We have just returned from an end of summer family trip to one of my favourite cities in the world. I love London for so many reasons - the unique city vibe that is like nowhere else in the world, the west-end theatre district, and the sense of history that the city exudes just to name a few.
London is one of the world's most interesting cities and just happens to be one of my favourite family destinations. As English author Samuel Johnson famously said, "If a man is tired of London, then he is tired of life". There's so much to do in London with kids that visitors can return again and again and find that they have only scratched the surface of what London has to offer.
Let's just start by stating what may be the obvious to many parents (but hadn't occurred to me) - depending on the age and temperament of your kids they may find the London Eye really, really cool or really, really excruciatingly boring. It doesn't much matter though because if your family is visiting London for the first time then you have to ride the Eye. In fact, school age kids will be clamouring to ride because they will want to tell their friends at home all about it.
A great day trip from London for families is a river cruise to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Maritime Greenwich. Most kids love a boat ride and it's fun to get a completely different perspective of the city of London from the water. We took this trip on a chilly, damp and drizzly day in March but but we were determined not to let the weather dampen our enthusiasm. In any event, we were in no position to complain about the weather as we were in the midst of a 10 day visit to London and this was the only day that was wet - a minor miracle in terms of English weather.
My daughter, Katie, is a Harry Potter fanatic so when we began to plan our itinerary for London last year it was very important to her to see some of the locations that she would recognize from the movie franchise. I began searching online for Harry Potter tours and we selected London Taxi Tour which had a range of tours available.
Here's a place that my kids would love to visit. Alnwick Castle is located in the historic market town of Alnwick in the northeast of England about 450 km from London and is instantly recognizable as Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter movies. Alnwick Castle was built as a medieval fortress and has been the home of the Percys, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. Today it is the second largest inhabited castle in England as it is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and their family.