Top Family-Friendly Cities in Europe

Taking your children to Europe will introduce them to new cultures, cuisines, languages and histories, and make them much more aware of the world beyond their normal day-to-day existence. With so many wonderful destinations on offer, it can be tricky to narrow it down to an itinerary that works for everyone. To get you started, we’ve put together a selection of some of our favourite family-friendly cities.

  • London

London is an easy city to visit with kids because the culture is familiar, there are no language barriers to navigate, and the city is blessed with numerous green spaces that are easily accessible so the kids can go squirrel spotting when they’ve had enough of sightseeing. You could easily fill an entire day visiting the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, which sit side by side in South Kensington and just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. Bigger kids will enjoy the gallows humour on offer at the London Dungeon, or you can really thrill them with an after-dark Jack the Ripper walking tour. Kids of all sizes (and their parents) will love Hamleys in Regent Street, which is the biggest and oldest toy store in the world.

  • Amsterdam

Your children don’t have to love science to enjoy a visit to the Science Centre NEMO, which is housed in a distinctive green copper-clad building on Amsterdam’s waterfront, but there’s a good chance that they’ll leave the five floors of hands-on science, well and truly hooked. It’s just one of many highlights that are located within the city centre, which is easy to explore on foot, by bicycle or even by boat. A visit to Anne Franke’s house will strike a poignant note with older children who are familiar with her story, whilst the smaller kids will love the Tropen Museum’s summertime rooftop beach. All that activity is bound to work up an appetite: we recommend the traditional thick-cut Dutch fries, and poffertjes, which are little clouds of pancake goodness, served dusted with icing sugar.

  • Florence

If you’re taking the kids to Italy, a visit to this beautiful city is a must. The Children’s Museum is a great way to show them what life was like under the rule of the Medicis, while the Institute and Museum of Science has kid-friendly exhibits relating to the work of Galileo Galilei. If they need to run off some steam, climb up the 414 steps of the Duomo’s campanile (bell tower), or up to the Piazzale Michelangelo. You’ll be rewarded by a fabulous view of the city, particularly at sunset. Finish your day with a gelato in the place where it originated!