The Natural History museum in South Kensington is huge. There are literally thousands of exhibits on dozens of different themes, all under the umbrella of our natural history. It is all housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the capital and, best of all, is completely free to enter.
With children in tow, you can’t possibly do the entire museum in a few hours. You need to be selective and do it in parts.
Then we moved on to the large mammal room, which houses, amongst other things, an actual sized replica of a blue whale, a couple of real (but quite, quite dead) elephants, giraffes, rhinos, and antelope. You can also ascend to the gallery to look at them from above.
The Natural History Museum is ma-hoo-sive, and there is something for everyone. Not all is suitable for young children, and some parts will leave children hideously bored, but as its free entrance, its easy just to pick and choose which bits you want to do.
There are a lot of floors and steps (though I did see lifts for pushchairs and wheelchairs).
Be warned – we walked straight in, however as this is a free and very popular attraction, some days you may have to queue.
Nearest tube station is South Kensington, with quite possibly the longest subway ever between the station and the museum.
Just next door is The Science Museum. Well worth combining a visit there too.
Guest writer Jennifer has also visited the Natural History Museum recently. See what she had to say here.