Top London Attractions for Families

 
 
 
 
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London Dungeon
The Golden Hinde
HMS Belfast
London Duck Tours
Cutty Sark
Horniman Museum
V & A Museum of Childhood
Museum of London
Museum of London Docklands
Natural History Museum
Science Museum
London Transport Museum
Madame Tussauds
Penguin Point at SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Discover Children's Story Centre
The Grade II listed Giraffe House at the ZSL London Zoo
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
 

 

From Madame Tussauds to the London Dungeon, London has some great attractions for families. Find out where to take the kids on the weekends and when school's out.

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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail

Explore the history of the Royal Mail and travel on an network of underground Mail Rail tunnels.

Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell, London, WC1X 0DA

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 

From mid-2017, The Postal Museum welcomes visitors to explore the history of the Royal Mail and travel on a network of underground tunnels not used since 2003. Mail Rail, the tunnels running from Whitechapel in East London, to Paddington in the west, and snaking along Oxford Street and under Selfridges, are the centrepiece of the Postal Museum. Visitors can take a 15-minute journey through the original 100-year-old rail network and discover, through a theatrical audiovisual show, the amazing story of Mail Rail. Learn how this hidden labyrinth was considered so clandestine that it was used to hide the Rosetta Stone during the First World War. In the main galleries discover the history of Royal Mail and how intrepid postal workers used to gallop 217 miles in a week on horseback to deliver the mail for Elizabeth I.

 
 
 

London Dungeon

An excellently spooky way of fostering your children's interest in history. Tremendously torturous.

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Bankside, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Westminster Station

 
 

New for summer 2016, 'Escape the Great Fire' opens at the London Dungeon on 21st May 2016, marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London with special effects and recreating the panic of the city as the fire wreaks destruction over the city. Other attractions include an up close and personal encounter with Guy Fawkes and the murderous monarch, Henry VIII, played by a high-tech 3D version of the booming-voiced actor Brian Blessed. Sweeney Todd, Guy Fawkes and Jack the Ripper are just some of the other notorious characters from 1,000 years of London's history brought to life by a cast of 20 live actors. Book tickets to visit the London Dungeon at the South Bank and experience repulsive animatronics and waxworks, appropriately gruesome sound effects, and some (very much alive) costumed staff who stand in the displays and jump out at unsuspecting parties of tourists. In addition, there are theme park style rides so you won't be surprised to learn that kids absolutely love it.

 
 
 

Sea Life London Aquarium

London's largest aquarium holds over 300 different species of fish including sharks, seahorses, stingrays and starfish.

County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Westminster Station

 
 

The Sea Life London Aquarium features hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from around the world. Here you'll come face-to-face with sharks and watch divers feeding gigantic conger eels and penguins. Seahorses, rays, starfish and piranhas are also on show and the interactive displays include a supervised touch pool, while petting the friendly rays is positively de rigeur. You can see the fish being fed during diving displays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12noon and 12.30pm in the main Atlantic Tank (check in advance as this is subject to change and during holiday periods dives may occur more frequently). The aquarium itself is situated in County Hall right on the Thames, with an interactive entertainment centre next door. It's a pretty tranquil spot (as long as you can avoid colliding with school groups) and a favourite form of escape for Londoners. It is also a cool place to go on a date - Patrick Marber made it the venue for a rendez-vous in his play 'Closer'.

 
 

Events at Sea Life London Aquarium

Rainforest Adventure: SEA LIFE London Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th March 2018 to 24th March 2019 | From £26 (Adult), £21 (Child 3-15 years)

 
Rainforest Adventure: SEA LIFE London Sea Life London Aquarium 2018-03-242019-03-24 Where:
Sea Life London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road London, SE1 7PB
Category: Attractions for Kids
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Madame Tussauds

Rub shoulders with the waxwork celebrities.

Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station , Regent's Park Station

 
 

In 1835, Marie Tussaud - former sculptor to the court of Louis XVI - established a sideshow of waxworks of famous contemporary and historical figures (not to mention some gruesome relics of the French Revolution). Today, queues stretch hundreds of metres down Marylebone Road all summer long, as tourists and children rush to Madame Tussauds to rub shoulders with Kylie, Posh, Becks, and Brad Pitt. In addition to some astonishingly lifelike sculptures, there are also a number of interactive attractions: you can score a winning goal for England under the watchful eye of David Beckham, give a speech at the UN flanked by world leaders, or sing and dance on stage with Beyonce, Britney and Kylie. If that's not terrifying enough there's always the incredibly popular and gorgeously gory Chamber of Horrors . A visit is not complete without the Marvel 4D Experience. an exclusive 4D move where Marvel Super Heroes battle it out to save London.

 
 
 

London Transport Museum

The Museum charts London Transport's 200 years of history and has a tube simulator and play area.

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7BB

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 
 

The London Transport Museum travels back through the 200-year history of public transport, arranged according to several themes: London Transport's famous design heritage, the poster collection, public transport during both World Wars and plans for the capital's development in the twenty-first century. The facilities include a stylish, two-storey shop and cafe overlooking the Piazza, and a 120-seat, state-of-the-art theatre for the What's On programme, school sessions and conferences. Learn about transport history in the capital since the 1920s and get to grips with the oldest public transport system in the world. Furnished with all sorts of memorabilia - from uniforms, posters and tickets to horse buses, electric trams and trolleybuses - the museum proves a fascinating way of looking at transport in the capital.

 
 

Events at London Transport Museum

The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th February to 14th July 2019 | Adult £17.50, Concession £15

 
The Poster Prize for Illustration 2019: London Stories London Transport Museum 2019-02-082019-07-14 Where:
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza London, WC2E 7BB
Category: Museums
Future Engineers Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th October 2018 to 31st December 2020 | £17.50 (Adults), £15 (Concessions) allows unlimited entry for a year. Free (Children 17 & under)

 
Future Engineers London Transport Museum 2018-10-192020-12-31 Where:
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza London, WC2E 7BB
Category: Museums
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Golden Hinde

A full-scale, historically accurate replica of Sir Francis Drake's 16th-century galleon.

St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9DE

Tube: London Bridge Station , Cannon Street Station

 
 

Sir Francis Drake completed the second-ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577-80 in a galleon ship called the Golden Hinde. The ship has been re-created and rebuilt as a museum, which is docked in Southwark near London Bridge. Guided tours are provided by staff dressed in period costume, and during term-time school groups can spend a day on board learning about life at sea in the 16th century. Visitors can also stay on the ship overnight to get a hands-on taste of what life as a crew member would be like. They will be able to help out on the boat, and learn about navigation and gunnery. At night after a feast of Tudor foods, visitors sleep between the cannons on the gundeck.

 
 
 

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark, the famous tea clipper ship docked in Greenwich.

King William Walk, West Greenwich, London, SE10 9HT

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

The restoration of the Cutty Sark has seen 50 million spent on the famous tea clipper ship which was damaged by fire on 21st May 2007. But with much of the ship already removed from the site, most of the original has been restored. The boat's rich history begins back in 1869 when it was built for John 'Jock' Willis, a seasoned sailing ship master, and was designed for speed, racing to bring home tea from China. Capable of going over 17 knots, and with a large hold for carrying cargo, the Cutty Sark was 'the space shuttle of its time'. Preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922, the old clipper has been at her current resting place in Greenwich since 1954 and was first opened to the public in 1957 by HM The Queen. Now raised three metres above her dry dock, visitors can see the lines of her hull - covered in sheets of metal giving it a golden sheen - which made her so swift and so successful.

 
 

Events at Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark 150 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st February to 31st December 2019 | £12.15 (Adults), £6.30 (Children)

 
Cutty Sark 150 Cutty Sark 2019-02-012019-12-31 Where:
Cutty Sark, King William Walk, West Greenwich London, SE10 9HT
Category: Boats and Bridges
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HMS Belfast

Explore nine fine nautical decks on board the floating museum and former World War Two cruiser.

Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 2JH

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 

HMS Belfast, moored at Morgan's Lane off Tooley Street, is a World War Two cruiser with nine decks. As you explore this floating museum, pop into the Captain's Bridge and then head down to the massive Boiler and Engine Rooms, well below the ship's waterline. Launched on St Patrick's Day (17th March) 1938 the 187-metre long ship is a 6-inch cruiser (the inches denote the size of its guns), designed for the protection of trade, for offensive action, and to support military operations by aiding landings from the sea. One of her last jobs was to help evacuate emaciated survivors of Japanese prisoner of war and civilian internment camps from China. Up until the autumn of 1947 she was fully occupied with peace-keeping duties in the Far East. Following a stint in Korea she was retired in 1952 and long after was given to the public in 1971.

