Best Roald Dahl Attractions in the UK

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The 13th of September is almost here, marking the extra-special Roald Dahl Day! Held on the birthday of this iconic children’s author, Roald Dahl Day is a celebration of one of the most creative minds in the UK. We’re talking about the man who conjured up Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Witches and many more dark yet electrifying and hilarious tales. If you love these mischievous stories, then why not celebrate them and visit the best Roald Dahl Attractions in the UK. Follow along for our top picks and start planning today!

Treat yourself to a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

kids eating and drinking at the charlie and the chocolate factory afternoon tea
Head over to the luxurious London Hotel, One Aldwych and sample the sweet snozzberry-based delights of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea! This dreamy concoction of fictional mini-feasts is the perfect treat for imaginative kids and Roald Dahl fans.

Did you know Roald Dahl invented more than 500 words and character names in his collection of novels? You can find some of Roald Dahl’s inventions on the menu. Try out the Snozzberry Jam on your scone or gulp down a Chocolate Swudge Milkshake. Don’t forget to try the Juicy Roast Beef and salmon and beetroot macaroons too.

Chow down on Fluffy Floss and a boxed stack of wondrous cakes, sweets, mallows and creams! Feeling a little parched? Wash these treats down with chocolate or lemon sherbert tea.

If you’re an adult, we recommend trying the juicing room mix or the Water Pistol Punch Cocktails! There is also some Fizzy Lifting Champagne – just try not to float away in the sky…

There’s a whole repertoire of tastes you’ve never experienced before in the magical, mouth-watering world of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. If you’re looking for an indulgent afternoon overlooking London, the Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at Aldwych Hotel could be your golden ticket.

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1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ

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Afternoon Tea £70 per adult

Children (12 or under) £50pp

Champagne afternoon tea £85pp

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Explore the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

two girl posing next to matilda sculpture at roald dahl museum
Feel closer than ever to Roald Dahl in his very own hometown! Explore the Museum and try out over 40 hands-on activities in the galleries. Take a peek into Roald’s famous Writing Hut, brew creative juices in the craft room, explore the new Wondrous Woods and see if you can spot all 17 Quentin Blake illustrations in the courtyard… This attraction is perfect for children aged 5 to 12. And what’s more? One ticket will get you access for a whole year!
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81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

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Over 5's £7.95

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Immerse yourselves in Matilda the Musical!

Matilda the Musical
Have an awesome family day out in Covent Garden and watch the multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical, live on the West End stage. The hit show is inspired by the beloved kid’s book Matilda which follows the story of a curiously clever girl with a vivid imagination, awful parents and mysterious powers… You’ll be cackling like witches and holding the edges of your seat – especially when Miss Trunchbull enters the stage… Get tickets now!
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Earlham St, London WC2H 9HU

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Tickets start from £24

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Roald Dahl Children's Gallery at Bucks Museum
Wander through the inner workings of Roald Dahl’s mind at the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Expect a world, turned upside down, with wacky colourful displays and lots of magical activities. Try on one of the invisibility cloaks, meddle with optical illusions and brave the Twits’ feely holes… Freeze your own shadows in the shadow boot or transport your bodies from TV to drawing in one of the coolest interactive activities onsite! The gallery also hosts unforgettable birthday parties promising a wondercump day!
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9 Church St, Aylesbury HP20 2QP

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Adult: £5.50

Child £8.50

Both ticket prices include Bucks Museum and Roald Dahl Children's Gallery entry.

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Visit a real-life chocolate factory!

outside of york chocolate story
making in the UK’s most popular chocolate factories. Delve into a 300-year-old history of chocolate-making and do chocolate decorating activities in York’s Chocolate Story. Travel from Bull Street (a Victorian street) to the Aztec Jungle in immersive walkthrough experiences at Cadbury’s World. Or experiment like Mr. Wonka himself in a chocolate-making party at The Chocolate Museum. There are so many unique and educational, chocolate-based days out in the UK that you should try!

Go exploring on the Roald Dahl Trail in Buckinghamshire

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Grab your boots and walking sticks we’re going on an adventure! Begin your quest at Great Missenden (Roald Dahl’s hometown) and amble under hills, into the woods and through a farmyard where you will uncover the most unlikely places that Roald Dahl loved to visit. Sit under the trees where he gathered his inspiration. Walk through the greenery in which he sought peace and relive some of the most curious tales that he ever wrote. This trail is free, all you need to to is download it online and away you go…
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Various locations, please check website

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Free, just download map online

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Roald Dahl Day – Storytime and Fun!

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This wonderful free event is in both English and Cantonese and includes a wide range of fun activities from enchanting storytimes to sing-songs and hilarious games! Little ones can also enjoy a colouring session. If you’re interested in this free event, make sure to reserve your family ticket online!
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35 Wimbledon Hill Road London SW19 7NB

Opening Times

13th Wednesday at 11:30 am

27th September at 11:30 am

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Free

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Go on a musical adventure and watch The Witches at the National Theatre!

The witches national theatre poster
Great white sharks, mega-long pythons and man-eating bears could never compare to the most dangerous creatures in the world… WITCHES! Follow the macabre tale of Luke and his gran as they attempt to save the world from the devilish hands of the Witches. They are after every stinky and squeaking child on the planet… Will Luke and his gran overthrow these child-hating witches? There’s only one way to find out… Roll-up and buy your tickets now!
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National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

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Check show times online

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From £20

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Quentin Blake’s Nature Trail at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

quentin blake nature trail drawings at WWT Martin Mere wetland centre
It’s not just words that brought the twisted characters of each Roald Dahl novel to life but the illustrations as well! Head over to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre and discover Quentin Blake’s Nature Trail. Collect an illustrated guide full of Quentin Blake’s drawings and journey around our wonderful wetland world this summer. Keep your eyes peeled for new seasonal trails throughout the year and leap into an outdoor adventure.

Although you may not find Roald Dahl characters here you’ll get to explore the artist behind each one of his books.

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National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

Opening Times

Thursday 18th May - Sunday 10th September 2023

Pricing

Junior £10
Adult £15.40

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Take a Trip up a real Glass Elevator in London!

battersea power station
Head over to one of the coolest (and newest) shopping centres in London, Battersea Powerstation, and journey up a chimney in a glass elevator. Prepare to be dazzled with unmatchable 360-degree views of London from 109 metres high! Browse through a curated collection of regional records and interactive displays and learn all about this iconic power station. It’s just one of many epic things to do at this Grade II listed building and hey, it’s not every day you get to live out your story-book fantasy! Lift 109 is a bucket list attraction that is well worth the visit.
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Battersea Power Station, Circus Rd W, Nine Elms, London SW8 5BN

Opening Times

Lift 109 is open seven days a week throughout the year. Opening hours and days may vary. For Battersea Power Station opening times, visit BatterseaPowerStation.co.uk

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Child from £11.50
Adult from £15.90

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