Day Trip bucket List: Attractions under 2½ hours away!

Looking for last minute day trips for your under 5s.. Stuck for ideas? Here are a few getaways that are only a few hours away from London. I've also included closest stations and price ranges.

London & surrounding areas

Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford High Street (DLR), Admission Under £6.50pp

Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne station, £3pp shuttle from the station to the attraction, Adult £21, 2-15yrs £18 

The Science Museum/Natural History Museum, South Kensington (Underground), Free 

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden (Underground), Adults £17.50 

London Eye/Shrek’s Adventure/Sea Life, London Waterloo station
LE: Adults from £24, Children from £19 
SA: Adults from £19, Children from £15 
SL: Adults from £20, Children from £16

Kidzania, Shepards Bush station, Adults from £15, 4-14yrs from £18, 1-3yrs £10 

Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington station, from £29 online, £50 at the gate 

London Zoo, Regents Park station, Adults £29.75, 3-15yrs £22 

Legoland, Windsor & Eton station
From £32pp if booked online more than 7 days in advanced, From £37pp if booked online 1-6 days in advanced, £47 at the gate

Further out…

Butlins, Bognor Regis station, Approx. 1hr 30m
(Single day admission)
Just for Tots/term time:  Adults £13.60, 2-14yrs £8
School holidays: Adults £22.40, 2-14yrs £13.60 

Thomas Land @ Drayton Manor, Tamworth station, Approx. 2hr10m
Adults £25 online £39 at the gate, 4-11yr olds £20 online £29 at the gate 

Peppa Pig World @ Paultons Park, Southampton Central station, Approx. 2hr 22m
Over 1m £29.25 online, £34.25 at the gate


And a little bit further than that…

CBeebies land @Alton Towers, Uttoxeter station, Approx. 3hrs 
Adult £41 online £55 at the gate, 3-11yrs £35 online £48 at the gate 

Longleat, Warminster station, Approx. 2hrs 10m and a subsequent 30m cab
Adult £29.70 online £34.95 on the gate, 3-15yrs £22.27 online £26.20 on the gate

*****Note: Travel time has been calculated from London Clapham Junction to the closest station to the attractions. Prices were correct at time of publishing. It’s always best to double check the exact prices, travel information and opening times for your exact dates of travel. Always check for advance booking savings on each individual attraction website.Merlin are currently running an ‘adults go free with a paying child’ promotion on selected Kellogg’s packs. For cheap advanced savings on trains visit

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