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Locations for kids by theme: Historical interest

Ragged School Museum

Location: Ragged School Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canalside buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London.  The buildings, originally warehouses for goods transported along the Regent’s Canal, then went through a variety of industrial uses until, in the early 1980s, they were threatened with demolition.  The museum was founded to make the history of the Ragged Schools and the broader social history of the East End accessible to all. Within the original buildings, an authentic Victorian Classroom has been set up where children experience a school lesson as it would have been taught more than 100 years ago.


Surrey History Centre

Location: Surrey History Centre       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Surrey History Centre collects and rescues archives and printed materials relating to Surrey's past and present, so that they can tell the story of the county and its people to future generations. You can use these fascinating materials in our supervised search room where staff are on hand to assist your research.


Bourne Hall Museum

Location: Bourne Hall Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Museum charts the Borough's history through its collections of document and picture archives, fine art, costume, archaeology and social history.  Highlights of our collection include Lord Rosebery’s hansom cab, a 19th century fire engine, extensive Derby memorabilia and significant Roman archaeology from local sites.

The Museum is located in the first-floor gallery in Bourne Hall, Ewell.  Full disabled access is available.  Visitors to the Museum are also able to enjoy the full range of family-friendly facilities offered by Bourne Hall, including the café, library, regular art exhibitions and the park.


The Foundling Museum

Location: The Foundling Museum       Child: Free       Adult: £7.50

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity, and first public art gallery, and celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 270 years. Our programme of regular public events includes exhibitions, displays, weekly lunchtime concerts, talks, performances, workshops and drop-in family activities.

Half price admission for National Trust members, Concessions £5


Windsor Castle

Location: Windsor Castle            

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose standard flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.


Quebec House

Location: Quebec House       Child: Free in August with voucher       Adult: £5.00

Quebec House is the childhood home of General James Wolfe, victor of the Battle of Quebec (1759).  Enjoy the sense of a 1730s home and try the pastimes the family might have known. 


Handel House Museum

Location: Handel House Museum       Child: £2.00, under 5's free       Adult: £6.00

Discover the home to the great baroque composer George Frideric Handel on your family day out.  He lived here from 1723 until his death in 1759, and composed some of the greatest music in history, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Note: Children get free entry at weekends!


Lowfield Heath Windmill

Location: Lowfield Heath Windmill       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Come to one of our open days to view the machinery in the interior and displays on the mill's history in the roundhouse where a mill related video will also be playing.
I haven't been able to find any details about admission charges, but I would anticipate a small charge if it is not free!


Golden Hinde

Location: Golden Hinde       Child: £5.00       Adult: £7.00

Come and sample a taste of Tudor life on board The Golden Hinde, London's replica of Sir Francis Drakes warship offering visitors an unforgettable Living History Experience. The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of the Tudor warship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe in 1577 – 1580.  Let the costumed educators bring the Golden Hinde and its history to life with tales of Drake’s voyage around the world, and life on board the ship.

Note: with a Southern railway ticket you can get 2 adult tickets for the price of 1.


Bank of England Museum

Location: Bank of England Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Located within the heart of the city, the Bank of England Museum takes you through the history of the bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the nation’s central bank.

There’s something for everyone, with attractions including activity sheets for children of all ages, banknote jigsaw, a roller ball game, interactive displays and the opportunity for some safe cracking! Visitors can also take the helm of a virtual boat game and set monetary policy to keep inflation on a stable course. The Museum is also the only place in the UK where you can handle a genuine gold bar, although, weighing 13kg, it will take many people by surprise!

During school holidays, the museum runs special events designed for the whole family, from storytellers to craft workshops.


Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Location: Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The museum is located on Malet Place within University College London.  The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.  There are some great children's trail guides which will help engage families visiting the museum and make it fun and interesting.


Leith Hill

Location: Leith Hill       Child: £0.70       Adult: £1.30

Leith Hill, the highest point in south east England at 293 meters, is a beautiful wooded hill a few miles south of Dorking in Surrey. The hill's first notable role in history was as a battlefield in the ninth century struggle between Saxons and Danes. In 851AD the Danes planned a full scale invasion, after raiding the country regularly for many years. In later history Leith Hill was to become a symbol of peace. As the Industrial Revolution gathered pace in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there was a romantic reaction against the new society.


Imperial War Museum

Location: Imperial War Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

This summer explore our ground-breaking new First World War Galleries. 

IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Visit our galleries to delve deeper into the stories of both world wars, exploring their complex origins and discovering what life was like for those who experienced war first hand, from the trenches of the Western Front to a blitzed street in 1940. We also trace the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews in The Holocaust Exhibition, and look at extraordinary stories of bravery behind the Victoria Cross and George Cross in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery.


London Canal Museum

Location: London Canal Museum       Child: £2.00       Adult: £4.00

The museum is a medium sized museum on two floors and there is a wharf outside where you can view our tug Bantam IV and look at the attractive canal basin after reading about its history.   It is a building with a great deal of character and interest, and our exhibitions tell two linked stories, the stories of London's canals, and of the ice trade for which the building was built.  There is plenty to see and explore uncovering life at on the canals.


London Transport Museum's Depot

Location: London Transport Museum's Depot       Child: Free       Adult: event specific pricing

The Museum Depot at Acton holds the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. It opens to the public for special events, including themed open weekends.

The Museum Depot houses over 370,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. Together these form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.


Brooklands Museum

Location: Brooklands Museum       Child: £6.00       Adult: £11.00

Brooklands is the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 - was more than a great sporting arena. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century.

The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of Hawker and Vickers/ BAC-built aircraft, including the Second World War Wellington Bomber, Viking, Varsity, Viscount, Vanguard, VC10, BAC One-Eleven and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.

We hold a wide range of special events, mainly on weekends and during school holidays.  These include car club visits (often with Test Hill in action), Auto Italia Italian Car Day,The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, aviation events and car rides on weekdays during school holidays. See our Events pages for further details.


Upminster Windmill

Location: Upminster Windmill       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Upminster Windmill was built by James Nokes, a local farmer, in 1803. It is a Grade II* listed building and in terms of quality, completeness and significance it is widely considered to be amongst the very best remaining English smock mills.


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