A Guide To The 5 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

A Guide To The 5 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

Chances are you haven’t heard about Uttrakhand, a state in the North of India. Uttrakhand has had brief moments of popularity in the West such as when the British Empire built hill stations in Uttrakhand as their summer escapes, or when The Beatles stayed in an ashram in Uttrakhand in the 1960s. Uttrakhand is very popular with tourists who escape to the mountains during the heat of the summers in India. In places like Nainital hill station, Mussoorie hill station and Binsar hill station, you can enjoy lots of outdoor adventure activities like trekking and climbing but in the milder summer temperatures and surrounded by the scenic Himalaya Mountains. In winter though, Auli hill station has some of the best skiing in India. Finally, Chamba hill station is perfect for its proximity to Rishikesh, a world famous yoga centre, so you can accommodate different interests of family members. 

About Uttrakhand

Uttrakhand? Where’s that? You’ve heard of the famous Golden Triangle of India, the beaches of Goa, the houseboats of Kerala, and maybe even the Golden Temple of Amritsar. If you are visiting New Delhi and other well-trodden tourist areas in India in the height of summer, you may want to schedule in some time in the hill stations of Uttrakhand for a break from the oppressive heat. 

What about Uttrakhand? Uttrakhand is a super popular destination with domestic tourists in India.  These tourists flock to the hill stations set up by the British Raj in the 19th century to escape the stifling heat of the lowland portions of the country

Uttarakhand, part of the enormous Himalayan range boasts of captivating views, tranquil environs, and perfect weather. The land of spirituality is bordered by the countries of Tibet and Nepal in the north and east (respectively) the Ganges plains in the south and the state of Himachal Pradesh in the west. Some of the hill stations in Uttrakhand even  boast of snow-packed mountains. 

The geography of Uttrakhand made it perfect for the location of hill stations. Hills stations were places established by colonial rulers at high elevation which became towns in their own right eventually. Of course, they also needed to be convenient to where the ruling elite usually gathered. For example, the distance from New Delhi to Dehradun in Uttrakhand is only about 150 miles. 

The hill stations of Uttarakhand are well known not only for their amazing nature and panoramic views of snow packed mountains, but also the plethora of adventure activities. The area is a haven for adrenalin junkies who can enjoy camping, paragliding, mountain biking, rappelling, jet skiing and more.

Hill Stations of Uttarakhand


Although there are lots of hill stations of Uttarakhand, here is a hand-picked list of some of the most popular ones.

Nainital Hill Station 

You can’t talk about Uttarakhand hill stations and not mention the Nainital hill station. For mesmerizing views and perfect weather, Nainital hill station is the one of the best hill stations in Uttrakhand to choose.

A Guide To The 7 Best Hill Stations in Uttrakhand India

Nainital Lake is the jewel of hill station Nainital

The beautiful Naini Lake and the green hillsides with densely wooded hills makes it a perfect retreat for tourists. Some of the favorite places in Nainital include Tiffin Top, Guano Hills, Hanuman Garhi , Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, Naina Devi Temple, and Eco Cave Gardens. Another must-do at hill station Naintal is a boat ride on the Naini Lake.

Mussoorie Hill Station

Considered the queen of the hill stations in Uttrakhand , Mussoorie Hill Station is indeed the pride of Uttarakhand. Mussoorie  boasts of breathtaking scenic beauty as it is located amidst the rolling Himalayan ranges.

You don’t need to be a mountain climber to enjoy the scenic Himalyan mountains at Mussoorie Hill Station

You don’t need to be a mountain climber to enjoy the scenic Himalyan mountains at Mussoorie Hill Station

Mussoorie Hill Station  is a perfect spot for adventure seekers who are looking for an active holiday including paragliding, trekking, river rafting and mountaineering. You can stay in one of the leading hotels in Mussoorie and make the most of this splendid Mussoorie hill station. Places to visit in Mussoorie Hill Station include the Clock Tower, Lal Tibba, Kempty Falls, Landour Clock Tower and Cloud’s End.


Chamba Hill Station

Chamba is one of the most picturesque hill stations in Uttrakhand.  The tiny Chamba hill station with unspoiled nature and slopes with pine trees offer an impressive view of Himalayas. Moreover, Chamba Hill Station is close to both Mussoorie Hill Station and Rishikish (the so-called Yoga Capital of the World). If all of your family is like mine, you may split up for couple of days where some of you would prefer yoga and others want more action and adventure. 

A yoga complex in Rishikesh which is conveniently close to Chamba Hill Station if you are travelling with companions who prefer yoga to outdoor adventure.

A yoga complex in Rishikesh which is conveniently close to Chamba Hill Station if you are travelling with companions who prefer yoga to outdoor adventure.

There is an impressive variety of Himalayan fauna and flora here which makes the Chamba hill station highly attractive. The Ravi River and the Chal River are the two main rivers of the region. Enjoy the romantic monsoons in Chamba or the great weather in the summers. Tourists also come here to enjoy camping, trekking, and climbing.

