Liverpool is a great city to visit for the whole family, so if you fancy a city break that you can bring the little ones on without them getting bored, then Liverpool is the place to come.

We’ve got city centre attractions, parks to play in when the sun’s shining, museums to learn about everything from the Beatles to our Maritime culture and indoor play centres for hours of fun. End the day with a meal in a restaurant that caters for everyone and you’ll have successfully completed your family holiday to Liverpool.



Right in the heart of the Ropewalks area of the city you’ll find Base Apartments. This modern residential apartment block is suitable for the whole family, making it feel like a home away from home. With apartments that sleep varying amounts of occupants, open plan living areas and kitchens and close to all the city-centre action, it’s a great spot for a family.


Situated in the heart of Liverpool ONE, Bridge Street offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments that overlook the city making it a great base for the whole family. There are brilliant restaurants right on your doorstep but the apartments also come with a fully fitted kitchen and living room if you fancy a night in.


Holiday Inn have a few locations right in the heart of Liverpool and they make for a perfect spot to base the family. The spacious family rooms can accommodate two adults and two children with fantastic views over Liverpool. Check out their hotels in the city centre and at the Royal Albert Dock. 

For more ideas on where to stay on your trip to Liverpool check out our accomodation page. There will be a hotel or an appartment to suit everyone. 



The World Museum in St. George’s Quarter is the perfect place to take the kids on a trip to Liverpool. Not only will they learn about space, Ancient Egypt and the dinosaurs there is also an aquarium full of tropical fish and a bug house! With plenty of staff on hand to answer all the little one’s questions and give demonstrations you’ll all have a great day out here. 


Stop off at Liverpool Central Library in St. Georges Quarter to explore one of the coolest libraries in the country. The Picton Reading room is like something off the set of Harry Potter, the roof terrace will give you stunning views over Liverpool and the Discovery Area will give the kids the chance to explore the world of literature. 


Take a stroll around Liverpool ONE and explore everything it has to offer. From all the shops and places to eat, to Chavasse Park perched on the top - you and the family can spend the afternoon exploring here and not get bored.  


A trip to Liverpool isn't complete without a ride on the Ferry across the Mersey. Jump on board the Dazzle Ferry and take in all the views over our famous waters. The kids will love spending an afternoon sailing the seas. 


You can never be too young to be a fan of The Beatles and what better place to learn all about them than at The Beatles Story on the Royal Albert Dock. This immersive tour will teach the whole family about the lives and careers of the biggest band in the world. There is also the Discovery Zone for the kids to take part in loads of Beatles themed arts and craft activities at the end.


Take the kids along to Mattel Play! on the Royal Albert Dock for an afternoon of adventure play with Thomas & Friends, Bob The Builder and Fireman Sam. With train rides, ball pools, slides and loads of activities you’ll all have loads of fun! 


Head down to Sefton Park for a day out in the sun with the whole family. This magnificent 200-acre park has loads of green space to run about on, a boating lake, cafe and the famous Palm House. You could spend the whole day down here chilling in the sun and exploring all the local restaurants surrounding the park. 

Check out our blog on all the other green spaces in Liverpool to head to for an afternoon in the fresh air. 


The Museum of Liverpool is the perfect place to head to learn all about Liverpool’s history. The kids will love this museum as there are loads of interactive elements to enjoy. Take part in a museum trail, hop on board the overhead railway and take in the views out of the window that has been voted ‘The Best Window with a View’.

What's on this year:

  • Liverpool On Wheels
  • Little Liverpool
  • Museum Trails


For a bit of exercise, why not head down to Spring City Trampoline Park for an afternoon of bouncing around. With 49 trampolines, a dodgeball court, basketball lanes and a huge jump bag, the whole family will have a great time here. 


For a family adventure day out full of hovercrafts, mud buggies, grass karts and loads of other activities head to Hover Force just outside of the city centre. With experiences suitable for children 5 years and over there is plenty you can do out in the fresh air. Booking is essential so make sure you check out their website for more details. 


Experience one of Liverpool's wildest day out with a family trip to Knowsley Safari. Drive through lion enclosures, get up close to baboons, see the giraffes, duck at the birds of prey display and get acquainted with the meerkats. It's the perfect day out for the whole family! 

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Take a stroll around the Royal Albert Dock and explore everything Liverpool’s Waterfront has to offer. There are museums, restaurants, places to sit, a carousel and regular events popping up all the time to take part in. It’s always fun taking the time to soak up all the atmosphere of this part of Liverpool. 


The Maritime Museum is the perfect place to take the kids to explore the depths of Liverpool's seafaring past. With loads of information and artefacts from our maritime history there is plenty to see and do. There are loads of family friendly activities for the kids to have a go at so they can have fun and learn at the same time. 


For a fun-filled day out head over to the award winning Chester Zoo. With over 125 acres and 20,000 animals to explore you and the kids will have a wild time seeing everything from lions, tigers, elephants, rhinos and loads more! At just under an hours drive from Liverpool or a short ride on the Merseyrail train service, it’s really easy to get to with no fuss!

