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Museums

Bruce Castle Museum

Runs activities for families on Sunday afternoons and school holidays.

  • Entry is free

  • Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU

  • 020 8808 8772

  • Buses 123, 243 or 318

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/brucecastlemuseum

 

The Geffrye Museum

Explore the changing styles of English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.

  • Entry is free

  • Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

  • 020 7739 9893

  • Northern Line to Old Street (exit 2).  Buses 243, 67, 149, 242, 243, 394

http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk/

 

Museum of Childhood

Has many activities including dressing up, storytelling, arts and craft.

  • Entry is free

  • Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

  • 020 8983 5200

  • Overground train from Bruce Grove or Seven Sisters to Cambridge Heath

http://www.museumofchildhood.org.uk/

 

Science Museum

Have fun all day long at the Pattern Pod, The Garden, the Launch Pad or in the Human Bubble.  Let your children’s imaginations run wild in the numerous hands on and object rich exhibitions.

  • Entry is free

  • Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

  • 0871 703 8137

  • Piccadilly Line to South Kensington

http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

 

Natural History Museum

Explore the natural world including larger than life dinosaurs.  Visit ‘Investigate’ to discover geological specimens or make use of the Explorer Backpacks to bring out the explorers in your children.

  • Entry is free

  • Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

  • 020 7942 5000

  • Victoria Line to Kings Cross St Pancras or Piccadilly Line to South Kensington.  Buses 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414 or C1

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A hosts a number of spectacular exhibitions (check their website for details).  Let your children explore history through fascinating angles such as the evolution of fashion as we know it.

  • Entry is free

  • Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

  • 020 7942 2000

  • Victoria Line to Kings Cross St Pancras or Piccadilly Line to South Kensington.  Buses C1, 14, 74 or 414

http://www.vam.ac.uk/

 

London Transport Museum

The museum hosts family events throughout the year (please check their website or contact them directly) and is home to some fascinating exhibitions about the history of London’s transportation systems.

  • Please contact the museum / look at their website for current entry fees

  • Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB

  • 020 7379 6344

  • Piccadilly Line to Covent Garden or Leicester Sqare.  Bus 243

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/

 

Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum London

The museum is home to a world-class collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts and memorabilia.  Areas include Historic Hangars, Aeronauts Interactive Centre, Battle of Britain and the Bomber Hall.

  • Entry is free

  • Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL

  • 020 8205 2266

  • Northern Line to Colindale.  Bus 303

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

 

Parks and Gardens

Kensington Gardens

Diana Memorial (Peter Pan) Playground consists of a giant wooden pirate ship to let your children’s imaginations soar.  There is also a sensory trail, teepees and a beach.

  • Entry is free

  • London W2 2UH

  • 0207298 2141/ 0300 061 2000

  • Central line to Lancaster Gate & Queensway, Circle and District Lines to High Street Kensington. 

http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens

 

Wolves Lane Horticultural and Garden Centre

Tropical palm house to look around with birds and fish.

  • Entry is free

  • Wolves Lane, London, N22 5JD

  • 020 8888 5306

  • Bus W4

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/community_and_leisure/time_out_in_haringey/visiting_haringey/places_to_visit/wolveslanenursery.htm

 

Coram’s Fields

Fantastic children’s play areas with a fountain, 7 acres of playground, vast expanse of grass, sandpits and a city farm.  The enclosed park is only open to those with a child.

  • Entry is free

  • 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN

  • 020 7837 6138

  • Victoria Line to King’s Cross St Pancras, Buses 259, 17, 45, 46, 7, 59, 68, 91, 168 or 188.

http://www.coramsfields.org/

 

Railway Fields

Explore Haringey’s secret nature reserve full of wildlife and beautiful flowers.

  • Entry is free

  • Green Lanes, London, N4 1ES

  • 020 8348 6005

  • Opposite Harringay Green Lanes Station

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/community_and_leisure/greenspaces/parks_and_open_spaces_parks_facilities/railwayfields.htm

 

Clissold Park

Discover the amazing play park and paddling pool.  Visit the ducks on the lake.

  • Entry is free

  • 229 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9HJ

  • 020 8356 4215

  • Take the 476 or 341 from Tottenham

http://www.clissoldpark.com/

 

Hampstead Heath

Have fun playing on the vast expanse of green grass and hills and explore the playground (Gospel Oak Station side).  In summer you may also wish to enjoy the children’s paddling pool and lidos.

  • Entry is free

  • Overground train from South Tottenham or Harringay Green Lanes to Gospel Oak station

http://www.hampsteadheath.net/

 

Highgate Woods

Have fun in the award winning children’s playground or running around on 70 acres of grass.  Every Thursday at 2.30pm a free outdoor group is run called ‘Nature Play’, encouraging children to learn and enjoy nature.

  • Entry is free

  • Buses 43, 134 or 263.  Nearest underground station is Highgate (Northern Line)

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/highgate_wood.pdf

 

Springfield Park

Enjoy the children’s play area and the accompanying canals.  Just over the bridge you will find the Walthamstow Nature Reserve.

