As we approach the summer holidays, we are sure you will be racking your brains for things to do. Getting on a train up to London is always fun for the whole family, as well as an abundance of choice for activities and sightseeing, so we thought we would narrow a few down for you!
Dip your toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, cool down swimming in the Serpentine, admire the views across the lake from the waterside café, take a lovely picnic and set up camp for the day or have a go at tennis, horse riding, or join the many joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the open air.
Explore The Crown Jewels which have been on display at The Tower of London since 1661, see the regalia used in the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. You can also walk around the moat covered in beautiful wildflowers, meet the famous ravens, marvel at the guards protecting the tower, visit The Bloody Tower and learn the history, visit the exhibition about the unfortunate prisoners who used to in the tower, see what the luxurious lodgings used to be like and get hands on at the White Tower.
Walk around the iconic film sets of the Harry Potter films, from The Great Hall, Diagon Alley and The Forbidden Forest. Explore the man props used, see the original costumes see the dragon at Gringotts.
Home to over 500 species in 14 themed zones, there is so much to see. Go on the Polar Adventure to see the extremities of the Antarctic and the penguins. See the UK’s largest jellyfish experience at Ocean Invaders, the UK’s largest living coral reef at Coral Kingdom and stroke a starfish or a sea anemone at the Rockpool.
Travel through 4.6 billion years of our planet’s history, explore the history of prehistoric dinosaurs and reptiles, human evolution, learn about what we know about our oceans and the species that live there and the many collections of artefacts on display.
Discover the world of science behind the botanical collections, with over 50,000 living plants to be found across the UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the world’s largest Victorian glass house- Temperate House, The Alpine House, the Children’s Garden, the Kitchen Garden, the lake, the Great Pagoda, the Rose Garden plus so much more.
See amazing animals in a beautiful setting- mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Join feeding time, go wild in the play areas and make your way slowly around the different animal enclosures.
The Mail Rail train ride is located deep beneath the streets of London’s secret 100 year old Post Office railway. The tunnels is an immersive ride through its narrow network of hidden tunnels, once inside the specially-made passenger trains, you will embark on a thrilling and historical journey 70ft underneath the streets of London. This summer there is 5 weeks of hands-on family fun celebrating postal inventions, inspired by Mail Rail! Unleash your inner engineer and find out about innovations from amazing mini railways to stamps, sorting machines and robot technology.
The ‘Dinosaur Court’ opened in 1854 to huge acclaim from the public and with encouragement and visits from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. They are the birthplace of ‘Dinomania’ and are famous worldwide. They are also a hugely engaging mixture of being rather scary and a bit hilarious at the same time, making them the key attraction of Crystal Palace Park. Everyone loves the Dinosaurs.
Explore the globe theatre and be introduced to the characters and history of Shakespeare’s epic tragedy on one of the many tours to choose from, or watch one of the amazing family shows in a famous setting.
Set sail for Greenwich and discover what life was like on board the iconic sailing ship. Explore their fun-packed activities for families on board Cutty Sark. Walk the main deck, explore beneath the ship and visit the figureheads collection.
Adrenaline has reached new heights at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, giving you experiences unlike anywhere else in the capital. The world’s longest tunnel slide at 178m long, the 12 twists and turns wind through the UK’s tallest sculpture finishing with a devilish corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’. During the descent, you’ll catch glimpses of the Park and London’s skyline through the transparent sections before plunging into darkness – leaving your mind to guess which direction you’ll drop next!
We hope you have a lovely summer!!
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