A family holiday in Bordeaux

Taking a family holiday in Bordeaux gives you the chance to take in a wide range of attractions, so no matter what the interests or ages of the people you are travelling with there is bound to be something for them to enjoy.

However, the vast array of things there are to see means choosing where to go first can be a tricky task.

But one great way to get your bearings is to take an open-top bus ride that showcases the city’s main attractions. Not only will you get a whistle-stop guided tour of the city, but you will also be able to hop off and explore the places that most appeal to you in greater detail.

And one building you may wish to take your family to see is the historic Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. This 18th century performing arts venue is a fantastic example of neoclassical architecture and it is possible to go on a guided tour on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

This is also the place where the famous La Fille Mal Gardee ballet premiered and was briefly the national assembly for the French parliament.

No matter if you’ve been planning a family holiday to Bordeaux for a while or found the perfect package while searching for last minute deals, make sure that you take the time to visit the Bordeaux Cathedral.

Although the building dates back to the 11th century, where it was consecrated by Pope Urban II, the only element left from this time is a wall in the nave. The majority of the cathedral you see today was built in the gothic style in the 12th to 16th centuries.

A French national monument, stopping by here could ensure your children not only have fun but that they also get to learn something.

But the Bordeaux Cathedral is by no means the only church that you and your loved ones ought to visit over the course of your holiday in the city. You should also take the time to explore the Eglise Sainte-Croix – which translates as Church of the Holy Cross in English – that was built in the 11th and 12th centuries.

Annexed on to a seventh century Benedictine abbey, the Eglise Sainte-Croix has a Romanesque-style facade.

Nature lovers in your group, regardless of their age, are bound to enjoy taking a trip to the Bordeaux Zoo.

Situated south of the city centre, the attraction can be a great place for a family day out and there are hundreds of captivating creatures that can be seen.

Zebras, monkeys, pelicans and giraffes are just some of the animals that call the Bordeaux Zoo home, while kids can also go fossil hunting and water tobogganing.

This part of France is famous the world over for producing high-quality wines so grown-ups may want to make the time to go on a tour of the numerous vineyards that can be found in Bordeaux as well as in nearby towns and villages, such as Saint-Emilion, Graves and Medoc.

Not only can you gain an insight into how the likes of cabernet sauvignon and merlot are made, but you will also be able to purchase some bottles to enjoy when you return home.

However, if you cannot tell the difference between the various types of wine that are available a visit to the Bordeaux Wine School could soon see you become a connoisseur in the art of tasting the beverage.

Bordeaux offers so many different things to see and do that taking a holiday or even short breaks here means that there is bound to be something for everyone.