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Leigh on Sea Beach Regularly voted in the Top 100 British Beaches, a lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness, excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing.
Frensham Great Pond While not technically a beach at all, as far as manmade inland varieties go it's a sterling effort: vast 13th century lake with sandy beaches, woodland trails and heavy on the natural wildlife, with triple Special status!.
Brighton Beach Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield. Loads of once things to wander through nearby too including galleries, ice cream parlours and antique shops. Lovely!
West Mersea Beach A sandy pebbly beach great for crabbing, windsurfing and traditional beach days, with sandier shore at the eastern end where there's also a playground and some nature footpaths.
Climping Beach Pebbly beach popular with windsurfers, with summer lifeguard cover provided. Cafe, loos, fish and chips and windsurf school all on hand. Sorted!
Seaford Bay Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Camber Sands Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's busy you can find a space for yourselves. Good amenities.
Birling Gap Chalk and shingle beach good for rock pools, fossil hunting and safe paddling, very popular with surfers and kite fliers, excellent local walks with loads of butterflies in season.
Eastbourne Beach Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Hastings Beach Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Frinton on Sea Beach Good swimming with some lifeguard cover, nice sand and excellent fossil hunting territory close by. Deliberately traditional, no arcades, etc.
Tankerton Beach Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Sea Life London Aquarium Home to one of Europe's largest collections of global marine life - the experience takes visitors on an immersive and interactive journey along the Great Oceanic Conveyor. Newest addition is the Frozen Planet interactive experience!
ZSL London Zoo Enjoy interactive, immersive exhibits the family can explore together including Rainforest Life, Gorilla Kingdom and the popular Animal Adventure Children's Zoo. Daily live animal shows too and new lion exhibit for 2016!
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.
The Mayhew Animal Home Visit London's famous rescue and rehousing sanctuary for cats and dogs and learn oodles of detail about our furry friends and the important work of caring for them. Great place to adopt a new buddy!
Vauxhall City Farm This City Farm has lots of animals to cuddle, stroke and feed, horses to ride and they are a venue for birthdays too.
Freightliners Farm Hands on working farm with animals to visit and adorable petting village.
Hackney City Farm boasts a wide variety of animals on the farm including pigs, cattle, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals. Free to all.
Kentish Town City Farm City Farm with lots of hands-on farming activities to get stuck in to plus events and activities held regularly to encourage volunteers and help fund this charity project.
Stepney City Farm Four-acre working farm and Rural Arts Centre in the heart of East London with lots of fun and friendly animals: cattle, chickens, donkeys, ducks, ferrets, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, rabbits, and sheep.
Surrey Docks Farm A working 2.2 acre city farm in the heart of London with open animal yard, bee room, cafe, working blacksmiths forge and classrooms.
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 Educational resource offering a working farm experience in the city with seasonal activities, plenty of friendly animals and children's activities planned during the holidays.
Deen City Farm is a unique, educational resource in SW London, open free of charge. The opportunity to learn about the animals and contribute to a Working Farm.
Newham City Farm City Farm with farmyard and rare breed animals plus a play area and a play barn.
Belmont Childrens Farm Kids can interact with the happy animals either in petting sessions or helping with their care, plus tractor rides, gemstone and fossil panning, private tours and pony pampering sessions!
Hounslow Urban Farm With lots of farm animals and cuddly pets to meet, including alpacas, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, donkeys, rabbits and chipmunks, plus activities include owl displays, pig racing and reptile handling sessions!
National Portrait Gallery Great for smalls and even better for bigs: an artistic experience replete with hands on arty fun, famous images and infamous mediums. Check out the kiddie's Sunday Sessions!
The National Gallery Plenty of talks, workshops, and holiday fun for all ages at this iconic British day trip location. Children truly welcome and a great many facilities made for them!
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 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.
The London Film Museum An opportunity to see the largest official collection of James Bond cars. There are also boats, bikes and gyrocopters to see plus scripts and model miniatures. Free entry for under 5s.
Royal Academy of Arts offers a well rounded educational art experience: world class collections, family based events and practical workshops, Art Detectives Family Trail and great facilities. Very welcoming!
British Museum 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 Guards Museum Learn about the five regiments of Her Majesty’s Foot Guards in this great little museum. Museum trail to follow, with hidden objects to find. Lots of medals and uniforms to check out. Free entry for kids under 16.
The Queens Gallery Iconic gallery laden with artistic treasures, really welcoming of families and those with special needs. Visit a mock Georgian coffeehouse, pick up a Family Activity Pack, and listen to a story from the talking hats!
Grant Museum of Zoology Visit the only remaining university zoological museum in London, with around 67,000 samples covering the whole animal kingdom, including lots of skeletons. Free to visit.
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology Learn about the history of life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through to the Islamic period. Thousands of objects to look through including ancient papyrus and carvings. Free to visit.
The Charles Dickens Museum An important Dickens collection, based in the author’s only surviving London house, decorated in Victorian style. See some of his possessions, plus other memorabilia. Free Family Activity Days held during the Summer.
Wellcome Collection A free museum that explores what is means to be human plus the connection between life, medicine and art. Plenty of interactive displays to enjoy on a variety of subjects.
Tate Modern 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...
Tate Britain 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.
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.
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.
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!
Saatchi Gallery 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.
House of Illustration is a dedicated museum for drawing and illustration in the heart of London. Founded by Quentin Blake, this has the only permanent display of his work anywhere in the world!
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
Science Museum 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!