Auli Hill Station

Auli hill station is a delight or winter sports enthusiasts. The best time to visit Auli hill station for winter sports is January to March. With panoramic view of the Himalayas, Auli hill station makes for an unforgettable experience for those who love winter sports. Auli is fast becoming one of the best places to ski in India with many ski resorts.

Any thoughts about Uttrakhand immediately bring to mind the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

Any thoughts about Uttrakhand immediately bring to mind the snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.

There are plenty of trekking trials for trek lovers and the most popular are Auli-Kuari Pass trek and Auli to Badrinath for adventure trekking. You can even take a cable car ride to Auli from Joshimath (an important Hindu pilgrimage destination).

Binsar Hill Station

The highest of the hill stations in Uttrakhand  is Binsar hill station located 7600 feet above sea level. Binsar Hill Station is just perfect for both nature lovers as well as fans of adventure travel.

The hill stations in Uttrakhand offer many opportunities for trekking.

The hill stations in Uttrakhand offer many opportunities for trekking.

Situated amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, from Binsar hill station you can enjoy the panoramic views of the snowy Himalayan peaks and slopes covered with Himalayan oak and rhododendron forests. Those slopes boast of some great treks as well as plenty of wildlife and bird’s species. Among the wildlife at Binsar hill station, you can spot black bear, pine marten porcupine and leopard as well as more than 200 species of birds.

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Why Skippered Yacht Charters Make Unforgettable Sailing Holidays

Why Skippered Yacht Charters Make Unforgettable Sailing Holidays

My sailing lessons were a disaster. Mostly because I had no idea where the wind was coming from. Honestly to me, the wind was in my hair and it was coming from everywhere. Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? Other than being supremely unqualified, it’s way too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands.

Choosing Among Sailing Holidays

When you are looking at using a private yacht rental, you may come across several different types of sailing holidays.

A bareboat yacht charter requires proven sailing skills in the form of a sailing competence certification before a company will let you sail off into the sunset.. You and your yacht are on your own and it’s blissful isolation. And a lot of work. Yet, people like my old boss who sailed his yacht from the USA to England find the work of sailing a boat (strangely IMHO) relaxing.

A skippered yacht charter has a skipper on board who will take on the responsibility of the helm. You can help the skipper to the extent you wish.

My perfect sailing holidays include plenty of R&R
My perfect sailing holidays include plenty of R&R!

A fully crewed yacht charter has a skipper as well as other members of staff to see to your every needs for a truly luxurious escape.

A flotilla sailing holiday is like going on a cruise but without the endless buffets, activities, etc. You have your own private yacht charter and you sail with a team of other yachts. You meet up for social evenings and events. There is a team of able sailors on hand to help so that you don’t float off into the wild blue yonder on your own.

Sailing in a flotilla is great for inexperienced sailors who want to learn to skipper during a sailing holiday.
Sailing in a flotilla is great for inexperienced sailors who want to learn to skipper during a sailing holiday.

Why We Prefer Skippered Yacht Holidays

Having had great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we would do a skippered yacht charter again. Why?

We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands. Having had great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we totally want to do it again. Why? Check out 5 reasons why a skippered yacht charter in Greece is a great idea for the vacation of a lifetime.

We’ve been on a few skippered yacht charters in the past and are now considering a
skippered yacht charter in the Mediterranean, specifically the Greek Islands. Having had
great experiences with hired skippered yacht charters in the past, we totally want to do it
again. Why? Check out 5 reasons why a skippered yacht charter in Greece is a great idea
for the vacation of a lifetime.

Smaller Yachts

Skippered yacht charter boats tend to be smaller than the crewed yacht charter ones. You only need accommodation for the skipper as opposed to an entire staff. Besides, we don’t need staff to fetch our drinks – we have children!

Sailboats in a harbor in Greece
Sailboats in a harbor in Greece

Friendly Skippers

We have gotten friendly with previous owners of skippered yacht charter boats, such as that of the Sea Witch in Martha’s Vineyard which we take out most years. They are fun company and know so much about the places we visit.

Sailing holidays in Greece allow you to explore different islands easily.
Sailing holidays in Greece allow you to explore different islands easily.

Rest & Relaxation

My son has been going to sailing camp in the summers and is a much better at the whole thing than I ever was. Do I trust him to helm our luxury yacht charter in the Mediterranean? No. He’s a relative newbie at sailing. Moreover, I need him to fetch me my drinks.

Kid-friendly Entertainment

On the other hand, my kids enjoy scampering around the boat and doing ‘stuff’. Wifi at sea is notoriously bad so they are reduced to actually having to interact with people in real life. Helping out with the sailing tasks is good practice for them to reinforce what they learn at sailing camp.

