I love London. I have been here since 2005 and I love to discover new places every day! Of course, now that I have kids, I try to look into things that will entertain us all as a family. Over the last year we have been to many different places that the girls have enjoyed a lot so I thought I would share a list of the ones I would recommend you to visit.
6 Places to Visit In London With Kids
I hope the following list is useful for you if you live in London and want to do something different with the kids or if you are not in London and are planning a visit to London and would like to know family-friendly places to visit in London.
Cutty Sark is a British clipper ship. Built on the River Clyde in 1869 for the Jock Willis Shipping Line, she was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, coming at the end of a long period of design development, which halted as sailing ships gave way to steam propulsion. It was also used as a navy training ship.
Cutty Sark is such an educational and fun visit. We liked the interactive activities around the ship as well as following the explorer trail. It is a short visit but you and your family will definitely have the best family experience days and you can then wander around Greenwich where there are lots of other fantastic places to visit whilst in the area.
2. Museum Of Transport
London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its transport system over the last 200 years, highlighting the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800.
It is FREE for kids under 18 and tickets for adults are priced from £16.50 (you can always get better deals online) for the whole year which is so handy when you live in London or if you visit London often. And costs £32.00 for a family ticket based on a family of 4.
It is located in Covent Garden and opens from 10:00 until 18:00 with last entry at 17:15. It is suitable for all ages. They have a cloakroom and a buggy park available.
We had a super fun day at the London Transport Museum. As you can see there is a lot to do and it is definitely a fab day out for the whole family. And Covent Garden is beautiful so you can go around the market after the museum.
3. Royal Opera House Family Sundays
Family Sundays at the Royal Opera House are a regular event for families to come and explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the world of opera and ballet. Each Family Sunday at the ROP is packed with creative and practical activities for all the family, with space to relax and enjoy live music in an informal setting.
The Royal Opera House is an impressive venue. It is wonderful to be able to walk around inside their rooms, halls and corridors with the kids. It is also located in Covent Garden. The family ticket for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids) costs £36. This is a great value for what you are being offered. Immersing your kids in the world of opera and ballet which is invaluable. It is only one event per month and it is placed at the end of the month (Sunday 29 March, Sunday 26 April, Sunday 24 May and Sunday 21 June).
4. Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Exhibition
You will discover the most famous of the Pharaohs, Tutankhamun, as well as their belongings as you go through a passage of his life. This exhibition unveils 150 originals objects from the tomb, 60 of which have travelled out of Egypt for the first time and final time before they return for permanent display within the Grand Egyptian Museum which is currently under construction.
You will be able to visit 6 galleries as well as a virtual reality experience where you can enter the tomb. The VR experience is suitable for ages 10 years old and over. It is placed at Saatchi Gallery on Kings Road in Chelsea. It has 6 galleries and there is also a virtual reality experience where you can enter the tomb. The VR experience is suitable for ages 10 years old and over.
It is on until 3rd May 2020. Adult tickets cost from £31.35 and child tickets from £21.45 (16 years old and under, 3 years old and under: free entry), so a ticket for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) will cost about £105.6. This exhibition is open Monday to Sunday but they have different opening times so better to check their website here.
5. Kew Gardens
At Kew Gardens you will discover the world of science behind their botanical collections, with over 50,000 living plants to be found across their UNESCO World Heritage site.
There is always something going on at Kew Gardens. They seem to have a lot of activities for families. We really enjoyed our visit and we will come back for sure. It is located only 30 minutes from Central London. Opens every day from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm). The family tickets for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids) cost £40.
They also have a Children’s Garden which is their new playground. I can highly recommend it. It is best to book in advance for your 90-minute timeslot.
6. Hampton Court
Hampton Court was a palace, a hotel, a theatre and a vast leisure complex for Henry VIII. The Great Kitchens were capable of feeding 800 courtiers that would accompany the king. The kitchens became an efficient food factory serving 1600 meals a day.
They have different activities going on each day which is a lot of fun for kids. There is so much to see and do. You can go immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the bustling Base Court and marvel at the breath-taking grandeur of Henry’s State Rooms. They have 60 acres of enchanting gardens and your little ones can lose themselves in the famous maze and appreciate the beauty of this magnificent palace.
