The Best Child-Friendly Airports in England

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Trying to navigate bustling airports, particularly with young children, can be a real challenge at the best of times!

As a result, we’ve put together a complete child-friendly comparison table of major English airports. You’ll be able to see exactly what’s available for your family, what to expect at the airport and it’ll help you to pick the airport that’s right for your family. We’ve also picked our Top 5 baby and toddler friendly English airports to fly from!


A Complete Guide

To view our major English airport complete comparison table, including all the key info on baby changing facilities, play areas, family parking, restaurants, feeding and more, click:

>>>  Airport Comparison Table <<<


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 Top 5 Baby and Toddler Friendly UK Airports

1. Heathrow

As you might expect, the huge Heathrow Airport is packed with family-friendly facilities!

Why we love it:

  •  Three play areas across 3 terminals
  • Loads of child-friendly food options including special kids-eat-free deals and children’s areas
  • Free family lounge including play areas, a quiet room, Game Zone and baby nursing area
  • Themed children’s events throughout the year
  • Special family parking spaces with extra room
  • Multiple feeding rooms
  • Family Airport Buddy service
  • Hamley’s toy shop


heathrow airports play area

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2. Gatwick

Gatwick also has lots of options for families, making it the perfect airport in which to start your family-friendly holiday!

Why we love it:

  • Free kids zones with space to play and watch TV
  • Specific family assistance fast track lanes for those with young kids/pushchairs
  • Special areas for under 12s within the airport lounges including cinema rooms, games and more
  • Feeding rooms with special nursing chairs and playpens for those with more than one child
  • Complimentary pushchairs for arrivals, until you can get your own pushchair back
  • Kids travel free on the Gatwick Express with two fee paying adults


gatwick airports kids seating

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3. Birmingham

Birmingham Airport has come up with some great entertainment for families, making it a great location to fly from.

Why we love it:

  • Sky Zone for Kids including a soft play area, technology games room and chance to have a photo with ‘Zoom’ the airport mascot
  • Express Lane is free for children under 5 years old
  • Extensive kids’ airport guide and discovery pack, available by free download HERE
  • Arrivals pushchairs available for a returnable deposit of £1


birmingham airports sky zone


4. Manchester

If you’re based further up north, Manchester has some excellent family-friendly facilities.

Why we love it:

  • Soft play area in Terminal 2
  • Free fast lane access for those with pushchairs
  • ‘Art desks’ scattered throughout the eating areas, equipped with colouring books and crayons
  • Baby changing rooms include special chairs, high chairs, bottle warmers and padded changing mats
  • Extra assistance for lone parent travellers/ travelling families is available


manchester airports soft play



5. Newcastle

Another option for those who live further north, Newcastle has some well thought-out family options.

Why we love it:

  • Airside Andy Play Pod including a variety of games is available in the Aspire Lounge
  • Amongst several other children-friendly restaurants, the Flying Hippo restaurant has a kids menu, video game area and play area
  • Express lane is free for children under 5 years old
  • Other entertainment available includes Namco games area and Biza toy shop


newcastle airports flying hippo

To read about some flight tips for flying with a baby or toddler then click HERE,  or to learn about coping with airport delays with young children then click HERE!

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Wendy Shand
Wendy Shand

Wendy Shand is the founding director of Tots To Travel, mum of three, award winning mumpreneur, traveler, business enthusiast and author of ‘The Mother of Invention’.

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