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If you’re all feeling a bit adventurous then head into the waters of Duke’s Dock for inflatable obstacle course, Adventure Dock to challenge everyone. Made up of huge inflatable free-fall slides, trampolines, rafts and barriers, you can splash, slide and race your family and friends to be crowned the winner. This is only open during the Summer months so make sure to check opening days before you visit. 


Jump on an open top tour bus to rest your legs and take in all the sights of the city. If the weather is nice you can sit on top of the bus in the open air and soak up all the sun on your journey. It’s a great way to see the city without having to walk around and it’s perfect for the kids. 

Check out our blog on all the tours you can head on with the whole family. It’s a great way to see Liverpool with the kids. 


Jump on the Southport Merseyrail line for 20 minutes and head to Crosby Beach to see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ or better known as the Iron Men. The long stretch of beach makes for a great day out in the sun with an ice cream and a picnic. 


Jump on board Liverpool’s very own wheel and go for a ride whilst seeing the city from above. The kids will love this spin on the wheel that overlooks the Royal Albert Dock, the city and the Mersey; see which landmarks you can all spot.


FACT Gallery on Wood Street have loads of different activities suitable for children. Every Saturday they put on Do Something Saturdays which provide families the space to make, do and be creative together. Drop in anytime between 12-4pm to join in on the free activities. 

The Picturehouse Cinema in the same building also has various child friendly film screenings making going to the pictures fun for the whole family.


Bluecoat is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon of art and culture. There are exhibitions, a courtyard, little shops and a cafe so you’ll be able to keep everyone entertained. They even hold family friendly workshops and events regularly so keep an eye on what's going on there before you visit. 


A short journey south of city will take you to Air Unlimited, Liverpool’s ultimate playground. This inflatable bouncy park will have you and the kids entertained all afternoon with different areas and courses to suit children of any age. 

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If the kids are football fans then there is no better place to take them than Liverpool. Head over to Anfield Stadium if you’re a fan of Liverpool FC or Goodison Park if you’re more of an Everton supporter. Either way, the kids will be made up seeing where their favourite team score huge goals.


If the kids are into making art then head over to Zap Graffiti to learn all about street art. Open to ages 6 and above, Zap Graffiti will show the kids basic graffiti art skills on posters for you to take home. It’s something a little different for the family to do and lets everyone’s creativity run free. 

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If you’re a family who are into their puzzles then Escape Hunt will make for a brilliant day out. Kids over the age of 10 will love this escape room style activity with themes like Blackbeards Treasure, The Last Vikings, Alice in Puzzleland and Operation Mindfall - the brains will be working overtime. 


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Visit The Climbing Hangar on Birchall Street, right next to Sandhills station for an afternoon of climbing the walls - in a good way. Kids from ages four and up will be able to enjoy different abilities of the climbing walls and you’ll also be given a little training session too if you've never done it before. 

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Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is a great place to take the kids for an afternoon. Not only can they explore some of the best collections of modern art in the world there are also loads of family events on and a cafe for food afterwards. 


The Imagine That! Science and Discovery Centre is a great day out for families with children up to the age of 10. With over 15,00 square feet to explore everything from science, imagination, construction, art and the outdoors; the kids will learn loads whilst having lots of fun! At just a 10 minute drive out of the city centre it makes for the perfect day out.


Croxteth Hall and Country Park is a brilliant outdoor space to head to for a bit of fresh air. Not only can you explore the Hall and the Walled Garden, there is plenty of space to run around and there is also the Croxteth Park Farm too. The traditional working Victorian Farm has all sorts of different farm animals for the kids to learn about.

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Enjoy some outdoor fun with the family at Otterspool Adventure. The kids can have a fantastic time on the outdoor play area, turn their hand to a round of adventure golf, race around the track in a shiny ranger, bounce around on giant inflatables, work their way through the maze and loads more. 

For even more things to do in Liverpool head over to our 'What's On' section of the website to see what events are happening when you're in the city. 



Smugglers Cove on the Royal Albert Dock will be a hit with the kids. For just £6.95 they can get a main and a dessert in this sophisticated pirate themed restaurant. They even get their food served in a treasure chest!


If you’ve just been into Tate Liverpool then sticking around for lunch at the cafe will top off the morning. Not only can they experience a bit of culture but kids under 12 can eat free when an accompanying adult buys a main meal. 


The kids will love Yard and Coop - home to buttermilk fried chicken. The little ones not only eat free with every meal purchased by an adult but they have their own menu to colour in too. The best bit though - you get to sit inside a chicken coop! 


Olive on Castle Street is a great place to take the whole family. Adults can sample the finest Italian inspired dishes while the kids can pick from their own menu. They can even make their own pizza!

For more child friendly restaurants check out our special blog on all the best places to head with the kids


Getting around the city with the kids has never been easier with Merseyrail. You can get a Family ticket which will allow up to 5 people unlimited travel all week after peak hours - all for just £11! There are stations all around the city and further afar so you can explore every inch of Liverpool with no fuss. 

Hopefully we have been able to give you some inspiration for your family city break to Liverpool. There are plenty of things to do that will allow you to see our wonderful city and make sure the kids have a great time too. If you want a few more ideas head over to the 'Things to Do' section of our website to see what else is going on. 

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