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Ah, London. It attracts scores of visitors every year. And it’s easy to see why – it does, after all, boast an array of iconic sights, from Tower Bridge to Big Ben. Perks like anytime tickets also simplify journeys to it from throughout the UK.
Beyond its visual appeal, it provides plenty of opportunities for learning. Whether you homeschool your child, or simply seek an educational day out, why not venture to the capital?
If you’re stuck on where to start, our guide could help.
Let’s explore which spots in the big city are best for teaching youngsters all about history, science and more.
London is steeped in history; its cultural heritage is world-renowned. And luckily, it’s fairly cheap to feel immersed in it.
Its museums tend to be affordable – many even offer free entry, including The British Museum. It displays the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and various other gems.
If you want to introduce your child to global history, you may want to visit this national institution.
Similarly, the National Maritime Museum – which chronicles Britain’s story at sea – is also free to visitors, as are the Royal Air Force and Imperial War Museums.
If you’re after a lesson in history – both for you and your child – there’s plenty of choice.
Art. It’s a small name for a subject that spans paintings, literature and more. And London is home to some of the finest works on the planet.
So, how can we fit the best parts into a short visit to the capital? Rather easily, as it turns out. You just need to decide which type of art you’d like your child to learn about the most.
For literary masterpieces, head to the British Library. It contains the Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s first folio and Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbook. Here, you can teach them all there is to know about the texts that shape our history and society.
To observe visual art – in a variety of forms – why don’t you visit the Victoria & Albert museum? This is where avid learners of all ages can view over 2.3 million examples of fashion, photography, sculpture and more, from throughout the ages.
To take full advantage of London’s art scene, consider which area you’d most like your child to learn about.
Many people wouldn’t use the words ‘Nature’ and ‘London’ within the same sentence – but they’d be wrong to do so. The capital presents numerous natural sites, like the Hackney City Farm.
True, East London may have once sounded like an unlikely place for a steading – yet the business continues to thrive after 20 years.
Whether your family resides in the city or in the country, it delivers an insight into how urban farms work, and how they can benefit the local community and environment. They already offer interactive school visits; so, it could provide the perfect educational trip for your child.
If you and your child would prefer a more informative, and less interactive, lesson on nature, you could always attend the Natural History Museum.
Until late June this year, it’s showcasing some of the world’s most talented wildlife photographers. To show them nature in all of its glory, how about an indoor adventure?
London could very well be the ideal spot for natural exploration – whether you and your child are inside or outdoors.
A holiday in the capital can be an expansive experience for anyone – especially a child. Who could blame you for wanting to gift your child with an educational trip there? What’s stopping you both from learning more about the city, as well as the world in general while visiting London?