Family Fun: These British Attractions Appeal to Both Adults and Kids
All parents look forward to showing their kids the world, expanding their horizons and teaching them about different cultures. But anyone has traveled with their children knows there are more than a few barriers to success.
Kids don’t always have the same zeal for history and artifacts that adults do, and not every place is welcoming to the youngest among us. With that in mind, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet of recommended spots in London and beyond to help you plan for a family holiday you’ll remember for all the right reasons.
As with any major city, there are loads of ways to occupy a youngster on any given day in London. A few kid-friendly mainstays in London are sure to delight and inspire your little ones.
Established in 1847, the London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. With more than 12,000 animals from more than 760 different species, there’s lots for your kids to discover. New this year is Tiger Territory, which bills itself as a “multi-sensory experience” that allows you to personally experience the world of these mighty jungle beasts.
Two museum must-dos are the Museum of London Docklands and the Natural History Museum. The Natural History Museum gives kids a close-up look at some of the greatest creatures ever known to man, from a life-sized blue whale to a roaring T-Rex and a giant crocodile. It also has a science lab designed for kids ages 7-14, and there’s even an earthquake machine that simulates the shaking of a real tremor.
The Museum of London Docklands isn’t on most people’s radars, but overlooking a museum that tells tales of pirates and lets kids take cover in a WWII bomb shelter is missing out on a sure-fire hit for a rambunctious young one. Best of all, both museums are free!
Last on our London list for families is the London Eye. The view from the top is spectacular, and you’ll be able to point out and briefly explain a number of important spots in much less time than taking the kids on a guided tour of each one would entail (and likely with fewer tantrums).