30 Things to do in London with kids

30 Things to do in London with kids

By Renuka Nair

Visiting London with kids is an unforgettable experience,

and when planning a trip to London with children you will want to make the most of the long list of things to do with kids that London has to offer for your little ones.

Keep this list handy and make sure to capture their smiles when you surprise them with all the lovely things, they will discover in the greatest city of all.

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1. Hamleys

No matter how old they are, surprise them with a visit to London’s most famous toy store. This must be our number one plan to do in London with kids. This famous toy store was established in London over 250 years ago, and it is a paradise for kids. 6 whole levels of interactive fun as well as hundreds of toys to choose from, we just know they will not leave empty handed.

2. London Eye

If you are visiting London with kids, you must go on the London Eye. It is one of London’s most famous attractions, and you know they will ask to go on it when they see it. At its highest point, 135 meters, the views over London are simply spectacular, and you will undoubtedly be able to take some of the best photos of your trip from here.

3. Take them to one of London’s Best Museums

Who said museums were boring? Most of London’s museums are super child friendly, and the most likely thing is that they will not want to leave. Try the Natural History Museum for dinosaur fun or the Science Museum for a whole interactive world. These two museums are located right next to each other in South Kensington, but you can easily spend an entire day easily wandering around one of these museums, so make sure you have plenty of time to spend in one of these fascinating museums.

Another highly recommended museum to visit with kids is London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, it really is a fascinating and interactive, ideal for kids.

4. Open Top Bus Tour and River Cruise

If it’s your first time in London with kids, an open bus-tour is a good way to easily see London’s most important landmarks and keep the children happy, especially if they have a camera of their own! You can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you wish to do so on any of their routes, and you’ll get a free river cruise for everyone, one of the best things you can do in London with kids.

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5. Kew Gardens

If you say to your kids “We are visiting The Royal Botanic Gardens of London today” they will most likely say that they don’t want to go, as it does sound as if this place could be boring for children, but in fact, it’s one of the best places to take the kids in London and it’s one of the places where Londoners choose to take their children frequently for the day out. Not only can you tell them about all the different species of plants and look at all the different flowers, but there are several playgrounds for children and a fantastic treetop walk, making Kew Gardens a fantastic day out in London with kids. Cafes and restaurants that face a beautiful park, ideal for a picnic if the weather is nice.

6. HMS Belfast

Anchored on the Thames is the HMS Belfast, a fantastic ship-museum that took part in World War II. It is absolutely wonderful, and I can guarantee that it will blow their minds even if they’re not into boats. It is more suitable if you have slightly older children though, as some places can get a bit narrow and there are lots of steps. And the best thing? Children under 16 enter for free.

7. KidZania London

Let your kid become a firefighter, a surgeon, or the next acting sensation at KidZania London on this experience. This is the UK’s first educational entertainment experience where children can learn real-life skills in a child-sized city.

8. Tower of London

The Tower of London is undoubtedly one of London’s must-see attractions, and it is a good place to take the kids too. There is so much to show them here, they will in no doubt love the royal armour collection, and don’t forget to tell them the scary stories that the bloody tower has to offer, or show them the Crown Jewels… The legend of the crows is also interesting to talk to them about.

9. Go to a Musical

London’s theatres always have something on for kids. Some of the best musicals in London are fantastic for kids, such as the Lion King or Wicked, and they are on all year round. Adults will also love going to a musical, and with two sessions a day it is easy to pick what time suits your family best. During the Christmas period, there are also pantomimes dotted around in different theatres in London, and who does not love a Christmas panto?

10. Shakespeare’s Globe

When you visit the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, there is a fantastic exhibition which is great for kids, and they often have different activities available for children. It is located on the South Bank, so it can be a very entertaining visit for children during a pleasant walk alongside the river Thames.

11. Legoland Windsor

The Legoland theme park is an option if what you want is an unforgettable day for your little ones. A fun-filled day with more than 55 rides and attractions in one place, where the incredible LEGO models cannot be missed! As it is out of London, travelling by coach from the city centre is often the easiest way.

12. Shrek’s Adventure

Take your children to the Kingdom of Far Away (next to the London Eye!) for a fun filled day with Shrek and all his friends. With great reviews, this new attraction in London is already becoming one of London’s favourites.

13. Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans should not miss the opportunity of visiting the Warner Brothers Studios. A magical tour through the scenes of the Harry Potter films, and the opportunity to see the actual costumes worn by Harry, Ron and Hermione. You will be able to walk along Diagon Alley and ride the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾.

14. Hyde Park

Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens offer loads of different possibilities to spend a few hours in London with kids. You can look for the statue of Peter Pan and visiting Princess Diana’s playground is a must when visiting London with kids, there is a giant wooden pirate ship surrounded by sand, ideal if you need them to burn a bit of energy. The friendly squirrels in London’s famous parks always want something to eat, so make sure you take something suitable, such as peanuts. They will most likely eat out of children’s hands, but for safety reasons we recommend that you ask your kids to throw the food on the floor just in case!

15. London Dungeons

Experience the darkest side of London at the London Dungeons… A 1.5-hour tour which will take you through London’s past and give you the chance to enter Sweeney Todd’s barber shop or discover the truth about the Jack the Ripper…. You may have to run at some point, so make sure you wear good shoes! A perfect plan to get your kids adrenaline rushing!

16. Sea Life London Aquarium

London’s Sea Life Aquarium is located right next to the London Eye, and it is the place to admire one of the Europe’s largest collections of marine life. The whole family will have a whale of a time seeing the sharks, turtles, and tropical fish, including the famous clown fish, children’s favourite!

17. Visit London Zoo

London Zoo is another great thing to do in London with kids, you can spend a whole day among tigers, penguins, giraffes, elephants, exploring the reptile room or having your face painted.

18. Visit Richmond-Upon-Thames

Richmond Upon Thames is a fantastic place to take a break from London’s city centre. Many shops, restaurants and cafes that will keep parents happy, but also a lovely surprise when you get down to the river, with boat rides and ice-cream vans in nice weather. Richmond Park is a must if you are in the area, as deer-watching is bound to keep them entertained!

19. Walk around Covent Garden

This central London square is often filled with street entertainers and live music, making it a very entertaining place for the whole family. Covent Garden is also home to the London Transport Museum, one of the best places in my opinion to take the kids in London!

20. Rainforest Cafe

If you want a completely new and unforgettable experience you need to make a booking to eat at the Rainforest Cafe. This is certainly not a normal restaurant, as you will be sitting in the middle of the rainforest to have your meal, and lightning and thunder is on its way….

21. M&M’s and LEGO Stores

The giant M&M’s store is located in Leicester Square, 3 colourful levels of fun and M&M’s with the possibility of buying anything you could think of, and also of taking photos of your kids sitting in an M&M’s car, next to some of the most famous M&M’s… They will certainly not be able to leave empty-handed! And when they do leave the shop, prepare yourself, as the largest LEGO shop of the world is right opposite the M&M’s store! So… how much time do you think you will need when you visit Leicester Square?

22. South bank

Walking along the South Bank is one of the best ways to do some sightseeing of London as well as keeping the children entertained. From the London Eye you can walk all along the South Bank of the river Thames to Tower Bridge. As mentioned before, the Sea Life Aquarium is located next to the London Eye, as well as Shrek’s Adventure and the London Dungeons. Seasonal events, such as markets and funfairs, also take place next to the London Eye. Several child-friendly cafes and restaurants along the way will also keep you fuelled if you are spending the day out.

23. Winter Wonderland

During the Christmas period Winter Wonderland is a place that cannot be missed, especially if you are looking for authentic Christmas Spirit. There is something for every age range in Winter Wonderland, there are Christmas Markets, a beautiful Ice-Skating rink, a special Santa themed park for smaller children and rides and funfair attractions for older children (and adults alike!). Several food stalls will serve you anything from a filled jacket potato to a hot chocolate or a beer, and the restaurants and bars are a success for adults and office Christmas parties. You will also be able to get tickets for the Circus or for an Ice Sculpture exhibition. All of this, in Hyde Park.

24. Regent’s Canal: Cruise and Puppet Barge

For a relaxed day, take a stroll along Regent’s Canal and discover Little Venice. You can take the kids on a boat ride to Camden Lock, and explore Camden Lock Market, or take them to a puppet show on the Puppet Barge. Something different to do in London if you want to escape the crowds.