  • Entry is free

  • South Tottenham, London N15

  • 020 8356 8428 / 9

  • Buses 243, 149 or 76

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/springfield-park.htm

 

Markfield Park

Situated near Tottenham Hals, there this park as large play area as well as a playgroup within Markfield Project (please see their timetable).  You can also join the Friendly Health Walk on a Wednesday or the Women-only Jogging Group on a Thursday (buggies welcome) (please check their website for up to date information)

  • Entry is free

  • Crowland Road, London N15 4RB

  • Buses 318, 149, 243, 76 or 349

http://www.markfieldpark.org.uk/

 

Trent Country Park

Enjoy the 320 hectares of land and all the grazing animals, fox dens and rabbit warrens. 

  • Entry is free

  • Bramley Road, London N14

  • Piccadilly Line to Oakwood or Cockfosters stations. Buses 121, 298, 299, 307, 377 or 384

http://trentcountrypark.com/Welcome.html

 

Farms

Freightliners Farm

Meet some farm animals in the middle of the city.

  • Entry is free

  • Sheringham Road, London, N7 8PF

  • 020 7609 0467

http://www.freightlinersfarm.org.uk/

 

Hackney City Farm

Meet some farm animals in the middle of the city.

  • Entry is free

  • 1A Goldsmiths Row, London, E2 8QA

  • Overground train from Bruce Grove or Seven Sisters to Cambridge Heath

http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/

 

Kentish Town City Farm

In addition to being home to farm animals for the children to see, the farm hosts activities such as messy play and pony riding (please see website for details and costs).

  • Entry is free

  • 1 Cressfield Close, London NW5 4BN

  • 020 7916 5421

  • Northern line to Kentish Town or Chalk Farm.  Overground train from South Tottenham or Harringay Green Lanes to Gospel Oak station.  Buses 24, 46, 134, 214, C2 or C11

http://www.ktcityfarm.org.uk/

 

Lee Valley Park Farm

Take a short trip on a tractor trailer, learn about life on a real farm, see the giant rabbits and look at the long-necked llamas.

  • Please contact the farm / look at their website for current entry fees

  • Stubbins Hall Lane, Essex EN9 2EF

  • 0199 2892 781

  • Tottenham Hale to Cheshunt railway station (plus a 20 minute walk).  Buses 250 or 251 (plus a 20 minute walk).

http://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/

 

Libraries and Bookshops

St Ann’s Library

Enjoy the wonders of your local library.  Borrow books for free, access the internet for free or join the Garden Club (see website for further details).

  • Entry is free

  • Cissbury Road, London N15 5PU

  • 020 8489 8775

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/community_and_leisure/libraries/findalibrary/stannslibrary.htm

 

Wood Green Central Library

Enjoy the wonders of your local library.  Borrow books for free, access the internet for free or listen to the story tellers (see website for further details).

  • Entry is free

  • 187-197A High Road, London N22 6XD

  • 020 8489 2780 / 2781

  • Buses 41, 29 or 123.  Tube from Seven Sisters to Wood Green

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/community_and_leisure/libraries/findalibrary/lwoodgreencentral.htm

 

Marcus Garvey Library

Enjoy the wonders of your local library.  Borrow books for free and access the internet for free.

  • Entry is free

  • Tottenham Green Centre, 1 Phillip Lane, London N15 4JA

  • 020 8489 5350

  • Buses 149, 76, 41, 349, 476, 318, 230, 279 or 259

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/index/community_and_leisure/libraries/findalibrary/marcusgarveylibrary.htm

 

Big Green Bookshop

An award winning bookshop in Wood Green, stocking a wide variety of children and adult books as well as hosting book groups, knitting club, writers workshops and book signings (please see website for further information).

  • Entry is free

  • Unit 1 Brampton Park Road, London N22 6BG

  • 020 8881 6767

  • Buses 41, 29 or 123

http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/

 

Community Venues

Bridge Community Hut

The hut is a community centre offering a wide range of activities such as gardening, cooking, marital arts and yoga groups.  There is an outdoor space with micro allotments, wildlife and an eating area.

  • Entry is free

  • Tewksbury Road, London N15 6SE

  • 020 8442 5695

  • Buses 259, 279, 253, 254 or 67.

http://www.bridgerenewaltrust.org.uk/

 

Places of interest

Hampton Court Palace

Visit the royal palace to discover the history of the monarchy, situated in beautifully maintained gardens and located by the River Thames.  Get lost in the maze and have a picnic by the fountain. 

  • Please contact the palace / look at their website for current entry fees

  • East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

  • 0844 482 7777

  • Train from Waterloo to Hampton Court

http://www.hrp.org.uk/Hamptoncourtpalace/

 

Tower of London

Explore the wonders of the awesome fortress and the stories behind the iconic palace.  Find out about the people of the palace and unlock the facts of some of England’s famous kings and queens associated with the Tower.

  • Please contact the tower / look at their website for current entry fees

  • London EC3N 4AB

  • 0844 482 7777

  • District or Circle lines to Tower Hill station.  Train to Fenchurch Street or London Bridge Station.  Buses 15, 42, 78, 100 or RV1

http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

 

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