England With Your Kids: Best of the Best

Evening view of the Tower of London, seen from across the River Thames. It has a long and bloody history and is also home to the English Crown Jewels. The white tower is the oldest medieval building, thought to date from 1078, serving as a fortress, armory and royal residence. In 1988, the Tower was designated as a World Heritage Site. Simon McBride
Across from the River Thames, this evening view of the Tower of London portrays the prominence of the long and bloody history behind this home to the English Crown Jewels. The white tower is the oldest medieval building, thought to date from 1078, serving as a fortress, armory and royal residence. In 1988, the Tower was designated as a World Heritage Site. But that's too much history for the kids. On a family trip, experience the Tower on activity trails to see the Queen's jewels or Edward I's room. The Tower of London offers a variety of other tours and multimedia guides to make sure eveyrone in the family finds something to enjoy during the visit.
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The Natural History Museum is one of London's most popular for kids and families—hall after hall of stuff that captivates young minds. Household bugs! Simulated earthquakes! Dinosaurs! Kids will be in awe of the wonder packed in this this award-winning institution. In fact, they may not realize they're learning something. Make sure you pick up a free kids' packet at the families desk  to give you ideas of where to go and what to check out.

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Alnwick Castle Laura Hulnik
Time travel back into 14th century England with fiery dragons, witchcraft and the bravery of strong knights and elegance of beautiful princesses. Opening the doors to a luxe Medieval wordrobe, adults and kids alike can don velvet gowns and crowns and craft witch pots or tiles. Shops and restaurants offer a variety of food and drink options to quench the family's thirst after a long day of time travel.  

For upcoming events, check out the Alnwick Castle website.
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Brightly coloured beach huts in a row on Brighton seafront, England Beverley Goodwin / flickr.com https://flic.kr/p/fDgwEA
Grab a wristband and get your game on. Thrill coasters and traditional amusement rides carry the family up and around, upsidedown and backwards in the midst of fun houses, two absurdly huge arcades and a pulsing energy of ecitement. And forget about the height restrictions for the kids on the big rides: there's a whole section of the park dedicated to the little ones. Plus, there's plenty for the adults to enjoy, namely the three bars, each with their own unique personality. 

To buy a wristband and plan your trip, visit the Brighton Pier website.
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Norwich Castle Museum. Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown/4585162578/in/set-72157623882477465/" target="_blank">Ell Brown/Flickr.com</a> Ell Brown
Explore this ancient castle and its evolution from palace to prison to museum. The whole family can appreciate the archeology and fine art collections. But when that gets boring for the kids, the natural history section's animal exhibits allow exciting access to those enigmatic animals kids never get to see up close. Meanwhile, dungeons and jail cells lurk in the basement for a spooky but engaging close to the visit. 

For more visitor information, visit the Norwich Castle website

Norwich Castle Museum. Photo by Ell Brown/Flickr.com
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