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The cosmopolitan city of London makes for one of its kind family vacation destinations. The city abounds with diverse cultures, rich history, and natural beauty and attracts more than fifteen million visitors from far and wide each year. No other city in the world offers visitors so many free attractions than London does. Britain’s capital city provides visitors with families umpteen number of unique and free things to see and do helping them create some memorable family outings.
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is a famous art gallery in London and is home to the most extensive collection of portraits on some of the most historically significant and well-known British figures. It was established in 1856 and is located close to Trafalgar Square. The gallery features some great public figures who have contributed immensely enriching the cultural heritage of the nation. The Gallery offers unique and intriguing insights reflecting the diverse cultural fabric of modern-day Britain. There are some three thousand paintings featuring some of the most iconic people in British history including Elizabeth I to J. K. Rowling.
This is an epochal ceremony witnessed by millions of people every year at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Visitors can watch the new Guard exchange duty with the Old Guard during the grand ceremony that takes place just outside Buckingham Palace. The guards are officially dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats are accompanied by a military band playing traditional marches. This vibrant military tradition symbolizes the close relations between the Armed Forces and The Queen. The ceremony can be watched for free and takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Hyde Park is one of the liveliest and gorgeous parks renowned across the world. Situated right in the heart of the city of London, it comprises of a large lake, a meadow and flower gardens with lots of variety in between. The park has something for everyone and offers visitors ample scope for outdoor recreational activities including swimming, boating, cycling, and skating. Families with kids can look forward to pitches for team games, tennis courts, and tracks for horse riding and a fantastic playground for children. Hyde Park is also home to The Serpentine Bridge, the Joy of Life fountain and the famous Archiles statue. There is also the Diana Memorial Fountain in addition to a series of open air events taking place throughout the year.
The National Gallery showcases European art at its best with masterpieces in its huge collection. The magnificent collection that belongs to the public includes fabulous works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. The gallery offers free guided tours, audio guides in different languages in addition to free family-oriented activities for children. Visitors can explore the colorful images of the Impressionist movement in ‘Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne’ and how ‘Mantegna and Bellini’ shaped the Renaissance.
These gardens are home to the Kensington Palace, the serene Italian Gardens, Peter Pan statue, the striking Albert Memorial, The Princess Diana Memorial and the Serpentine Gallery. Kensington Gardens are replete with grasslands and a wide variety of wildlife and make for a perfect place to move away from the madness of city life and reach for some tranquility. There is a well-designed greenhouse where a nice cup of quintessential English tea can be relished.
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