 
 
 

London Duck Tours

The amphibious Duck Tours take you on a tour of London by road and by river.

55 York Road, South Bank, London, SE1 7NJ

Tube: Waterloo Station

 
 

If you've spent a few days in London you've probably spotted the bright yellow London Duck Tours tanks driving around town - they're hard to miss! The amphibious Duck Tours vehicles date back to 1942 and were first used in World War II for the D-Day landings when more than 21,000 were built to take the troops and supplies from ship to shore. There are just five of the tanks, originally known as 'DUKWS', in the Duck fleet, taking visitors around town on the roads and on the river. Departing throughout the day from Chicheley St. Waterloo (behind the London Eye), they drive past famous London landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, giving a commentary on the history of the city as well as the vehicles. Finally, for the waterborne part of the 75 minute tour, the truck launches into the River Thames from a slipway at Vauxhall. It's great fun and an unusual way to see the sights. Please note: Pre-booking is is necessary for weekend and holiday periods at least 3-5 days in advance.

 
 
 

Horniman Museum

The Horniman specialises in anthropology, natural history and musical instruments.

100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 
 

Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman collected specimens and artefacts from his travels around the world in the 1860's. His personal collection became the foundation of the Horniman Museum, which is now housed in a Charles Harrison Townsend-designed building. Horniman's original collection included natural history specimens, cultural artefacts and musical instruments. Over the past 100 years, the collection has grown so much that Horniman's original collection comprises only 10 per cent of the current museum. The Horniman also houses an aquarium, and regularly hosts music concerts and special exhibits. Some of the museum's best known objects include a gigantic stuffed walrus, a model dodo and fossils. Also worth a look are the Horniman Gardens, which are set on 16 acres and have a mix of formal and natural landscaping.

 
 

Events at Horniman Museum

Sea Nomads
OngoingFree Event

26th January to 23rd June 2019 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Sea Nomads Horniman Museum 2019-01-262019-06-23 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road London, SE23 3PQ
Category: Attractions for Kids
The Lore of the Land OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th October 2018 to 28th April 2019 | Free

 
The Lore of the Land Horniman Museum 2018-10-202019-04-28 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road London, SE23 3PQ
Category: Attractions for Kids
Brick Wonders Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th February to 27th October 2019 | Adult £8, child £4.50, family £18

 
Brick Wonders Horniman Museum 2019-02-162019-10-27 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road London, SE23 3PQ
Category: Attractions for Kids
Horniman Easter Fair
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2019 - 10.30am-4.30pm | admission Free, additional charges for some activities

 
Horniman Easter Fair Horniman Museum 2019-04-202019-04-21 Where:
Horniman Museum, 100 London Road London, SE23 3PQ
Category: Attractions for Kids

A packed programme of family-friendly entertainment for the Easter weekend.

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V & A Museum of Childhood

East London museum devoted to the theme of childhood, past and present.

Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station

 
 

The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, and toys. Collections showcase all aspects of childhood, from games throughout the ages to a historical look at cots, prams and feeding bottles (including a 19th century ceramic bottle). The World in the East End exhibit tells stories of childhood from the East End through toys and stories, and there are plenty of hands-on exhibits including rocking horses, windup trains, and gravity powered cars. The Museum opened in 1872, when a prefabricated iron structure originally intended for South Kensington was moved to Bethnal Green. Originally, the museum housed collections from the Great Exhibition of 1851, and the art collection of Sir Richard Wallace (now The Wallace Collection).

 
 

Events at V and A Museum of Childhood

A Pirate's Life For Me OngoingFree Event

20th October 2018 to 21st April 2019 | Free

 
A Pirate's Life For Me V and A Museum of Childhood 2018-10-202019-04-21 Where:
V and A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road London, E2 9PA
Category: Museums
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Museum of London

The history of the city, from prehistoric times to the present day.

