Yesterday we all went to The Natural History Museum in London It's actually quite a reasonable day out. One of biggest expenses was travel. The UK isn't the cheapest for getting around but there's a few tricks we know.
Firstly we do our journey in two parts, we drive up to the London outskirts (in our case Richmond) then park for the day (£12.50) and take the tube in (2x adult day tickets £12)
£24.50 to get a family of five into the centre of London.
Our next task is to negotiate the maze of corridors and exhibitions. Luckily there is an app for that! And it's free!!! The app saved us so much time finding pushchair accessible routes, the nearest loo or baby change, the dinosaur room etc.
I highly recommend popping it on your phone before you go.
Important frugal tip! Take a pack lunch, the museum has a fantastic air conditioned picnic area in the basement. It can be loud if there are schools visiting but there are toilets galore, bins everywhere, comfy benches and even vending machines slightly cheaper than the cafés.
Don't forget to make your donation to the museum. I know its free to enter and a donation is only suggested but. .. This place costs money to run! It needs lighting and heating and loo roll just like any where else so pop something in the donation bin as you pass. We donated £10.
Dun dun dunnnnnn! The gift shop is a place of fear and high prices for parents. Here's a huge frugal tip that will save you loads! Don't go (but pretend you did!)
During our day out OH mysteriously disappeared for ten minutes. In reality he was taking some photos from a viewing gallery but we told the children they had been so good he was getting them a treat from the gift shop.
We bought the colouring sets a few days ago in the pound shop!
And last but not least, plan your day!
Some exhibits are more popular than others. Plan to visit them either first as soon as it opens or at the end before it closes.
The dinosaurs and the creep crawlies ate hugely popular at the Natural History museum, we avoid them until 4.30 and walked straight into both.
When we visited The Vault at 10.30am we were the only ones there and had a nice chat with the security guard on duty about the exhibits he was watching.
So there you have it, a few sanity and money saving tips for your trip to the Natural History Museum.
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P.S; don't forget to rub Darwins beard for luck!