25. Hire a bike

If your kids are over 14 year old, you can hire Santander bikes for all the family and go for a ride around Hyde Park for example.

26. Take the cable car

The London Cable Car crosses the Thames at the famous O2, offering some impressive views over the capital. You can use your normal Oyster card too, so you don’t need to get special tickets.

27. Free workshops at Somerset House

On Saturday afternoons the iconic Somerset House offers free workshops for children aged 6 to 12, a perfect plan if you’re in London with kids during the weekend.

28. Greenwich

Spending the day at Greenwich is a perfect plan for all the family with lots of things for children to enjoy. First of all, you can explore Greenwich centre and its market, and then go for a pleasant walk along the river where you will find the famous Cutty Sark and numerous restaurants. Afterwards we recommend that you visit Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory, the home of space and time and see the Greenwich Meridian Line.

29. Pollock’s Toy Museum

Pollock’s Toy Museum is the oldest toy museum in the UK. From Tin toys to dolls houses, puppets, optical toys and games from around the world. This is a museum for children but also for adults that would like to retrieve old memories!

30. Urban farms

We all know that children love farms, but who thought that visiting a farm was possible in London? Well, as it turns out, London has several urban farms dotted around especially for children. Their aim is for children to have a great time, but also to teach them importance of animals and agriculture. With fun workshops and activities for little ones, it is an option to have in mind if you would like some farm animal time.

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The Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

The Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

By Renuka Nair

We are calling all wannabee detectives!

It’s time to grab your magnifying glass and search for clues. Yes, it’s the season for the annual Easter egg hunt.
With the UK now released from the grip of the pandemic, you won’t (thankfully) have to resort to hiding chocolate in the garden this year. Instead, look further afield at what our wonderful capital city has to offer.
London has a wealth of exciting Easter egg hunts to offer for those looking for adventure (and, yes, maybe some chocolate, too).
To help you plan the perfect day out, our friends from Keetoo have put together this short guide with some of the best Easter Egg Hunts in London. In it, we’ll reveal the most interesting, highly recommended, and kid-friendly Easter egg hunts in London in 2022.
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Hampton Court Palace

No Easter egg hunt guide is complete without a Lindt gold bunny. And you’ll find Hampton Court Palace the ideal place to begin your hunt for this famous rabbit.
This Easter hunt is suitable for children between 4 and 12 and weaves in child-friendly historical stories from the palace into the Easter egg hunt. And you’ll also get to explore the stunning Hampton Court Gardens.
This event will be a popular choice for tourists and London residents looking for things to do in London with kids, so you’ll need to book in advance. On the day, the hunt should take you around an hour and a half, so allow plenty of time for your visit.
You can also save money on the entry price by becoming an annual member of the Royal Palaces. A year’s family membership starts at £82.
Address: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

London Wetland Centre

Here are some easter egg hunts in London with a twist! In keeping with the bird theme for the Wetlands Centre, this trail will get your children looking for some very special ducks (hint: they are very bright and very yellow).
The wetlands are a fantastic day out for bird lovers. They have some fascinating wildlife, including the colourful mandarin duck. Children will also get a chance to participate in a feeding session or pond dipping.
The centre also has indoor and outdoor play areas for children with energy to spare, so it’s a good choice if the weather forecast isn’t looking great.

This trail is free for current members, or you can pay for a family ticket which will cost around £40.30, although children under four gain free entry.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

Osterley Park

Osterley Park is a National Trust property, so their Easter egg event this year is ideal if you are already a member. And it’s also perfect for those of you who want to spend some time in nature while keeping the kids entertained.
Children will receive a colourful trail pack with a pencil and map, and there will be a chocolate reward for anyone who makes it to the end.
Osterley Park is a grand Georgian house with pristine gardens. In Spring, you’ll get the chance to see their fields of bluebells, or you can simply sit by the lake for a relaxing picnic.
There are play areas for children, including rope swings, to keep them busy after they finish the Easter hunt.
The trail is open from 10 am to 4 pm from 14th to 18th April 2022. The ticket for the hunt is £3 per child after the park entrance fee. A family ticket for non-members who want to visit Osterley park is £32.50 upwards.
Address: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB

Kew Gardens

Who doesn’t love the Very Hungry Caterpillar? Your younger Easter adventurers will be full of enthusiasm for the classic book theme of this trail, set in the beautiful Kew Gardens.
While you won’t find eggs on this hunt, this enjoyable trail takes families through a path displayed with some fantastic sculptures that you’ll recognise from this timeless tale.
Adults, meanwhile, can delight in passing by the spring tulips and daffodils that brighten up the path. At the same time, your young explorers discover the ending of this story (spoiler: it’s a butterfly).
The Hungry Caterpillar trail is open from 2nd to 18th April 2022. Family tickets start from £25.30 (with a donation), but you’ll pay a higher price at the gate if you don’t book in advance.
Address: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

Hogarth’s House

Historic Hogarth House, restored eleven years ago, is home to a vast collection of Hogarth artwork. The house also includes a learning centre and a gorgeous landscaped garden.
In the Mulberry garden of this famous house, children will begin a memorable day of Easter egg hunting in London.
This activity is great for creative minds, as children will enter the learning centre after the hunt for an arts and crafts workshop.
There, they will be able to decorate their eggs. And they will even get the chance to make an Easter egg basket.
This egg hunt happens on the 9th of April. It is for children from 5 to 11, and spaces are limited to 12 children per session. It is £15 per child, and you’ll need to book in advance.
Address: Hogarth’s House, Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London W4 2QN

Chelsea Physic Garden

Explore the beauty and tranquillity of Chelsea’s physic garden and keep your children entertained during the visit with a chocolate-rewarded egg hunt.
The hunt takes place around the four acres of garden, and children will receive a pack with clues. It’s also an excellent opportunity for older children to learn about the botanical world.
The Chelsea Physic Garden is also hosting chocolate-egg-making workshops around Easter for those who want to expand the food theme.
The Easter egg trail is £5 per child on top of the standard admission fee. It’s open from Friday the 15th of April to Monday the 18th.
The Family Chocolate Workshop is slightly earlier on the 7th of April and requires advanced booking.
Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS

Find the Best Easter Egg Hunts in London in 2022

With lots of fun events around London over Easter, you won’t feel stuck for ideas on entertaining the kids.
We hope you enjoyed this look at the best Easter egg hunts in London in 2022. And before you go, make sure you download the Keetoo app so you can book the best attractions in the UK for less and by using just one app.

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14 Amazing Things to Do in Birmingham

14 Amazing Things to Do in Birmingham

By Renuka Nair

Looking for something to do on your next Birmingham break? We’ve got you covered.

Did you know Birmingham was named as the UK’s top destination for tourism outside of London?

With dozens of attractions to choose from, a thriving nightlife, and a cultural scene to keep you hooked, Birmingham is the place to be.

However, with fresh adventures and attractions coming out every month, and a plethora of things to see, do, and try, we know how overwhelming it can feel finding somewhere to start!

We’re here to help! Keep reading for a diverse and exciting list of things to do in Birmingham, whether you have plans to visit Birmingham or just want to explore the city you already know and love.

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Fun Things to Do in Birmingham

We’ve put together some fun ideas for some days out in Birmingham’s city centre and surrounds, and let us tell you, there’s plenty to do. Whether your tastes range from cultural experiences to adventures, history or walking tours, Birmingham has something to offer.

1. Victoria Square and City Centre

No trip to Birmingham is complete with a visit to Victoria Square, a pedestrian-friendly area that can be explored via the Birmingham City Centre Path. It’s the beating heart of Birmingham and boasts countless experiences and sights. Why not stop by Old Town Hall on the way for some classic Victorian architecture?

While you’re there, pay a visit to Symphony Hall, which has world-class acoustics and a magnificent theatre that attracts A-list musicians and singers, or stop by Central Library, which is home to the largest collection of Shakespearean works outside of the US.

There’s a lot to see and do, and it’s well worth adding to your agenda.

2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Boasting collections of fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, natural history and archaeological artefacts, the museum and art gallery both are well worth the visit.

Birmingham Museums Trust, the UK’s largest independent museums trust, manages the museum/gallery, as well as eight other museums throughout the city. The Museum and Art Gallery are free to enter, however, some big exhibitions in the Gas Hall require a ticket.

