With the summer holidays upon us, it’s that time of year again when we have to try and rack our brains to come up with fun and engaging activities and days out to keep the youngsters busy while they’re away from school. Luckily, a visit to London is awash with fun and exciting days out, making it a perfect city in which to spend a few days away with the brood. Click here to find some great value hotels in the heart of the city, so that you can spend some invaluable time here with your family while appreciating what this diverse city has on offer.
London’s museums are a hotbed of activity throughout the year and with most of them being completely free, are prime visitor’s attractions. Kids love the interactive and engaging nature of museums and you can’t get much better than the plethora on offer in London. While the popularity of the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and British Museum goes without saying, the array of military history museums are also well worth visiting – especially if you have boys to occupy.
HMS Belfast, which can be found moored in the Thames near Tower Bridge, is part of the Imperial War Museum and presents a genuine, out of service Royal Navy light cruiser that was involved in World War II before becoming decommissioned in 1963. Wander the decks before exploring the engine rooms and Captains Bridge. Plan your visit for between 10 learn how Dazzle Camouflage was used to keep the ship hidden at sea.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the world’s largest maritime museum that helps visitors to discover more about life at sea and our Naval history. From firing cannons at swashbuckling pirate ships to relaxing in comfort in the Compass Lounge, there’s something for everyone at this state of the art museum in the heart of London.
The Imperial War Museum opens its doors to visitors once more at the end of July, following closure to a redevelopment project. While it won’t be open fully by the end of July, it will partially be available to explore and with plenty to see and do within its walls, it’ll still provide an ideal afternoon out. Be sure to check out the new Horrible Histories family exhibition, Spies, that’s part of the transformation.
Royal Airforce Museum is perfect for visitors to get a little more insight into the defenders of the skies and at its home in Colindale, there are over 100 different aircraft on show while also offering you the opportunity to experience the Battle of Britain in 3D.
A trip to any of these exciting military museums will be fabulous for any inquisitive youngsters, while witnessing the Changing of the Guards Ceremony would also be an incredible experience for all the family. If you want to completely immerse yourself in the military history of our country, the Guards Museum and the National Army Museum are highly recommended. Wherever you choose to visit, click here for a stay in London that is both affordable and memorable for you and your kids this summer.