The Best Family London Attractions
The Best London Attractions for Familes
London is the perfect place for your next family holiday, the city has an amazing amount of attractions that are kids and family friendly. At London Guide we have hand curated what we believe to be the Best London Attractions for Kids.
The British Museum is located in the London area of Bloomsbury and is London Guides favorite family attraction. The museum has a permanent collection of almost 8 million different artifacts making it one of the largest museums of it kind in the world. A lot of the artifacts on display were collected during the reign of the British Empire including some quite controversial pieces. The British Museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759, and has some world famous items including the Rosetta Stone and the biggest collection of ancient mummies anywhere in the world outside of Egypt. These attractions attract over 6 million visitors per year.
Like most of London’s museums The British Museum is free to enter and is a great place for visiting tourists of all nationalities and extremely popular with adults and children. The easiest way to get to the British Museum is using the London Underground, The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Russell Square which are all within an easy walk of the museum. Book a guided tour of the British Museumback to menu ↑
Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
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Buckingham Palace is one of the first stops for most new tourists to London. Buckingham Palace is the primary residence of Queen Elizabeth II and one of the best family attractions in London. The Forecourt of the palace is utilized for Changing of the Guard, an important ceremony as well as tourist attraction in its own right. In the summer between May and July the guards change every morning, and then in the rest of the year they change on alternative days. Buckingham Palace is located in Westminster however it also borders nearby Belgravia. It is a beautiful walk from most parts of London and is also well service by the London Tube. Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard is a must see family attraction and highly recommended by the London Guide team.
Free Harry Potter Walking Tour
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If you love Harry Potter then this free Harry Potter walking tour by Strawberry Tours is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in London. The tour last 2.5 hours and will take you to the locations which inspired J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter and appeared in the movies. The tour will visit the inspiration of Diagon Alley, The entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and the ministry of Magic. You will also learn some fantastic history of the area and you wander from site to site. This tour for muggles is free to join and at the end of the tour you can choose to reward your guide if you wish to. Visit Strawberry Tours to reserve this tour.
The London Eye
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The London Eye, located on the banks of the Thames, is a massive, 136 meter (442 feet) high observation wheel holding thirty-two glass-walled capsules that is perfect for all families visiting London. London Eye has become an instant landmark in London and provides wonderful views over central London. It is one of the most popular paid tourist attractions in the UK, frequented by more than 3.5 million passengers yearly. Buy Tickets for London Eye
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
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At the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio your family can discover some of the magic of films and enjoy a behind the scenes look at props and costumes used in the movies. Take yourself on a wizardly adventure on the actual sets where the movies were filmed. Get your photos taken in the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office and the Gryffindor common room. You can also take a walk down the cobble stones streets of Diagon Alley. Visitors can now also visit Platform 9 ¾ and even ride the Hogwarts Express with a perfect recreation of the train and platform. The Harry Potter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour is perfect for any Harry Potter fan and highlights the magic used in bringing the characters to life. The studios are created in an old airport hangar in Leavesden which is located near Watford north-west of London. Getting a train to Watford and then catching the transfer bus is probably the easiest way to visit or buy a private transfer from central London. Check out the latest ticket prices.
Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster (more commonly called the Houses of Parliament) is one of the most iconic buildings in London and usually the first stop for tourists visiting for the first time. The building acts as the the seat of Parliament within the UK and includes the extremely popular clock tower known as Big Ben is a must see for all families. The existing building mainly dates from the nineteenth century while it was rebuilt following a fire. The House of Commons (the elected Parliament members) is situated to the building’s north and is embellished with green leather-based upholstery, and the House of Lords is situated towards the south and furnished with purple leather upholstery.
Science Museum London
The Science Museum, which was established in 1857, is one of the most celebrated London attractions and perfect for family members of all ages. Located on South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, the museum plays host to as many as 3.3 million tourists every year. Like all the other publicly funded museums of the country, this one doesn’t charge the tourists for admission. However, if you want to check out any of the temporary exhibitions, you will need to pay an entry fee.
