London for kids

The Science Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collections of science, technology and medicine. Features include a Space Gallery and the Wellcome Museum of medical history. It’s is open daily 10am-6pm and admission is £6.95 for adults and free for children. It’s closed from 24-26 and 31 December and 1 January. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.

The Natural History Museum contains hundreds of exciting interactive exhibits with sections on ecology and the animal world, along with the new Earthquake Experience and the Dinosaur Gallery. It’s open Monday-Saturday 10am-5.50pm and Sunday 11am-5.50pm. It’s closed 24-26 December. Admission is £7.50 for adults and free for children. The nearest underground station is South Kensington.

The Imperial War Museum tells the story of 20th-century warfare on the home front and on the front line. Displays include the Blitz and Trench Experiences. It’s open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is £5.50 for adults and free for children. The museum is closed 24-26 December. It’s in Lambeth Road and the nearest underground station is Lambeth North.

Entrance to Legoland Windsor
Entrance to Legoland Windsor

At Legoland Windsor there are many activities including rides, themed playscapes, a special children’s driving school, LEGO boats and DUPLO gardens and miniworld. It’s open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is £17.50 for adults and £14.50 for children. The nearest rail station is Windsor Central or Windsor Riverside

From puppet making to turban tying, there’s always a huge range of activities for children of all ages at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Embark upon an adventure across the Museum with our Backpack Tours and Activity Cart, both filled with exciting hands-on activities including jigsaws, stories, puzzles and construction games.Backpack Tours – every Saturday from 1.30pm-5pm and additional days during school holidays.Activity Cart for Families – every Sunday from 10.30am-5pm with a special event every first Sunday of the month, and additional days during school holidays. For further information call
020 7942 2197

The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood houses a collection of toys, dolls & dolls’ houses, children’s costumes and nursery antiques. It’s open Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5.50pm. Admission is free. It’s in Cambridge Heath Road, and the nearest underground station is Bethnal Green. The museum is closed 25 December and 1 January.

The London Dungeon is the world’s first medieval horror museum complete with gruesomely realistic scenes. There are also two major shows including ‘The Jack the Ripper Experience’ and ‘The Theatre of the Guillotine’. It’s not suitable for very young children or those of a nervous disposition! It’s open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is £9.50 for adults and £6.50 for children. It’s closed 25 December. The nearest underground station is London Bridge.

HMS Belfast is a World War II cruiser, with nine decks to explore including the Captain’s Bridge to the massive Boiler and Engine Rooms well below the ship’s waterline. It’s open daily 10am-6pm. Admission is £5 for adults and free for children. It’s moored at Morgan’s Lane, off Tooley Street and the nearest underground station is London Bridge. It’s closed 24-26 December.

The Thames Barrier is the largest moveable flood barrier in the world. The Visitors’ Centre has spectacular views of the Barrier, along with working scale models and audio-visual displays. It’s open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.30am-5.30pm. Admission is £3.40 for adults and £2 for children. The nearest rail station is Charlton. It’s closed 24-26 December.

At the BBC Experience visitors can see how the BBC operates, using models, studios, archives and plenty of ‘hands-on’ displays for radio and television. Admission is £7.50 for adults and £4.95 for children. It’s open Monday 11am-4.30pm, Tuesday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm. It’s in Portland Place and the nearest underground stations are Oxford Circus and Great Portland Street. It’s closed 25 December.

Rock Circus tells the story of rock and pop music from the 1950s to the present day, using spectacular robotic figures, lasers and videos. It’s open daily 11am-8pm. It closes at 9pm Friday and Saturday and opens at 11am on Tuesday. Admission is £8.25 for adults and £6.25 for children. The nearest underground station is Piccadilly Circus. It’s closed 25 December.

The Wembley Stadium Tour takes you behind-the-scenes to the dressing room, players’ tunnel, the Royal Box and the TV studio room. Admission is £7.95 for adults and £5.50 for children. Under-5s are admitted free. Tours start at 10am, with the last tour at 4pm. There are no tours on days of major events, so call the Stadium before visiting on 020 8902 8833, that’s 020 8902 8833. The nearest underground station is Wembley Park. There are no tours 25 and 26 December.

Madame Tussaud’s is the world famous collection of wax figures of famous people. It’s open Monday-Friday 10am-5.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 9.20am-5.30pm. It’s closed 25 December. Admission is £10.50 for adults and £7 for children. It’s in Marylebone Road and the nearest underground station is Baker Street.

At the Tower Bridge Experience visitors can see one of the most famous bridges in the world and spectacular views from the high level walkways 140ft above the Thames. In the two towers, there’s an exhibition which explains the history of Tower Bridge. It’s open daily 10am-6.30pm. Admission is £6.25 for adults and £4.25 for children. The nearest underground station is Tower Hill. It’s closed 24 & 25 December.

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