A family trip to London is a great opportunity to take in some of the City’s museums. With more than 240 museums to consider, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice so we’re taking a look at London’s museums to suss out which would make for the most interesting days out with the family.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER – this is the underground operations room at RAF Uxbridge which was used by No 11 Group Fighter Command during the Second World War. This is where control of fighter aircraft operations took place during the war, including during the Battle of Britain and D Day. This is a visitor attraction with a difference – it’s run by the Royal Air Force. With World War Two on the school curriculum, this is a great choice for a visit that’s exciting, interesting and educational. You can even take a virtual tour of this museum before you visit to get the kids in the mood.
BRITISH MUSEUM – established in 1753 and home to one of the most comprehensive collections of exhibits documenting human culture and history, the British Museum is a must visit attraction. Offering free entry on a daily basis, the British Museum is one of London’s most popular visitor centres with more than 13 million works which include the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and the Benin Bronzes. The exhibits from all over the world include some of the finest works of art mankind has produced and this is a great opportunity to take in some Leonardos, Michaelangelos, Rembrandts, Turners, Constables and Goya.
CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN – This was established as an Apethecaries’ Garden in the centre of London in 1673 and is Britain’s second oldest botanical garden. The Rock Garden is the oldest alpine plant collection in Britain protected in this microclimate created by the high sheltering walls. With more than 5,000 useful, medicinal, edible and historical plants, this little garden is a welcome oasis in the centre of the busy city.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – this is another must see museum with a huge range of life and earth science specimens within the five main collections of zoology, botany, mineralogy, entomology and palaeontology. With specimens collected by Charles Darwin, Hans Sloane and Captain Scott this free entry museum is a vitally important resource to students and scholars the world over. The new multimedia Attenborough Studio brings the museum bang up to date for the 21st Century. If you want to instill a love of learning and curiosity in your kids, this would be an excellent place to start.
THE GLOBE THEATRE – this modern reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre is built in close proximity to the original playhouse. Reconstructed as authentically as possible to mirror Shakespeare’s time the Globe stages plays every summer but is used throughout the winter months for educational endeavours with tours available all year round.
THE TOWER OF LONDON – this is sure to be on the kids’ list of must see attractions with its Beefeaters and ravens enjoying so much fame. The White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was used as a prison right up until the fifties when it was inhabited by the Kray Twins. The Tower of London is probably the most famous building in the annals of English history and a tour of this museum is a great way of getting into the spirit of one of Europe’s oldest capitals.