Free days out #1

Free days out #1

Tring Natural History Museum

Tring, Hertfordshire


I will be doing a series of blog posts on Free days out. Often I find the child aimed places naturally come with a high price tag. I have decided to scope out Free places to take Tots and children in and around Hertfordshire.


“The Natural History Museum at Tring was built in 1889 to house the incredible zoological collections of Walter Rothschild”

My family and I have visited this museum for years. It is local to us and still as incredible with every visit. It is a big taxidermy museum – however all the animals are very life like and well restored.

Whats on 

There is currently a DODO exhibition in one of the rooms. It was totally lost on Ottilie however I think older ones would really enjoy learning about the DODOS and their history.

Keep an eye out on their website as they often have different exhibitions on which may suit some younger ages better.


The Museum has 3 floors of animals to see. These range from dogs and cats to snakes and sharks. There are also complimentary pads and pencils to use for the older ones to sketch as they go around.

We chose to visit on a Thursday mid morning and it was wonderfully quiet. Ottilie could let loose and have a run around (don’t worry I didn’t let her go totally feral!).

I would say the Museum is big enough and spread out among floors to not need to worry about excited children.

I often find some people frown at young ones at Museums and similar attractions but this is very well thought out for them.


The Museum also has a ‘dress up’ section on the 3rd floor. This has lots of fun animal costumes to put on and a mirror for them to see how good they look!

Ottilie wasn’t keen on trying anything on until she saw a group of school children on a trip having a go. She then couldn’t get her lions mane on fast enough!


The smaller animals and reptiles are showcased in the lit up cabinets on the 3rd floor. By floor 3 Ottilie was pretty exhausted from constant ‘WOWWWS” and running around.  

It was a great morning activity and completely free!! The gift shop is well laid out for parents. Totally out of sight from the main rooms so the kids can’t con you into a new toy on the way out.

Where to next?

Naturally we were famished after our museum trip so we headed down to the Akeman Tring for some lunch. They have the most delicious food and a good children’s menu. The Museum does have a cafe called Zebra cafe however this was shut when we visited so we were unable to try it out. Just 5 minutes walk away is also a Costa and a Prezzo so plenty of choice for hungry little-uns and adults

Tag me in photos if you get a chance to visit!

I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of ‘Free days out’ and any recommendations are always appreciated.

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