5 Places to Visit in London in May with a Toddler

The toddler and I are making our travel plans for May. We are aiming to visit a different place in London each week. It has to be somewhere new that we have not been to together before. We can’t be guaranteed of good weather in May, so we will largely be focusing on indoor attractions. And we are on a budget, so they should ideally be cheap. Here is my plan for 5 places to visit in London in May with a toddler.

It is time for us to say goodbye to the mountains for a while. We are looking forward to exploring what a big city like London has to offer a toddler.

5 Places to Visit in London in May with a Toddler
Farewell to the mountains

5 Places to Visit in London in May with a Toddler

Indoors, for the grey days

  1. We have to start with a big one, the Science Museum. We have never made it here before and it sounds excellent for toddlers. It is also free, so good for the budget. The first place we will head is The Garden. This is an interactive area where youngsters can play with water, sound and building blocks. Which sounds perfect for Daisy.
  2. We also want to visit the Museum of London Docklands. Neither of us have ever been here despite the fact I lived in the area for a few years. This is another free museum. And as an added bonus, you get to go on a driverless train to get there (the Docklands Light Railway). There is a dedicated children’s gallery, Mudlarks. This is another hands-on area, aimed at the under 8s. They have a dedicated toddlers group on a Monday morning and storytelling sessions on a Thursday. So we will try to time our visit for one of those.
  3. The National Army Museum has recently reopened. So I am excited to see what they have done with the place. We may even be able to persuade Daddy to come to this one for a family day out. One again, this is free. You have to love the number of free museums in London. There are interactive exhibits in all the galleries to keep kids entertained. And if you splash out £4.50 for a one hour session, there is an army themed play area, the Play Base, for the under 8s

Outdoors, for the sunny days

  1. Coram’s Fields sounds like a great place for Daisy to burn off some energy. It is a seven acre playground in the heart of London with free entrance. As well as the play areas, there is a small city farm. And they have 2 sandpits, which are Daisy’s current favourite. Every morning at 10.30 they run an activity for under 5s, so we will try to make it for one of those sessions.
  2. We postponed a trip to Vauxhall City Farm last year due to a horrible cold that we kept passing round the family. I think she will enjoy it more now she is older anyway. Unfortunately Daisy is not yet old enough for a pony ride here, but she will enjoy seeing the animals at this urban farm. And guess what? Entrance is free.

So there you have it. Our plan for May. Five very different places to visit. And a total entrance fee cost of £4.50. We will travel by tube and take picnic lunches if the weather is good. So hopefully each trip will only average £10 or so. Sounds like a bargain for London!

Wander Mum

20 thoughts on “5 Places to Visit in London in May with a Toddler

  1. It’s a great idea to make the most of all the wonderful free things that London has to offer. The National Army Museum having just reopened is on my London list too at the moment and I’ve heard they have a good play area! It’s very easy as a parent to spend a fortune on days out but this shows that with a bit of advance planning you can do a lot on a limited budget. #CityTripping

    1. A massive bargain for London, and the tube’s a tiny adventure for kids as well, right? Well it was for me as an adult, so maybe I’m projecting. I love that London has so many things to do, both indoors and out – even if the weather isn’t spectacular sometimes, it doesn’t stop you from getting out and about! #CityTripping

    2. It is fantastic that so many things in London are free. I wasn’t particularly looking for free museums, but it so happened that all the ones that were top of our list were free!

  2. Great idea and great choices. Science museum is brilliant. Daisy will also enjoy the pattern pod and Coram’s fields is great…you could even squeeze in a trip to the British Museum. I need to return to Vauxhall City Farm at some point, haven’t been since the renovation. Must check out the Army and Docklands museums too. Good inspiration. You’ll have an action packed May! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  3. Ah, I was so glad to see docklands museum on here! It was nice to see things that are a bit out of the box too. I lived in London for 5 years
    Previously, and been back twice since with a toddler. We are next going in may too, for 10 nights. I love london, there’s so much to do. My son loves the mudlarks sessions at the dock lands museum.

  4. Science Museum would be great for kids!! 🙂

    How about the zoo? I know it’s a bit more expensive, but a fun option. Or the SeaLife centre if you pick up a 2 for 1 ticket (don’t know how much they even charge for that now but I bet it’s a lot!).

    1. London Zoo does sound great for kids. And I’ve always wanted to go to the Aquarium. They are on the list!

  5. Sounds like you have a busy month planned. Admirable with a toddler. I cannot recommmend the museum of London highly enough – our whole family loved it! And if you’re out with time to spare, check out the Barbican. A 1970’s eyesore, made special. I love that area, one of my favourite London neighbourhoods. #citytripping

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