Visiting the Imperial War Museum in London

Posted on March 11th, 2016

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Over half term as part of our mini break we headed up to our capital city for the children to catch up with their cousins. They are so central to London that it was a great opportunity to enjoy a day in the city together. We had forgotten our oyster cards as usual and splashed out on one day travel cards for us all. It really hurts now that the triplets are 11 and have to pay full fare but we are pretty hopeless in London. As it turns out our destination of Lambeth for The Imperial War Museum was a fairly short journey from Fulham and we could have saved ourselves a lot, but when you are not familiar with the city it is surprisingly hard to work out the best way to travel.

A Family visit to the Imperial War Museum

Visiting the Imperial War Museum in London away from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

We had a good journey with a little help from Google street maps and negotiating the tube network.  That said keeping an eye on so many on and off tubes is quite stressful and not my favourite part of the day, though the children were quite oblivious and clearly found it all an adventure. 

Searching for the Imperial War Museum away from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall, England, UK.

On arriving it was impossible to miss the huge guns standing in the gardens. The kids ran straight over in awe and disbelief. Nick explained that the funny looking yellow statues were in fact the bullets and the kids were struck by their size.

Nick and the Kids looking at the giant Shells at the Imperial War Museum away from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

A closer inspection of the guns left them all itching to climb up. They gave each other a leg up and were soon enjoying a view out over London and posing for photos before security put pay to their fun; they had of course ignored the health and safety sign!

Climbing on the Guns outside the Imperial War Museum on holiday from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Like most of the London museums The Imperial War Museum is free to go in and packed with a wealth of interesting facts and exhibits with plenty of telephone points if you’d rather gather information this way than reading the notices. Having Nick is always a bonus, his knowledge for things is amazing and he managed to keep up with all the questions from the children.

Inside the Imperial War Museum on holiday from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

We bumped into a real enthusiast who told us so much about everything there, I captured a little on Periscope but the signal kept failing. We only managed 2 floors of the 5 in the end before lunch called. I’m sure we will be back again as it is an amazing free resource packed with so much of our history.

Outside the kids had another go at all piling up on the guns and all managed to clamber up to pose before security were alerted and we had to apologise and settle for a group photo below

Standing by the guns at the Imperial War Museum from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

We had a lovely wander through the gardens adjacent to the Imperial War Museum where the kids played on the giant sundial. Sadly there was no sunshine left to show them how to read the time but it made a fun obstacle course.

Enjoying the Gardens outside the Imperial War Museum on holiday from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

London can be quite exhausting when you don’t know your way but it is a treat for us country bumpkins. The Imperial War Museum was well worth a visit and certainly held the attention of our group age 9 – 13. (check out their website here). Our fun continued into the afternoon and I’ll be sharing this on Country Kids next week.


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