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Lullingstone Roman Villa Explore a luxurious Roman villa with rare wall paintings, original mosaics, bath suite and home church, with a special light show and film combo. Kids can handle artefacts, try on Roman garb and play ancient board games!
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden Outdoor play and learning with so much to see, smell and touch in the World Garden. Older children better known as intrepid plant hunters can take our Plant Hunter Quiz challenge and little ones enjoy the new mirror garden!
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre A chance to learn about one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world! Discover how the Thames barrier protects London from flooding, and its history through an exhibition that includes a working model of one of the gates.
Tilbury Fort Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.
Cutty Sark Clipper Ship The world's last remaining tea clipper and a symbol of adventure, of bravery and the romance of sail. Children can try on Victorian costumes and read from nautical stories as they explore.
Chartwell Home of Churchill Discover Sir Winston's own paintings in his fascinating studio, have a picnic near the adventure playground, build a den with their stick stacks, enjoy family trails and visit their working kitchen garden with bees and chickens!
Upminster Windmill Visit a windmill that is over 200 years old and find out about how it works with free, guided tours. A great view from the top plus a number of hands on activities on the way.
Coalhouse Fort Victorian coastal defence fort next to the river Thames and surrounded by parkland with plenty of wildlife, plus adventure play area. Open days and events held reguarly with guided tours. Not always open, check before you visit.
Discover Childrens Story Centre Focused on story building and imagination, children can follow a story trail in the indoor exhibition or venture outside into the story garden.
Tower Bridge Exhibition From the depths of the Engine Rooms up to the lofty heights of the new glass bottomed walkways, this is an iconic London experience few kids would forget! Plus guided tours, photographic exhibition and animated displays.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens Country house and gardens with recreated period rooms including Victorian kitchen and a dedicated Family Room. Enjoy the house and gardens through special trails and borrow a free backpack to explore the mansion and outdoors. Special events run throughout the year. Limited opening times.
Tower of London Today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. New Wall Walk for 2014!
HMS Belfast Tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Explore the interactive Operations Room, hear veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, and immerse yourself in the midst of a battle in the Gun Turret Experience.
London Bridge Experience - and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Good idea for fun things to do in London for kids - older kids that is!
The Monument Standing 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Climb the 311 steps to the balcony at the top and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the City, and a certificate of achievement!
The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor galleon, Golden Hinde, on which visitors have a unique opportunity to learn more about British Maritime History.
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse. Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the theatre is included in your visit to Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, bringing this extraordinary space to life. Great idea for a fun family day out in London.
Chiddingstone Castle A unique castle where families can discover ancient artefacts from Egyptian, Buddhist, Japanese, Jacobean and Stuart history. See real Japanese armour, samurai swords, a mummified cat and much more! Try on period costumes and enjoy arts and crafts activities as well as themed activity days throughout the year.
Hever Castle and Gardens Loads to do for kids including adventure playground, dry and wet water maze! Miniture model houses exhibition and costumed figures. Castle audio tour in children's English available too!
St Paul's Cathedral This is where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Visit Nelson's Tomb, test the unique acoustics of Whispering Gallery and climb up to the Golden Gallery to enjoy a panoramic view of London that is second to none.
London Dungeon invites you to delve into the capital's most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience three thrilling rides, interactive shows and special effects as you're transported back to those black, bleak times - are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London's dark past?
Houses of Parliament Tour A visit to the Houses of Parliament offers a memorable day out for families with children. Inside one of the worldâs most iconic buildings, you can travel through one thousand years of history and stand in places where important events continue to take place.
Westminster Abbey is one of the most visited churches in all the world. It remains primarily a place of Christian worship and pilgrimage. Fun children's trail available to help keep them interested, plus dress as a monk in the museum!
Penshurst Place and Gardens Something to offer all the family with the recreation of historic events, craft activities, seasonal children's gardens trails, adventure playground and nearly seven centuries of history all in one place!
Westminster Cathedral Explore the awesome tower 210 feet above the street, discover the genuine treasure trove and amazing artworks and sculptures. Welcoming to respectful families of all faiths, free to visit excluding the Treasures Exhibition.