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day when you visit the Museum of London, a modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects. Following a 20 million redesign, the five lower Galleries of Modern London take you through the history of the city from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day. Historic pieces on view include precious books, mock-up city streets and vintage cars - the grandest of which is the Lord Mayor's State Coach, still used in the annual Lord Mayor's Show. The galleries include displays as diverse as a reconstructed Georgian pleasure garden and a World City space, where museum items reveal London's post-1914 history through changing tastes in fashion, mobile phones and, moving into the twentieth century, the Art Deco lift from Selfridges department store.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

Deep Listening: Quiet Music And Quieter Audiences
On SoonFree Event

Monday 25th March 2019 - 6pm-7pm | Free

 
Deep Listening: Quiet Music And Quieter Audiences Museum of London 2019-03-252019-03-25 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Lecture.

Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 26th March 2019 - 1pm-2pm | Free

 
Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth Of Mtsensk Museum of London 2019-03-262019-03-26 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Lecture.

Infections Of The Abdominal Organs
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 27th March 2019 - 6pm-7pm | Free

 
Infections Of The Abdominal Organs Museum of London 2019-03-272019-03-27 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Lecture.

Beasts of London On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th April 2019 to 5th January 2020 | £8 (Adults), £6.40 (Concessions), £4 (Children 5-16), Free (Children Under 5), £20 (Family tickets)

 
Beasts of London Museum of London 2019-04-052020-01-05 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
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Museum of London Docklands

The history of the East End, River Thames and the lives that have ebbed and flowed with it.

No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 4AL

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 

In keeping with its waterside location, the Museum of London Docklands focuses on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames and the lives that have ebbed and flowed with it. The building in which the museum is housed is pertinent, too. As a warehouse and part of a significant port, the building was once used to store valuable shipments of sugar arriving from transatlantic crossings. Permanent educational displays include the Thames Highway - the trade which the river has enabled since the city began as a Roman settlement in AD43 makes for a fascinating tale. The display includes a spectacular large scale model of Old London Bridge, the first stone structure over the Thames with the bridge as it was in 1450 on one side, the bridge in all its Tudor glory on the other.

 
 

Events at Museum of London Docklands

Secret Rivers Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th May to 27th October 2019 | Free

 
Secret Rivers Museum of London Docklands 2019-05-242019-10-27 Where:
Museum of London Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, West India Quay London, E14 4AL
Category: Museums
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National Army Museum

Over 23 million has been spent on the new look National Army Museum.

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HT

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 

More than 23 million pounds has been spent on the re-development of the National Army Museum which reopened in 2017 to reveal a radical transformation. This summer family activities include Play Base which welcomes children aged 0 to 8 with fun and engaging activities in an immersive base camp. For over 8s Construction Challenge (22nd July to 3rd September 2017) enables children to discover engineering techniques and have a go at the construction challenge, exploring how the army adapts to its surroundings. Both children and adults alike can discover the teamwork of driving a tank, the rhythm required to drum a battle command and learn to 'fall IN' with the museum's own Drill Sergeant in the interactives area located in the five permanent galleries.

 
 

Events at National Army Museum

Churchill: Walking With Destiny
On Soon

Thursday 28th March 2019 - 11.30am-12.30pm | £12.50-£15

 
Churchill: Walking With Destiny National Army Museum 2019-03-282019-03-28 Where:
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road London, SW3 4HT
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Book Signing.

'Then, The Red Soldier': The Zulu War, 140 Years On
On SoonFree Event

Friday 29th March 2019 - 11.30am-12.30pm | Free

 
'Then, The Red Soldier': The Zulu War, 140 Years On National Army Museum 2019-03-292019-03-29 Where:
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road London, SW3 4HT
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Talk.

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Natural History Museum

Home to 70 million specimens including dinosaurs, giant squids, a life sized blue whale and a sea cow.

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 
 

The Natural History Museum is sure to impress even the most jaded of children. This ornate museum is home to more than 70 million specimens from across the natural world, including insects, fossils and rocks. The Dinosaur gallery is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum, with a giant T. rex, the horned Triceratops and the fossilised skin of an Edmontosaurus. Kids can also try their hand at becoming a scientist through hands-on educational tools, gallery trails and art activities. And if the giant squid and blue whales still haven't awed your kids, take them inside a giant globe representative of the solar system, or bring them to 'The Power Within' where they can feel an earthquake simulation.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th October 2018 to 8th September 2019 | £13.50 (Adult), £8 (Child and concession), £28-£38 (Family)

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 Natural History Museum 2018-10-192019-09-08 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
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Science Museum

Take a look at how science, technology and industry influence everyday life.