3. Birmingham Botanical Garden

A great day out would be remiss without a visit to the world-famous Birmingham Botanical Garden, with 15 acres of 19th-century gardens and a collection of over 7,000 plants from across the world.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the Garden’s collection of bonsai trees, which includes a particular specimen that is over 250 years old! The Garden’s also boast a phenomenal tearoom, kids playgrounds and a gift shop to make your trip complete.

4. Moseley Bog – The Inspiration for Lord of the Rings

This lovely little nature reserve is rich in wildlife, history, and community. Oh, and it was a beloved walking spot for JRR Tolkien and inspired his works on Lord of the Rings. Tolkien lived nearby, and this park was his childhood playground.

Immerse yourself in the fantasy world of elves, hobbits, and wizards, and see for yourself the sprawling wilds that inspired one of the world’s most iconic works of literature.

5. Bear Grylls Adventure Park

Escape the mundane and try something truly extraordinary. Test your shooting skills on the archery range, or try out one of the intriguing escape rooms. Jump, climb, and swim your way out of danger, all in the safe and trusted hands of your adventure guides.

They will inspire, motivate, and assist you along your journey, no matter which adventure you pick, so that you can push your limits and achieve new, remarkable goals with each challenge.

Kid-Friendly Excursions

All the below excursions are suitable for children 4 and up, with some allowing even younger children to explore the exciting offerings. Be sure to pack plenty of snacks, or dig into the delicious foods and sweets available. Best of all, there’s learning involved for everyone!

6. National SEA LIFE Centre

There’s plenty to see for children and parents alike, with the UK’s only 360° ocean tunnel, giving you a safe and cosy place to marvel at giant turtles, manta rays, sharks, and hundreds of tropical fish.

When you’re done with that, head on over to meet the UK’s first sea otters, Ozzy and Ola, before popping over to the Penguin Ice Adventure event, where you’ll get to see the cheeky antics of the Centre’s Gentoo penguins, diving and playing beneath the freezing waters they call home.

7. Thinktank – Birmingham Science Museum

With several fascinating science exhibits and plenty of hands-on and interactive experiences, the Thinktank Science Museum is the place to be for anyone travelling with budding young scientists.

Some highlights definitely include an impressive collection of steam-powered machines, from locomotives to tractors, as well as industrial machinery, a chocolate packing machine, and an authentic WWII-era aircraft in the Spitfire Gallery.

There’s even a human-sized hamster wheel in the Science Garden! You can’t beat that!

8. Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park hosts a wide and unique collection of animals from all over the world, including red pandas, lemurs, reptiles, meerkats, otters, birds, wallabies and a huge troupe of monkeys.

The zoo was established in 1964 and has become an important location for research, breeding programs, and animal conservation. The Park has a fun variety of experiences for kids, including some amazing hands-on activities about the care and upkeep of some of the world’s gentler species.

9. Cadbury World

We can’t imagine anyone saying no to a visit to the country’s chocolate centre. Cadbury World welcomes over 500,000 visitors annually to its site and visitors get to discover the history of chocolate, as well as how Cadbury makes their special treats through a series of excellent interactive exhibits.

While you’re there, try your hand at making your own confectionary, and be sure to get in some shopping at the world’s largest Cadbury’s sweet shop.

Enjoying the Nightlife

Sometimes we need a bit of time away from young kids and work obligations. We all need to have fun, and sometimes we just want to enjoy a good drink out with friends. Why not throw in a show at the same time?

10. The REP Theatre

Looking for a night of culture and high-quality theatre? Look no further than the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. This dynamic theatre welcomes hundreds of external theatre groups throughout the year, in addition to shows by the REP’s Company.

There’s something to suit all tastes, from major productions by renowned West End companies to smaller up-and-coming organisations. And you can grab a drink after in the theatre’s bar, Marmalade!

11. The Custard Factory

The Custard Factory, located in the heart of Digbeth in central Birmingham, is a real gem if you’re ever in the city and want to get away from the bustling Bullring!

While there is more than enough to do during the day in the sprawling fifteen acres of restored Victorian buildings, the Custard Factory comes alive in the evening, with restaurants, bars, and exciting game cafés to visit.

12. Ghetto Golf

The beautiful graffiti artwork on the walls, the exciting and demanding eighteen-hole course, and the fantastic street food and cocktails on offer at the famed bar set this indoor crazy golf experience apart from the others.

If you’re searching for a fun way to compete with your friends and family, Ghetto Golf is the place to be.

Day Trips Out and About

For something a little further afield, we’ve got two suggestions that are well worth the drive out of Birmingham. Neither is more than an hour out and are more than doable for a day out. In fact, you can even consider staying overnight and making a weekend out of it!

13. Alton Towers

With the theme park typically being open from late March through to early November, there’s plenty of time to get in on the action, and even explore some of their special events, like the Alton Towers Scarefest, and a Mardi Gras festival to close off the season.

Alton Towers Theme Park has something for everyone, with over 40 rides and attractions and a bevvy of things to see, do, and experience.

14. Warwick Castle

Start your quest today and live out a day in the life of a gallant knight or expert marksman. Warwick Castle hosts a variety of live shows and attractions year-round!

It’s well worth a stay at the Knight’s Village for an exciting sleepover, giving you plenty of time to see all the live acts and entertainment, which includes everything from archery competitions to medieval jousting and knights tourneys.

While it’s a 40-minute journey from Birmingham, it’s well worth the trip, with plenty of activities to keep you and your family busy.

Stay Up to Date With New Events and Things to Do

With major locations opening their doors after the plethora of lockdowns, and events starting anew now is the time to get out there and explore the many amazing things to do in Birmingham. We recommend staying in Birmingham overnight for the full experience, and to ensure you get the most of your time there.

Whether you’re interested in daring adventures or historic tours, there’s something for everyone on the Keetoo app. For some truly unforgettable experiences, download your Keetoo app today and get going! P.S Keetoo is free!

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10 Things to Do in Leeds for Family Outings

10 Things to Do in Leeds for Family Outings

By Renuka Nair

Did you know that…

…not only does Leeds have the oldest running commercial railway in the world, but it is also home to one of the biggest parks in Europe?

When you’re travelling with your family, it is important to plan ahead so that you can keep the kids entertained while still getting to see all the sights.

Whether you have plans to visit Leeds or just browsing for things to do in Leeds (possibly for a future trip?), you can use this guide to find some family-friendly activities.

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Use a Travel Companion for Your Plans to Visit Leeds

When travelling, especially with a group, keeping all your tickets and passes safe is essential. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination only to realise the ticket you already paid for is still sitting at home. Luckily travel companion apps like Keetoo exist precisely for this reason.

Travel companion apps work by letting you buy tickets and passes through the app and then storing them all safely for you on your phone. Generally, you can find discounts through these companion apps, so not only is it more convenient, but you also get to save money.

Visit the Oldest Running Commercial Railway in the World

You can’t plan a trip to Leeds without visiting Middleton Railway. This historic site was founded in 1758 and is still running today. The site features a museum where you can learn about the history of the railway and the option to ride a mile-long track from Moor Road to Park Halt.

Feed the Penguins at Harewood House

If you have kids or are an animal lover yourself, you should treat yourself by visiting Harewood House. Harewood House features 100 acres of gardens with bird gardens, but the chance to feed the penguins is the main attraction.

Check Out the Leeds City Museum

Leeds City Museum is the perfect attraction for a family day out. The exhibits on display are changed every now and again, but they mainly focus on the history of Leeds.

Some of the biggest attractions are the Leeds Tiger which spawned various popular myths, the skeleton of a 152-year-old long-finned pilot whale, and a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy. The museum is home to the weird and the wonderful, making it a great stop along your trip.

Play Some Junkyard Golf

If your young ones are getting a bit restless and you are looking for a fun way to burn off some energy, then Junkyard Golf may be exactly what you are looking for. This golf course features disco lights, funny course names and all-around fun for the whole family. Unlike mini-golf, this course doesn’t leave you frustrated, but it isn’t so easy that you or your little ones will get bored.

Visit the Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is home to the historic National Collection of Arms and Armour. The display has over 8500 artefacts, ranging from armour to various types of weapons. There are multiple floors in the museum, each housing displays that are split geographically. The elephant armour and replica Terracotta warrior alone are definitely worth the visit.

