Leigh on Sea Beach (36 miles)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
When the tide comes in it is excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing, but has no lifeguard cover at any time. Next to a town so all facilities nearby. Voted in the Top 100 British Beaches - lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness
Seaford Bay (53 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Tankerton Beach (53 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Camber Sands (55 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's full you can find a space for yourselves.
Eastbourne Beach (56 miles)
Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Hastings Beach (57 miles)
Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other.
West Wittering Beach (60 miles)
West Wittering Beach
Blue Flag awarded beach with lifeguard in summer, a few facilities but a nicely natural feeling area.
Dungeness Beach (60 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Frinton on Sea Beach (61 miles)
Frinton on Sea Beach
Good swimming with some lifeguard cover, nice sand and excellent fossil hunting territory close by. Deliberately traditional, no arcades, etc.
Hayling Island Beach (62 miles)
Hayling Island Beach
Boasts the International Blue Flag, and the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of its high standards. Good for swimming and water sports, and is also a Site Of Scientific Interest.
Sunny Sands Beach (67 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Botany Bay (70 miles)
Popular for surfing and canoeing this Botany Bay (there are several) is a pure sandy delight with especially well inhabited rock pools to explore.
Shanklin Beach (74 miles)
A safe and sheltered sandy beach with good waters and spectacular views. Plenty of local facilities and there's a lift to the cliff top where the views are even better.
London Zoo (2 miles)
Over 720 species on display including some of the world’s most impressive and inspiring animals in interactive and immersive exhibits Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom and the Animal Adventure Children's Zoo. Daily live animal shows include MegaBugs,Tigers and Penguins.
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo (3 miles)
Battersea Park Childrens Zoo
- invites you to check on the monkeys, crawl down the tunnel to see the meerkats, talk to the parrots and mynah birds, on to the farm to say hello to the goats, donkeys, pigs, emus etc. Playground which includes climbing frames,large sandpit with water toys, swings and roundabouts etc.
Sea Life London Aquarium (3 miles)
Sea Life London Aquarium
Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life and the jewel in the crown of the 28 Sea Life attractions in the UK and Europe. Situated in the heart of London, the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor.
Freightliners Farm (4 miles)
Come and enjoy a taste of country life in the city, in the heart of Islington. An exciting opportunity for you to experience a real working farm in action. Great idea if you're looking for things to do with kids in London.
Hackney City Farm (5 miles)
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm boasts a wide variety of animals on the farm - they keep as full a range as possible of traditional farm livestock and you can usually expect to see pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.
Belmont Childrens Farm (7 miles)
Belmont Childrens Farm
Kids can interact with the animals either in petting sessions or helping with their care, plus tractor rides available through the hidden valley.
Deen City Farm (8 miles)
Deen City Farm
Deen City Farm is a unique, educational resource in SW London, open free of charge.Our aim is to give people the opportunity to learn from their visit or contribution to a Working Farm.
Mudchute Park and Farm (8 miles)
Isle of Dogs
Mudchute Park and Farm
32 acres of countryside in the middle of the Isle of Dogs to share with friendly furry and feathered creatures. There is also an outdoor play area in Milwall Park which is adjacent.
Brooks Farm (8 miles)
Brooks Farm is a wonderful visitor's attraction based inside Skeltons Lane Park.
Hounslow Urban Farm (11 miles)
Hounslow Urban Farm
With lots of farm animals and cuddly pets to meet, Hounslow Urban Farm is a fun place for children and their families. There are alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, donkeys, rabbits, chipmunks and activities include pig racing and animal handling sessions.
Science Museum (2 miles)
Where can you entertain adults and children alike with exhibitions, events and films, all under one roof? - you can do all this and more! Catch a 3D movie, jump on a simulator, visit an exhibition, and encounter the past, present and future of technology in 7 floors of galleries! One of the Top 10 London Tourist Attractions
The Natural History Museum (2 miles)
The Natural History Museum
- promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment and responsible use of the natural world. Explore our world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge research online, or visit our landmark building. Great idea for things to do in London with kids.
Victoria and Albert Museum (2 miles)
Victoria and Albert Museum
- has lots of exciting events and activities for families every holiday and many weekends. Activities are free and most do not need to be booked, which means you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like. One of the Top 10 London Tourist Attractions
Saatchi Gallery (2 miles)
- is geared towards introducing a younger audience of art students and enthusiasts to contemporary art. Come and discover the most innovative in contemporary art for free.
The Queens Gallery (2 miles)
The Queens Gallery
Dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, this gallery is iconic and features fairly accessible themes that will captivate young imaginations.
The National Army Museum (3 miles)
The National Army Museum
Discover how Britainâs past has helped to shape our present and our future, and the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world. With four gallery displays, a changing range of exhibitions, events and activities, plus the interactive Kids Zone.
British Museum (3 miles)
Explore the world under one roof: whether you come to the British Museum for the whole day or just a couple of hours, there is always something free for families to do together.
The National Gallery (3 miles)
The National Gallery
Plenty of talks, workshops, and holiday fun for all ages. A great place to go - really exciting when you are a little one walking around looking at the fab old pictures - and there's trafalgar square outside - and it's free!! One of the Top 10 London Tourist Attractions
The Household Cavalry Museum (3 miles)
The Household Cavalry Museum
A most unusual living museum, where amongst other things you can watch troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables through a huge glass partition.
London Transport Museum (3 miles)
London Transport Museum
See a bus so old it was pulled along the street by horses. Get behind the driver's seat of our tube train simulator, experience journeys of a bygone era.. Your only problem will be trying to fit it all in! Great fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do in London with kids.
London Canal Museum (3 miles)
London Canal Museum
invites families to discover the fascinating facts and history of the city's hidden waterways. Take part in fun activity days, set sail on the Regent's canal and hear the stories of those who have lived and worked on the canals since the 1820s brought to life.
London Film Museum (3 miles)
London Film Museum
London's only museum dedicated to film. An interactive experience for all the family with props and costumes from films such as Superman, Star Wars, and Batman. Meet Rexy the dinosaur from Night At The Museum 2 as well, but don't get too close as you never know what might happen!
Tate Britain (4 miles)
is the national gallery of British art, offering over 500 years of British art: all for free! Tate Britain has everything you need for a family day out: enjoy the galleries together, get exploring with free discovery trails and join in our special weekend and holiday events.
Imperial War Museum London (4 miles)
Imperial War Museum London
New developments include Horrible Histories family exhibition, Explore History Centre and new First World War Galleries to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Tate Modern (4 miles)
is the most popular gallery of modern art in the world. Located on the Thames, it is a landmark site for everyone visiting London. But did you know that it is not only child friendly but encourages families and children to visit with free activities and art trails? Plus interactive multimedia experiences and hands on games.
Museum of London (4 miles)
Museum of London
Explore one of the world's largest urban history museums knowing the kids are as interested as you are, thanks to the Under 5s' Explorer Bags, 4 to 11s' Family Activity Bags, and over 10s may borrow an ipad to join an interactive gallery adventure.
Bank of England Museum (5 miles)
City of London
Bank of England Museum
This highly interactive Museum traces the history of the Bank of England since 1694 to the present day. There’s something for everyone, with attractions including activity sheets for children of all ages, banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game, touch screens and the opportunity for some safe cracking!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Bayswater with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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