Favourite Five: Museums to visit during half-term
1. Brunel's SS Great Britain, Bristol
Consistently voted Bristol's number one visitor attraction, we are really lucky to have this wonderful ship in the city. There's so much to see before you even set foot on-board, including the amazing dry dock where you get a sense of the sheer scale of the ship underneath the 'glass sea'.
Once you've passed through the interactive Dockyard Museum, you step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of ship life.
The views of Bristol from the top deck are outstanding, the cafe serves great food, and the volunteer staff are always knowledgeable and friendly. Don't forget to visit Being Brunel too (see my detailed review here). Tickets include free unlimited return visits for a year (children under the age of 5 are free).
2. Thinktank, Birmingham
This science museum in the second city is definitely one of our favourites. We've visited numerous times and always had a great experience. There's something to suit all ages, with exhibits over four floors, including a fantastic mini city for the very little ones, and a wonderful Science Garden which the kids adore.
Thinktank is based inside the impressive Millennium Point building, with a large multi-storey car park next door, and a cafe which is situated outside the entrance to the museum.
3. London Transport Museum
Housed in Covent Garden Piazza, this family-friendly museum is well worth a visit if you're in the capital, especially as kids under 18 go free, and adult tickets are valid for 12 months. There's lots for all ages to see and do, including buses and trains to climb upon, trails to follow, and a special 'All Aboard' play zone to keep 0-7s busy.
There is a family picnic area which means you can bring your own lunch, although the cafe upstairs serves good food too. You exit through the gift shop which sells a wide variety of transport-themed toys, as well as some lovely London souvenirs.
4. Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden
This is an absolute must for all Roald Dahl fans. It's aimed at 6-12 year olds, but anyone who has ever read one of his books will thoroughly enjoy it too.
The museum is situated in the lovely village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years. The exhibits trace the author's life and include his original writing hut, as well as a replica of his writing chair. There is also a fun cafe which serves 'scrumdiddlyumptious' food and drinks. After visiting the museum, you can walk through the village to visit Roald Dahl's grave at the local church.
5. Aerospace Bristol, Filton
It's not often that a brand new museum is built, but Aerospace Bristol already feels well-established, despite only being open since 2017.
Even if you're not 'into' aviation, give this impressive museum a try, as I've been told by many mums that they enjoyed it much more than they expected to!
There are lots of interesting and interactive exhibits for the kids, and you even get to climb aboard Concorde.
The cafe is lovely with plenty of great vegan options, and you can buy a family ticket which allows unlimited entry for 12 months.