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Best Family Staycations | UK City Breaks

We have so many beautiful places to visit here in the UK and, if you’re looking for inspiration for a day trip, we have picked out five great cities that are worth the journey. Sure to excite whatever your age, these are locations the whole family can enjoy. From cathedrals to beaches, art galleries to fairgrounds, we have covered it all.

Try Canterbury for students of Chaucer or Brighton for vibrant art exhibitions and fresh sea air. While visiting a new city is always educational, a change of scene is a great way to reset after a year of having to stay so close to home. This summer, make the most of being able to travel around the UK to some beautiful and historical spots.

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1. Chester

A quaint walled cathedral city, Chester is a lesser-known gem in the North of England. Boasting half-timbered houses and copious historical monuments, Chester is as charming as it is beautiful. Of course, the most popular attraction is the two-mile walk around the ancient city walls, promising heaps of historical charm and landmarks to admire. Visitors can also enjoy walking along the Chester Rows, visiting the cathedral, walking along the River Dee, crossing the pretty bridges, visiting the Roman Gardens and discovering the Roman Amphitheatre. For a trip outside the city centre, children will enjoy the animals at Chester Zoo and the sea life at theBlue Planet Aquarium.

2. York

Whether you are seeking a culture trip or a thrilling day out at the races, York has something for everyone. Consistently voted one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the UK, it is hard to find anything that York is lacking for families, making it an exceptional staycation experience. There are over 30 museums on offer in the city, not to mention the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and Wolds for all your outdoor pursuits within such easy reach. The city centre itself boasts beautiful landmarks and buckets of charm, from the cobblestone streets to the Medieval Minster.

3. Canterbury

Immerse yourself in the world of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with a trip to a city steeped in heritage. The grand Canterbury Cathedral was the first cathedral to be built in England, is a World Heritage Site and is the head of the Anglican church in the UK. Soak in the city’s history with an award-winning, picturesque river tour, sure to please family members of all ages with its educational offering and entertaining transportation. Stroll around the Dane John Gardens that sit within the city walls and climb the mound within them to enjoy some of the best views to be found. There is also a playground for younger visitors to run off steam and sections of the old city walls to explore.

4. Oxford

From punting on the River Cherwell to the world-renowned University, Oxford is the home of sophistication and grand architecture. Head to the Covered Market to discover a delightful mix of permanent stalls selling everything from clothes to flowers. The Castle provides the perfect spot for a gentle amble and offers some of the best views you can find in the city. You can take a guided tour of the Castle and grounds or enjoy one of their experiences on offer, including an escape room. The city’s location also boasts close proximity to the idyllic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds – the perfect excuse for a change of scene.

5. Brighton and Hove

Notoriously fun, the vibrant seaside city of Brighton and Hove is a firm favourite with adults and children alike. Sitting on the coast, it boasts miles of pebble beach with culture and activities to boot. Browse the many art galleries or visit the Sea Life aquarium before heading to the Pier to enjoy rides for thrill-seekers of all ages. The Laines are the perfect spot for finding independent shops in a quaint setting and, for foodies, there are copious eateries to choose from while in town, from award-winning restaurants to snacks on the seafront.

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