Audio guides are included in the palace ticket and costumed tours and talks happen daily, as well as an excellent programme of seasonal events. This palace is located in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, 12 miles south-west and upstream of central London on the River Thames. They are open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:30. Last admission is at 15:30 and last entry to the Maze is at 15:45. The family ticket costs £53.10 (2 adults plus up to 3 children aged 5 to 15).
Have you visited any of the places I mentioned above?
*Disclosure: I was invited to some of the places I have mentioned in this list and I have talked about it on other blog posts or Instagram Posts. This blog post is just a personal compilation I put together as suggestions to other parents looking for places to visit in London with kids.
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Lydia C. Lee says
Not sure if my comment came up – keep to go to Kew Gardens next time…#KCACOLS
Crystal Green says
These all sound like great places to go visit. My kids wouldn’t be overly thrilled with a few of them because they don’t know how to appreciate these kinds of things.
Karen, the next best thing to mummy says
I haven’t been to London since I was a kid myself and I don’t remember it being this much fun!#kcacols@_karendennis
Stella Lange says
Absolutely agree with the Transport Museum, one of the best places in London for kids. We love Hampton Court too although much better for older children 6-7+ who can understand the history a bit more! #KCACOLS
emma dowey me and b make tea says
this is such a great list Franca – we never ever go to London lol but some of these places we would love – well all of them tbh! Would love to visit Kew. And tbh I still want to do things like the London eye and the natural history museum! so many! #KCACOLS
Shelley (Wander & Luxe) says
Thanks for all the unique suggestions of things to try with kids in London. We have literally just spent the weekend in London and visited the Aquarium which my daughter thoroughly enjoyed. Although it was absolutely HEAVING with like minded families. Next on our list for London will be the transport museum #KCACOLS
Laura - MUMMY LAURETTA says
I would love to take the boys to all these places, the Tutenkamun exhibition looks amazing but that is really pricey for a family ticket. #KCACOLS
Jo (A Rose Tinted World) says
Some lovely recommendations here. And some I hadn’t really thought of! #KCACOLS
I hope to visit someday.
Thanks for the post!!
Fiona Cambouropoulos says
Hampton Court and Kew Gardens were my area of London, I’m less familiar with the others but I can see why you would recommend them. #KCACOLS
Allie Vane says
I was getting ready to tick these off my mental checklist… It turns out I’ve seen none of them lol! It’s fun that these entail activities, too, because those are fun to take part in even when you’re only a kid at heart.
Ah yes, we’re member at both HRP and Kew. Get there more in the summer of course! Thanks for the other ideas. #kcacols
Steve (Thediaryofdad) says
I have visited Hampton court and Curry Sark when I was young and will look to take my boy when he is a little older. Kew Gardens looks absolutely beautiful though, so I may take a trip there first.
Jade Page says
I grew up close to London so had lots of trip to places like the Cutty Sark and Hampton Court. Although Kew is somewhere I still haven’t been yet! I can’t wait until the kids are a bit older and we can make the trip into London with them. #KCACOLS
Enda Sheppard says
Sadly, have only visited the Cutty Sark, which was really cool. Next time we’re in London, we will definitely do the Transport Museum, Hampton Court and Tutankhamun
tracey bowden says
I would love to visit Kew Gardens and Hampton Court when I next come to London #kcacols
We took our youngest to the Transport Museum for his birthday treat. He absolutely loved it. I was very impressed that the story sessions also included makaton signing! #KCACOLS
Malin - SenLearningwPenguin says
I’ve been to Kew Gardens when I was younger, but not to any of the other places you’ve listed here, yet. I’d love to see Cutty Sark, and the Transport Museum seems fantastic! Also, I did enjoy going to the opera (not in London though, I’ve never been to that one) when I was a child, so it’s great to see that they do family friendly sessions! x #KCACOLS
Mummy and the Mexicans (Ruth) says
I would love to go to the Tutankhamun exhibition with my daughter, it looks fantastic. #kcacols
Crummy Mummy says
We’ve done some of these but not all – had no idea the Royal Opera House did family Sundays! #KCACOLS