London is loaded with kid-friendly London attractions, but what are the best options for them? With all that London has to offer, you won't run out of options.
In fact, this is such a culturally rich city with tons of physical beauty and a rich history, that you won’t run out of kid-friendly attractions no matter how long you stay.
Most families on holiday need to create a tight itinerary that includes only activities their kids will enjoy. Some of the attractions can be expensive to enter, especially if you’re paying for a family of five or more. This list of the best kid-friendly London attractions will help you narrow down your options to include only the activities most likely to hold the attention of the littlest family members.
1. London Eye
You’ll see this kid-friendly London attraction on most must-see lists for London because it is one of the best ways to see the city. Kids of all ages love going to the top and looking out at spectacular views and then enjoying the 4D movie and riding the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe. It’s all included with the cost of admission, which is why you can expect long lines at this attraction. Bundling your tickets with other attractions or a tour may get you to the front of the line faster.
2. London Zoo
If your kids love animals, you can’t miss a stop off at the London Zoo. It includes a nature trail for kids plus live demonstrations, animal feedings, and options for food and refreshments. This is a London place that can please every member of the family with a wide range of animals from tigers and lemurs to penguins on a beach.
3. Hampton Court Palace
This is an historical kid-friendly London attraction that you might skip if you don’t know that it includes an amazing maze that kids of all ages love to run through. It also includes guides dressed in Tudor attire that bring the history of London to life. If you get the London Pass, you can get into this attraction for free, so don’t skip the maze.
4. The Royal Mews
These are the working stables of the royal family. Your kids will encounter everything from horses to luxury cars and a collection of glamorous carriages. They’ll see into the royal lifestyle, but you won’t spend a lot of money. This is one of the more affordable London attractions.
5. River Thames Cruises
There are a variety of cruises along the Thames that will educate and relax the entire family. Consider it a mid-day stopping point by booking a lunch cruise, or go with an evening cruise that shows the city after dark. You can also combine cruises with tickets to some of the biggest kid-friendly London attractions, like the London Eye.
6. Stonehenge Day Trips
Some of the best attractions for London vacationers aren’t in London. You can take a day trip out to Stonehenge and even Windsor Castle. Shop wisely to make sure you get the best price with comfortable transportation that is suitable for every member of your family.
7. Warner Bros. Studio
Jump into the studio if your kids are into Harry Potter. They’ll see the real sets where the movies were filmed while learning little-known secrets about Hogwarts. From famous props to costumes worn during filming, your little ones will see it all. This is an interactive activity that will fill hours of your day. Plan it around meals and other relaxing events if you can.
8. Sea Life Aquarium
This is a small aquarium that features some of the marine animals found in England. Kids of all ages enjoy the experience, and you only need a few hours tops to enjoy all of the animals and the interactive activities. It’s a good stopping point when you want to get off the streets of London and relax with the kids for a bit.
9. Madame Tussauds
Who doesn’t love a good wax museum? If your kids have enjoyed these museums in other locations, they may enjoy this one just as much. You’ll find this attraction bundled with others quite often, so you don’t have to pay the full cost of admission if you book tickets online in advance.
10. Shrek’s Adventure
This 4D experience is great for younger kids who may not get into attractions like ghost tours or the London Dungeon, which isn’t on this list but is a definitely must-see if you have kids over the age of 12. Shrek comes to life with all of his friends, and your kids will have the chance to rest their feet between the museums and parks of London.
Do you need more ideas for traveling to London with kids? Look around the site for a lot more suggestions. We’ll help you find just the right activities to entertain and educate every member of your family. Make sure to plan some breaks into the day because walking and exploring London can become exhausting if you don’t rest.