember, with a tastecard subscription, you can pick up amazing restaurant deals in London. Whatever type of cuisine you’re interested in, there’s plenty of choice in London, so find the ideal one for you on the tastecard app.

Edinburgh Castle


From one capital to another, we now head up north to Edinburgh where there is something for the whole family to enjoy. Edinburgh is full of rich history, stunning architecture, and various kid-friendly activities, so it’s perfect for the whole family. Start the day off by exploring Edinburgh Castle and join the interactive tours to immerse yourself in Scottish history. Afterwards, treat the kids to some pizza with a trip to ASK Italian at the foot of the castle. Don’t forget, you can make the most of a 2 for 1 offer on your food with a tastecard membership.

Another amazing place the whole family can enjoy together is Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. Experience optical illusions and interactive exhibits to keep the kids entertained for hours. If you’re there for a couple of days, and you’re an active family, consider a hike up Arthur's Seat for breathtaking views of the city and surrounding landscapes. So, download the tastecard app to find dinner deals in Edinburgh all over the city, so feeding the whole family won’t break the bank!

Manchester Castlefield


Manchester is a vibrant city with numerous family-friendly attractions. Before you get busy exploring the city, stop off for some breakfast and fill your stomachs at The Bridge Tavern. The Museum of Science and Industry is a hit with kids interested in technology and history. It’s not only a great place to bond as a family but it also provides a learning experience for your little ones. There is also the option of heading to Legoland Discovery Centre which offers a day of LEGO-themed fun. You can make quite a saving when booking tickets for this attraction too, thanks to tastecard.

If you’ve had a busy day and the kids are seeking food, head to the popular Deansgate area and enjoy a meal at All Star Lanes. Once you’ve finished your meal, knock a few pins down in a competitive (but friendly!) game of bowling. For restaurant deals in Manchester, don’t forget to join tastecard before your trip.


Liverpool is a lively city with a rich maritime history and a host of family-friendly attractions. The Beatles Story Museum is a must-visit for music-loving families, where you can immerse yourselves in the iconic band's journey. At the Albert Dock, there are a host of fabulous restaurants for you all to enjoy too. For example, Ruben’s Coffee is an ideal spot for a quick drink and bite to eat.

Once you’ve eaten, head across the city centre and explore the interactive exhibits at the World Museum which covers topics like natural history, ancient civilisations and space. Afterwards, kids and adults alike will enjoy a ferry ride across the Mersey River to enjoy scenic views of the city's waterfront. To cap off a wonderful day, check out the tastecard app for restaurant deals in Liverpool. Plus, if you need any more inspiration for your trip to the city, check out our Liverpool travel guide.

Cardiff Castle


If you’re considering the capitals of England and Scotland, it’s only right that you consider the Welsh capital too! Cardiff is a vibrant and diverse destination that blends history, culture, and natural beauty. Cardiff Castle is a charming place to visit for a fun day out with the family.. You could also head down to the waterfront of Cardiff Bay and spend some time in Geek Retreat. This is a fantastic establishment that has a vibrant atmosphere, plenty of comfort food and lots of milkshakes – something the kids will absolutely love!

There are plenty of family-friendly restaurants in Cardiff for the whole family to enjoy too so consider downloading the app and checking out the best local spots to eat. If you need some more ideas for things to do in Cardiff, read our top Cardiff attractions.

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