The Natural History Museum and Kew Gardens in an afternoon
The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is a world-renowned museum located in South Kensington, London. It has a vast collection of over 80 million specimens, ranging from fossils and minerals to plants and animals. The museum is particularly famous for its dinosaur skeletons, including a full-sized animatronic T-Rex. The museum also has several interactive exhibits, including a virtual reality experience where visitors can explore the Great Barrier Reef.
The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. 'South Kensington' is the closest, and the station is approximately five minutes' walk away. 'Gloucester Road' station also services the above Tube lines and is approximately 6 minutes' walk away too. The entrance to the museum is free and you can offer a donation when entering or leaving if you want to contribute something. Make sure you bring your camera and have a fully charged phone - as there are lots of great photo opportunities. You can see everything in around 2 hrs and they have a cafe if you would like to get some tea, coffee or a light bite to eat.
The Natural History Museum is open every day from 10 am to 5:50 pm
(with last entry at 5:30 p.m.) and is closed between December 24th and 26th each year.
Website - www.nhm.ac.uk
Address - Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens
The Royal Botanic Kew Gardens are located in Richmond Only 22 mins (by underground) from The Natural History Museum. You would go from 'South Kensington Underground Station' via the District line to 'Kew Gardens Underground Station' and this stop is only 500m from the Victoria Gate entrance. You could be in for an absolute treat if the weather is nice and you should be able to see everything in around 3 hrs (You could even go there first and the museum after depending on the weather forecast). There are 50,000 living plants to be found across the award-winning UNESCO World Heritage site and you will also get to see Princess of Wales Conservatory, Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens, The Hive, The Japanese Gateway, Palm House, The Botanical, Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood galleries and much more. The gardens are normally open at 10 am every day and close at 6.30 pm (last entry 6 pm) from Monday to Thursday, and at 8.30 pm (last entry 8 pm) from Friday to Sunday and on bank holidays. Some attractions within the gardens close earlier and Kew advises to check before travelling.
Ticket prices - PEAK (1 FEBRUARY TO 31 OCTOBER)
Advance* with donation: £19.00 without donation: £17.00
OFF PEAK (1 NOVEMBER TO 31 JANUARY) -
Advance* with donation: £13.50 without donation: £12.00
Website - https://bit.ly/425juHY