We use 'Britain with Kids' a lot, and find it very useful and detailed. In particular we like the section that shows what is 'fun and free' in each area since we don't have a lot of money to spend on theme parks and other commercial attractions. We also like the wet weather options shown; we love discovering Britain, and hardly feel the need to travel abroad when there is so much to see on our doorstep, but wet weather can be limiting at times, so it is useful to have some tips.
Perhaps we shouldn't have expected such great things from this book, but it was a shame to find that all this one does is to loosely skim the surface of too many countries at once, with very little detail about any of them, in particular a marked lack of any real practical detail anywhere near as good as that in 'Britain with Kids'. We wanted to find out more about France for our next trip, but we feel none the wiser having read this book. A lot of the detail seems rather random - a lot of recommendations for windsurfing and other watersports, three fairly arbitrarily chosen chateux in the Loire, four bike trails (at 40-50km a bit long for our eight-year old) and some skiing information. We wanted to find out about the different regions, and their highlights - we weren't expecting encyclopedic detail, but some handy tips that would help us to decide where to go.
And I lived in Sweden back in the 90s and was surprised to find only a brief two page spread on this marvellous country, containing very little of any value.
Get this book from your local library by all means, but then go out and buy a proper book about the countries that you'd like to visit, so that you can do some proper research before you go.
We like touring Europe by car and we were keen to get a guide book that would give us tips on activities for kids in the towns we went to. This was the ideal book for us.
William Gray covers every major tourist destination and gives you all you need to plan all sorts of adventures, whatever the weather & wherever you end up all over Europe.
We found the best beaches, great attractions, fantastic places to eat, and great things to do thanks to the detail provided. Also, the book is so clearly laid out, it's easy to find the infomation you need .
I read Europe With Kids by William Gray. It's a well thought out guide by a guy who clearly knows his stuff as his children are well travelled. The quality of the book is good as are the photographs, it's well presented. It's written in an easy to follow accessible way, using the same format for each country chapter. However trying to cram Europe into a relatively small book naturally means that it can only skim the surface of each country, and so for more detail you really do then need to read the guide book for each specific country. I did find this a bit limiting but then I do like to read lots and lots. We recently travelled around Europe for 7 weeks with our 10 month old baby (with our 1963 Morris Minor to make it more fun!). In general I agree that children are warmly welcomed all over Europe. For accommodation, I would add a suggestion of Youth Hostels - we stayed in one in Germany and one in Switzerland, and they were very handy with en-suite and could provide cots and highchairs. However they do not have self catering kitchens which is limiting.
There are a couple of things I would add to the book which are country specific: Italy - it is seemingly impossible to get jarred baby food (recognisable!) in Italy, we didn't use jars much so not a problem, but if you were relying on them they are very strange and mostly odd meat like horse/rabbit! France - it is not possible to take a small baby up Mont Blanc. They have to be over 4 to travel in the cable cars around Chamonix, this is because of the speed of ascent. They were very strict about this. Switzerland - it is however possible to take a small baby on the train up to the Jungfraujoch. They have to be over 12 months in theory but not fussy. It is fantastic at the top here!