User-Driven Experiences

You can get off the beaten track with someone who has experience of where you are sailing, e.g., the best coves, the best snorkelling etc. Unlike a flotilla you don’t have to sail where everyone else is sailing. You can stay longer somewhere you like because it’s all about you!

Stunning sunset in the Mediterranean
Stunning sunset in the Mediterranean

Interested in day trip sailing options in the Greek islands? Check out these trips if you want to try before you commit to a full sailing holiday:

 

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Why Skippered Yacht Charters Make Unforgettable Sailing Holidays

My sailing lessons were a disaster.Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? It’s way too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this summer...maybe in Greece? #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter

My sailing lessons were a disaster.Would I take a bareboat yacht charter anywhere? It’s way
too much like hard work. My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered
yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a
drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this
summer…maybe in Greece? #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter

My idea of unforgettable sailing holidays involve either a skippered
yacht charter or a crewed yacht charters doing the actual sailing while I lounge about with a drink in my hand. Check out 5 reasons to choose a skippered yacht holiday this summer. #yachting #sailing #sailingholidays #yachtcharter

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Five Unforgettable Family Safari Trips (+ The Best Time to Visit Africa for African Safari Adventures)

Five Unforgettable Family Safari Trips (+ The Best Time to Visit Africa for African Safari Adventures)

African safari adventures are often a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people. I have often been asked when is the best time to visit Africa if you are definitely considering going on African safari holidays. Another often asked question is what are the best African safari countries? First off, Africa is a huge continent. For the best place to go on safari in Africa, you should consider a safari in Southern or East Africa. On a Southern or an East African safari, there are many options depending on what type of wildlife you want to see and the types of African safari adventures you want to have.

The Best Time To Go on An African Safari

The best time to go on an African safari tends to be during the drier winter months in Africa. Wildlife is forced to go to the watering hole so you have a better chance of viewing them. In addition, the drier months are more comfortable with warm days and little rain. The absence of rain also means that there are less pesky mosquitoes. It’s warm during the day but the temperature drops when the sun goes down.

What are the downsides of choosing this best time to go on safari? Some safari parks will be much more crowded. In addition, popular accommodation will book up more quickly. And, of course, with peak popularity comes peak prices.

The specific months will vary depending on the country. Luckily, for a family safari, the best time to visit Africa for wildlife tends to be during the summer school holidays in the Northern Hemisphere with a peak in July and August.

Note! Most safari camps treat children over the age of 12 at full adult prices. This cost can be substantial at the luxury safari camps.

Five of the Best African Safari Countries

These are the best safari destinations in Africa if you are considering a family safari (or even if you don’t have children with you!). If you are not going on a family safari, you should take advantage of the benefit of not travelling on safari in August.

A Kruger Safari in South Africa

South Africa offers some of the best family-friendly safaris available. The country also has malaria-free safari options and reserves with all the Big Five animals (lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinos). The weather in South Africa in August is dry and comfortably warm during the day. For most families, August is a month where the children are not in school. Taking all this into account, South Africa is undoubtedly one of the best African safari countries. 

We took our children to a safari park along the Garden Route when they were about 7 years old. This small safari park was not along the lines of a Kruger Safari but they were beyond delighted to see lots of animals. At such a young age they could not have coped with sitting in a safari jeep looking for animals for an extended period of time. For example, at Ranthambore National Park in India, we spent 3 days looking for the elusive tiger on the reserve. 

In the Garden Route Game Lodge, we did not get to see any cheetah but they saw enough zebras, giraffes, ostriches and elephants to be enthralled. And, there was a playground and a pool to entertain them in between game drives.

We are set this summer to go to the Kruger National Park in South Africa and hopefully they will have learned some more patience!

 

We discovered on a South African safari that the lion’s share of the work is done by lionesses.
We discovered on a South African safari that the lion’s share of the work is done by lionesses.

Tanzania

June through September are the dry season with great wildlife viewing. These months are the best time to visit Tanzania and you will have one of the best African safari adventures possible.

June and July are a great time to see the Great Migration where the wildebeest herds engage in river crossings. By August, the Great Migration has moved to the north of the country. If you are interested in chimpanzees, you should visit the national parks in July. 

A zebra herd wanting to know what you are looking at.
A zebra herd wanting to know what you are looking at.

Uganda

June through August is Rwanda’s dry season and one of the best times to visit for a safari in East Africa. Uganda is one of the best African safari countries for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.

Unlike other African safari destinations, you still don’t get the tourist crowds in Uganda to mar your East African safari. On the other hand, you will need to book in well advance because both treks and accommodation sell out fast.

A silver back gorilla lounging without a care in the world in Uganda,
A silver back gorilla lounging without a care in the world in Uganda,

Zambia

July through October is the dry season in Zambia which means great wildlife viewing. July is one of the best times to go on safari in Zambia but also to see Victoria Falls where the water levels are low.  You can go white water rafting at Victoria falls and take a river cruise for a different safari experience. August in Zambia is a great time to see lions and leopards. With little rain in August, you can even do a walking safari in Zambia.

