Friday, March 18, 2011

Visiting London with the Family

London is great for families. Children can have a great time, learn something new and be inspired. Here are a couple of things to plan on your next family vacation to London.

1. The Saatchi Gallery- An art gallery that is specifically geared towards a younger audience and it is free!

2. Cartoon Museum - On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.

3. Museum of London Docklands - From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, unlock the history of London’s river, port and people in this historic warehouse. Entry to the Museum is FREE of charge all year round. The Mudlarks gallery at the Museum of London Docklands provides an exciting and informative, interactive play area for children and their parents that reflects some aspects of the story of old and new Docklands as explored in the other galleries of the Museum.

4. The Unicorn Theater – The UK’s first purpose-built children’s theater with shows aimed at kids from 4 -12

5. Hyde Park – One of London’s famous historic landscapes covering 350 acres. There is something for everyone in Hyde Park. With over 4000 trees, a lake, meadow, horserides and more it is easy to forget you are in the middle of London.

6. Horniman Museum and Gardens – Another great free museum. A family-friendly anthropology museum with exhibits from around the world and hands-on experiences for children.

7. Science Museum - This free museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

8. Museum of Childhood – Another free museum the V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. The collection features toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography.

9. The Golden Hinde- ondon's replica of Sir Francis Drakes warship offering visitors an unforgettable Living History Experience. The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of the Tudor warship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in 1577 – 1580.

10. Hamleys – Your children will be blown away by this 7 floor toy store. The flagship store is considered one of London's major tourist attractions, and receives about five million visitors a year.

Visit London with your family and Celtic Tours on our London Program.

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