Some holidaymakers might think that London is not a kid-friendly destination but they’d be wrong. They may also think of London as an expensive city. Wrong again! There are plenty of great things for kids of all ages in England’s capital – from world’s famous attractions like Madame Tussauds to historical museums and the royal gardens. And, the best part is that they don’t break the bank as many of attractions are free to explore. Here are some of the perfect activities that you can do with your kids in London.
Palaces and Fortresses
Your family can take a trip through British royal history by visiting these palaces and castles. Elegance, splendour, and one-of-a-kind artisanship are some features of these historical attractions. The main workplace of the British monarch, Buckingham Palace, is a must-see for every traveller. While visiting this official residence, don’t forget to watch the Changing the Guard ceremony. The palace contained Queen’s Gallery, 19 State Rooms, a list of British royal residences, and a lot more.
For boys, there is no better place to soak up some ghost stories at Tower of London. They will also discover an antique collection of swords, battle-axes, and suits of armour. On the other side, girls will love Princess Diana exhibition at her former home, Kensington Palace. Besides, you can also visit Hampton Court Palace, which is a great royal palace in the notable county of Middlesex.
London is chock full of tourist attractions that it can be a quite confusing to know where to start. The foremost attraction to visit is London Eye – a giant Ferris wheel standing right opposite the Houses of Parliament. Get ready to explore London from a different perspective with this 443-foot high Ferris wheel. To add extra flair to your experience, take a short leisurely walk along London’s Southbank looking out for river cruise, Big Ben, and other street performers.
For kids who love adventure, Thames RIB trip is a great way to discover London from the River Thames. It is an exhilarating speedboat trip packed with a guided commentary. Besides this, Aquarium, London Zoo, and other fun activities are there to make your experience an unforgettable one.
Museum and Art Galleries
There are a surprising number of museums and galleries in central London that are free to explore – and too fascinating to be overlooked by the sightseers. The most famous is British Museum, which is a tribute to human history and culture. It houses a unique and invaluable collection, numbering some 8 million works. Museum of London Docklands is another fabulous place to head along with your kids. It includes 12 galleries and a children’s gallery Mudlarks. There are plenty of hidden museums and art galleries as well. Horniman Museum is a kids’ favorite. This place houses a fascinating collection of artefacts from diverse sections such as Anthropology, Natural History, and Archive. Besides this, the Aquarium is another must-see for any kid.
Crowned with the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, Tate Modern attracts near about 4.7 million visitors per year. The gallery houses a priceless collection of global modern art dating from 1900 until today.
3 tips to you have a memorable vacation with kids in London
• There are many kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in London that offer a special kid’s menu to complement your taste and requirement. To cater to the needs of young diners, these restaurants have stacks of highchairs and friendly environment. Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Giraffe restaurant are some of the great options to try, when you are with kids.
London hotels are typically very kid-friendly and many of them have connecting rooms and cot bedding. To achieve your complete satisfaction, some hotels offer concierge services for kids too. If you are travelling to London with kids, booking a kid-friendly hotel is an apt choice. Check prices and availability of these hotels.
• Travelling around the London with kids can be fairly easy. Instead of travelling by tube, go for buses as they are less crowded and one is more likely to get a seat. Make sure you have a loaded oyster card to travel in and around the capital.
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