Half-term trips to London with the family

Monday, 20 May 2024

School's out, but the fun's just beginning.

Explore London on a budget this school holiday when you buy London Northwestern Railway's London Family Travelcard.

With up to four kids travelling for just £1 each when accompanied by an adult, you can travel smart, enjoy half-term days out London and see the capital's top attractions easily and affordably.

Things to do in half-term London

Jump on a train and explore London's wealth of attractions covering history, sport, nature and whimsy along the River Thames and across London. From historical landmarks and hidden gems, we've created a list of must-visit spots accessible by train, which will spark their imagination.

Battersea Park & Children’s Zoo

Enjoy a day of outdoor fun at Battersea Park , complete with a visit to a charming family zoo. This sprawling Victorian park lets everyone burn off energy walking along the Thames promenade past the peace pagoda, one of only two in the UK, enjoying a family picnic on the lawns or kicking about on the playing fields. Then, visit the Children's Zoo to meet an array of furry, feathery and scaly residents from otters to frogs, pigs to parrots.

Cost: Battersea Park free. For the Children's Zoo, check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets.

Nearest Tube Station: Queenstown Road or Battersea Park overground station.

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

Channel your inner Christopher Robin and watch the pomp and performance of the Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace as the Old Guard hands over to the New at this unmissable spectacle. This colourful display of British pageantry happens on schedule at 10:45am on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Extend the experience at the Guards Museum to learn all about their distinctive scarlet tunics and bearskin helmets.

Cost: Changing the Guard free. For The Guards Museum, check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets.

Nearest Tube Station: Victoria or Green Park

Lift 109

Take in London’s skyline from the top of Battersea Power Station's iconic chimney. The sleek Lift 109 whisks you 109 metres up from the base of the restored Art Deco Turbine Hall for breathtaking 360-degree views. The full experience lasts around 30 to 40 minutes and includes an interactive multimedia exhibition. Afterwards, resist the urge to splurge in the snazzy shops and restaurants of Battersea Power Station or in the new Nine Elms district.

Cost: Adult £17, Child £12.60, Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £54.60.

Nearest Tube Station: Nine Elms

London Dungeon

Dare to brave the London Dungeon this school holiday for a spine-tingling adventure, where dark history vividly comes to life through thrilling rides and immersive storytelling. Follow a spooky journey filled with creepy characters like Henry VIII and mischievous jesters, be startled by surprising scares and brace yourself for a smelly boat ride (eww!). It's all-in-all a chilling experience that will send shivers down your spine!

Cost: Check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets to London Dungeon.

Travel Tip: Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo. See more on Trains to London Dungeon.

London Eye

Take the kids on a sky-high adventure on board the London Eye and watch London from 135 metres above the Thames. Try to spot landmarks like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and even Windsor Castle on a clear day. Enjoy air-conditioned pods as they rotate for thirty minutes at a leisurely 26 cm per second, allowing plenty of time to tick off the big-hitter landmarks from your list.

Cost: Check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets to the London Eye.

Travel Tip: Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo. See more on Trains to London Eye.

London Mithreaum

Retrace the boot steps of ancient Romans who established the city of Londinium around AD 43. London Mithreaum , at this archaeological site beneath modern office blocks, contains the reconstructed temple of Mithras, well-preserved timber structures and artefacts such as footwear and writing tablets over 1,800 years old. Tickets are free, so get in quick and book your timeslot in advance if you’re planning a visit during school holidays.

Cost: Free. Advance booking required.

Nearest Tube Station: Cannon Street

River Bus

Relax on deck and let the city's hustle and bustle fade away as you watch the world go by from the water. Hop-on hop-off the Thames River Bus for a more relaxing way to experience London. Cruise between top spots like Battersea Power Station, the London Eye, Bankside, Tower Bridge and Greenwich, all at your own pace with Thames Clippers. During summer, extended routes run from Hampton Court and Richmond.

Cost: Travelcard holders receive a 1/3 discount on scheduled Riverboat services.

Nearest Tube stations: Various along the route.

Superhero Self Guided Tour

Lights, camera, action! Comic book and movie buffs, step into the worlds of DC and Marvel as you explore London film locations, taking you to actual spots featured in blockbuster hits like Justice League, The Dark Knight and Wonder Woman. Download the Superhero Tour audioguide and hop on and off the tube at your own pace, listening to fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about how London was transformed into Gotham City, Xandar and more.

Cost: Check out London Northwestern Railway’s offers, giving you discounted prices for the tour.

Nearest Tube Station: Russell Square

Thames Rockets

Fasten your seatbelts for a high-speed sightseeing tour with Thames Rockets . Get ready for an adrenaline-packed adventure reaching speeds of up to 35 mph, zooming past London's landmarks on a RIB speedboat with a hilarious comedian as your guide. Roar with laughter as you whizz past London's landmarks so quickly, you'll wish you hadn't closed your eyes.

Cost: Check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets.

Nearest Tube Station: Waterloo

Wembley Stadium Tour

Sports fans and fledgling football players can go behind-the-scenes at the home of English football on the Wembley Stadium Tour . Tread the hallowed grounds where the Lionesses made history winning the Euros in 2022. Imagine the roar of the crowd as you step onto the pitch, visit the dressing rooms where pre-match team talks took place, and walk through the players' tunnel onto the turf.

Cost: Check out London Northwestern Railway’s 2for1 offers, giving you discounted tickets to Wembley Stadium.

Travel Tip: Nearest Tube Station: Wembley Park. See more on Trains to Wembley Stadium.

Half-term activities London: Save on family and friends

An Off-Peak Family Travelcard ​allows up to four kids to travel for just £1 each to London when accompanied by an adult travelling Off-Peak. The price even includes unlimited travel on London's buses and tubes, and most trains in the Transport for London area. Book online or through the London Northwestern Railway app for a stress-free and affordable family adventure in the capital.

Maximise savings with the Family & Friends Railcard - get a third off rail fares for up to four adults and 60% off for up to four children aged 5-15. Plus, you can share the benefits with two named adults on one card.