The Royal Armouries doesn’t just have displays on ancient history. There are also exhibits on the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and peace protests.

The Royal Armouries has a designated play area called the Jester’s Yard, which allows children to dress up and play around, leading them to be fully immersed in history. During school holidays, you’ll be able to see sword fighting displays and riders demonstrating some Tudor style techniques.

Visit Thwaite Mills

Thwaite Mills allows you to take in nature and history at the same time. The Thwaite Mills is one of the last remaining examples of a water-powered mill in Britain.

When you visit the mills, you’ll not only be able to see the mill in action, but you’ll also have the chance to visit the engineer’s workshop, where you’ll see all the tools that were used to repair the mill. The surrounding area is beautiful and makes a great spot for a picnic or a riverside stroll.

Leeds Grand Theatre

This might be more suited to older kids or a trip just for the parents, but the Grand Theatre, which is situated in the heart of Leeds, is an unmissable attraction. The theatre offers a wide variety of programmes to choose from, so there will be something you’ll enjoy.

Vintage Arcade Fun

Retro gaming is making a comeback, and the Arcade Club is video game heaven. Every weekend children get the opportunity to take a trip back in time to see how their parents played. The arcade has three floors (yes, three!) of retro arcade games and features classics such as Pac-Man, Mario Kart and Space Invaders.

Visit the Thackray Museum of Medicine for Some Fun Learning

The Thackray Museum of Medicine has recently been renovated. If you or your kids are fascinated with medicine or horrific histories in general, this is an attraction you should visit. The museum has loads of exhibits ranging from the techniques used in the Victorian age to how plagues, surgeries and pregnancies were handled (this is often rather gruesome).

Visit Kirkstall Abbey

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the finest remaining medieval Cistercian abbeys in Britain. The abbey is set on 24 hectares of land, making it perfect for a picnic before exploring the remains and the Abbey House Museum.

Things to Do in Leeds Made Easy

Planning a trip to Leeds has never been easier, and with the number of historic sites and attractions the city has to offer, you’ll be able to jam-pack your days out in Leeds with fun activities. So just remember to plan ahead, look for deals regarding things to do in Leeds, and most importantly, have fun!

Please take a look at our attractions, experiences, and things to do to help you plan your perfect day out. To stay up to date with any new attractions being added, download the free Keetoo app so that you never miss out.

6. Grundy Art Museum

The Grundy Art Museum opened in 1911. It’s housed in a historic Grade II listed Edwardian building. The building itself is worth seeing, but since it’s free to enter, why should you not!

The museum is mainly home to 20th and 21st-century art from people from all over the UK.

It does have a fascinating permanent collection. But every time you visit you will find something new to enjoy. That’s because the museum loans artwork from other galleries and holds many exhibitions.

7. South Pier

The South Pier feels like it’s stuck in the past. And everything about it sums up everything great about Blackpool!

From the moment you arrive, you’re greeted with vibrant colours and a carnival atmosphere.

Inside you’ll find funfair rides for all the family, games, and an old-fashioned arcade. So grab your jar of pennies and have fun at one of the best days out in Blackpool!

You’re also much more likely to bump into the welcoming Blackpool locals here.

8. Blackpool Zoo

The Blackpool Zoo is an award-winning family-friendly attraction. So, where better to have a family day out in the city!

The zoo spans over 37 acres of land and has over 1500 animals from all over the world. While you’re here, you can take a walk through nature, then recharge at a cosy cafe.

But the main reason you come here is to see the animals. Come face to face with elephants, the world’s largest land mammal. Along with various birds and a collection of reptiles.

9. Blackpool Tower Eye

If you have a fear of heights, you can be excused. If not, you must experience the dizzying heights if you’re visiting Blackpool!

Luckily, there’s a lift to the SkyWalk, as it’s 158 meters into the sky. It might take some time to get used to, especially walking out onto the glass platform, but it’s all worth it!

The views are stunning. You can admire the length of Blackpool’s beach, and on a clear day, all the way over to the Isle of Man.

If you’re feeling nervous, relax at the Sky High Cocktail Bar before looking across the Irish Sea.

10. Blackpool Tower Dungeon

If you have plans to visit Blackpool, you must already know about the iconic dungeons. It’s not hard to find, as it’s sat beneath the dominating Tower Eye.

Inside are actors dressed in scary costumes. Telling terrifying stories of the nation’s past. Although the experience is very fun and exciting, keep in mind it might be scary for younger children.

Children are welcome from the age of three. But you can always get more information on the Tower Dungeon before you arrive.

Our Favourite Things To Do In Blackpool

For such a small city, it has such a big personality. Whether you come for a UK family holiday or a weekend away with friends, Blackpool has something for you.
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Top 10 Favourite Things to Do in Blackpool

Top 10 Favourite Things to Do in Blackpool

By Renuka Nair

Are you someone seeking thrills and excitement?

Then Blackpool must be at the top of your list!

The seaside resort is famous for high-speed rollercoasters, flashing lights, and fish & chips. It’s so famous that in 2019, around 18 million people came to visit the city. People have been coming here on holiday since the 18th century.

Since there are so many things to do in Blackpool, it can be hard deciding what you should do. But we’re here to help!

Down below, you can find the top 10 things to do while you’re in town!

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1. Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier is arguably the most iconic pier in the world.
It first opened its doors way back in 1899 but has been redeveloped many times since. The pier got damaged during a storm in 1973. Along with the popular theatre here, that wasn’t used since.
Today, the pier always has a carnival atmosphere because of its flashing lights and vibrant colours.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants lining the length of the pier. In the summer months, locals and tourists come here to relax and admire the view of the sea.
But the Palace Pier is most famous for its fairground rides. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the speed of The Turbo Coaster or get spun around on The Booster. While younger kids will have a blast on the slides or the Cups & Saucers.

2. The Lanes

If you have plans to visit Brighton, you must get lost in the magical lanes! The area is known for its narrow lanes, small stores, and quirky colours.

This charming neighbourhood is in the city’s old fishing town, which dates to the eighteenth century. It is a perfect blend of modern and traditional England. So, although the streets and buildings are old, the stores and atmosphere are anything but.

Along the winding streets, you can sit back and relax in a cosy bar. Before returning to the bustling streets to shop until you drop at any of the top class stores here.
Make sure your camera is fully charged before you get here. You’ll be taking plenty of pictures throughout the day!

1. Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Everyone knows that a trip to Blackpool is not complete without a visit to Pleasure Beach. The theme park is one of the oldest in Britain and has been welcoming visitors through its gates since 1896.

Some amusement rides give the impression that the park is still in the 19th or 20th century with their vintage and retro looks. While others like the Icon, confirm we are still in the present.

There is also something special about this theme park. It is home to the UK’s highest rollercoaster at almost 65 meters tall. Making it the 6th largest in Europe, as of 2022.

2. Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Madame Tussauds is a museum housing impressive wax statues of celebrities. There are 26 museums across the globe, with six in Europe and two in the UK. But Blackpool’s is arguably the best!

So, what makes it one of the best?

Well, every museum has fascinating sculptures. And each one allows you to snap a photo with a celebrity. But this one stands out because of its fun explore zones.

People can get lost in the ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ jungle. Or fight alongside your favourite marvel hero! Along with many more exciting zones for all the family.

Instead of queuing in the busy summer months, you can book your tickets in advance to save time and money.

3. Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve

To get the most out of your visit, you must get out of the city and into the outdoors.

Northern England is blessed with amazing landscapes and breath-taking nature. So, it’s a good thing that the nature park is only a 10-minute drive from the city centre.

As you make your way through the park, you’ll come across lakes, wildlife, and greenery as far the eye can see. So put on comfortable walking shoes and leave your wallet at home, as there is no entry fee!

4. SEA LIFE Blackpool

SEA LIFE is one of the most popular Blackpool attractions. And after visiting, we can see why.

The aquarium is a mix of two opposites, calm, and adrenaline. The large glass windows allow you to come face to face with all sorts of sea creatures. So as you stroll along, your peace and serenity are shattered by a shark swimming just meters from you.

But if you don’t like sharks, don’t worry. There are plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained. Like the Rainforest Adventure Zone or other creatures such as turtles and clownfish.

