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Top places to visit in the London area with vehicle mad children

1) Brooklands Museum - Explore this site and all its history, experience it in all it's glory through interactive collections of motor vehicles, aircraft and hear real life experiences. Highlight for most is experiencing Concorde through a mock flight on the actual aircraft.

Read more about it in my blog post here.

2) RAF Museum London- NW9- This museum used to be my go to place when we lived closer. Free but advisable to reserve tickets ahead of time. Such an easy place to visit with so much to keep the children interested and free to roam. Located through various hangers, with a wide variety of aircraft, interactive discoveries and a great playground which is always a big hit with my children. A cafe and a restaurant are on site and the only thing you pay for is the car park. There are however a couple of optional extras you can pay for such as simulator rides, but they are easily avoided if you don't want extra expense. I would say this is a good place even for none vehicle mad children. Both my daughter and sons love it. They currently have a Horrible Histories thing going on if you check their website.

3) London Transport Museum- An obvious choice if you are in Central London. Tickets can be used for free return visits for a year. As it says on the tin, a museum of londons transport, clamber on buses, trains, experience what its like from a tube drivers point of view. Lots of interaction and a small play section for children too. It has a little cafe and a fabulous shop where you can by everything LDN transport related.

4) Mercedes Benz World- An ideal place to tag onto a visit to Brooklands Museum. A few floors of amazing sports cars, climb in and pretend to drive! The museum is free but for extra charges there are various driving simulators you can try and for the little ones there is Little Learners where they can drive a car around a track complete with traffic lights and so on. I have just seen they have a new area called fastTrax- a slot car miniature racing track for all the family. Read about our visit here.

5) The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport- Enfield- This is a hidden gem for vehicle lovers! I used to live close otherwise I wouldn't have known about this quirky and friendly place! Located in a Victorian water pumping station, run by a charity with all proceeds going back into preserving the museum. As well as the floors of cars, motorbikes, bikes... you name it! You can also go down and look at the original purpose of this place and look down a deep deep well. Fascinates my children.

Back up stairs there is a lovely little cafe that is like going to your grandmas for lunch! And so reasonably priced. Outside you can climb aboard Fire Engines, buses and many more. Clamber on board an old tube carriage and inside you will find a perfectly formed miniature railway, set up and run by volunteers. Children would literally spend hours staring at this! They often have event days too so keep an eye out. Usually open Tuesdays and the last Sunday of the month but check out their website/socials before setting off! This isn't a free day out but is very reasonably priced.

6) Diggerland- Kent- As a name suggests a place to go and discover diggers of all shapes and sizes, carefully modified to be made into various rides! The size is more of an adventure farm rather than a theme park so it's very managable with young children. Has an onsite cafe and soft play too. Read more about it in our blog post here.

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