London is the perfect city to visit with toddlers as there is just so much to do for kids in the city! Museums are the perfect thing to do with kids in London as they are free and a great thing to do when it rains in the city! Now, museums and toddlers might not seem like the most natural bed fellows but many of the capitals museums have special offerings designed just for toddlers! In this guide to one of my favourite cities in the world I round up the best museums in London for toddlers that you need to add to your London bucket list!
London Transport Museum
Ok, I know it can seem like a hard sell recommend a paid for museum in a city full of free to visit museums but the London transport museum will not disappoint!
The London transport museum in Covent Garden is one of my favourite museums in the world for kids and is especially great for toddlers. As you enter the museum you take an elevator ride back in time to the beginnings of public transport in London! From there you can learn about the hackney carriages, the makings of the tube and bus systems! Kids will love all the buses and trains you can sit on but toddlers in particular will love the great hands on area for little explorers to get hands on learning experience!
An added bonus is twice a year the museum holds an open day at their storage facility in Acton where you can see some of the gems of the collection that aren’t on display!
Tickets are pricey but are valid for the whole year!
It is best to book your tickets in advance here to beat the queue!
If you would like to find a London itinerary designed specifically for toddlers then check this post out!
As a general rule I think Science Museums are a great place to go with toddlers and lend themselves well to a younger audience. The Science Museum in London is no exception to this. The Garden area in the basement of the museum is a special space purposefully designed to engage children aged 3-6.
Natural history museum
What toddler doesn’t love a dinosaur? The dinosaur exhibition at the Natural History Museum is a favourite in our household. As an added bonus, The Natural History Museum has another toddler hands on area to help your children explore the collections in a tactile way!
If you are visiting in winter then I recommend coming here and adding ice skating to your London Christmas itinerary!
National Army Museum
Military museums and toddlers – I know not the most well known combination but the newly reopened and refurbished National Army Museum in Chelsea has done a lot to start engaging with younger children. They now Playbase – A Soft Play area for under 8s with a dedicated infants section!
Children aged 1-8 years old: £4.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
£1.00 booking fee applies per online transaction
Children aged 1-8 years old: £5.75
Children under 1 year old: FREE*
The postal museum is another museum that has done a lot to engage its younger audience. The postal train ride is a guaranteed hit with younger travellers!
Other museums events that are suitable for toddlers
The British Museum is not a museum that I would say is the most engaging for younger audiences. The museum knows this to! So if the British Museum is on your bucket list but you are travelling with small children be sure to visit on a Wednesday morning. This is the day they do young introductions to museum exhibitions. Great news it is free but pre booking required!
In the same respect as the above, the National Gallery isn’t the most child friendly in London, but if you go on a Wednesday morning they run interactive sessions for children 18months – 5 years! A great way to introduce your littles to art!
What is your favourite London Museum for toddlers?