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When it comes to buzzing family-friendly destinations, the vibrant Portuguese city of Porto has it all. Here’s our guide to some of the best things to do in Porto with children, from writer and mum, Sarah Dawson.

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1/8 Livraria Lello

A bookshop might not be your first thought when it comes to fun days out with the kids, but Livraria Lello is no ordinary bookshop. Often named as one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, it was a regular haunt of J.K. Rowling when she lived in Porto and is said to have inspired her when writing the first Harry Potter novel. Fans of Harry Potter will be in heaven as they wander around this incredible old building and up the intricate wooden, carved staircase that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Staircase at Hogwarts – the perfect photo opportunity. The whole place has a very magical feel, as though you’ve stepped right into a Harry Potter movie. It can get pretty popular, so beat the crowds and book a voucher online to avoid having to queue; the price is redeemable against any book purchase in-store.

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