The best museums in London for children

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Children can be challenging to occupy at the best of times and many may groan at the thought of going to visit a museum. However, London offers arguably some of the most exciting museum to take kids along to, which may change how they feel about the experience entirely.

At the Bank of England Museum, kids can learn about money the fun way – what it is, where it came from and how it works. Visitors will also be able to get hands-on – for example, by picking up a real bar of gold and seeing what an ancient one looks like.

All aboard the HMS Belfast can be sure to enjoy themselves, as it isn’t everyday that children will be given the chance to explore nine decks worth of an authentic second world war battleship. Also, there is something about children and transport vessels which gets many of them excited!

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The Museum of London will teach youngsters about the history of London – as TimeOut says: “from a time when lions roamed Trafalgar Square, through the city under Roman rule, to the 21st century capital”, meaning that children will be educated at the same time as having great fun.

At the Natural History Museum, kids will be able to come face-to-face with the largest animal on the planet – the blue whale – as well as everything from dinosaurs to reptiles living in the world today. An earthquake machine enables visitors to feel the experience of one, although this is currently closed until autumn.

Many of these exhibitions are free, meaning that parents with lots of children needn’t worry about the possible high costs of taking them out in the capital.

Those looking to take an extensive break will be spoilt for choice with numerous cheap London hotels – some which even offer discount packages for families.