As part of our Castles theme, we took a trip to the Tower of London. We started the trip by getting the clipper along the Thames to the Tower. We thoroughly recommend this partly for its fun and unusual factor, but mainly because it is a more impressive way to approach and view the Tower than from the streets busy with tall buildings and general hustle and bustle.
We told the Welcome office that it was a Home Ed visit and they happily provided us with an activity booklet, pencil and, most excitingly for Button, a badge.
There was loads to see and do and we barely scratched the surface but we were all very impressed with the volume of information, activities, freedom to explore and tidiness. However, the ticket prices were steep and possibly too high for an educational trip for a 3 year old. For ages 6-7 and above it would make a fantastic educational day out and therefore would be better value.
Highlights for Ayla were the real life Soldiers protecting the "Queen's House" and the Crown Jewels; the Medal presses in the Fusilier Museum and the Museum itself; the Crown Jewels; and the music box in the White Tower.
The biggest disappointments were the queue for the Crown Jewels (not totally unexpected but fairly excessive); and the ravens (Or one raven in a cage and some raven noises over a speaker!!).
Overall, we had a great day and Nanny (who accompanied us) really enjoyed showing off her knowledge of the Tower (Same era I guess?).