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We spent five days exploring Tallinn in Estonia. We took the kids around the Medieval Old Town, Seaplane Harbour Museum, Outdoor Museum and Children’s Museum and had a great time! See our Top 5 Things to do in Tallinn with Children.
We flew from London Gatwick to Tallinn in Estonia in October 2014. This was a longer flight than the short hop to Glasgow in our last trip and it was broken up by a transfer in Latvia.
Arriving in Tallinn we took the recommended taxis from the airport to the reception of Old House Apartments. The friendly staff there checked us in and provided us with a map of Tallinn, highlighting where the supermarkets were and other attractions. As the apartments we were staying in were not located in the same building one of the staff from reception took us on the short walk to where we would be staying. After three flights of wooden spiral stairs, finished off with one more set of straight stairs we were shown around our apartment. It was a large two bedroom apartment with the kitchen and lounge on one level, and both bedrooms up a few more stairs! It was evening by now so we settled in for the night ready to start exploring Tallinn the next day.
We were up early and took the children walking around the Old Town of Tallinn. We stopped at the Tourist Information office and got ourselves some 72 hour Tallinn Cards. These enable free or discounted access to a variety of attractions around Tallinn, a free trip on the Hop-on, Hop-off tourist bus and free public transport for the duration of the card. We walked the paved streets to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, an orthodox onion domed cathedral in the Tallinn Old Town. After that we went to Kiek in de Kök tower museum followed by a massive pancake lunch at Kompressor. We jumped in a taxi to the Seaplane Harbour Museum and spent the afternoon here, the kids especially loved dressing up in military uniforms and going inside the submarine on show. Outside the hanger were boats that you could board and take a look around and the children loved exploring the decks. We took a taxi back to the apartment before heading out to the Olde Hansa Medieval Restaurant that evening. Overall this was a dissapointment for us. The themed element was good, as was the food, however the service was really bad and took a long time meaning we found ourselves having to entertain hungry children for longer than we would have liked.
Today we made our way to the pick-up point for the Hop-on, Hop off bus. The driver was fantastic as he was about as grumpy as you could get, which raised a smile with us! We went out of town to the Estonian Open Air Museum. This is set in woodlands with a reconstruction of a life-sized 18th-century fishing village. We had lunch here before heading back into town to explore more of the Old Town and take a ride on the blue Tallinn Old Town train which the children really loved!! In the evening we went out to the Kuldse Notsu Korts restaurant which was recommended to us by one of the apartment receptionists. The meal at this rustic place was lovely and the staff brought paper and crayons to entertain the children, a much better experience than the night before!
We took a look around a local market in the morning before boarding a tram and making our way to Kadrioru Park. The children loved the ride on the tram (their first time using this mode of transport). The park grounds were lovely, and the leaves that had fallen from the trees made for great fun, walking through them, kicking them, etc. We walked up to Kadriorg Palace and took a look around the grounds before heading to a playground where the children played alongside the local children. At midday the Miia-Milla-Manda opened its doors and we went inside. Miia-Milla-Manda is a children’s museum, where the children were encouraged to interact with the displays. There was also a play room and our two really loved their time in there. We went to the on-site cafe and had drinks and snacks and then the children were invited to join in with some arts and crafts, making a paper plate owl each! We got the tram back to the Old Town where we spent the afternoon wandering around the fascinating Old Town once more.
Today was time to say goodbye to Tallinn. We saw some more of the Old Town in the morning before checking out of the apartment and getting a taxi to the airport for the flight back to London. Despite only being a short break we really had a good time getting to know the friendly people of Tallinn.