A river cruise/safari on the Zambezi River in Zambia
A river cruise/safari on the Zambezi River in Zambia

Botswana

In Botswana, an Okavango Delta safari is the trip to do. The best time to go on safari in Botswana is from July through October. Most people have heard of going on an Okavango Delta safari but you should also consider other safari areas like the Chobe and the Moremi Game Reserve.

Elephants in the Chobe River in Botswana
Elephants in the Chobe River in Botswana

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The Best Time To Go On An African Safari

I have often been asked when is the best time to visit Africa if you are definitely considering
going on African safari holidays. Some months are usually better than others, but what are
the downsides of choosing this best time to go on safari? Discover what’s the best time to go
on a safari with the whole family in this post. #safari #africa #africansafari #eastafrica

African safari adventures are often a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people. We are often asked what are the best African safari countries. or the best place to go on safari in Africa, you should consider a safari in Southern or East Africa. Here there are many options depending on what type of wildlife you want to see. Check out the best safari destinations in Africa if you are considering a family safari (or even if you don’t have children with you!). #africa #safari #kidfriendly

African safari adventures are often a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people. We are
often asked what are the best African safari countries. or the best place to go on safari in
Africa, you should consider a safari in Southern or East Africa. Here there are many options
depending on what type of wildlife you want to see. Check out the best safari destinations in
Africa if you are considering a family safari (or even if you don’t have children with you!).
#africa #safari #kidfriendly

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Why You Should Visit London Museums With Kids On Your Next Family Trip to London

Why You Should Visit London Museums With Kids On Your Next Family Trip to London

On your next family trip to London, you should definitely check out some of the offerings at the London museums with kids in tow.  Invariably it will rain and you may be looking for indoor activities in London. With the wide choice of child friendly museums London will have an option for your family no matter the age of your children. Many of these free museums in London are among the best in the world! Fun museums for kids include the world-famous institutions such as the British Museum but also lesser known museums like the HMS Belfast. The best museums for children in London really do rank among the best things to do in London with kids.

London Museums With Kids

What’s one great thing about visiting London museums with kids? So many of them are free that if your child/teen is having a bad day, you can just leave the museum without feeling you have wasted your money.

On your next family trip to London, check out some of these fun museums for children. To be part of this round up of best kids museums London has to offer, these places all have plenty to do for children.

Among the family things to do in London, these museums make great indoor activities – London weather is unpredictable!

Skip the Line!  There are plenty of free museums in London but some of the best museums for children in London require admission fees, such as the HMS Belfast and the London Transport Museum. Buy your London Pass which gets you free access to these museums as well as a whole host of other London attractions.

5 of the Best Free Museums in London

Some of the best museums for children in London are some of the best museums in the world, period. These 5 of the best free museums in London are world-renowned institutions. In terms of child friendly museums London really is world class!

British Museum

Where to begin? The British Museum is a treasure trove – from the Rosetta Stone to portions of the Parthenon from Greece – this institution has something from every major civilisation. It is also very kid-friendly organising regular overnight sleepovers for kids aged from 8-15 related to its special exhibitions. There are also regular family events like discovery trails, activity backpacks and digital activities.

The British Museum should be on everyone’s list of great London museums for kids

The British Museum should be on everyone’s list of great London museums for kids

You can find the British Museum at Great Russell Street in London, WC1B 3DG.The nearest Tube stops are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street,  It is open 7 days a week and free to visit.

V&A Museum

The V&A Museum is the world’s largest museum of art and design. What does that mean for kids? Cool recent exhibits have been about video game design. Every Christmas, the V&A Museum has famous architects make a futuristic Gingerbread City. They run family workshops where your kids can make gingerbread houses as well.  There are daily family activities as well such as activity trails and backpacks.

The modern entrance to the V&A Museum, undoubtedly one of the best free museums in London

The modern entrance to the V&A Museum, undoubtedly one of the best free museums in London

You can find the  V&A Museum at Cromwell Road in London, SW7 2RL. The nearest Tube Stop is South Kensington. It is open 7 days a week except for a few days at Christmas and free to visit.

Science Museum

The Science Museum has plenty to keep kids occupied with its permanent collection and special exhibitions. The highlight for children though will be the interactive exhibits at the Wonderlab. My kids could easily spend an entire day amongst the 50 odd exhibits and shows. The Wonderlab, however, is timed entry and paid admission so that it doesn’t get too crowded. We remember before they constructed the Wonderlab (with its timed entry) and admission was free and it was total chaos. Yes, you have to plan a bit more but we prefer the current system.

You can find the Science Museum at Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London SW7 2DD. The nearest Tube Stop is South Kensington. It is open 7 days a week except for a few days at Christmas and free to visit. You need to pay for the Wonderlab exhibitions which are totally worth the money.

