All the Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations may have burnt a small dent in your pocket and the thought of a weekend away my seem unfeasible until you have worked your knuckles down to the ground and saved another small fortune. However, don’t let the beautiful month of February go by without taking a trip to England’s thriving capital. Whether you travel from Portsmouth to Londonor from anywhere else in the country you won’t be disappointed with the choice of attractions, events and entertainment. What’s more there’s an abundance of places to visit that’s free of charge to all so that you won’t feel the pinch on the pennies, especially if there are children to entertain.
Meander around Trafalgar square feeding the pigeons and taking in the hordes of tourists posing against the lion statues. Whilst in the area, and especially if you are an art buff, don’t miss London’s National Gallery, it is a vast space filled to the rafters with Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This iconic art gallery displays work of famous masters such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Botticelli, Constable and many more, so brush up on your knowledge and impress your friends. What’s more the museum is free so spend as much or little time as you please.
Continue the art theme and visit the Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. Sitting grandly on the banks of the Thames, this unique building was previously a power station. The gallery hosts temporary exhibitions by top artists like Damien Hirst to Gauguin. It’s worth visiting just to take a break and recharge your batteries at the museums restaurant as it offers fabulous views across the city at no extra cost.
Grab an advance purchase ticket from Bournemouth to London for the half-term break and the children will be fascinated by the dinosaur exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Meet the life sized Blue Whale, a 40 million year old spider or any of the other collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. It’s not only the kids that’ll be amazed.
Another Museum that’ll require the whole day out with the kids is the Science Museum. With the interactive exhibits they’ll be no need to tell the children to keep their distance as you can see, touch and fully experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years. It is one of the best modes of learning a whole world of interesting scientific advances, from the future of space travel to human evolvement. No visit would be complete without visiting the awesome IMAX cinema. Some special exhibitions may require tickets, otherwise entry is again free for all.
So bag yourself a bargain at less than £10 for a train ticket from Windsor to London, you could have a whole day out in the lively metropolis. What’s more, when you travel by rail you can take advantage of the 2FOR1 offers available on over 150 attractions in and around London. Choose from one of the famous west end shows to popular London attractions, or simply enjoy a discounted meal at one of the participating eateries. Download your vouchers online or pick up a leaflet at your nearest station.