5. Central Pier

If you look up Blackpool on the internet or a book, Central Pier will more than likely be the first thing you find.

Located along the most famous Blackpool beach, the pier stretches 1118FT into the sea. It first opened to the public back in May 1868.

Before World War II, the pier was pretty much an open-air, dance floor for locals. Today, it is home to funfair games and the famous 108-foot-tall Ferris Wheel. But when the weather is good, locals and tourists bring back the dancefloor spirit and vibes.

6. Grundy Art Museum

The Grundy Art Museum opened in 1911. It’s housed in a historic Grade II listed Edwardian building. The building itself is worth seeing, but since it’s free to enter, why should you not!

The museum is mainly home to 20th and 21st-century art from people from all over the UK.

It does have a fascinating permanent collection. But every time you visit you will find something new to enjoy. That’s because the museum loans artwork from other galleries and holds many exhibitions.

7. South Pier

The South Pier feels like it’s stuck in the past. And everything about it sums up everything great about Blackpool!

From the moment you arrive, you’re greeted with vibrant colours and a carnival atmosphere.

Inside you’ll find funfair rides for all the family, games, and an old-fashioned arcade. So grab your jar of pennies and have fun at one of the best days out in Blackpool!

You’re also much more likely to bump into the welcoming Blackpool locals here.

8. Blackpool Zoo

The Blackpool Zoo is an award-winning family-friendly attraction. So, where better to have a family day out in the city!

The zoo spans over 37 acres of land and has over 1500 animals from all over the world. While you’re here, you can take a walk through nature, then recharge at a cosy cafe.

But the main reason you come here is to see the animals. Come face to face with elephants, the world’s largest land mammal. Along with various birds and a collection of reptiles.

9. Blackpool Tower Eye

If you have a fear of heights, you can be excused. If not, you must experience the dizzying heights if you’re visiting Blackpool!

Luckily, there’s a lift to the SkyWalk, as it’s 158 meters into the sky. It might take some time to get used to, especially walking out onto the glass platform, but it’s all worth it!

The views are stunning. You can admire the length of Blackpool’s beach, and on a clear day, all the way over to the Isle of Man.

If you’re feeling nervous, relax at the Sky High Cocktail Bar before looking across the Irish Sea.

10. Blackpool Tower Dungeon

If you have plans to visit Blackpool, you must already know about the iconic dungeons. It’s not hard to find, as it’s sat beneath the dominating Tower Eye.

Inside are actors dressed in scary costumes. Telling terrifying stories of the nation’s past. Although the experience is very fun and exciting, keep in mind it might be scary for younger children.

Children are welcome from the age of three. But you can always get more information on the Tower Dungeon before you arrive.

Our Favourite Things To Do In Blackpool

For such a small city, it has such a big personality. Whether you come for a UK family holiday or a weekend away with friends, Blackpool has something for you.
Now that you know our favourite things to do in Blackpool, we know that you will have a wonderful time here!

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The Top 7 Things to Do in Brighton

The Top 7 Things to Do in Brighton

By Renuka Nair

Are you looking for an action-packed day out in Brighton? If so, we’re here to help!

The region has always been popular with UK holidaymakers. But in recent years, foreign tourists have started to uncover its potential.

9.5 million day trips were made to Brighton in 2019 because of the beauty and excitement that the city has to offer.

You can take a romantic stroll along the seafront or feel like a child again at its world-famous pier. No matter your age or what you like, Brighton has something for you.
There are plenty of things to do in Brighton. But what things will guarantee you a day to remember on England’s southern coast?

Continue reading to find out!

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1. Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Palace Pier is arguably the most iconic pier in the world.
It first opened its doors way back in 1899 but has been redeveloped many times since. The pier got damaged during a storm in 1973. Along with the popular theatre here, that wasn’t used since.
Today, the pier always has a carnival atmosphere because of its flashing lights and vibrant colours.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants lining the length of the pier. In the summer months, locals and tourists come here to relax and admire the view of the sea.
But the Palace Pier is most famous for its fairground rides. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the speed of The Turbo Coaster or get spun around on The Booster. While younger kids will have a blast on the slides or the Cups & Saucers.

2. The Lanes

If you have plans to visit Brighton, you must get lost in the magical lanes! The area is known for its narrow lanes, small stores, and quirky colours.

This charming neighbourhood is in the city’s old fishing town, which dates to the eighteenth century. It is a perfect blend of modern and traditional England. So, although the streets and buildings are old, the stores and atmosphere are anything but.

Along the winding streets, you can sit back and relax in a cosy bar. Before returning to the bustling streets to shop until you drop at any of the top class stores here.
Make sure your camera is fully charged before you get here. You’ll be taking plenty of pictures throughout the day!

3. Undercliff Walk

The Undercliff Walk is off the beaten track. It starts at the marina and finishes at the port of Newhaven, stretching over 5 km.

The walk doesn’t attract many visitors, but that’s no reason to give this place a skip. With no herds of tourists, you’re able to enjoy the scenery at your own pace.
The walk is sandwiched between the sparkling sea and the chalky grey cliffs. In the summer months, you can walk at a leisurely pace while taking in the sun’s rays. In the winter, you can wake yourself up from the gusts of wind blowing in towards the coast.

This is the city’s coastal defence. So, it’s important to know that waves may splash over the seawall when there’s bad weather, especially when travelling with younger children.

4. SEA LIFE Brighton

This is one of the best family days out in Brighton. It first opened in 1872. And it’s not only the oldest aquarium in the UK, but it’s also the oldest in the world!
From the moment you enter the building, you feel as if you’ve stepped foot into another universe. You’re greeted with colourful lights and a sense of adventure. And it’s not long before your start feeling butterflies in your stomach.

But you don’t come to SEA LIFE to see the lights. You come for the sea creatures!
Inside, you come face to face with jaw-dropping sharks. Admire jellyfish glide through the clear waters or explore the rainforest zone and say hello to snakes and tarantulas.

5. British Airways Tower

There are plenty of things Brighton is famous for. The seaside experience, its pretty streets, but not for high-rise buildings. Yet, this tower is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

The tower stands 162 meters tall, dominating Brighton’s seafront. It opened in August 2016 as an observation deck, giving each visitor a great 360-degree view of the city.
You can enjoy the view overlooking the city with a glass of wine or a bite to eat at the tower’s bar or restaurant.

Since the viewing area is in an enclosed pod, there’s nothing to fear about the coast winds or anything else.

6. The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion isn’t just one of the best tourist attractions in Brighton. It’s one of the best things to do in England. One glance at any photo will make you realise why.

This seaside palace was built in the 18th century for King George IV. Which explain the lavish exterior and fancy interior.

Although you cannot meet any king here, you can learn about its fascinating history. When the weather is nice, there is no better place to be than in the peaceful gardens and estate.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Brighton when there’s an event here, try to get a ticket for this unique experience.

7. Brighton Museum And Art Gallery

You cannot visit a city and not see the local museum and art gallery. But to make things easier, this museum has two in one!

The museum is inside the Royal Pavilion Gardens. And it’s the best place to visit in Brighton to learn about the local history and culture.

Once you pay the small entrance fee, you have full access to everything. From 20th-century art to interactive displays that the younger audience will love!

Experience The Best Things To Do In Brighton

Brighton is a great place to explore on a day trip or a relaxing weekend getaway. The city offers top-class attractions without the herds of tourists. And without the London prices.

And now that you know the best things to do in Brighton, all that’s left is the fun part. For you to plan your trip south and take a well-earned break from the stresses of life!e!

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Top 10 Things to Do in Cambridge for First-Time Visitors

Top 10 Things to Do in Cambridge for First-Time Visitors

By Renuka Nair

If you’re looking for an exciting city break destination, look no further than Cambridge.

This world-famous university town is home to a wealth of attractions, both historical and contemporary.

From punting down the river to exploring art at Kettle’s Yard and even sampling some unusual ice cream flavours at Jack’s Gelato, Cambridge is an exciting place to visit.

Sample the best food and drink that the city has to offer, check out the latest art exhibitions, or see some of the country’s top theatre performances! Cambridge has something for everyone. Here are our top 10 things to do in Cambridge for the first time.

