Happy Birthday to the future king of England — Prince George! It seems like just yesterday the world was going bananas over the future monarch’s arrival, and now that Prince George turned 1, it’s time to raise your glasses – or crystal juice cups — in celebration again!
In honor of Prince George’s birthday, Visit Britain shared with us family-friendly travel ideas in the UK fit for your little prince or princess. Follow in the Royal Family’s footsteps with your little tikes as you explore all the imaginative places that lie in Great Britain.
Toys Fit for Royalty
Royal Childhood Exhibit at Buckingham Palace
From treasured family gifts, including President Obama’s personalized alpaca wool baby blanket for George, to well-loved toys, like Queen Elizabeth’s toy horses, this special Royal Childhood exhibit at Buckingham Palace will give you an exclusive glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace.
LEGOland, Windsor, England
While your little ones might not be as enthralled with London history as you are, they’ll surely love LEGOland Windsor! Kids will be all smiles when they see the full-scale LEGO paradise hotel’s themed bedrooms (Pirate, Adventure or Kingdom-themed), interactive LEGO features, a dragon-guarded entrance and a pirate splash pool.
Childhood Stories Come to Life
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Oxford
The city of Oxford is forever linked with the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which in 2015 will mark 150 years since its original publication. Lewis Carroll would take the young Alice Liddell – the inspiration of his story – punting (similar to rowing, but using a long stick to propel the boat against the riverbed), all the while telling her tales of Alice and the white rabbit, who has become one of literature’s most vivid characters. Visitors can find their own inspiration on Oxford’s waters with one of the many punting companies available on the river.
Anyone in the mood to “tumble down the rabbit hole” after reading about Alice’s meeting with the Mad Hatter and his friends shouldn’t miss out on the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson London hotel, which comes complete with ticking clock cakes, menus hidden inside vintage books, a “Jelly Wonderland” and other whimsical treats.
Inside the Imagination of Roald Dahl
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it,” wrote Roald Dahl, the master storyteller whose works ignite the imagination of millions of children all over the world. Watch his time-honored stories and vivid characters like Willy Wonka and Matilda come to life in London’s West End, in the wildly fun musicals — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda.
Next head to Great Missenden, only 45 minutes by train from London’s Marylebone station, to see the village Dahl lived and wrote in for 36 years and the award-winning Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Sit on a bench cleverly disguised as a crocodile, wave to the BFG “Big Friendly Giant” outside, and hear and tell your favorite stories in this magical museum.
Follow Winnie the Pooh
Fans of Winnie the Pooh can visit the enchanted story locations, such as Poohsticks Bridge and The Heffalump Trap, in the scenic countryside of Hartfield, East Sussex, which is less than 90 minutes from London. Start your visit at Pooh Corner, a shop that houses the world’s largest selection of “Pooh-phernalia” as well as “Piglit’s tearoom.” Visit the storied 100 Acre Wood, in reality the Five Hundred-Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, and even visit the spot where the “North Pole” was found by Pooh.
Travel Like a Lil’ Prince or Princess
A must-see for any royal tour is Kensington Palace, home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George. While you can’t visit the little prince’s nursery, there is a public wing of the palace open to visitors, including tours of the King and Queen’s State Apartments, where you can take a peek at toys and clothing of the royal children.
Brighton & Hove
After you follow the royal family’s footsteps, get some beach time in at Brighton and Hove, UK’s most popular seaside destination, just a quick train ride from London. With the aquarium, Brighton Pier and the oldest electric railway in the world, this seaside town is perfect for families.