Natural History Museum

Do your kids like dinosaurs? They will love the Natural History Museum. It’s got a great dinosaur collection as well as other exhibits on animals. Kids can also do overnight sleepovers with kids aged from 7-11 at the Natural History Museum.

One of the big London family attractions in December is the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum.

One of the big London family attractions in December is the ice skating rink outside the Natural History Museum.

You can find the Natural History Museum at Cromwell Road in London SW7 5BD. The nearest Tube Stop is South Kensington. It is open 7 days a week except for a few days at Christmas and free to visit. You need to pay for the Wonderlab exhibitions which are totally worth the money.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Although a bit out of the way, the V&A Museum of Childhood is easily accessible by public transportation and one of the best free museums in London for families. Although associated with one of the biggest museums in London, this branch of the V&A is one of the best museums for toddlers to. The museum is devoted to childhood through the ages but it is easily accessible for children such as by dressing up, playing with the dollhouses and activity packs.

You can find the V&A Museum of Childhood at Cambridge Heath Road in London E2 9PA. The nearest Tube stop is Bethnal Green. It is open 7 days a week except for a few days at Christmas and free to visit.

Small Museums in London

These small museums in London are a good option for London family attractions if you are afraid to lose your children in a large space. These fun museums for kids pack plenty of entertainment and education in a smaller square footage.

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

The Museum of Brands is one of the coolest small museums in London. Older children will be fascinated with how well known advertising and brands have changed over the years.

You can find the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising at 111-117 Lancaster Road in Notting Hill London W11 1QT. It is open 7 days a week and there is a charge for admission. Children under 7 years of age are free.

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is one of the best London museums for kids if your children are obsessed with vehicles. The museum goes through the history of transport in London from the Victorian early Omnibuses to the the London Tube today. Among the small museums in London, you can be pretty assured that your kids can run around the vehicles at this museum and do little damage.

There are plenty of small museums in London like the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden

There are plenty of small museums in London like the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden

Children under the age of 7 have a special play area called Playzone. In the Playzone, children can drive vehciles and dress up in uniforms.

You can find the London Transport Museum in the Covent Garden Piazza in London WC2E 7BB. The nearest tube stop is Covent Garden. It is open 7 days a week. T here is a charge for admission but not for children under the age of 17.

HMS Belfast

The HMS Belfast is another one of the 5 museums that make up the Imperial War Museum.  It is a World War 2 Royal Navy warship with 9 decks to explore from the captain’s deck to the boiler and engine rooms. Kids will learn not only about the skirmishes engaged in by the ship but also about life on board for the 950 member crew.

On the deck of the HMS Belfast one of the best museums for children London

On the deck of the HMS Belfast one of the best museums for children London

You can find the HMS Belfast moored at The Queen’s Walk in London SE1 2JH. The nearest tube stop are London Bridge and Tower. Hill. It is open 7 days a week except for a few days around Christmas and there is a charge for admission.

Churchill War Rooms

The Churchill War Rooms are one of the 5 museums that make up the Imperial War Museum and another good option for London museums for kids. A small museum set up exactly the way it looked when Churchill ran the World War 2 operation from this bunker, it is a fascinating look at the history behind World War 2 for older children who have studied the war.

The Churchill War Rooms are located at Clive Steps on King Charles Street in London SW1A 2AQ. The nearest tube stops are Westminster and St. James’s Park. The Churchill War Rooms are open every year except around Christmas. There is a price for admission.

Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum is the former home of the novelist and where he wrote several of his famous novelsfamous novels. It is one of the best small museums in London because no doubt your kids will know some of his works, such as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. My kids learned about Dickens early thanks to Scrooge McDuck and Duck Tales. Moreover, it’s one of the fun museums for kids at Christmas because the house is decorated in preparation for a Victorian Christmas.

The Charles Dickens Museum is located at 48 – 49 Doughty Street in London, WC1N 2LX. The nearest tube stops are Russell Square, Chancery Lane or Kings Cross. The Charles Dickens Museum is open limited hours from January to November and open every day in December. There is an admissions charge for everyone over the age of 6.

Best Museums for Toddlers

You can thank the British military for providing some of the best museums for toddlers. If you have older children, both museums have plenty to keep your older kids occupied on a family trip to London.

Royal Air Force Museum

Although the location of the Royal Air Force Museum is not very central, this museum is one of the best things to do in London with toddlers.

The Royal Air Force Museum is located in giant hangars so there is PLENTY of space to run around. My son, however, could stay in the same space and wear himself out.  He would find the plane with a shark painted on it and then run away from it scared.  And, then he’d come back and do it all over again. And again.

In addition to the shark plane, there are lots of other planes, helicopters, tanks, etc that your children can explore as well as activity backpacks, simulators, etc.

Another reason the Royal Air Force Museum is one of the best museums for toddlers is because there is an outdoor playground themed along the lines of military vehicles – a helicopter climbing frame, a Tornado airplane with slides etc.

