London’s family attractions keep everyone happy, whether young or old. One of the great things about London is its diversity – and that goes for its visitor attractions, too. From historic sites to modern marvels galore, the city has an impressive collection of attractions for the entire family to enjoy on a sightseeing tour.
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Some of London’s must-visit family attractions include:
The last of its kind battleship cruiser from World War II, HMS Belfast is sure to impress Dad on a Father’s Day trip. The ship has a total of nine decks to explore. From climbing the many ladders to visiting the engine room and exploring the flag deck, there’s plenty to keep the little ones busy. Visitors also get an opportunity to tour the Operations Room, where they get a hands-on experience of plotting the course of the vessel. There’s also an excellent audio guide that briefs visitors about life aboard the cruiser during the turbulent years of the war.
The Science Museum
A wonderful place to introduce small children to the magical world of science. The museum hosts a plethora of events, an incredible IMAX 3D Cinema, interactive galleries, special exhibits and simulators. Themed galleries to explore include energy to space and flight, along with science-based games and engineering exhibits. For the smaller ones, a visit to the enchanting popular garden offers an interactive experience of space. There’s a vast quantity of things to see and do here, so be prepared for a second visit!
Ideal for families with children 12 years or older, a trip to the London Dungeon revives the gruesome times of London in the medieval age. It takes visitors back in time to 1536, starting with a ride aboard a contraption that served as a lift in the Middle Ages and goes on to a bone-chilling Tyrant Boat Ride. Visitors get to see the city’s darker side, from the Guy Fawkes Plot to blow up parliament, to the Great Fire of London, and the diabolical Sweeney Todd with a visit to the Ten Bells pub, which was a favourite haunt of the monstrous Jack the Ripper. The culmination of the tour is the free-fall “drop dead drop’ ride that’s not for the faint-hearted!
The London Eye
Climb aboard the gigantic Millennium Wheel, popularly known as the London Eye, for the most panoramic views of the city and its landmarks. From seeing the spire of St Paul’s Cathedral to getting a lofty view of the Houses of Parliament, there are fabulous sights all around you. On a clear day, visitors aboard any of the glass pods can see as far as 25 miles in all directions. Also part of the magical ride is the London Eye 4D cinema experience. A wonderful way to see the city’s most famous landmarks!