One of the great benefits of London is that there is no shortage of attractions for families and young children. Of course, there is plenty of general attractions but here is our guide to just two that will really appeal to youngsters.
Pollocks Toy Museum Guide
Address: 1 Scala Street, London, W1T 2HL
Pollocks Toy Museum is a museum and small toy shop based in London. It was first opened in 1956, in a single attic room near Covent Garden. By 1969 the collection had outgrown these premises, and so the business moved to its current location. It is now housed in two atmospheric buildings in London’s Fitzrovia.
Enjoy the museum
Pollocks Toy Museum is home to a great collection of mainly Victorian toys, built up by purchases and donations from friends, family and the public. Covering six rooms and two winding staircases, guests can see an array of historical toys and toys from around the world.
Highlights include board games, marbles, money-boxes, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and other intricately detailed models. The London museum is also home to the world’s oldest surviving teddy and a 4,000-year-old mouse made from Nile clay. The museum is recommended for older children and adults of all ages.
During the school holidays, there is also daily live toy theatre performances that are great fun to watch.
Of course, a visit to Pollocks Toy Museum would not be complete without a trip to the shop. Children and adults will be tempted by a great selection of handmade classic toys.
When is the museum open?
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Last admission to the museum: 4.30pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed
There is an admission charge for Pollocks Toy Museum and there are various levels of ticket prices depending on age etc.
How to get to Pollocks Toy Museum
Pollock Toy Museum is well placed in the centre of London and can easily be reached using the London Tube network.
Goodge Street (Northern line): two-minute walk from station
Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines): eight-minute walk from station
Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines): 11-minute walk from station
Full details of all public transport options, including timetables, station opening times and service updates, can be found by visiting the Transport for London website.
Parking in/nearby Two Temple Place London
It is advised to use public transport to reach Pollocks Toy Museum, but for anyone travelling by car there are parking facilities including:
Street parking is available on some nearby roads on a pay and display basis, while there is an NCP car park located on Hanson Street, around four minutes’ walk from the museum
Visitors should remember that traffic can be heavy during the busy morning and evening rush hours in central London. In addition, congestion charges apply between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and parking can be quite costly.
It’s easy to spend much or your day here with friends, family, for a party or on a school visit.
Enjoy Shrek’s Adventure
Address: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
One of the most recently added attractions to the London list is Shrek’s Adevenure that celebrates the famous movie character.
Opened in July 2015, the walk and ride attraction is based around the popular movie franchise that includes Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010).
The whole thing is a joint venture between Merlin Entertainments and DreamWorks Animation and it covers 2,000 square metres featuring a whole cost of live actors.
The fun begins when guests board a magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus, with Shrek’s trusty companion Donkey acting as the rather madcap tour guide. From here, customers can enjoy ten live fairy-themed shows, visiting sites including Shrek’s swamp, a Mirror Maze and the Kingdom Far Far Away.
And the excitement doesn’t end there. Rumpelstiltskin’s Carriage, The Poison Apple Pub, Muffin Man’s House and the Dreamworks Arrival Hall are other stops on the all-action tour. At the end of the adventure, Shrek himself is ready to meet visitors, along with his friends from ‘Madagascar’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’. Throughout the tour there are plenty of special effects, just like in the ‘Shrek’ film series.
The tour lasts around 75 minutes and is ideal for those aged between six to 12 years-old. There is also a visitor shop at the end so you can purchase a whole host of Shrek-related items.
When is Shrek’s Adventure open?
Shrek’s Adventure is open seven days a week.
Opening hours are between 10am and 5pm Sunday to Friday and 10am and 6pm on Saturdays.
Tickets can be booked in advance and benefit from a discount, with adult and children tickets available.
How to get to Shrek’s Adventure?
It’s very easy to get to Shrek’s Adventure using public transport. The tourist attraction is within walking distance of a number of London Underground stations, including Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross and Westminster. The closest Tube station is Waterloo, which is a five-minute walk from County Hall.
For visitors arriving by mainline rail, the closest railway stations are Waterloo and Charing Cross, which are both just a short walk away along the banks of the River Thames.
There are also a number of local bus routes provide easy access to Shrek’s Adventure, including services 211, 77 and 381.