Tours leave every 30 minutes all day long and last about an hour. Everyone will love the wire animal replicas did you know they used to have a zoo there? Kids will particularly love learning about the legendary ravens that live at the Tower. The Tower of London is home to the Crown Jewels, and words do not do them justice.
They were every bit as sparkly and spectacular as we hoped they would be no photos allowed, though! The Tower of London has seen a lot through its history as a prison for high profile criminals, the site of many a beheading, and a royal home. Its story is gruesome at times, to be sure, but for history buffs of all ages, it is a must see London icon! A full schedule can be found here. Better yet, learn how this quintessential London landmark works. Be sure to download the family-friendly app to your phone before you head out for lots of things to do and discover.
Also, check the daily schedule so you can see when they will raise the bridge! Prices: Family pricing is available.
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They have comfortable family rooms that sleep 2 adults and 2 kids, are stylish, clean, and close to several major attractions and tube stations. Check here for the latest prices and more info. Take time to really enjoy this green space amidst the hustle and bustle of city life. You can take a walk along the paths, or you can sit and enjoy the tranquility with some ice cream and a good book. A little more well-kept than Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens has lots of things that kids will enjoy. We also knew to look for the gorgeous swans swimming in the nearby pond.
What we were not expecting were little green parakeets. There are tons of these beautiful little birds in the trees at Kensington Gardens, and they will eat right out of your hands. The kids were absolutely enthralled. Be sure to buy a bag of peanuts before you head into the park to feed the birds! On our most recent London trip with kids, we took a morning walk through St.
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All of these parks can be easily reached by the Tube. You can also take the Central line to Marble Arch station.
For St. James Park, Green Park, or Victoria stations. Obviously, the water taxis are just one of many options for getting around town, but navigating your way through a large city can be a daunting task. The kids particularly loved the pull-out map that shows all the Underground lines and Tube stops.
It was fun to figure out how to get to each adventure! Whether you have several days or just half a day to explore it, you should not miss this world famous museum. This book helped us to narrow down what we should see, and the way it was organized would give families several options for more in-depth exploring. Some of the highlights for us included the Rosetta stone, the mummies, and the Lewis Chessmen which were made between and AD.
We treated the main items in this book as a sort of scavenger hunt, and we were so excited when we came across an item that was stumping us! If your visit is during peak travel season, be prepared for some really large crowds. We would recommend getting there early and seeing the more popular exhibits first. By midday, the mummy room was extremely crowded.
Open until on Fridays. Prices: Free! Like the British Museum, the Natural History Museum is one that you could enjoy in about half a day, or you could stretch it into a longer visit. And, also like the British Museum, it is a popular destination and can get quite crowded during peak travel seasons. We feel like the nuisance of a crowd is a small price to pay for some of the amazing things you will see and learn about during these visits. The Natural History Museum is most well known for its dinosaur skeletons and for the beauty of the building itself.
Not only does the museum boast items of scientific value, but great historical value as well, since many of the specimens were actually collected by Charles Darwin. I am actually not a fan of tea, but I can definitely see the appeal of this mid-afternoon break.
Plus, you get tiny cakes and sandwiches and scones to go with it. It was definitely a unique and fun experience for the family, and at least one kid became a fan of tea that day!
The nice thing about having afternoon tea at Westminster is that you can enjoy a tour before or after your visit. It is so full of British history, and serves as the burial place for royals, poets, musicians, artists, and other important Brittons. I commented that it was like seeing my Survey of British Literature class all in one place.
Almost every author and poet I studied is buried here with one notable exception…the bard does not rest here. It was just an amazing and humbling experience. No trip to London would be complete without witnessing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Not only was the Royal Air Force doing the changing of the guard, but there was also a flyover with a mix of WWII and modern aircraft, and the royal family made an appearance on the famous balcony. Skoda Exhibition.
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