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Any ideas for a Sunday day trip with the kids? Avoiding arcades and theme park rides (too complicated). Castles, history shizzle maybe. Max one hour outside London.

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Ohlookapigeon 
Horniman museum in Forest Hill. They have outdoor percussion instruments plus goats plus a good cafe plus a cool gift shop plus it's free. (Plus a small aquarium - small entry fee.) Also, the woodland trust run outdoor workshops for kids of different ages at various parks and green in London and all over the UK. Very cool, very free and fun yet educational!
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Ben Tantrum 
Depends which side of london you live a bit. Hoop app is pretty good at this type of thing. If you're South Chislehurst Caves are a good one.
Mike Tantrum 
I'm in SE London so Hever Castle is about an hour drive for me. Stunning place with a lot of cool history. Then for the kids there's an adventure playground, a maze, jousting to watch, archery and even a water maze. Obviously better on longer sunnier summer days (some features might be closed) but I personally love going there no matter the weather! 🙂
Anonymous 
Hampton Court Palace is great. Lots of variety for different ages / interests. Indoors and out. A single visit is fairly expensive for adults, but if you intend to go a few times, buy membership it works out as amazing value as also includes the Tower of London. It's an easy walk over the bridge from the station too, so you don't even have to drive there.
Matt crump 
Not really out of London but I'd recommend Crystal Palace park with its giant dinosaur sculptures that are about 100 years old in and around the lakes. There are several other sculptures of ancient animals dotted around the area that are nice to hunt. There's also a tricky maze with animal plaques to find and help locate your wearabouts. The park is conveniently located right next to the overground and London overground station.
Mike Tantrum 
@Matt, haven't been there in years! Good idea
Ohlookapigeon 
Horniman museum in Forest Hill. They have outdoor percussion instruments plus goats plus a good cafe plus a cool gift shop plus it's free. (Plus a small aquarium - small entry fee.) Also, the woodland trust run outdoor workshops for kids of different ages at various parks and green in London and all over the UK. Very cool, very free and fun yet educational!
Gorgeousgsmama 
Marsh farm or tropical wings both near Chelmsford are lovely days out. The play areas inside and out are fab. The food is great. There are lots of little activities and various shows/displays on throughout the day. Tropical wings has a wonderful butterfly house where you can feed the large koi carp. And a petting farm at the back. Marsh farm have tractor rides and magic and entertainment shows, pony grooming, and a lovely chilled bird house. Both great for getting close to nature. Only an hour from east London.
Lisa Tantrum 
@Gorgeousgsmama - I second Tropical Wings; my cousin's girlfriend used to train the birds there and the shows they put on were amazing. I also love Odds Farm Park: just 45 mins from London by car and so much fun: they do sheep racing, rabbit-petting, you can feed the goats and the pigs, and there are some amazing play areas - indoor and outdoor. Everything is very clean, people are friendly and you can bring a picnic (although the food options are great too). Feel I should be on commission as I recommend it to everyone!

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