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1. Punting Down The River

Have you heard of punting? It’s Cambridge’s most famous activity and for good reason! Gliding down the river on a punt is a great way to see the city sights. There are plenty of companies offering punting tours, or you can simply hire a punt and go at your own pace. There are no more famous, nor more invigorating, outdoor Cambridge activities than this.

The best time to go punting is in the morning or evening when the light is beautiful and you’re likely to have the river to yourself.

2. See Amazing Art at Kettle’s Yard

Kettle’s Yard is one of Cambridge’s most renowned art galleries and it’s well worth a visit. The gallery is home to a permanent collection of British art, as well as hosting regular temporary exhibitions.
The gallery is free to visit and it’s open Tuesday-Sunday.

3. The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum is Cambridge’s largest museum and it’s definitely worth a visit. The museum has collections of art, antiquities, coins and medals, and more.

Tip: The museum has a great cafe, enjoy a coffee there!

4. Discover Vintage Treasures On Mill Road

Mill Road is a great place to explore if you’re looking for vintage treasures. This busy road is home to a range of independent shops, selling everything from clothes and records to furniture and homeware. This historic road tops lists of popular Cambridge locations.

You’re sure to find something you love!

Tip: Many of the shops on Mill Road offer discounts on purchases over a certain amount. Be sure to ask!

5. Try Exciting Ice Cream Flavours at Jack’s Gelato

Jack’s Gelato is a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth. This gelato shop has a huge range of flavours, from classics like vanilla and chocolate to more unusual options like avocado and black garlic. No vacation in Cambridge would be complete without sampling some delicious ice cream.

Tip: Jack’s Gelato offers discounts on large orders, perfect for weddings and birthdays.

6. Dig Into History and STEM at the Churchill College Archives

Churchill College is Cambridge’s only college dedicated to science, engineering, and technology. But it also has a fascinating archive, open to the public. The archives contain documents dating back to the 12th century!

You can explore everything from medieval manuscripts to WWII correspondence.

Tip: The Churchill College Archives are free to visit.

Opening times vary, so be sure to check the website before you go.

7. Enjoy Fine Dining With a View at The Grafton

The Grafton is one of the most popular restaurants in Cambridge, thanks to its amazing views over the river. The menu features modern British cuisine, with dishes like slow-cooked pork belly and roast cod with black pudding.

Tip: The Grafton is often very busy, so make a restaurant reservation in advance.

8. Drink Cocktails at Six’s Rooftop Bar
Six is a popular cocktail bar in Cambridge, with a stylish rooftop bar overlooking the river. The menu features cocktails made with premium spirits and fresh ingredients. Visiting Cambridge with friends? Get glam and make memories at Six!

Tip: Six is popular, so be sure to book ahead!

9. Enjoy a Play at The ADC

A night at the theatre is a must-do in Cambridge. The ADC is one of the most popular theatres in the city, with a programme that features everything from new writing to classic drama.

You’re sure to find something you love!

Tip: The ADC offers student discounts on tickets.

10. Book Nerd Out at Heffers

Heffers is the place to go for book lovers in Cambridge. This independent bookshop has a huge selection of books, from new releases to rare editions.

Be sure to check out the second-hand section!

Tip: Heffers offers student discounts on books.

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Best Things to Do in Manchester

Best Things to Do in Manchester

By Renuka Nair

The Greater Manchester region attracts more than 119 million tourists each year.

With so many great attractions, it earns its place as a top UK travel destination.

If you’re planning a visit to the UK’s second-most populous urban area yourself, it’s important to plan what you’d like to see and do in advance. But with so many great attractions, it can be difficult to choose.

Looking to find out the best things to do in Manchester? Read on. We’ve put together a list of suggestions sure to suit any visitor.

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Learn Something New at Manchester Museum

A stop off at the fascinating Manchester Museum should certainly figure highly in your plans to visit Manchester. The vast and varied exhibitions include dinosaur skeletons, historic artefacts and even an ancient Egypt exhibit, complete with real mummies!

But not everything in the museum is a historical object! There are living things too, in the vivarium. Here, you can observe a huge variety of brightly coloured tropical frogs in rainforest habitats, while learning about conservation efforts and the ecosystems these frogs need to survive.

The museum is within walking distance of the city centre, or accessible via a short bus ride. Admission is free, but it’s worth bringing a little spending money so you can get yourself a souvenir from the gift shop.

Visit Bury Market

For a traditional shopping experience with plenty of choices, look no further than Bury market. The historic, open-air market features hundreds of varying stalls, and visitors are sure to spot a bargain if they wander around for a little while.

It’s also a great place to enjoy some traditional Northern cuisine! If you’re looking to try some local delicacies, opt for some black peas, a butter pie, a Lancashire hotpot or a black pudding.

Visit Bury Market on Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays, when the open-air portion of the market is open. The market is located in the town of Bury, 11 miles northwest of Manchester city centre. It’s easily accessible by bus or Metrolink.

Watch Some Football

If there’s one thing Manchester is famous for, it’s football! As the home of two Premier League teams and the National Football Museum, the city is a hotbed of football culture.

Manchester United is one of the most famous teams in the world and a visit to their Old Trafford stadium is not to be missed. Or if you prefer to check out one of the most successful teams from football’s recent years, pay a visit to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. Game tickets are available for as little as £15 for some cup games, and you can reach both stadiums within 20 minutes by various Manchester travel options from the city centre.

If you’re looking for a quirkier (and cheaper!) football experience, try a game at one of the city’s non-league clubs. Altrincham FC and West Didsbury & Chorlton are both great places to soak up a unique atmosphere, and you can even enjoy a few drinks in the club bars.

Do Some Shopping at Affleck’s Palace

There are plenty of amazing shopping experiences for you to enjoy when you visit Manchester. But one favourite among locals is Affleck’s Palace. This quirky, multi-story market is packed full of independent stores.

At Affleck’s, you can get everything you could ever think of, from trading cars to tattoos, clothes to collectables. It’s a treasure trove of rare items and as a centre of alternative culture in the city, it’s a hangout for all kinds of interesting people.

Affleck’s is located just a few minutes walk north of Piccadilly Gardens. It’s open every day, so pay a visit and see what you can find!

Grab a Bite to Eat on Curry Mile

Manchester is a cultural melting pot, so if you’re visiting the city, it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy cultures from around the world. One of the most famous symbols of the city’s diverse population is its Curry Mile area.

Located on Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, just south of Manchester city centre, it’s packed with great places to eat. The focus is on curry, but you can find all kinds of Asian cuisines here, so there’s sure to be something you’ll like.

If you’re not so much a fan of spicy food, visit one of the many Indian sweetshops along the Curry Mile. There, you can buy boxes of rich, creamy sweets. They’re delicious but be warned; they can be addictive!

Relax at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens

Manchester is known as an industrial centre, filled with buildings and concrete. And if you were disappointed when you realised that Piccadilly Gardens isn’t actually a garden, don’t despair! There are plenty of beautiful green spaces too, perfect for taking some time out from city life!

One of the best outdoor attractions in the city is Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens. These beautiful, stepped gardens, are filled with a variety of alpine plants, and visitors can wander the paths that wind through the greenery, looking out for rare flora and hidden water features.

You’ll find the gardens in Didsbury, just half an hour’s bus ride south of the city centre. Immediately next to the gardens is the historic St James’ Church, as well as the Parsonage House and Gardens, offering more green space to enjoy and other historical buildings to explore.

Enjoy a Walk at Dunham Massey

Another popular outdoor Greater Manchester attraction is Dunham Massey. The stately home and its grounds offer plenty for visitors to see and do. You can tour the house, visit the old watermill, or wander the beautiful formal gardens.

But the main appeal of Dunham Massey is its vast landscape, with paths winding through miles of meadow, woodland, and lakes. There’s even a herd of deer which wander the grounds!

Although it’s located a fair way outside the city, just on the edge of the Greater Manchester boundary, it’s well worth the visit. There is a fee for parking and entering the house and gardens, but the grounds are free to visit, so it’s perfect for budget days out.

Discover More Amazing Things to Do in Manchester

Manchester is a huge city with so many different districts and areas. So, keep looking around you’ll find plenty more things to do in Manchester. There really is too much to see in a single visit!

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Changing of the Guard in London: Dates, Route and Where to watch

Changing of the Guard in London: Dates, Route and Where to watch

By Renuka Nair

The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony

in which the Old Guard in charge of the security of Buckingham Palace is relieved of their duties by the New Guard. This spectacular parade is a free event, that takes place in the morning and is one of the most important and famous attractions in London.