Right now, the Science Museum has over 300,000 exhibits which are spread over the buildings seven floors, the museum also has an IMAX theatre which is always popular with the kids. The Nearest tube station to the Science Museum is South Kensington however we enjoy walking through the park.back to menu ↑
The Cutty Sark
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The Cutty Sark is a British tea clipper ship that was built in Scotland in 1869 and her maiden voyage was in 1870 from London to Shanghai. Tea Clippers were designed to offer fast transport of tea and other goods from China to England and the Cutty Sark was one of the fastest. This impressive sailing ship now stands as a museum near the banks of the River Thames outside the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. A great attraction for families who can board, meet the crew and learn about the ships history and dangers of life at sea. It is recommended that you visit by using the Docklands Light Rail station located nearby. You can also catch one of the many river ferries and cruises that make the regular trip to Greenwich.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The Wimbledon tournament has an amazing history and spending an afternoon at the Wimbledon Lawn tennis Museum is a great way to relive some classic memories. The museum is the largest tennis museum in the world and started its journey in 1977; it was inaugurated to celebrate the centenary of The Championships, Wimbledon. Decades later, on April 12, 2006, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent declared a new venue of the museum, open. During your visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, you will get to see artifacts and exhibits from as early as 1555. The biggest highlight of the museum, however, is the CentreCourt360. It’s basically a viewing gallery, from where guests can taste the kind of ambiance the Centre Court has.
As a first-time visitor to the museum, it would be good if you take a guided tour (each tour continues for around 90 minutes) of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. During these tours, visitors are allowed access to the club’s Court No. 1, Centre Court, media room etc. There’s also the option of using audio guides, which are available in eight different languages. The Wimbledon Lawn tennis Museum stays open all through the year except during the tournament. The museum is located inside the All England Lawn Tennis Club in the suburb of Wimbledon located south wet of London. The nearest tube stations are Southfields (District Line) and Wimbledon (District Line and MainLine). Entrance to the museum is £25 for Adults and £15 for Kids or you can book one of the guided tours to learn about the history of the complex and the All England Championship. Buy Tickets to the Wimbledon Museumback to menu ↑
Premier League Football Stadiums
Kids love football and the English Premier League is one of the most popular football (soccer) leagues in the world. As of the start of the 2019-2020 season London is represented by 5 teams in the premier league. These are Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. There is nothing like catching the action at one of these stadiums with the amazing atmosphere. On non-game days the bigger stadiums are open for tours and have museums.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour and Museum – Emirates Stadium is a 60,000 seat stadium that is home to the English Premier League team Arsenal. This tour includes a visit to the museum, players tunnel, dugout and changing rooms. On this tour of Emirates Stadium, a host of former Arsenal stars share all their match day experiences with you as your tour takes you behind the scenes of Arsenal Football Club. The tour includes a full audio guide in 9 languages where you hear from the team manager and a selection of players. The tour takes 90 minutes and includes the Directors’ Box, the Diamond Club, the players’ entrance, the home and the away changing rooms, the players’ tunnel, pitchside, the home dugout, media interview rooms, and more. Your tour ticket also includes free admission to the Arsenal Museum, where the history of Arsenal Football Club and the story of the club’s formation are told.
London Stadium (Olympic Stadium) – London Stadium is the new name of the Olympic Stadium which is located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The stadium hosted the opening and closing of 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games as well as hosting the athletics events. Located about 10 km to the east of London the stadium is the new home of West Ham United who play in the Premier League. The London stadium now hosts a wide range of sporting events and concerts with the capacity at approx 60,000 for football and 80,000 for music events. The size of this venue makes it a great opportunity to catch a Premier League game while in London as some of the other stadiums are boutique, making it harder to get tickets.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower and slide is next door to the stadium and a great place for the family to visit.
Stamford Bridge Football Stadium (Chelsea FC) – Stamford Bridge is the home of Premier League team Chelsea and located in the London suburb of Fulham. It is a great place to visit if you want to want a quality football game however the capacity of the stadium is just over 40,000 which makes it very difficult to get tickets. Stamford Bridge has been used over the years for Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, England International and even Cricket. A tour of Stamford Bridge is very popular with overseas visitors and includes various stands, press room, dressing rooms, tunnel and entry to the museum. The tour is £19 for adults, £13 for kids and under 5 is free.