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

The Science Museum in South Kensington houses one of the most comprehensive collections looking at the development of science and industry, and it is all done in a fun and creative way. This museum is one of the most interactive in the city, with lots of hands-on exhibits. In the high-tech Wellcome Wing, visitors can digitally alter their faces to look older or younger, and manipulate their voices. Some of the highlights include the Launch Pad gallery, which explains basic scientific principles, Puffing Billy, the oldest steam locomotive in the world and the actual Apollo 10 capsule. The King George III Collection of scientific instruments highlights 18th century science, or if you're looking to rest your feet, there is also a 450-seat IMAX theater. Kids always love the Science Night Sleepovers, which are held throughout the year.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

The Last Tsar: Blood And Revolution
Ends TodayFree Event

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 - 10am-6pm | Free, booking required

 
The Last Tsar: Blood And Revolution Science Museum 2018-09-212019-03-24 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
The Sun: Living With Our Star Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th October 2018 to 6th May 2019 | From £15

 
The Sun: Living With Our Star Science Museum 2018-10-062019-05-06 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Power UP On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th to 22nd April 2019 | Single session: Adult £10, child £8, senior £9 | Half day pass: Adult £18, child £14, senior £16 | 18+ evening session £12

 
Power UP Science Museum 2019-04-062019-04-22 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

This Easter the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its fourth year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 180 systems and hundreds of games, including video games, ...more

Astronights: The Sun

Friday 26th April 2019 - 7.30pm-9.45pm | £60

 
Astronights: The Sun Science Museum 2019-04-262019-04-26 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Attractions & Museums, Tourist Attraction.

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Discover Children's Story Centre

Fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford East.

383-387 High Street, Stratford, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

Discover is a fantastic storytelling centre in Stratford East. Story Trails and Garden Trails run frequently and vary from carnival costumes to Capoeira moves, from wizards and witches to pirates or plants. Some of the most effective and most used exhibits here are the simplest, such as a dressing up chest, or a puppet theatre. Established in 1998, Discover provides creative, play and learning opportunities to enable children aged 0 to 11 and their carers to develop their potential. There is also a series of changing exhibitions to enjoy and events at the weekends and during school holidays. It particularly targets families in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage and ensures that children are listened to and can participate in decisions that affect their lives. They also have extensive community, education and training programmes.

 
 

Events at Discover Children's Story Centre

The Tiger Who Came To Tea And The Adventures Of Mog The Forgetful Cat
Ongoing

16th February to 1st September 2019 - 10.10am | £1.50-£8

 
The Tiger Who Came To Tea And The Adventures Of Mog The Forgetful Cat Discover Children's Story Centre 2019-02-162019-09-01 Where:
Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford London, E15 4QZ
Category: Attractions for Kids
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ZSL London Zoo

The world's first scientific zoo is over 170 years old and contains 12 listed buildings, 12,000 animals and 650 species.

Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 

London Zoo in Regent's Park is one of the world's most famous zoos and home to over 12,000 animals. 'Meet the Animals' shows are held daily, giving visitors the opportunity to learn more about the animals from their keepers. Rare and beautiful creatures can be seen in the Aquarium, Gorilla Kingdom, the Clore Rainforest Lookout, Penguin Pool, Butterfly Paradise and in the Blackburn Pavilion - home to more than fifty species of birds. The 'Animal Adventure' children's zoo gives kids the chance to experience the sights and smells of the animal kingdom up close. There are tree top and roots zones taking children from the red pandas among the leaves to the underground animals down below. You can even feed and touch the goats and sheep and meet the donkeys, llamas and pigs. City zoos are perhaps a little dated: they've had to take out the elephants, because there wasn't enough space for them, and you'll see happier animals in the safari parks at Windsor and Longleat. Nonetheless, if you don't have the time to travel that far, this zoo is still among the best in the world and a visit is well worthwhile. Every child in London should go at least once.

 
 
 
 
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