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Top ten family holiday activities in London - voted by parents
TWO THIRDS OF BRITISH FAMILIES HAVEN’T VISITED LONDON
·Despite being voted the top capital
city (19 percent) for a family holiday, 70 percent of UK parents haven’t visited London with their children
·The top reason (38 percent) that parents overlook London for a family
holiday is that it’s perceived to be too expensive, however 50 percent of the
top ten London experiences for kids to try before
they’re 12 years old are actually free
·Those in Bristol (80 percent), Belfast (79 percent) and Sheffield (75
percent) are among the areas where the majority of families have not visited the
With the half-term and Easter holidays around
the corner, a survey has shown that despite a wealth of culture and top
attractions our capital city is being overlooked by UK families as an option
for a break away.
Commissioned by the Royal
Garden Hotel which
offers a family-friendly
package, the survey of 2,000 parents revealed that almost half of British parents (38
percent) think London is too expensive for the average family to visit. Contrary to this, the research showed that 8
out of 10 of the top ten experiences in London that parents think will enrich
their children are either free or have a minimal cost – while visiting all ten
attractions would cost a family of four under £200 
experiences for kids to try before they’re 12 years old:
1.Travel the underground (46%) – free
for 10 and younger
2.Ride on the top of a double decker bus
(45%) – free for 10 and younger
3.Take a ride on the London Eye (41%)
4.See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace (35%) – free to see
5.See the dinosaur skeletons at the National History Museum
(34%) – free general entrance
6.Go to the Science Museum (33%) – free
7.See the penguins at London Zoo (31%)
8.Visit Winter Wonderland (30%) – free
9.Buy a toy from Hamley’s (28%)
10.See the Houses of Parliament (25%) –
free to see
A third (31 percent)
of parents are under the illusion that London museums charge for entry, however
top attractions such as the Science Museum – where 33 percent of children want
to visit – and the Natural History Museum – where 34 percent of children want
to visit – actually have free general admission all year round.
finding is that a fifth (20 percent) think London hotels don’t cater for
families when in actual fact there are many family-friendly hotels
offeringgreat value room packages
during school holidays.
Despite reservations of London being a
holiday destination, parents actually voted London the top capital city (19
percent) to visit with the kids, followed by continental capitals, Paris
(18 percent), Rome (12 percent) and Madrid (10 percent).
Commenting on the
survey, Jonathan Lowrey, General Manager at the Royal Garden
Hotel, said: “It’s a pity to see that lots of children are
missing out on visiting the country’s capital city. With our research showing
the top ingredients for the perfect family break are spending quality time
together (62 percent) and having fun things to do and see (57 percent), families
are missing a trick if they don’t consider visiting London this half-term or
He continued: “We know
that planning a family holiday can be a challenge and our
research shows that the top stresses for parents are travelling to the
destination (45 percent), packing (35 percent) and organising fun things for
the family to do (30 percent). With easy transport links and a wealth of free
and reasonably priced attractions to alleviate these worries, London offers
families the opportunity for an action packed break away with the kids without
having to compromise on great value.”
 For a family
of four with children 12 years and under, the cost to visit all ten attractions
would be £193.04. Underground and bus: £36 per family for a day travel card.
Parents are £12 each and kids are £6. London eye: £74 standard ticket. London
Zoo: £68.04. Toy at Hamley’s: standard cuddly toy is £15.
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