Family Attractions in London

Sometimes keeping kids occupied on vacation is difficult, especially when your vacation is in a foreign country. But a trip to London with the family is one that is sure to be fun for everyone as there is so much to see and do. Use our handpicked family fun guide below to find the best attractions for you and your family when visiting London.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures was originally a zoo but in 1987 a theme park was added which has grown and grown to become one of the top attractions in the region for families. The zoo part of the park is split in two with a Trail of Kings, a walkthrough attraction where you get up close and personal with some large animals and the other half of the zoo which houses smaller critters. There is also a children’s zoo area with many farm-type animals. If you prefer animals of the aquatic variety there are many tropical fish tanks, a walk-through tunnel to the sharks, sea lions and Creepy Caves. For those visitors headed to Chessington for the attractions and not the animals, then you have even more options for fun. Beanoland is a theme park based around the Beano Comic, Forbidden Kingdom features two rides with Ancient Egyptian motifs, Land of the Dragons has a large number of rides and children’s activities, Market Square is the center and is a great place for snacks, meals, and arcade games, Mexicana has a Mexican and Far West environment and features two very popular roller coasters, the Mystic East has an oriental theme and more roller coasters and a panning for gold game, in Pirates Cove is just as it sounds and features a pirate’s theme, Toytown is in the center and tailors its rides toward the younger set and finally, Transylvania which sounds scary and sports one of the scariest rides, the Vampire, it also houses one of the more fun family rides, Bubbleworks, which is great for all ages but its mainly an advertisement for Imperial Leather. Come to Chessington World of Adventures with a list of priorities because it’s almost impossible to do everything in one day.

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds London is the original famed wax museum although there have been several branches throughout the world. Wax sculptor Marie Tussaud learned the craft through her mother’s employer, Dr. Philippe Curtius whose work was exhibited widely in the 1700’s. Marie followed suit and traveled around Europe with her wax models until 1835 when she settled down in Baker Street and opened a museum. Unfortunately many of her original pieces were destroyed in a fire or by German bombs in 1941 but the casts survived and some of the pieces have been replicated. The rather creepy life-like representations of persons of note (both good and evil) give one a deeper connection to these people, especially the historical figures which almost seem to come to life.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium/SEA LIFE Center

SEA LIFE London Aquarium contains more than 350 species of fish on three floors with 14 different zones. There are daily talks, feeds and dives for a more interactive experience so check with the ticket office when you arrive to see when and where each even it occurring the day of your visit. Some of the encounter experiences include up close and personal experiences with sting rays, sea turtles, sharks, seahorses, terrapins, catfish, piranhas and coral reef inhabitants.

Mudchute Park & Farm

Mudchute Park & Farm is the largest city farm in London with 32 acres of countryside in the middle of Isle of Dogs. Mudchute focuses on care of the environment and their oasis in the middle of the city offers incredible views of the surrounding area. Their wonderful collection of British rare breeds include more than 200 animals and fowl. The buildings on the outskirts contain rare breed animals, horses, and ponies who are allowed to graze in the outer fields. In the center of the farm is the Pets Corner where the cuddly critters are raised for guests to have encounters with. Guests are invited to help with rounding up the critters at the end of the day for bedtime so find your favorites and see what help you can provide.

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Horseman at Buckingham palace-Nevalenx802

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has been home to Britain’s royalty since 1837 and hosts many receptions as well as visitors. There are 775 rooms in the palace including 52 royal and guest rooms and 188 staff bedrooms. There are several different tours available at Buckingham Palace including The State Rooms which are used extensively by the Queen and royal family as they receive guests for official ceremonies and events. The Royal Mews tour which is the working stable at the palace and gives you a glimpse at all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to simply provide road transport for the Queen and her family. The Queen’s Gallery tour lets you visit the permanent space dedicated to changing exhibits from the Royal Collection. But the most popular tour at Buckingham Palace is probably the Changing of the Guard, the change takes place at 11:30 daily from May until the end of July and then on alternate days. The guards arrive at the palace forecourt and are accompanied by a band, the entire display takes about 40 minutes.

British Museum

The British Museum is one of the great museums of the world with exhibits reaching from prehistoric times to the present day. Founded in 1753 the collections, which include more than seven million objects, house such famous artifacts as the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, Greek and Roman artifacts, Egyptian antiquities and many other pieces not seen anywhere else in the world in one location. Relics in the British Museum cover all eras of human culture and feature pieces from every continent. Exploring the entire museum is a huge undertaking and cannot be thoroughly enjoyed in one day, luckily the museum is free to everyone so you can come back again and again to explore the whole thing or examine your favorite areas in greater detail.

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