With so much going on inside the capital, it is understandable that London’s outskirts are often ignored and deemed irrelevant when it comes to planning family weekend trips. However, the towns and regions on the periphery of London boast some of the best attractions in Britain and cannot be ignored by travelers from anywhere.
Twickenham is somewhat of a must visit for rugby fans due to the awe-inspiring and world famous Twickenham Stadium, which stands like a coliseum and holds a staggering 82,000 people.
While a visit to Twickenham Stadium may sound like something strictly for rugby enthusiasts, the sheer size and architectural greatness of Twickenham Stadium ensure that you don’t have to be into rugby, or sports at all, to be blown away by it.
If you’re lucky enough to catch a game here, you’ll truly have the time of your life. Those who aren’t so fortunate can still enjoy a tour throughout the stadium with their family.
The World Rugby Museum
This next spot is a five-minute walk from Twickenham Stadium and offers the chance for those gripped by the stadium’s spirit to learn more about the history of rugby. The World Rugby Museum is a precisely what it says on the tin, a museum dedicated to the sport.
Exhibitions at the World Rugby Museum vary and tours of Twickenham Stadium can actually be booked here too.
Marble Hill House & Marble Hill Park
From the World Rugby Museum you and your family should take a drive down to Marble Hill Park, where you will see the historic Marble Hill House. Set in 66 acres of gorgeous riverside parkland, Marble Hill House was built for the mistress of King George II, Henrietta Howard. At the time – in the 18th Century – it was surrounded by a series of elegant gardens and villas, which extended between Richmond and Hampton Court.
Few other places capture Georgian life better than Marble Hill House and its surrounding park.
Not all stops in a family road trip can be for everyone and Marble Hill House is more for the parents and grandparents than the kids.
Kempton Park on the other hand, is one of those places that cater for everyone in the family – from kids to adults and even grandparents. As one of Britain’s key horseracing grounds, Kempton Park boasts an illustrious history that can be felt in the air upon visit.
The great thing about Kempton is that it isn’t all about horseracing. In addition to being able to catch the races here and learn more about the sport, there is an abundance of other entertainments that will keep you and your family happy.
The food at Kempton Park is great, with a pizzeria, a traditional British food spot and a top class panoramic view restaurant. In addition, they host an array of children’s activities such as the Mascot Grand National – an annual Mascot race, featuring some of your children’s favourite animated characters.
Kempton Park even do weddings which you can learn more about at www.Kempton.co.uk/Weddings; and there is accommodation here for those who wish to spend the night, before heading off to the final part of their family road trip.
As one of the most popular theme parks in Britain, Thorpe Park is a place packed with fun and excitement. The rides here are enthralling and well known throughout the Britain for their exhilarating effects. From the Swarm (which includes a blind 127ft drop), to the Saw ride (which involves being dropped 100ft through sharp rotating blades), Thorpe Park will have you laughing, screaming and shouting.
There are also a few events going on throughout the year, such as the Ministry of Sound Club plus ride nights and their notorious fright nights.