With the October break just around the corner, now is a great time to check for any cheap flights and last-minute deals. For inspiration on where to go, have a look at our suggestions below.
The artistic capital of Italy, Florence boasts stunning Renaissance-era architecture and religious places of interest, such as Florence Cathedral (Duomo); the Uffizi Gallery; and the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge).
If the city’s sophistication is too much for your kids to bear, the Oltarno District will strike a suitable balance; full of wide open space, it’s perfect for kids to run around and spend that pent-up energy.
The Piazza Repubblica will also prove a nice distraction, as it features an antique carousel (merry-go-round). But arguably the biggest attraction for kids in Florence – is the abundance of great gelaterias (ice cream parlours).
One of Europe’s most iconic cities, Paris offers plenty to keep you and your little ones occupied.
As well as popular tourist locations like the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, Paris also features numerous parks and play areas dotted around the city – perfect if you’re going for a leisurely stroll with the kids on a summery afternoon.
A perennial favourite with children is the Cité des Enfants, a museum for kids that features tons of educational and fun activities for kids to enjoy.
Of course, another reason your kids may want to go to Paris is Disneyland.
A city rich with history, Barcelona has numerous activities for a family holiday. Kids will love Guell Park, which was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi and features a museum dedicated to him. The park also features a hall of columns, a colourful mosaic on the main terrace and a municipal garden.
Other popular attractions for kids are Barcelona Zoo and Barcelona Aquarium, as well as 3 city beaches.
Another must-see is Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous boulevard, which contains numerous shops, cafes and street performers.
Famous for its waterways, Amsterdam features canal tours for people of all ages. Or, for some added excitement, you can hire out your own peddle boat and explore the city yourself.
Cycling is also popular here, and little ones can join you by riding in bakfiets, which are trailers attached to bicycles. Or, if your child has too much energy to sit still in a trailer, you can visit Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) and let them explore to their heart’s content.
Atmospheric and lively, Scotland’s capital city is always a popular destination for tourists.
The National Museum of Scotland provides a wealth of information on Scotland and its inhabitants, as well as puzzles and games for children (such as The Three Pyramids, World Music Composer and Egyptian Tomb Adventure).
The Museum of Childhood allows people to see how families lived in decades past, while visiting Edinburgh Castle is always a must – especially when you see the kids’ faces when you tell them it sits atop a volcano!
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