Guest Post: Thinking British — An Educational Day Out in the UK

Palace_of_Westminster,_London_-_Feb_2007The UK is known for its wealth of historical attractions and glorious countryside and here are plenty  of fabulous things to see on a day trip. Educational attractions such as the Houses of Parliament can provide an insight into how the nation runs its affairs and make for an unusual day out. The tour would involve lots of walking, so youngsters might not appreciate it as much.

One of the great ways to learn about the country while you enjoy the sights is to use discount vouchers. A single voucher can get you into a wide variety of places. Try a Portsmouth Historic Dockyard voucher for real value. Possess one of these and you’ll have access to the Royal Marines Museum, The HMS Alliance, as well as Explosion, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, The Museum of Naval Firepower, the new Mary Rose Museum, the HMS Warrior 1860, the HMS Victory and much more. They have the Action Stations, the National Museum Royal Navy Portsmouth, Harbor Tours, a Hear My Story Gallery and a Racing to War Exhibition. All of these offer a tremendous amount to teach people, young and old, and new features and exhibitions are added every year.

The Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition and Tour is a place where visitors may experience the plays of the world’s most famous scribes within a recreation of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre. Students are often asked to write about the Bard’s plays. If you’re lucky you may be able to catch the one that your child is studying.

Perhaps if “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet” and other such plays don’t grab your kids’ attention, you might want to treat them to something a little more “pop” culture. Enter Madame Tussauds, with its wax statues of people from Marvel superheroes to famous historic figures. This attraction, which combines fun with education, has been drawing people for over 200 years and can keep even the most restless kid happy.

If history and learning is getting too much, then try the Pooh Corner in Hartfield. It has the largest collection of paraphernalia in the world for A.A Milne’s famous creation and is free to enter, though it’s best to call ahead to be sure they are open. In Chalfont St Giles you’ll find the Chiltern Open Air Museum which displays restored and rescued and restored buildings. Or, you can try Chester zoo, which allows you to buy tickets online and beat the queues when you arrive. They have the most active reptiles in the country and often have educational school trips that explain how they save endangered species.

The UK is renowned throughout the world for some of its institutions and landmarks. It’s a country that offers visitors a fun day out, and the flight across the seas is certainly one that you won’t regret.

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