During the Changing of the Guard you’ll see regiments of guards on both horseback and on foot. They will be wearing the traditional red robes and the famous bearskin hats. The military musical band performs alongside the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. They play both military music and more contemporary hits – which often surprises visitors when they play songs that you wouldn’t expect!

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What is the Changing of the Guard in London?

The Queens Guard is responsible for the security of two palaces in central London: Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace. Located within 5 minutes of each other, the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard can be seen at both these two places: Wellington Barrack (at Buckingham Palace) and St James’s Palace.

Horse Guards is the official entrance to Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace. Horse Guards is situated between the beautiful park of St. James’s and Whitehall, the road that takes us from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. There are mounted guards at Horse Guards, and these guards also switch over at 11am. This means that we will see mounted guards passing by Buckingham Palace twice – first at 10.45am, when the new mounted guard pass by towards Horse Guards, and then at 11.37am when the old mounted guard go back towards Buckingham Palace.

At 4 pm every day there is a dismounting ceremony at Horse Guards. This is known as the four o’ clock parade. The mounted guard that has been guarding Horse Guards from 11am is then relieved from duty at 4pm, by guards on foot. An officer will inspect the incoming Royal Guard, and after a long day of guarding the Queens’ Palace, the horses are taken to the stables to rest.

So, when we talk about the Changing of the Guard, we have to cover the following four key places:

• Buckingham Palace
• Wellington Barracks
• Palace of St James
• Horse Guards

The schedule of the Changing of the Guards – In Detail

The Changing of the Guard in London is held on specific days of the month, and the exact dates are normally confirmed a month in advance. We would advise that you check the dates of the changing of the guard a few days before you travel to London.

Top tip: Many people think that the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard is held every day at Buckingham Palace, but in fact, this is not the case. So, some days you´ll find that there are people waiting even if the Changing of the Guard is not scheduled to take place.

10.30 am: The new Guard of both detachments (Wellington Barracks and Palace of St James) get ready. At Wellington Barracks the new guard form up in the square of the barracks for inspection. They are accompanied by a military band that start playing a selection of music. The Royal Guard from the Palace of St James is not always accompanied by a musical band, but when there is a musical band, you will be able to hear it very clearly from Marlborough Road, when the procession starts heading towards Buckingham Palace.

10.43 am: St James´s Palace detachment of the Old Guard set off for Buckingham Palace.

10.45 am: The mounted guard (Household Cavalry) ride past Buckingham Palace on their way to Horse Guards.

10.57 am: The new Guard leave Wellington barracks for Buckingham Palace.

11:00 am: Official start time for the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

11:10 am: The new guards leave Buckingham Palace for the Palace of St James’s.

11:25 am: St. James’s Palace contingent, of the Old Guard, leaves St. James’s Palace and head towards Buckingham Palace.

11:37 am: The Old Guard that was on duty at Horse Guards rides past Buckingham Palace.

11:40 am: Old Guard who was on duty at Buckingham Palace leaves Buckingham Palace towards Wellington Barracks.

11:45 am: St. James’s Palace Detachment of The Queen’s Guard leaves Buckingham Palace..

Where to watch the Changing of the Guard in London

This is one of the attractions in London that tourists flock to see. To make sure that you don’t miss a thing during the Changing of the Guards, we would firstly recommend arriving early, and secondly, know where the best spot to stand is.

Most people will crowd right in front of Buckingham Palace at the gates, to see the changing of the Guard. There are more places from which the ceremony can be seen, but just bear in mind that the whole ceremony cannot be seen from just one spot.

Gates at Buckingham Palace: If you can get to the front row, just in front of Buckingham Palace at the gates, you will have a great view of the ceremony, but you won´t see the Household Cavalry very well.

Victoria Memorial: Just in front of Buckingham Palace you will see the Victoria Memorial, and standing on these steps will offer great views of the ceremony. The steps on the Victoria Memorial are probably one of our favourite spots to see the Changing of the Guard in London.

Green Park entrance: You could stand at the Green Park entrance which is on the right of the main entrance of the Palace – but we would not say that this is the best option to be honest, as you will not see the actual Changing of the Guard, but you will get to see the Household Cavalry as they go by.

Gates at Buckingham Palace: if you can get to the front row, just in front of Buckingham Palace at the gates, you will have a great view of the ceremony, but you won´t probably see the Household Cavalry very well.

The Mall: This is the main road that leads up to the main entrance of Buckingham Palace. We would recommend standing at the junction with Marlborough Road. You will be able to take brilliant photos from here.

Wellington Barracks

If you are not that interested in seeing the ceremony itself, but you want to take some cool pictures of the Guard walking or riding towards Buckingham Palace, we would recommend waiting at The Mall, which is the street that goes from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace. More specifically we would recommend that you stand at the entrance of Marlborough Road.

The Changing of the Guard Calendar in London:

The Changing of the Guard ceremony in London begins at 10.30 am with the relief of the guards happening at 11am at Buckingham Palace. The ceremony lasts approximately 30-45 minutes.

The Changing of the Guard will normally take place every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday of the year. During the months of April, May and June the Changing of the Guard also takes place on Saturdays. During the summer it takes place every day of the week.

However, although this is generally the schedule, there can always be exceptions, with the exact dates usually confirmed one month in advance. Therefore, it’s so important to check the dates just before coming to London.

Cancellation due to rain

You have probably heard the rumours, it does occasionally rain in London… The bad news is that the ceremony of the Changing of the Guard in London can be cancelled last minute without any notice due to bad weather. If the ceremony is cancelled, it will not be rescheduled for a later time or date. However, in our experience it needs to rain a lot for it to be cancelled, and a few raindrops won’t stop it from happening!

Walking tours of the Changing of the Guard in London

A great option is to join one of the walking tours of the Changing of the Guard. A tour guide will tell you about the history and curiosities of this fantastic ceremony, but you will also get the opportunity to walk alongside the Queen´s soldiers. There is also access to a platform where you will get a perfect view of the whole thing.
More information: Changing of the Guard Walking Tour.

What to do after the ceremony

Once the ceremony is over, we would suggest that you go explore the nearby areas by foot. You will be close to tourist hot spots like St James’s Park and Trafalgar Square.

Visit Buckingham Palace

Not many people know this, but you can visit different parts of Buckingham Palace. The spectacular Royal Mews are one of the finest working stables in existence. Here you will be able to see the Diamond Jubilee State Coach, the Gold State Coach, and the carriage horses. The Royal Mews are open all year round to the public.

The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open during the summer. We highly recommend doing this if you are looking to do something special during your visit to London.

The Queen’s Gallery has been a gallery for the Royal Collection since 1962, and it hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. It is open to the public all year round.

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How to plan a trip to London

How to plan a trip to London

By Renuka Nair

If you are planning a trip to London,

you’ll probably find there’s so much to do and see in London, that planning the perfect trip seems impossible if you want to see a bit of everything.

For that reason, we’re going to easily explain how to plan the perfect trip to London, just by following a few easy steps to guarantee that you´ll make the most of your time in this beautiful city. It’s basically a cheat sheet to make sure that you leave with the feeling of having experienced London like a Londoner.
When planning a trip to London, we would suggest that you make sure each one of these things makes it to your list:

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1. Itineraries to stroll through London’s most famous streets and squares

If you are planning your first trip to London, look at our London itineraries. London is a great city for walking and having a walking route already planned is the best way to see London´s iconic landmarks. Some of the key places in London that you shouldn’t miss when visiting for the first time are Oxford Street, Regent Street, Leicester Square or Carnaby Street for example. Make sure you also get slightly lost in London’s famous Soho and explore Chinatown.

Take your time to wander round Covent Garden, where you’ll also find many cafes and restaurants, so take a bite and relax watching the world go by in this beautiful part of London. From Covent Garden you can easily walk to Trafalgar Square and then it´s just a 10-minute stroll from here to the Thames, where you´ll get to see Big Ben and the London Eye.

A walk along South Bank is also a must. This is where you get to take in the beautiful views that London has to offer, and appreciate it’s wonderful skyline. Walking along the South Bank you can easily get to St Paul´s Cathedral, Borough Market, and the Tower of London.

