Top family friendly tourist attractions and museums in London
A lively cosmopolitan capital, London has countless of attractions for visitors and residents wishing to explore cultural or historic exhibits. However, many people may not know that London also has several educational and entertaining attractions catering exclusively to families with children. They range from traditional museums and nature parks to aquariums and zoos. If you are new in London we have compiled a short list of great tourist attractions and museums in London where you and you family are guaranteed to have a great time.
Museum of Childhood
Located in Bethnal Green, V&A Museum of Childhood displays galleries dedicated to the lives of kids in England through the ages. Not just limited to England the Museum of Childhood covers countries from all over the world. The famous Moving Toy gallery featured in the museum exhibits all kinds of moving toys from non-complicated ex push-and-pull vehicles to sophisticated electronic devices. Kids will love learning about the Zoetrope and seeing this early type of animation and video displays gives them an opportunity to discover even more about wheeled toys’ history.
For practical experience the creativity gallery provides dress-up play areas and an exceptional sensory pod area for kids with special needs. The Aquadraw panel gallery lets children express their own artistic skills through drawing and painting on the specially designed walls. Finally, the childhood gallery provides a more conventional interactive impression of the lives and lifestyle of kids throughout London’s history.
Natural History Museum
Every family member will find something interesting in the Natural History museum. The popular Darwin centre is found here a perfect place to learn the principles of evolution via interactive displays and rare specimen collections. For younger visitors, the museum’s impressive dinosaur exhibits will certainly educate and fascinate. Above all, admission is free however try to get there early especially during School holidays.
Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the capital, the 135 meter tall iconic symbol Coca-Cola’s London Eye is one of the most identifiable attractions for tourists and London’s residents as well. Children will obviously love the adventure of the electrifying ride (albeit slow) of the London eye, while parents will appreciate the amazing vantage point for all of the city’s historic landmarks from the Houses of Parliament with it’s famous tower where the clock Big Ben is located, Tower Bridge and the latest being The Shard with its crystal like shell towering about London.
Sea Life London Aquarium
Located in the midst of the capital’s hustle and bustle, the Sea Life London Aquarium offers families a chance to see marine life in a peaceful, climate-controlled setting. Scheduled daily events provide children an opportunity to interact with the less dangerous marine life, including sea anemones and crabs. Professional discussions and demonstrations explain the life cycles of colossal black tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and other inhabitants of this outstanding aquarium. Their latest exhibit includes the Sea Dragon.
Regent’s Park is home to the popular London Zoo, it offers various children activities including four playgrounds and a superbly maintained wildlife garden featuring a large hedgehog and heron population. Kids will love the open space ideal for playing while parents will relish the relaxed natural environment and beautiful landscaping of this perfect public park. Inside the Zoo, the Animal Adventure exhibit offers kids an interactive way to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the animal kingdom, while hundreds of species available ensure a full day of surveying nature together as a family.
There you have it, if you have relocated to, or visiting, London your family will always have plenty of venues to visit. The ones we have touched on here are just a drop in the ocean, browse the internet and you will find a wealth of information on where to go, what to expect and how much it costs. Make an effort to visit these venues and you will surely be glad you did.
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