The RAF Museum London is located at Grahame Park Way in London NW9 5LL. There is plentiful paid car parking. It is open every day and has free admission.

National Army Museum

You would not believe that the National Army Museum is one of the best museums for toddlers. Seriously. They have a GREAT soft play center called Play Base with specific sessions for which you sign up.

For older children, there are many interactive exhibits as well as other activities like dressing up options and an activity backpack. With its array of activities for both older and younger children, the National Army Museum is one of the best things to do in London with toddlers in tow.

You can find the National Army Museum at the Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea London SW3 4HT. It is open 7 days a week and free to visit. Play Base does have a separate admission charge.

Other Child Friendly Museums London

Some London museums for kids are better appreciated with older children. Just because there are plenty of free museums in London for kids doesn’t mean it would be a good idea for your family trip to London.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum is another of the child friendly museums London has to offer. I would say the IWM is better with older children because it explores the larger themes of world conflict, such as why the world wars started.

The Imperial War Museum is one of the best kids museums London

The Imperial War Museum is one of the best kids museums London

The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road in London SE1 6HZ. The nearest tube stops are Lambeth North and Elephant & Castle. The Imperial War Museum is open every day except around Christmas and provides free entry.

Tate Modern

Set in a converted power station overlooking the Thames, the views from Tate Modern are amazing. Strolling along Bankside is one of the best family things to do in London and you can’t miss the imposing Tate Modern.

The striking building housing the Tate Modern

The striking building housing the Tate Modern

It really is one of the best free museums in London but you kids have to be old enough to appreciate contemporary art. My kids would endlessly run up and down the ramps of the Tate Modern when they were young – totally underrated among the things to do in London with toddlers! Now that they are older, they have more appreciation for the contemporary art than just the building.

The Tate Modern is at Bankside in London SE1 9TG. The nearest tube stations are Southwark, Blackfriars and St. Pauls. It is open every day and has free admission.

Museum of London

For indoor activities London has to offer, check out the Museum of London. It explores the city’s thousands of years of history starting with the people who lived in the area before even the Romans. The Museum of London even contains a portion of the original Roman wall that protected the Romans city of Londinium!

I thought the Lord Mayor’s carriage was pretty impressive but what did my kids really want to see? Toxic waste. The portion of the fatberg that is on display at the Museum of London. If you don’t know, the fatberg was a 130 ton mass of grease and waste clogging up London’s sewers.  Pretty gross but fascinating if you are a fan of the Horrible Histories sort of stuff my kids grew up on.

The Museum of London is located at 150 London Wall in London EC2Y 5HN.  The Museum of London is open daily and has free admission.

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Why You Should Visit London Museums With Kids On Your Next Family Trip to London

Why You Should Visit London Museums With Kids On Your Next Family Trip to London

On your next family trip to London, you should definitely check out some of the London museums with kids in tow. Invariably it will rain and you may be looking for indoor activities in London. Fun museums for kids include the world-famous institutions such as the British Museum but also lesser known museums like the HMS Belfast. Check out the best 15 museums for children in London! #london #museum #uk #travelwithkids #familyfriendly

On your next family trip to London, you should definitely check out some of the London
museums with kids in tow. Invariably it will rain and you may be looking for indoor activities
in London. Fun museums for kids include the world-famous institutions such as the British
Museum but also lesser known museums like the HMS Belfast. Check out the best 15
museums for children in London! #london #museum #uk #travelwithkids #familyfriendly

Most certainly, on your next family trip to London it‘s going to rain at some point and you’ll have to come up with some indoor activities in London. What about checking out some London museum with kids?The best free museums in London for kids include the famous ones like the V&A Museum and the Natural History Museum, but also lesser known museums like the V&A Museum of Childhood . Check out the best 5 London free museums for children. #london #free #museum #uk #travelwithkids #familyfriendly

Most certainly, on your next family trip to London it‘s going to rain at some point and you’ll
have to come up with some indoor activities in London. What about checking out some
London museum with kids?The best free museums in London for kids include the famous
ones like the V&A Museum and the Natural History Museum, but also lesser known
museums like the V&A Museum of Childhood . Check out the best 5 London free museums
for children. #london #free #museum #uk #travelwithkids #familyfriendly

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5 Reasons Waterside Cornwall Has The Best Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

5 Reasons Waterside Cornwall Has The Best Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

I know my children have strong English roots because they absolutely adore Devon and Cornwall which seems to hold a fond place in the heart of many British people. We’ve had family holidays in the area because it’s always their first choice for where to go in England. We have usually stayed at family-friendly luxury hotels in the area such as Fowey Hall or Saunton Sands Hotel. We were invited this time to stay at Waterside Cornwall, luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall.  We loved that these North Cornwall holiday cottages gave us the privacy of our own little house but also had the amenities of a hotel nearby – making them the perfect choice in our opinion for family holidays in Cornwall.

