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Seven Of The Best Family Days Out In London This Easter

The Easter break is nearly here – and the summer holiday is just around the corner too. Keep the kids entertained with one of these family days out in London.

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world to explore with children. Packed with famous landmarks, museums and galleries, it’s a treasure trove of adventure for kids. Looking for inspiration? These are seven of the best (easy to book) family days out in London  – each tried and tested by the Citizen Enfants team.

The Tower Of London

Step back in time to uncover the (somewhat gruesome!) history of London’s most famous jail, The Tower of London. The iconic castle dates back to 1078 and the days of William the Conqueror and has served as a fortress as well as a royal residence, prison, royal mint, military barracks, a place of execution, and even the city zoo. Home to the Crown Jewels since 1661 (which are well worth queuing to see), it’s also packed with fascinating historical details about how it’s evolved and expanded since Medieval times. Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters as they’re more commonly known) live at the Tower and have guarded it for 500 years, and the highly-entertaining Yeoman Warder Tours are an excellent way to see the Tower with kids. You’ll also find free maps for kids with a checklist of all the different areas to discover. This is a day out for curious children who want to learn more about the history of London.



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The Natural History Museum

If you only manage to visit one London museum with your kids, make it the Natural History Museum. This national treasure located in South Kensington could not be more welcoming of little visitors; it’s home to such a breadth and depth of exhibitions that every child is bound to find something that truly fascinates them. Maybe it’s the excellent dinosaur display with its giant skeletons and scarily life-like animatronic creatures; it could be learning about the natural forces that help shape our planet in the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery; or how about checking out insects, centipedes and spiders in the Creepy Crawlies gallery – if you’re brave enough! There are millions of objects and artefacts on display, plus ever-changing temporary exhibits, such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The building’s roomy spaces and excellent onsite cafe make it the ideal place to take children, especially on a rainy day. Plus, it’s free entry to all.



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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds has been wowing crowds with life-like wax works for nearly 200 years. But there is nothing dated about this ever-evolving attraction that is constantly adding new famous figures and exciting displays to its home just off Baker Street. Across three enormous floors, discover more than 150 incredibly realistic celebrity figures in eight different zones, such as The Royal Palace, The Marvel Hall of Fame and the Chamber of Horrors. Don’t miss the interactive areas, or rides such as the Spirit of London, where you jump into one of London’s iconic black cabs and journey through its history to witness events that have shaped London into the city it is today. Whether you’re keen to see sporting heroes such as Messi and Ronaldo, the Royal family, or A-Listers like Taylor Swift and The Rock, kids (and adults) will love taking photos alongside their favourite stars.



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The London Transport Museum

London’s varied transport network has helped shape the city’s growth for hundreds of years. At the London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden, you’ll explore the huge range of vehicles that have kept the capital moving over the years, from buses to trams, trains and taxis. Discover how underground stations provided shelter during the Blitz and learn how transport networks operate in the UK’s capital. If you’re travelling with little ones, stop by The All Aboard family playzone, suitable for kids up to seven years-old. Here they can play on an interactive fleet of mini vehicles, become a bus driver and drive a real bus, and dress up in uniforms to become a mechanic, riverboat captain, station announcer or driver. Older kids will love the new Future Engineers gallery where they can test their skills, solve transport conundrums faced by modern day engineers, and enjoy a series of interactive exhibits such as driving a modern Elizabeth line train or planning a greener city.



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The Cutty Sark

On a bright sunny day head down to the Thames at Greenwich to climb aboard one of the world’s most famous ships. Built in 1869, the Cutty Sark has led a dramatic life on the seas, from being an integral part of the tea trade to fending off pirates. The Victorian tea clipper is now resident in London, and you can walk all around (including underneath!) it to see every part of the vessel – be sure to visit the Captain’s Cabin. Part of the Royal Museums Greenwich, there’s a whole programme of fun dedicated to families such as the Toddler Time 45-minute sessions packed with storytelling and musical activities, and the family-trail map to guide you to the key parts of the ship and explain the history of them. Afterwards, head to the nearby National Maritime Museum to uncover even more about the UK’s sea fairing history.



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The London Eye

Since opening in 1999 the London Eye has become one of the most popular attractions in the capital and it’s easy to see why. Rising to a staggering 135 metres, this giant Ferris wheel allows visitors to enjoy breathtaking views over the city while listening to commentary explaining the landmarks down below. The wheel sits on the south bank of the River Thames, ensuring close-up views of iconic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. Each glass pod holds up to 28 people, so it’s great for a group day out and you don’t have to book in advance as tickets can be bought onsite on the day. Moving slowly and taking roughly 30 minutes to complete a full cycle, this is a thrilling – yet very safe – way to show youngsters the sights of London. There are no age restrictions and you can take a buggy onto it, as long as you fold it up. Visit on a clear day to get the most from the experience.



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Kew Gardens

There are fewer nicer places on a spring or summer day in London than Kew Gardens. Brimming with fun activities and experiences for little visitors, the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens has acres of space to run around in. Your first stop should be the Children’s Garden, a huge interactive play area the size of 40 tennis courts and designed for those aged from two to 12. Divided into four areas, earth, air, sun and water it encourages children to discover everything that plants need to grow (and there’s also plenty of space for them to climb, run and jump). Next check out The Hive, a striking 17-metre-tall installation in the heart of a wildflower meadow that recreates life inside a beehive – with over a thousand LED lights that glow according to the vibrations of bees. Finally, get a birds’ eye view of the gardens from the Treetop Walkway which at a towering 18 metres, weaves through tree branches to reveal an ecosystem far above the ground. On top of all of this, you’ll find cafes plus plenty of parking and buggy friendly paths – making Kew a great option for all ages.



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