If you’re planning a trip to the capital and are a family with young children then you’re bound to be looking for some fun things to do. Any trip away can be expensive though so here are some ideas for free places to visit in London with children under 6:
The Science Museum in London really has something for everyone and is free to enter. There is a specific area for children age 3-6 called The Garden and it’s filled with interactive areas for children to enjoy such as water play, building and lights.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is free to enter and is a great place for families to visit. The most popular exhibit might be the dinosaurs so prepare for this area to be quite busy, no matter when in the day you visit. There is plenty of other things to see though such as fossils, learn about volcanoes or your children might find the gem collection interesting.
When you think of going to London you probably don’t think of going to a farm. However, London has 12 city farms, all of which are free to visit. They vary when it comes to opening times and days so be sure to look that up beforehand.
It’s always nice to find a good outdoor space in London especially if you have young children. You might find that your children need some time to run around and play, away from the busy London streets. The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is really well designed and has some really fun areas to explore.
Platform 9 ¾
Are your family big Harry Potter fans? You can now visit platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station. There is a great photo opportunity, although be prepared to queue for this, and a shop where you can buy Harry Potter related souvenirs (obviously not free).
Actually going into Buckingham Palace and buying tickets can be quite pricey and this might not be the best option for you as a family. However, it costs absolutely nothing to look at the palace from the outside and you can watch the Changing of the Guard for free.
London really is what you make of it and you can do a trip for as much or as little as you want. Planning is key though so be sure to do your research beforehand.