Waterside Cottages Cornwall

Waterside Cornwall is a set of conveniently located holiday cottages near Bodmin in Cornwall. They have been newly renovated and are set around a clubhouse and a lake.

The lakeside Lanivet view which is a superb feature for these holiday cottages in North Cornwall

The lakeside Lanivet view which is a superb feature for these holiday cottages in North Cornwall

The Exterior of the Luxury Cottages Cornwall

The Waterside Cottages Cornwall are a series of charming A-frame homes, . My kids thought they looked like tee-pees for glamping not realising that A-Frame homes were popularised in the mid-20th Century in the USA as the architect’s option for vacation homes.

I am reminded of mid-century modern American vacation homes with these luxury cottages Cornwall has to offer.

I am reminded of mid-century modern American vacation homes with these luxury cottages Cornwall has to offer.

These self catering Cornwall cottages are set with a good amount of space between them. They have outdoor seating in front as well as large sliding doors from the living space so that younger kids can play while you keep an eye on them.

The Interior of the Luxury Cottages Cornwall

Inside the holiday cottages in North Cornwall, the decor is modern and tasteful. We had a two bedroom cottage. Downstairs was the open plan kitchen, dining and living room. The double bedroom with ensuite bathroom was downstairs and the upstairs was the master bedroom, another bathroom and a little sun trap of a terrace.

Although there were only four of us, the cottage can accommodate up to 6 people with the pull out couch. The dining table is also set up for 6 people.

Both bedrooms had a television so we did not have to battle with the children on what to watch. And, as an additional bonus, the television had Netflix so that the kids had a wide choice of programming. We found the WiFi excellent as well.

The double bedroom for the kids at these North Cornwall holiday cottages

The double bedroom for the kids at these North Cornwall holiday cottages

And, what’s the best thing for family holidays in Cornwall? A Washing Machine! All that outdoor activity means kids get mucky. You don’t actually need to bring that much if you can just wash their clothes out.

Why These Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall?

Here are our 5 main reasons we loved these luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall and why we would recommend them for family holidays in Cornwall.

Cottages in Cornwall With a Hot Tub

Some of the larger Waterside Cornwall homes are great for parties because they are cottages in Cornwall with a hot tub. My kids love a hot tub because it reminds them of thermal pools we have visited. We did not choose any of the Waterside cottages in Cornwall with a hot tub though because we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of supervising them.

Cornwall Cottages With A Pool

Speaking of supervising children in water, many people look for Cornwall cottages with a pool. We loved that Waterside Cornwall had its own pool in the clubhouse which was just a short walk away. The clubhouse pool was warm and safe! It had its own lifeguard so that as an adult you weren’t constantly on edge. Moreover, the lifeguard is always useful for keeping other people’s kids in line!

Since we have a pool at our summer house, we know with children you always need to keep an eye on them when they are playing in the pool. You can’t really zone out yourself if you are keeping an eye on their antics.

You’d think in Cornwall cottages with a pool would be a great idea – but with children we have found that its better in theory than practice! The best of all worlds is to have a pool handy but not right outside in the back yard!

Optional Self Catering Cornwall

Our self catering North Cornwall cottage came with a full kitchen (including a full size refrigerator) which was really handy for snacks and the occasional cuppa.

On the other hand, the clubhouse restaurant was excellent. My husband pronounced his full English breakfast for £5 excellent. We had all three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – at some point during our stay at the restaurant. There’s a children’s menu as well.

North Cornwall holidays wouldn’t be the same without mouth watering food like that offered at the Waterside Cornwall restaurant.

North Cornwall holidays wouldn’t be the same without mouth watering food like that offered at the Waterside Cornwall restaurant.

All our meals were excellent and it was just really nice not to cook when we didn’t feel like it. Yet, we did not have to get in the car to go anywhere to have a nice meal in a restaurant.

Although self catering North Cornwall has great restaurant options if you want to eat out.

Although self catering North Cornwall has great restaurant options if you want to eat out.

If you decided to go full self catering North Cornwall has several big supermarkets nearby thanks to the town of Bodmin being so close to these holiday cottages.

Other Waterside Cornwall Amenities

With these luxury cottages Cornwall has gotten itself a low-key resort complex.  The center at Waterside Cornwall is a hub for the whole complex and has a convivial feeling. You can either walk to the center or park right outside (if you are with people who are mobility impaired).

The lobby is where registration takes place. There’s a seating area where you can hang out as an alternative to your self catering Cornwall cottage. Sometimes with family gatherings, you might need that extra space!

The main center at Waterside Cornwall is a communal area for people to meet and relax

The main center at Waterside Cornwall is a communal area for people to meet and relax

The restaurant and bar is a large area with plenty of seating. The restaurant extends into a conservatory area which is lovely for afternoon tea or having a drink in the sunshine. The conservatory doors open onto outdoor seating with a lakeside view as well as the children’s playground.

Family holidays in Cornwall are beloved by many British people

Family holidays in Cornwall are beloved by many British people

The center also provides access to the pool and a well-equipped gym. There are regular fitness classes if you are feeling inspired.

