5 Family day trips from London

Staying in London with your children provides you with an incredible choice of places to visit, activities and fun pastimes.  If you fancy something different why not consider getting out of London to explore the beautiful English countryside.  Using well situated and centrally located service accommodation in London puts you near main artery roads and railway stations which can help you escape the city at a whim.

Here are just five options for making memories on family day trips from London.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London

This is paradise for Harry Potter and JK Rowling fans and is located just north of Watford about 30 – 45 minutes by train depending on where you are in London.

It’s where the massively popular Harry Potter films were made, so it is now home to an unmissable exhibition. See the film sets for yourself and learn some of the special effects secrets. Explore the Hogwarts Express steam train, from Platform 9¾.

Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breathtaking special effects.

Whether you are a Gryffindor or Slytherin you will find loads of excitement at for every ‘house’ at the WB Studio Tour.

Brighton Beach

Make your way from urban London to this leafy Sussex seaside destination, and you will be following in the footsteps of hundreds of years’ worth of adventurous Londoners.   Located 1 hour by train from South London, the journey through the south downs is lovely and exciting.

Brighton is a truly colourful and lovely British seaside town, with fascinating architecture including the iconic Royal Pavilion. It has quirky shops around The Lanes and an interactive museum. For family days out from London, the beach is a great option in good weather. There is always something going on.

Brighton Palace Pier has been through the wars (literally) but at 1,722ft long and acknowledged as the finest pier ever built, we now offer traditional seaside balanced with the excitement and pace of the modern day. Find out here how history has helped us to become who we are today.

From live entertainment, to superhero days, firework displays and music festivals, we’ve got the lowdown on everything going on. Why not tie in an event with a visit to Brighton Pier for a weekend packed to the rafters with fun.

Arundel Castle, West Sussex

If you are feeling truly adventurous this trip is up to 2 hrs but on arrival for anyone unfamiliar with the Majesty of a true ‘Castle’ the trip is well worth it.

If you have explored London as a family and fancy another interesting slice of English heritage, then head out to clamber around this 1,000-year-old castle.

There are many steps – so sensible shoes are a must – but the views are worth it. You and your children could see costumed storytelling, falconry and archery demonstrations too, as well as joining in year-round special events at Arundel Castle.

Legoland Windsor

The global phenomenon that is Legoland!  Exported from Denmark, these simple building blocks and their theme park have touched almost everyone on earth.   Travel to Windsor is easy (It houses the Queen’s favourite castle!) it’s about 1-1.5 hrs from central London.

Kids across the world know the magic of Lego, but the whole family can have fun at this extensive and packed theme park. It includes 4D movies, 55 rides and attractions, lots for toddlers to do and of course an elaborate mini world made from Lego bricks. Older children will love the Lego Star Wars Miniland Model display.

Please make sure to keep your shoes on; as anyone who has ever stepped on lego with bare feet can understand!

Hampton Court: Magic Garden

Anyone planning excursions while staying in London should add Hampton Court to their list, as it is a truly splendid 16th century Tudor palace.   Only 1 hr by train outside central London.

King Henry VIII’s (“Two beheadings out of six wives is too many”) home outside London.   This palace provides a brilliant mix of the historic and combines it with modern entertainment in a fun and engaging manner.

For family fun days from London, it offers The Magic Garden, a wonderland of play equipment for kids.  There are smoke snorting dragon, high towers and thrilling slides. There is a great water feature too, so you may want to take a towel on your day out from London.

Kids can let their curiosity and imagination free, blow off some steam and make great memories during your London holiday or short break.

For more ideas and details, feel free to contact the team at Merino Hospitality. We make families welcome at our discrete and beautiful furnished serviced accommodation.

DiggerLand: Kent

For something completely different, why not take the family to Diggerland.   If you are looking for fun-filled, action-packed family day-out… you need look no further than DIGGERLAND.   Located in MEDWAY VALLEY Leisure Park just a short drive from London.  Diggerland have a selection of great  rides & drives for guests of all ages including: Spindizzy, Mini-Tractors, Groundshuttle and Dig-a-Round, as well as Go-Karts and Dodgems.  Diggerland Kent provides some spectacular views across the River Medway of Rochester and its historic, 11th century cathedral and the 12th century castle.   A great way to grab a ‘snap’ of this brilliant vista is to take it from 50 feet up in the Diggerland Skyshuttle… don’t forget your camera!

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