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London, Edinburgh most family-friendly European holiday destinations

A recent survey found Edinburgh and London to be the second and third most family-friendly holiday destinations in the whole of Europe, while Florence came in as No.1

The Travellers’ Choice survey, by travel website TripAdvisor, found the two British capitals’ strong traditions, rich cultural histories and vast choice of museums, heritage sites and children’s entertainments enjoyed massive popularity with millions of holidaymaking families.

The results of the survey are good news for the vast number of Britons planning staycations in 2012 for financial reasons. With airfares, Air Passenger Duty, and overall costs spiralling along with political unrest in many popular overseas holiday destinations, many more UK families are looking to economise by visiting British attractions.

Edinburgh won points for its variety of attractions, including spectacular Edinburgh Castle and its many museums and festivals. Up for special mention was the August Edinburgh Festival, a feast of theatre, music, song dance and other performance arts.

Also popular were day trips outside the city to the Highlands and Islands.

According to the survey, London is shedding its former reputation of being too expensive for a family holiday. Free admission to many of the city’s cultural and historical treasures and state-of-the-art museums is balancing out paid attractions such as the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

The Travellers’ Choice Family awards are decided by the online votes of millions of travellers, with the UK claiming two of the top three places a source of pride. Other cities in the top 10 include Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin and Vienna.

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