Great Days Out in London
1. The Natural History Museum
Visit the Natural History Museum and lean the stunning story of life on earth. From the escalator that takes you up through a model of the earth's layers to the towering skeletons of the dinosaurs, the Natural History Museum boasts exhibits to entertain every member of the family.
As well as housing numerous insect, bird, fish, reptile and mammal specimens, the History Museum also has a comfortable restaurant and dining space and a large gift shop. What's more, though some of the specialist exhibitions in the museum require the payment of a small fee, (per person,) the majority of the museum is free and, open to all.
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2. The Science Museum
The Science Museum is the home of numerous free exhibitions, from a display on the cosmos to a section chronicling the history of computing. Like the History Museum, the Science Museum is almost entirely free, (apart from small fees per person to enter certain exhibitions.) That being said, the Science Museum is so vast, you could spend a whole day, (or more,) wandering through the free exhibits.
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3. The Victoria and Albert Museum
Just a short walk away from the History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum contains some truly stunning artifacts, from hand crafted alter-pieces to Tudor furniture. Some of the items the museum houses are breathtakingly beautiful, both in the quality of the craftsmanship and, in their sheer size. With exhibitions featuring items crafted from stone, paint, wood and metal, the V&A Museum would make an ideal destination both for students of art and for those with an interest in the history of man, (as told through the objects he has crafted.)
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4. The British Museum
Located on Great Russell Street, The British Museum is another free idea for an outing. The museum is home to a wealth of collections, from exhibits that take you through the history of the concept of money, to presentations on the various writing techniques used by civilizations down the centuries. Like London’s other main museums, the majority of the exhibitions in the British Museum are free. The museum’s collection is so vast that a visit will easily fill a day, (if not two.)
5. The National Gallery
Another idea for cheap day out in London is a visit to the National Gallery. Situated in the heart of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses paintings by some of the world’s greatest artists, (among them Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh.) Spend a day wandering among the world’s greatest paintings, admiring the work of art’s greatest masters. Entry to the National Gallery is free, (apart from a select few specialist exhibitions.)
6. Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Found in the heart of Kensington Gardens, the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground is a great, budget friendly location for kids. The Memorial Playground features a giant pirate ship and a network of tree houses. As well as providing lots of exciting distractions for the children, the playground also has a café and all of the necessary toilet facilities, making it an ideal, day-long family destination on warm summer days.
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7. The Grant Museum of Zoology
If you, (or your children,) have a keen interest in biology or evolution, the Grant Museum of Zoology is a great idea for a fun, (and free,) day out. The museum houses thousands of skeletons and biological specimens, including rare, (and now extinct,) animals.
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8. Covent Garden
If you’re looking for things to do in London on a budget, Convent Garden is always a great option: the Garden is always full of free performers, from musicians to uni-cyclists and comedy-jugglers. No doubt, your kids will love watching the talents of Covent Garden’s street performers.