The type of vacation we typically choose is luxury. For our activities, we like luxury and often stay at the finest hotels, but we are also adventurous and love off the beaten path types of experiences and always seek them out. We aren’t bothered by very “local” experiences anywhere and think these are very important to our vacation. We love adventure. We also like a mixture of regular, touristic and organized places. We enjoy hiking and outdoorsy activities. We enjoy museums, markets and other activities geared towards children. We like to maximize each day by seeing as much as possible.
Our children at the time of this itinerary: 5 children- Boy age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 11, Girl age 7, & Boy age 4.
Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7323 8299
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open Fridays until 8:30p.m.)
Getting There: Take the tube to Tottenham Court Road or Holborn
Description: The British Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts across the expanse of human culture and history. At 8 million pieces, it is among the largest collection in the world. Established in 1753, it serves as a global repository for important and significant objects from across time and space. Nearly all cultures and geographies across the world are represented in the wide-ranging collection of artifacts at the British Museum.
Our Experiences: We visited the exhibit featuring the Rosetta Stone, one of the original Egyptian tablets which helped experts decipher the language of hieroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone has been on continuous display in the museum since 1802 after its discovery by Napoleon’s armies. It is an enormously popular exhibit, and we found it very crowded. While waiting to see the Rosetta Stone, we were able to explain to our children what they would see and why the Rosetta Stone is so important. Our kids appreciated the “idea” of the Rosetta Stone, but they really didn’t full appreciate its significance. This exhibit is best for grown-ups and older children, and it is surely not one to miss when you visit the British Museum. The Egyptian Mummy exhibit was a hit for all ages in our family, from our two year old to our 14 year olds! We ran out of time to visit the highly acclaimed Gallery 68 (Money Room), which contains over 4,000 years of currency from across the world. From ancient Roman coins to digital money, Gallery 68 is a literal treasure trove of financial history and culture. We strongly recommend that you visit the Museum website and research the exhibits you want to see ahead of your visit. There is so much to see, and you want to find those exhibits that you and your children will love!
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 871 781 3000
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Getting There: Take the tube to Waterloo. The London Eye is a 5 minute walk from the station.
Admission: Tickets are up to 20% cheaper if purchased ahead of time online. More expensive ticket options are available if you don’t want to wait on line.
Description: The EDF Energy London Eye opened in March 2000, and it is the largest Ferris wheel in Europe, standing at almost 450 tall and 400 feet in diameter. It sits on the South Bank of the River Thames, and is among the most popular paid attractions in the UK, boasting an annual visitor total of 3.5 million people. The standard ride lasts for 30 minutes (not counting time waiting in line).
Our Experiences: Though it is known around the world as one of the most familiar attractions in the UK, the London Eye is not for everyone and was definitely not for our family. We found the lines to be too long and the tickets to be wildly overpriced. Our ride was not narrated. Our children, especially, found the ride to be dull and not worth the time and money we spent getting to the top of the world.
Address: 17 Wilton Road, Westminster, London SW1V 1LG, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 0870 400 0870
Hours: Vary depending upon shows
Getting There: Take the tube to Victoria Station
Admission: Cheap seats from $25; better seats are well over $110
Description: First opened in 1929, the Apollo Theater seats an audience of 2500 and has hosted plays and shows across a wide range of genres and notoriety. Its current offering is Wicked, the beloved two-act musical which puts a twist on the original story of The Wizard of Oz.
Our Experiences: Wicked has the potential to be a frightening experience for children who scare easily. There are dark and scary scenes that may not be comfortable for sensitive children (or parents!) Our kids, however, LOVED this production. The “Green Witch” continues to be a topic of discussion for our two-year old. The show runs almost three hours; while our older children had no problems maintaining interest throughout the play, our two-year old was definitely squirming by the second act. The play is still running at the Apollo Victoria Theater, and we highly recommend you go!
*This review is the subjective opinion of someone who submitted this itinerary and not the owner of Real Family Trips