Guided Wembley Stadium Tour (England) – The 75-minute guided tour provides an exclusive opportunity for you to relive the most significant moments in sport and culture in Wembley Stadium. Have a glimpse at behind-the-scenes access to the Dressing Room, Royal Box, and Players Tunnel, apart from enjoying remarkable views of the whole stadium.back to menu ↑
The Tower of London
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The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the northern bank of the River Thames on an open space known as tower hill. It was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and used as a prison until 1952 with the famous Kray Twins among the last of its inmates. The tower is officially called Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London and has a dark history over the last 1000 years. See the real Crown Jewels protected within the Tower’s fortifications, Take a guided tour with a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater). Visit the White Tower (which gives the Tower of London its name) contains the Royal Armory and its fascinating collection of armor and weaponry. Skip The Line with these Tickets
Sea Life London Aquarium
The Sea Life London Aquarium opened in March 1997 and has become a popular London Tourist attraction with over 1 million visitors per year. London Aquarium is located on the South Bank of the River Thames not far from London Eye and features a great collection of marine life including sharks, penguins and green turtles. Walk through a tropical ocean and see colourful fish, Say hello to octopus, green turtles, seahorses, and zebra sharks, See Gentoo Penguins and laugh as they play in the ice and admire the toxic Poison Arrow Frogs and the West African Dwarf Crocodiles
The best way to visit the aquarium is to get skip-the-line entry which takes you through a spectacular glass tunnel path that leads you to underneath tropical ocean. Along the way, there is plenty of interaction, from watching diving displays and feeding stingrays to discovery zones and touch pools. Next, get personal with more than 3,000 of the rainforest’s residents, from a family of extremely toxic Poisson Arrow Frogs to a pair of 6-foot West African Dwarf Crocodiles, and over thirty lethal piranhas! Apart from helping millions of people learn and discover the marine world, the sea Life network plays a significant role in safeguarding our seas and their future inhabitants. Buy Skip The Line Ticketsback to menu ↑
The London Dungeon
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A visit to The London Dungeon allows you to transport back to a much darker time in British history. This uniquely thrilling attraction allows you to hear, feel, see and smell the amusing characters of the bad old days. This attraction is great way for the ids to learn some fantastic London history including Guy Fawkes, Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd and even the Great Fire of London. Can you survive the Drop Dead Drop Ride to Doom which is an exhilarating vertical free fall drop ride. The London Dungeon is a great way for the family to spend one of London’s raining days as you are taken back to the London of yesteryear. Check out the latest prices for entrance ticket to The London Dungeon
Arcelor Mittal Orbit
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The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a observation tower and sculpture that is located in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was built to be a permanent reminder of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics that were held in the park. The tower is 114.5 metres high and at the summit is a 360 degrees view of London. You can see the venues that made up the Olympic venues as well as seeing London Stadium which is the home of West Ham United premier league team. The ArcelorMittal Orbit also features the world longest tunnel slide which is perfect for the kids and it winds it way 12 times around and down 178 metres in 40 seconds. Check the latest price for tickets.
London Transport Museum
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The London Transport Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden and showcases the history of the English Capital and the endless link between city and transport that continues in the 21st century. Some of the main highlights of the museum include the world first underground steam train as well as a wooden Railway coach that was converted to electricity in 1901. Learn about the iconic underground map by Frank Pick which has been copied by most subway systems around the world, he also created the bar and circle logo that you will still see everywhere during your stay in London. There is also an iconic red London bus as well as a great interactive area for younger kids. The best way to get to the London Transport Museum is using modern day public transport and getting off at Covent Garden underground station. Buy Tickets for the London Transport Museum
Merlin’s Magical London Pass
The Merlin’s Magical London pass is an alternative to the London Pass and other attraction combo passes that provides access to five of London’s best family attractions including Coca-Cola London Eye, Madame Tussauds London, The London Dungeon, SEA LIFE London, and Shrek’s Adventure! If you are looking to visit more than 1 of these 5 attractions then Merlin’s Magical London Pass could save you a lot of money on buying each attraction ticket separately. If bought in advance the pass also saving you lots of time lining up for attraction tickets. The added flexibility of Merlin’s Magical London pass allows you to visit the attractions within a 90 day period from the date of purchase. Buy a Merlins Magical Pass.back to menu ↑
Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds is a wax museum and major attraction in London that displays lifelike waxworks of famous and historic people. It also has popular film starts and even music celebrities. Madame Tussauds, established over 200 years ago is still one of the most popular family London attractions. Madame Tussauds is located in Marylebone Rd, London. Reaching the museum is easy. It’s just a minute away from the Baker Street underground station. Buy Tickets online to save money.