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Days out for kids

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Great ideas for day trips with the kids near London

Looking for fun things to do with the kids? Check out our guide to great family days out outside London. With theme parks, palaces, animals and even pick-your-own farms, we've got great ideas for things to do with the whole family. Think we've missed a great family day trip near London? Tell us in the comments below

  • Tudor Kitchen

    Hampton Court Palace

    East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU

    Henry VIII had many homes, but this one positively oozes historical drama.The world-famous gardens are truly wonderful, with the maze taking centre stage in any child's itinerary. Themed activities are plentiful during the school holidays, and on selected bank holidays and weekends Tudor cookery demonstrations take place in the huge kitchens, where children love the bubbling cauldrons and game-bird carcasses. See more details

  • Medieval jousting

    Eltham Palace

    Off Court Rd, London, SE9 5QE

    Two palaces for the price of one. The remains of the Tudor palace include a bridge over the moat, as well as the impressive Great Hall. The biggest draw now, though, is the art deco property erected adjoining the Great Hall in 1936 by textiles heir Stephen Courtauld. The furniture and fittings look like a film set. Upstairs there's a chance to enjoy a home movie of Stephen and Virginia with their pet lemur, Mahjong (who had his own, specially designed quarters). See more details

  • Hever Castle

    Hever Castle

    Hever, nr Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG

    Hever Castle is quite small, but what stories its walls can tell. Most famously, the castle was the family home of Anne Boleyn. Children are always riveted by the violent life and times of Henry, and this is a great place to introduce the subject. There's also a brilliantly designed water maze. Visitors must choose a path across the pond using stone slabs and trying to avoid the surprise jets of water that surge into the air if they stand on a forbidden path. See more details

  • Henry Moore at Hatfield House

    Hatfield House

    Herts, Hatfield, AL9 5NQ

    It was here that Queen Elizabeth I spent her childhood and learned of her accession to the throne while reading under an oak tree in the park. A children's quiz encourages youngsters and adults to discover and study fascinating individual items within the house. There are tantalising views of the private maze and family gardens from the windows, and recently Hatfield Park Farm and Bloody Hollow Adventure Playground have been added to the attractions. See more details

  • Syon House

    Syon House and Park

    Brentford , Middx, TW8 8JF

    This magnificent turreted pile looks out over the Thames towards Kew. It was here that Henry VIII's fifth wife Catherine Howard awaited her execution. The rooms, designed by Robert Adam, are breathtaking. Outside, children will love the nineteenth-century Great Conservatory, and running around in the Capability Brown-landscaped gardens. Then there's the London Tropical Zoo enclosure, full of endangered animals like piranhas, snakes, crocs and poison tree frogs. See more details