Nelson's Column Family days out in London wouldn't be complete with a visit to Trafalgar Square, with lots of other sights such as the National Gallery right next to it. A must do for things to do in London with kids.
Fort Amherst Explore the tunnels and learn 300 years of military history, take a junior ghost or educational tour and let off some steam in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.
Buckingham Palace - the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office. Use the special family audio guide to explore the Palace and then answer quizzes whilst following our garden activity trail. Great idea for things to do in London with kids.
The Royal Mews One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace houses the State vehicles used for official engagements and provides a unique insight into the department of the Royal Household that provides transport by road for The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Highbury and Islington
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour has become one of London's most exciting tourist attractions and is a must for every football fan! Take a look behind the scenes at one of the world's most spectacular football stadiums and get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a matchday.
Madame Tussauds Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the new Star Wars Legends experience, this iconic attraction combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures. Good idea if you're looking for fun things to do in London with kids!
Kensington Palace Significant history and spectacular architecture combined with family trails for an epic and affecting day out with educational undertones.
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery Exhibits include Dolls, Toys and Games, Natural History, Costumes and Textiles, Local and Social history, Fine Art and Archaeology. FREE admission.
Pooh Corner Home to the world's largest collection of 'Pooh-phernalia', Pooh Corner is also the 'gateway' to beautiful Pooh Country. To visit the actual 'Pooh Places', collect a FREE Map before you start your 'EXPOTITION' to find them. There are no charges and they are open...
Hadleigh Castle Striking castle remains great for photos and sketches, overlooking some great play and picnic territory. Be warned though it's a little isolated, and there are no toilets or facilities nearby.
Hampton Court Palace Promises a magical journey back through 500 years of royal history. Discover the magnificent State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, explore 60 acres of immaculate riverside gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze.
Leeds Castle set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle's history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island Discover a top secret world of excitement, experiments and explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. A fascinating, hands-on guide to gunpowder, big bangs, weapons and warfare too.
Wembley Stadium Tour Stroll into the dressing room like a superstar. Limber up in the world's most exclusive warm-up zone. Stride through the tunnel towards the hallowed turf. Climb 107 steps, and stand triumphantly in front of the Royal Box to the roar of the crowd! Great idea if you are looking for family days out in...
Rayleigh Mount An early medieval motte and bailey castle site great for exploration, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Scotney Castle Medieval castle and moat in one of England's most romantic gardens. Superb display of rhododendrons and azaleas. Large, beautiful estate, with woodland and parkland to explore.
Leigh On Sea
Leigh Heritage Centre Interesting museum with local history artefacts, plus the new Leigh On Sea Heritage Trail starts nearby.
Rayleigh Windmill Try a charming little stop at an award-winning tourist and educational attraction which contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Southend Planetarium Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are live, suitable for ages 7 to adult, and you're allowed to ask questions!
Rye House Gatehouse Explore the Gatehouse and grounds, enjoy a picnic and visit the nearby Rye House Quay on the River Lee Navigation.
Bodiam Castle Pleasures for all tastes: an absolute classic fortress, a thrilling interactive audio adventure, live costumed characters from the past and scenic grounds by the moat with ducks after your picnic. Best. Castle. Ever!
Dapdune Wharf With an award winning visitor centre, children's trail and quiz, scenic local walks and ways to extend your day in every direction! Best in summer for the damsels and dragonflies.
Windsor Castle The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. Free family audio tour introduces you to the many magical characters who live at Windsor Castle!
Welwyn Roman Baths Discover the secrets of the past, hidden in a steel vault deep under the A1(M) motorway! Here you will find the unique remains of a fascinating and once luxurious Roman bath house! Family activities, including dressing-up, bring the site to life.
Chalfont St Giles
Chiltern Open Air Museum is an outdoor museum, you’ll see over 30 rescued historic buildings including a Nissen hut, tin chapel, and working farm with goats, cows, sheep, chickens and heavy horses. Plus the museum hosts over 30 family friendly living history events each year!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Swanley 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.
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