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Day trips outside of London with Kids

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Day trips outside of London with Kids

Hello. I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for day trips outside of London that we could get to by train? We have 13, 10 and 5 year olds and are looking for culture, history, fun, excitement....whatever!

Many thanks.

PQ

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1. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

You could consider Hampton Court Palace, which has beautiful grounds, a maze, and reenactors.

http://www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace/

Or perhaps your gang would enjoy a trip to Windsor. Windsor Castle, boat rides on the river Thames, feeding the swans, walking across the bridge into Eton. Every other day there is a changing of the guards, which your kids would enjoy, and be able to get quite close to.

www.royalcollection.org.uk/default.asp…

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2. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Well if they could stick a 2 hour train ride, Cardiff is great for kids. Mighty castle in the centre; loads of adjacent parkland (400 acres) for them to run around freely; a museum complete with a walk through history of Wales next to the park; and then if you still have the energy one of the best hands on science discovery centres around, which is also on the waterfront where you can have boat trips. I admit it may be a bit too much to get there and back in day but maybe worth bearing in mind for the future when you can do an overnight or a few days.....

http://www.cardiffcastle.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bute_Park

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/2227/

http://www.techniquest.org/start/

http://www.cardiffbay.co.uk/

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3. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Colchester and it's castle, try on chain mail and other garments

colchestermuseums.org.uk/castle/castle_index…

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4. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Colchester Castle - Yes!!

Cochester Zoo, very good

Seaside at Brighton, Clacton, Walton, Frinton, Southend.

Theme Park - Thorpe Park, Chertsea.

Woburn Abbey, Safari Park and then to Milton Keynes for skiing at Xscape???

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5. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Thanks so much! I was a bit lost. After some quick research, Windsor and Colchester look like great choices. Cardiff might need an overnight, as Jim suggested, but I'll look into it some more. I love the Safari idea! And Xscape would be perfect for my sons. As for Thorpe, I understood that it's all thrill rides. My 13 year old would love that, but not the other two. Any amusement parks I should check out that would have more of a range (mild to scary!)?

Appreciate all the help!

PQ

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6. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Try Chessington for some slightly less scary rides. Still pricey though.

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7. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

There's a good, regular train service from Kings Cross to York, with the fastest train taking an hour and three quarters. Some of the trains have buffet cars and, whilst not cheap, they do a decent breakfast. Your children might enjoy breakfast on a train if you were to catch a fairly early one.

York is compact and once off the train you can easily see many sites in a day.

You could be off the train and into the superb (and free) National Railway Museum which is a 5 minute, pedestrianated walk away - plenty of opportunity to let the children stretch their legs in here.

www.nrm.org.uk

York is also a very beautiful city,and recently won 'Britain's most picturesque street' award.

dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1256292/Yorks…

If the weather is good you could walk around all or some of the city walls or perhaps take a boat trip down the river.

www.visityork.org/explore/main.html

www.yorkboat.co.uk

There are also lots of Museums and other attractions if the weather wasn't so good. The Museums often have exhibitions on that children love - dinosaurs etc - or trails they can do.

www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/Page/Index.aspx

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8. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

Windsor also has Legoland http://www.legoland.co.uk/

Chatham Historic Dockyard and Rochester historic high street (cathedral & ruined castle) are 45 mins by train from Victoria or St Pancras and only 1 mile apart from each other http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/ http://www.cometorochester.co.uk/

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9. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

I think your 13 year old will be bored at Legoland. Also, when are you coming to London? The parks will not open until spring. Even then, they are fairly expensive, and not really what I would consider a taste of England.

Perhaps your group would enjoy a trip to historic Portsmouth, home of the HMS Victory. This is a very family friendly outing.

http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/

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10. Re: Day trips outside of London with Kids

All great suggestions, thanks!

LauraRW, amusement parks usually don't give a taste of a country, you're right, but we are so starved for them here in Jordan that we like to try and go to at least one when we travel:-) It's the same with zoos; that's why I loved the Safari idea!

I will be doing more research on York, Chatham, Chessington and Portsmouth. We're travelling in July, which I know means long queues for everything so we need to take that into consideration....

Thanks so much everyone.

PQ