Keeping the kids entertained for the long summer holidays can seem like a daunting task, especially if it rains more often than we’d like and you’re stuck looking for wet weather activities. It can also get pretty expensive if you’re constantly paying for activities, trips and snacks.
But the UK has so much to offer both adults and children that you can see all sorts of fascinating places for very little. Why not spend the day exploring one of the UK’s best free museums? And if you travel by train you can save even more (and get epoints too).
We’ve listed our top free museums in the UK:
National Football Museum, Manchester
Perfect for your little footballers, the National Football Museum opened in 2013 and houses a vast collection of memorabilia, player profiles, football kits and photographs. In the Discovery Zone children can take part in storytelling and dress up as their favourite footballers. Visitors can also (for an additional charge) test their football skills with 7 activities including a commentator challenge, shot-stopper and penalty shootout.
V&A Museum of Childhood, London
Take a trip down memory lane at the V&A Museum of Childhood, with its fascinating collection of toys and childhood objects from the 17th century to the present day, including teddy bears, dolls’ houses, clothes and the earliest surviving rocking English horse (c. 1605). There are free family packs, daily activities for children and until 2nd November there’s a special exhibition all about author Jacqueline Wilson.
Weston Park, Sheffield
Telling the real story of Sheffield, Weston Park explores the geology, history and people of the city. What on Earth! is an interactive area where you can design your own animal and find out about the animals on earth (you might even see a dinosaur). Children’s favourite Snowy the Polar Bear has a new home in Arctic World where children can build their own igloo and find out about life in the Arctic.
Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Situated on the banks of the River Clyde, the Riverside Museum has more than 3,000 objects on display including one of the largest locomotives on display in the UK (weighing 150 tonnes). Walk down three recreated streets to experience life in the past and ride a 1940s tram in wartime Glasgow. Touch screens provide interactive information about the displays and there are plenty of activities to keep children busy during the holidays.
House of Marbles, Devon
A working glass and games factory, the House of Marbles offers visitors a bird’s-eye view of the glassmaking process. As well as the Marble Museum, there is also a Games Museum and Pottery Museum showing how everything has been made over the years. Children will love the huge marble runs and outdoor games garden with skittles, chess and marbles, plus a new play area.
Of course London has loads of free museums and if you live near the capital, don’t forget to see what’s on during the summer holidays at the British Museum, Natural History Museum and Science Museum.
What’s your favourite museum?
Don’t forget that if you book train travel or accommodation with us you’ll earn epoints to spend on other great family days out!