It might feel as though the kids have only just gone back to school, but that October half-term will certainly slowly creep up on you.
It’s always best to book attraction tickets in advance, especially during busy periods like school holidays, so we’ve chosen our top picks of what to do this half-term with the kids around London the rest of the UK.
Explore London with Merlin’s Magical London Pass
London has so much for a family to enjoy, but many assume that exploring all these attractions will come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, thanks to Merlin’s Magical London Pass, you can easily gain admission to six top London attractions, while also saving 60%! Get entry into:
Madame Tussauds London, including the Star Wars exhibition
The Coca-Cola London Eye
SEA Life London Aquarium, including priority entry
Dreamworks Tours Shrek’s Adventure
The London Dungeon
The London Eye River Cruise
This budget-friendly ticket is an instant gate-ready mobile ticket that you can use straight away if you wish. It’s also fully flexible and open-dated, so you can visit your chosen attractions at any time and in the order you want. It’s also valid for 90 days from first use, making it the ideal addition to any weekend or over-night London trip.
Brave the rides at Alton Towers Resort
Boasting over 50 rides and attractions, Alton Towers Resort is the perfect day out for families of all ages. The theme park features a number of high-speed thrill rides, and also kid-friendly attractions and areas, making it ideal for kids younger and older. Older children and teenagers will love the excitement of Wicker Man, Alton Towers’ newest attraction, which is a wooden roller coaster with a terrifying theme. Take your little ones over to CBeebies Land, and watch as their faces light up upon seeing all their favourite television characters, including the Teletubbies, Bing, and In The Night Garden.
Like all of our UK theme park tickets, the Alton Towers ticket is an instant gate-ready ticket that you simply download to your phone, or print off if your prefer. Unlike if you were to purchase on the gate, our tickets are fully flexible, meaning that if you’ve woken up to bad weather and changed your mind about visiting, you can visit another day instead!
Mingle with the Medievals at Warwick Castle
Visiting this regal fortress is cheaper than you might think, with entrance to Warwick Castle starting at just £19 for Adults and £18 for Children. Like many of our attraction tickets, this in an instant gate-ready ticket, ready to show on your phone or print off if you prefer. It’s also opendated - simply use before November 3rd to save on gate prices.
Warwick Castle is a fantastic family day out, with easy access from London and Birmingham as it is just two miles from the M40. Warwick rail station is also a short walk away, with regular trains from Birmingham (27 mins) and London ( 80 mins). Set in the very heart of Shakespeare’s England, the Castle and surrounding grounds is a fun, action-packed way to spend a day with your kids. As well as exploring the Castle in your own time, there are also loads of activities going on, such as bow and arrow demonstrations, catapult exhibits and more. The Castle also features the UK’s largest bird of prey show, The Falconer’s Quest.
Marvel at the view from The Shard
Take in the glory of London this half-term by ascending to the top of The Shard and marveling at all the city has to offer. This iconic building is the equivalent in height of 57 double-decker buses, and is London’s highest viewing gallery - a must-do for all London visitors!
Upon arrival, a high-speed lift carries you and your family up to Level 69 and Level 72 where viewing galleries, Champagne bars and more await you. Level 69 is indoors (ideal for rainy days) and boasts 360-degree views in a comfortable area. While over on Level 72, guests will enjoy the ‘open-air skydeck’, where you can kick back, relax and feel the sun on your face as you gaze at the city below.
Our View from the Shard summer sale is currently on, valid for all Adult and Child midweek tickets purchased before September 30. We also offer a Family Ticket too, which will save you money and mean you can all enjoy this unforgettable experience, for less.
Discover the magic at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Kids and adults alike will love discovering the wizarding world of Harry Potter, in this exciting studio tour. Since opening, the tour has proved popular for all hardcore Potter-fans and complete novices alike, offering a completely mesmerising experience and glimpse into how the fantastic film series was formed.
Our tickets also (very handily) come with round coach transportation from Central London to the Warner Bros. Studio - perfect if you don’t fancy doing the drive! Once you arrive, you’ll be able to see actual costumes and props from all of the eight Harry Potter films. Step into the Great Hall, walk down Diagon Alley, and visit Dumbledore’s office too. Multiple departure times are also available to suit every kind of itinerary.
Step back in time at Stonehenge
There’s no rule that says days out need not be educational, and with a visit to Stonehenge, your kids will enjoy both an exciting and informative, unique activity. Our Simply Stonehenge Tour will allow you and your family to delve into one of the world’s most curious wonders, and also includes an audio-guide to help you explore the famous monoliths and surrounding area on your own.
The tour includes roundtrip transportation from London by air-conditioned coach, and as this is an unescorted tour, you will enjoy plenty of free-time to uncover the history in the surrounding area too. Head back to London after a busy day of culture and history, ready to unpack all that you have learnt.
Embark on ‘The Ultimate London Adventure’
Voted the number one attraction in London on TripAdvisor, The Ultimate London Adventure is an experience not to be missed. If you’re short on time, this exciting tour is perfect for you, as you’ll embark on a speedy 50-minute tour of London in a unique fashion - via speedboat on the River Thames.
Whizz past London’s famous landmarks, including the London Eye, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. This is an intimate tour, as each boat only has 12 seats, complete with an expert guide who will accompany you along this adventure. What’s more, life jackets and cold/wet-weather clothing are all supplied free of charge, for all ages and sizes. This is an exhilarating experience suitable for the whole family, and will be something you’ll reminisce for years to come.
Sing-along to one of London’s top shows
A trip to London’s West End is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, especially if the weather is less than favourable! We sell loads of family-friendly West End attraction tickets, including:
Treat yourself and your little ones to a stellar afternoon of fantastic songs and thrilling entertainment, a must-do for any rainy day in London!
There’s loads more exciting attractions to discover all around the UK this half-term - this list is simply a starting off point for all the fun you can enjoy!
Click here to see all the UK attraction tickets we sell, including tickets for Thorpe Park, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, and Chessington World of Adventures.
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