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South East England Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended South East England Family-friendly activities

Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

1. Portsmouth: Historic Dockyard Ultimate Explorer Ticket

Pick from individual or family entry tickets to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visit attractions including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS M.33, The Mary Rose Museum, Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower, and The Royal Navy Submarine Museum. Marvel at the exhibitions at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and explore in any order you want, and at any time you want within a year. Choose between a family or an individual ticket. Step into the past as you explore historic ships, including Lord Nelson’s world-famous flagship HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, the First World War’s HMS M.33, and the new Horrible Histories Pirates exhibition. Marvel at Henry VIII's Tudor warship, the Mary Rose and take the complimentary waterbus to Gosport to visit the Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance. Enjoy a sightseeing harbor cruise around Portsmouth Harbour and view the ships of the modern Royal Navy for a complete picture of Britain's naval history.

Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

2. Isle of Wight: Osborne Admission Ticket

Admire the opulent Royal Apartments and private family bedrooms within the mansion. See the twin desks where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert worked. Explore the magnificently decorated Durbar Room. The furniture and artifacts reveal intricate details about entertainment at Osborne, from state banquets to family meals. Currently, only the lower floor of Osborne House is open for visitors to view. See where the royal children played house and tended their own gardens down at the Swiss Cottage. There's a room dressed as it was on 11th July 1861, when the children prepared afternoon tea for their parents, not long before Prince Albert's tragic death.  Stroll in the pleasure gardens, alongside historic trees, and enjoy the Victorian Walled Garden much as the royal couple did. Take a trip down to the royal family's once jealously guarded private beach, with Victoria's restored bathing machine.

Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

3. Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and other characters from the Harry Potter movies. J.K. Rowling applied to study at Oxford University and so she was familiar with Oxford. When they were producing the films, Rowling walked the producers around Oxford, pointing out various sights which they could use, such as the statue that looks like 'Nearly Headless Nick', and Turf Tavern Lane, which looks like Knockturn Alley. This tour showcases where the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford. It includes entry to the Divinity School film site, where they filmed the classroom, dance, and infirmary scenes. You will be passing the city's famous sights and colleges from the outside. You will also be provided with lots of insights about the actors, the producers and about JK Rowling's inspirations. As you walk around, you will take part in a Harry Potter quiz to test your knowledge of the books and films. The guide will also describe how student life in Oxford compares with Hogwarts.

Harry Potter Family Package with Transfers from London

4. Harry Potter Family Package with Transfers from London

Enjoy a wizardly adventure at Warner Bros. Studios, set in the leafy county of Hertfordshire on the outskirts of London. Choose from multiple coach transfers from central London, and journey to the home of Firebolts, chocolate frogs, and Polyjuice potions. Get up-close-and personal to the spell-bounding sets of the Harry Potter movies. See iconic props and the costumes worn by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Discover some of Hogwarts’s best kept secrets, including fun facts and trivia about the special effects and animatronics. You’ll have about 4 hours to explore all the sets, props, and studio gift shop. Get a family photo taken at your favorite filming locations, such as the impressive Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the Gryffindor common room. Walk down the cobblestoned Diagon Alley and picture the local witches and wizards as you pass Ollivander's, Flourish and Blotts, and Eeylops Owl Emporium. With this special family package (2 adults and 2 children) you can also visit Platform 9¾ and ride the Hogwarts Express! Relive the magic of Harry’s trips to Hogwarts by posing with a luggage trolley right before it disappears through the wall. Top off your Hogwarts Express adventure in a train-themed souvenir shop and load up on goodies inspired by your favorite Harry Potter films. After you've had your fill of frothy Butterbeer, and have tried your hand at riding a broomstick, it’s time to board the bus back to London. Check out the studio shop to find some souvenirs before you head back to the world of Muggles…

London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

5. London: Wembley Stadium Guided Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Legends. The Wembley Stadium Tour lets you explore the behind-the-scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Taking you deep into the heart of the stadium, this award-winning tour includes the Dressing Rooms, the Press Conference Room, Players’ Tunnel, Pitchside, and the iconic Royal Box. This tour gives you the chance to relive the stadium’s greatest moments, from England’s glorious 1966 World Cup victory, UEFA Champions League triumphs, the ongoing tradition of the Emirates FA Cup Final, countless sell-out concerts, and more. The Crossbar Exhibition and The Walk of Legends unlock the Wembley archives to showcase the Stadium’s origins, rich history, and heritage dating back as far as The British Empire Exhibition of 1924. Visitors will be able to download an app-based guide on arrival at the Stadium. QR codes will allow visitors to scan and access the digital content on their own devices. There is free wi-fi access for those visitors not able to use their mobile data.

HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

6. HMS Victory: Day Admission Ticket

Visit HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous battleship. Best known for her role in the battle of Trafalgar, the Victory is now the flagship of the first sea lord and a living museum to the Georgian Navy. New for 2021, HMS Victory Under Hull Walkway. Visitors can descend into the base of the dry dock and view the ship from below. The ship stands as a memorial to Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain’s greatest naval hero, and his victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Climb aboard HMS Victory and step back in time to the Georgian period. See the cabin where the Battle of Trafalgar was planned. Walk the once crowded decks where over 800 men lived, worked and fought. You can even stand in the spot where Nelson died. HMS Victory is currently undergoing conservation work but is still open, and visitors can experience Victory Live! to find out more about this conservation project.

London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

7. London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

Join a full-day bus trip from London which combines a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour 'The Making of Harry Potter' with a walking tour of Oxford University. Start your tour at the historic city of Oxford, home to England's oldest university. Enjoy a guided walking tour that takes you past famous college buildings, cloisters, quadrangles, and cobblestone squares. See the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, and selected colleges. Enjoy free time to explore all that Oxford has to offer at your own pace. Continue to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and begin your magical experience at The Making of Harry Potter. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets and hear about the filmmaking techniques used to make the magic of the Harry Potter films. Visit the most recognizable set features from the films: the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, the Weasley kitchen, Hogwarts Express, and Diagon Alley. Board the original Hogwarts Express train and see a recreation of Platform 9-3/4. Explore the interior train carriage set that was featured during filming and take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the brick wall.

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort: Entrance Ticket

8. LEGOLAND Windsor Resort: Entrance Ticket

What child does not dream of becoming a knight, an explorer, a test driver or a pilot and entering into a fascinating world of adventure? At the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort there are over 55 rides and attractions where children can fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking fleet, join LEGO® divers on a magical underwater adventure on Atlantis Submarine Voyage or enjoy the UK’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display.   The LEGOLAND park has lots to offer for families with children between the ages of 3 and 12 looking for adventure – enough for several days of fun and action. The LEGOLAND experience continues even after park closing time in the awesome LEGOLAND Hotel, where visitors can spend the night in a fully themed bedrooms. Explore the awesome resort at your leisure. LEGO® NINJAGO™ World is now open! The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort challenges YOU to become a master of Spinjitzu at the all new LEGO® NINJAGO™ World. Join your favorite heroes and take on awesome training activities as you prepare for the ultimate test of your ninja skills on LEGO® NINJAGO™ The Ride.

Waddesdon Manor: Grounds Admission Ticket

9. Waddesdon Manor: Grounds Admission Ticket

Arrive at Waddesdon's Welcome Pavilion and head to the Manor to start your visit. As dusk begins to fall, take an enchanting stroll through Waddesdon’s gardens awash with vibrant colour and dazzling illuminations as you walk our longest ever Winter Light trail. See the grounds transformed with playful light installations including a tunnel of stars and colour changing trees. From the North Front, watch the spectacle of the Manor’s façade illuminated with dancing lights set to sequenced music. Then head to Miss Alice’s Drive to see our Winter Woodland brought to life with decorations created by almost 10,000 local schoolchildren. At the Stables, make sure to check out Immersed in Light at the Coach House, an indoor light experience designed to captivate the senses.

Oxford: Harry Potter Film Locations Tour with Oxford Alumni

10. Oxford: Harry Potter Film Locations Tour with Oxford Alumni

Explore the world's the oldest-English-speaking university on a guided tour. See the filming locations for the Harry Potter movies and other blockbusters. Learn about Oxford University and its relationship to the world of entertainment. Find out about Oxford's connection to J.K. Rowling and other celebrities. Visit the spots where major Marvel movies were filmed. Explore the New College and Divinity School and see some of the influences on the Harry Potter universe.

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Amazing your that combines Harry Potter with Oxford history. Our tour guide was so sweet! She even helped us getting tickets for the Christ Church at the end of the tour. Pacing was good and there were several quizzes during the tour. I feel like I got to know a lot about Oxford after this. Recommended!

Very interesting tour of Oxford and with a really passionate guide. The studios are a guarantee and the times are distributed very well. All excellent

Excellent activity especially the Harry Potter studios, 4 hours goes by in the blink of an eye. Activity in Oxford is full of stories.

An amazing experience and an absolute recommendation for all fans who have the opportunity to see this once!

Loves every minute! Monique was really fun, and knew EVERYTHING about HP