Waterside Cornwall does put on occasional entertainment. For example, my kids chose to join bingo night. They discovered when they went for the kids’ disco that the other children were much younger. At that awkward tween age, my kids also refused to participate in the arts & crafts and egg/spoon races that the staff organised. Upstairs there’s a games room if your older kids want to play pool or table football.

There is a small store onsite as well that sells necessities and souvenirs.

Fresh bread is available at the center at these luxury cottages Cornwall

Fresh bread is available at the center at these luxury cottages Cornwall

Segway Cornwall

I’ve never been on a Segway before. In fact, they kind of scared me. I’m totally uncoordinated and the thought of having to balance on one of those things in traffic on a city tour was totally unappealing.

I was totally wrong as I found out at Segway Lakeview. Learning to use a Segway in Cornwall turned out to be easy peasy.

The Segway Lakeview office was near our self-catering Cornwall cottage and the kids saw people going in and out having a blast. So, it was hard to resist their pleas to try out a Segway in Cornwall with Segway Lakeview. Besides if you are going to Segway, Cornwall seemed a pretty option for not getting run over in city traffic.

Off Road Segway Cornwall sheep better watch out!

Off Road Segway Cornwall sheep better watch out!

Anthony who owns and leads the Segway Lakeview tours made us feel totally comfortable. We were zipping around the countryside and doing slaloms and jumps in no time on the Segway in Cornwall in the fields above Waterside Cornwall.

And, I discovered the Segway does everything for you! There’s actually  no balancing involved. It actually is a multi-generational fun thing that would make for memorable family holidays in Cornwall. We all totally loved our time on a Segway in Cornwall.

Waterside Cornwall Location

We’ve been to Bodmin before on our North Cornwall holidays. In fact, when my kids heard we were in holiday cottages near Bodmin, they wanted to know if we’d revisit Bodmin Jail. I did take an evening history and paranormal tour at Bodmin Jail but the kids decided to stay at Waterside Cornwall because it was bingo night. Bingo or Ghosts? I didn’t even think that was a choice.

In addition to being close to Bodmin, these holiday cottages in North Cornwall are near to the little village of Lanivet. The Lanivet Inn is a great local pub serving good food and one of the best options for restaurants in the area. The night we went for dinner the locals were fund-raising for a defibrillator for the village – it’s that local.

You’ve got to get out and explore the great outdoors like Bodmin Moor when you take family holidays in Cornwall

You’ve got to get out and explore the great outdoors like Bodmin Moor when you take family holidays in Cornwall

Nearby Bodmin is the start of the Camel Trail which is an old disused railroad track converted to a cycle route. It goes all the way to Padstow. You can rent bikes at either Bodmin or Wadebridge and head out for some fresh air and easy cycling. We ourselves rode from Wadebridge to Padstow for a leisurely afternoon browsing in Padstow. And, a Cornish Cream Tea of course.

And, of course there is the isolated beauty of Bodmin Moor which is great for long country walks. And, Jamaica Inn – the pub from the famous Daphne Du Maurier book about smugglers in Cornwall. There is a small museum next to the Jamaica Inn on smuggling in Cornwall as well as Du Maurier’s life.

Visiting Waterside Cornwall

If I were to be honest the whole experience reminded me of a small-scale Centerparcs resort (which my kids also love). Why? You can get little cottages near each other for a friends and family vacation, there are plenty of activities for multi-generational fun and a center with restaurant and leisure activities.

Unlike a Centerparcs experience, other than Segway Lakeview you have to find your own activities (not hard to do on family holidays in Cornwall!).  On the other hand, these luxury cottages in North Cornwall are a much better value option. Moreover, the homes are nicer, cleaner and more modern than the average Centerparcs option. And, you get to park your car in front of your little home so its easy to get in and out of the house.

Waterside Cornwall is located at Old Coach Road, Lanivet, Bodmin, Cornwall. You can book these self-catering North Cornwall cottages directly through Waterside Cornwall website.

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5 Reasons Waterside Cornwall Has The Best Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

5 Reasons Waterside Cornwall Has The Best Luxury Holiday Cottages in Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall hold a fond place in the heart of many British people, and my kids love visiting these areas. This time we stayed at Waterside Cornwall cottages, which made for the perfect choice for family holidays in Cornwall. Here are our 5 main reasons we loved these luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall and what are the best things to do in Cornwall in this area. #cornwall #uk #holidaycottages #cottages #familytravel

Devon and Cornwall hold a fond place in the heart of many British people, and my kids love
visiting these areas. This time we stayed at Waterside Cornwall cottages, which made for the
perfect choice for family holidays in Cornwall. Here are our 5 main reasons we loved these
luxury holiday cottages in Cornwall and what are the best things to do in Cornwall in this
area. #cornwall #uk #holidaycottages #cottages #familytravel

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