2. Visit at least one of London’s wonderful parks

London’s green spaces are fantastic, and you should consider exploring at least Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens which are attached to one another and located in central London. We’d suggest that you’d need a good 2 or 3 hours to walk around there but it is totally worth it. Walk around Serpentine Lake and enjoy the views, look for Peter Pan’s Statue and visit the Diana Memorial Park if you’re travelling to London with kids.

St James’ Park is right next to Buckingham Palace, and we highly recommend walking through it if you have the chance. You might get a glimpse of the pelicans! It’s only small but incredibly beautiful. London has many other green spaces that we’d recommend visiting, such as Regent’s Park, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park or Hampstead Heath.

3. Visit one of London’s Street markets

Visiting one of London’s world-famous markets will probably be one of the highlights of your trip to London. London’s markets offer everything from street-food to flowers to antiques, but it’s not only the shopping opportunities that you will find, but the whole experience and feeling that you’ll get when walking round one. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is which one to go to. In our opinion, these are the top three unmissable markets in London: Portobello Road, Camden Market and Borough Market.

Portobello Road in Notting Hill is one of London’s most famous markets. Portobello Road market is open on Saturday mornings, so if you are planning a trip to London during a weekend, then this is a must. The earlier you get there, the less crowds of people there will be. Find out more: Notting Hill Guide.

Camden Market is open every day of the week, and you can expect to see the unexpected here. Camden Market is unique in every way, and literally has it all. There are large open spaces and tables to enjoy the best street food you can imagine, stalls and shops bursting with antiques, clothes, music, shoes…

Borough Market is located next to London Bridge, and there is a full market here from Monday to Sunday. We always recommend Borough Market to friends when they visit London and it never disappoints them. It truly is one of our favourite places in London.

Other markets in London worth a visit are Columbia Road Flower Market, Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market, Petticoat Lane Market, Maltby Street and Brixton Market..

4. Visit one of London’s most famous museums

Most of the museums in London are not only fascinating, but they’re also FREE!! You could easily spend days and days visiting all the different museums in London, so you will undoubtedly have to choose which ones you want to see.

If you like the idea of visiting a museum housed in one of the most beautiful buildings, and the idea of walking beside dinosaur skeletons doesn’t scare you, then the Natural History Museum is a must. If you’re planning a trip to London with kids, it’s also one of our first choices, as they can easily spend hours looking at the different exhibitions.

The Science Museum is located right next to the Natural History Museum, and it’s also one not to miss if you have kids. This museum is highly interactive with special effects that the kids will love, and the best thing is, that they will learn loads here as they discover how the world works.
Other options include delving into the hidden secrets of the British Museum, the National Gallery, or the Tate Modern, or travelling back in time visiting the London Transport Museum.

5. Decide which London Attractions you can’t miss…

and which ones you can live without seeing
This is probably one of the most difficult things to have to decide on. London’s long list of attractions will make this step difficult, but there are a few that are compulsory if you’re visiting London for the first time. The London Eye, visiting Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London and St Paul´s Cathedral are all a must!

6. Tuck into some Great British Food in one of London’s Historical Pubs

Try a traditional Sunday Roast or the famous British Fish and Chips in one of London’s best pubs. Another possibility that you may not want to miss is experiencing Afternoon Tea.

Option 4: 7 Day Child Travelcard

To buy a 7-day child travelcard in London there are 3 options: 1 – By adding a weekly travelcard into a Zip Oyster photocard. This is undoubtedly the most complicated option, as you need to request a Zip Card Oyster photocard first and then add the 7-day travelcard onto it. 2 – Buy a 7-day child travelcard online. This is probably the easiest way of getting one, as you do not need a Zip Oyster photocard and they will send it to your home address before you travel. 3 – Buy a 7-day child travelcard at a national railway ticket office (not an underground station).

People 16 to 18 years old

People aged 16 to 18 can also apply for a 16 – 18 Zip Oyster photocard, which will apply half adult rates on any form of public transport in London. Travelcards at a reduced price can also be added onto Zip Oyster photocards.
For more information about travelling in London with kids visit: Transport for London.

Travelling in London with kids: Travelling to Central London from the airport
Stansted, Luton and Gatwick airports are all located outside London’s Travel Zones, so fares when travelling with kids to and from these airports are different to fares when travelling in London with kids, so under 11-year old children will need a ticket.

An Oyster card is valid for travel into Central London from Gatwick Airport, but children under 11 will also need a train ticket to get to central London from Gatwick Airport, even if they are accompanied by an adult.

Heathrow and London City Airports are both inside London Travel Zones, so fares are as explained above. Children under 11 travel free and Children under 16 can travel with an Oyster card with young visitor discount.

Travelling in London with a buggy

If you are planning a trip with a baby or toddler, it may be that you wish to bring your buggy or stroller to London, especially if you’re planning on spending the whole day walking around London.

Travelling in London with a buggy can be quite easy if you know which route is best, or it can be a complete nightmare if you have to go up or down 300 steps when there are no lifts.

Don’t stress, we’re going to explain how to travel on London´s public transport with a buggy.

Travelling on London´s buses with a buggy

Public buses in London have a dedicated wheelchair and buggy space as well as easy street-level access. Travelling by bus with a buggy normally is the easiest option to get around London. You can enter the bus via the back door, which makes it a bit easier too. Up to two pushchairs are allowed in the dedicated buggy space on a bus but do bear in mind that during busy periods you may be asked to wait for the next bus or collapse your pushchair.

Travelling on the London Underground with a buggy

The trick to travelling in London with kids using a pushchair is to check London´s accessible underground map in advance and choose your route carefully. Being able to plan your route choosing accessible stations makes life much easier, and it may just mean that you need to get off at the next stop and walk 5 minutes, rather than having to take a buggy and a baby up 100 steps.

Unfortunately, not all underground stations in London are accessible. Most underground stations in London will have escalators, and many stations will also have some stairs at some point before reaching the platform. Many other stations have lifts to some of the platforms, and some stations are completely accessible, with lifts from the ticket office to the platform.

If you need help going up or down the stairs and you ask a member of staff for help, for health and safety reasons they will ask you to carry the baby and they will take the buggy for you.

London Underground Accessibility Maps

On the London Underground map, you will see that accessible underground stations are marked with the symbol of a wheelchair, in either a blue circle or a white circle.

• Blue circle: the underground station is fully accessible, which means that it is possible to go from street-level onto the underground carriage without any steps at all. In these cases, the platform will have an area that is slightly elevated to avoid any steps when getting onto the train.

• White circle: this means that there are no steps from street-level to platform, but there is some unevenness when getting onto the train. This is important for someone using a wheelchair, but it normally isn´t a problem when taking a buggy onto the train.

In addition to this map, there’s a Step Free Tube Map that is a lot more detailed and the one we’d recommend you check when travelling on the London Underground with a buggy. This map highlights the degree of accessibility at each station in detail and it also explains how accessible it is to change between underground lines at different stations.

7. Go on a river cruise and admire London’s skyline

If it’s your first trip to London and you are visiting with kids, we’d highly recommend going on a river cruise on the Thames.
There are sightseeing river cruises along the Thames, with live or recorded commentary.

8. Choose the right hotel in the right place

London is a big city and choosing a hotel can be a difficult task! First, we need to admit that hotels in London can be a bit expensive and sometimes people will choose a cheaper hotel far from central London if they find it to be cheaper, but the reality is that the money you will be saving on the hotel will most likely be spent on travel fares and journey time.

For this reason, it´s particularly important that you know exactly where your chosen hotel is and how long it will take you to get to central London. You may be able to walk to some of London´s attractions or you may need to get the tube or the bus…. but what you don´t want is to find out that you need to get on a train for an hour to reach central London and that each journey will cost you £10.

For this reason, there are a few things we think you would like to know:
London Travel Zones: Familiarise yourself with London’s Travel Zones and the Underground Map before you choose your hotel.

Recommended hotels: Have a look at different Hotel comparison sites as this will give you an idea of different locations and example hotels to consider.

9. Choosing transport tickets

Once you know what you’ve chosen and what travel zone it’s in, you will be able to choose a travel card suited to your needs. There are two transport cards and which one you need will depend on the number of days you’ll be in London, the travel zone in which your hotel is located, and the approximate number of times you think you will be using public transport.

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