National Space Centre

Going Out of this World at the National Space Centre, Leicester

We last visited the National Space Centre a couple of years ago and the kids loved it. The National Space Centre is a museum which covers the fields of space science and astronomy, along with a space research programme in partnership with the University of Leicester and is instantly recognisable as you get close by its 42m high Rocket Tower. The museum has six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, a unique 3D Simulator Experience as well as the iconic Rocket Tower. We arrived at opening time as that is when the centre is at its quietest, remembering this time …

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A Sightseeing Tour of London with London Duck Tours

A Sightseeing Tour of London with London Duck Tours

I have done a few sightseeing tours of London in my time, but a sightseeing tour aboard a giant yellow duck has to be the most fun.

Before you wonder if we were bobbing about on the river Thames in a giant yellow rubber duck, a DUKW (known as a Duck) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the 2½ ton CCKW trucks used by the U.S. military in World War II.

For the safety conscious it is reassuring to  know that these vehicles have all been rebuilt according to stringent safety regulations to create the vehicles for this wacky, one-of-a-kind sightseeing tour.

We signed up for the classic sightseeing tour although there are others which include a D-Day Tour, Pirate Tour and James Bond. All scheduled tours leave from Belvedere Road, which is just behind the London Eye, between Jubilee Gardens and The Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall) in central London.

London Duck Tours

We started the tour on land, heading past the Palace of Westminster and up past Downing Street where we were instructed to quack at the police standing guard at the gate. We were then treated to seeing the Horse Guards heading up the road to change the guards.

London Duck Tour

We also got to take in Trafalgar Square, St James’ Palace and Buckingham Palace before we headed back towards the River Thames where we entered the water next to the MI6 building – all very James Bond!!

The plunge into the River is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time as water shoots past the open windows. It is a bizarre feeling as the Duck goes from running on land to being a boat and I was quite surprised by how low to the water we were as I could have reached the water with my hand out the window.

London Duck Tours

We headed up the river with the tide as far as the Houses of Parliament and then turned around back towards the MI6 building with our tour guide pointing out all the sites along the side of the river.

London Duck Tour

The transition from water to land wasn’t quite a dramatic as the entry but was still fun as you could feel the Duck fighting against the tide. It was then back to the London Eye to disembark.

London Duck Tour

The whole tour took approximately 75 minutes and was an experience we will never forget as it was people’s reactions to seeing us in the Duck that was most fun to watch!

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Edinburgh Castle

Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

During our recent visit to Scotland, Hubby and I both agreed that one of our must-visit places just had to be Edinburgh and at the top of our list was Edinburgh Castle. The castle is in the middle of the city, on top of an extinct volcano, 135 metres above sea level and offers a panoramic view over Edinburgh. Researching prices I decided to buy an Explorer Pass which is a flexible, convenient and cost-effective way to experience 77 of Scotland’s great historic attractions. In fact it cost me just £48 for a five-day family pass which was £5 cheaper than …

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Thomas Land

My Top 5 places to visit in Birmingham with Kids

Birmingham is the largest and most populous British city outside London and is famous for its network of canals, many of which radiate from Sherborne Wharf and are now lined with trendy cafes and bars, but what is there to do in the city for kids? Drayton Manor: This is a theme park that is built for all ages. With a 15 acre zoo with animals ranging from Tigers to Snakes, Owls to Monkey’s and even some dinosaurs if you are brave enough. If you have tots in tow then they will adore Thomas Land with its lifelike characters that …

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Is Mauritius a Family Friendly Destination?

I have to admit that I have always thought of Mauritius as somewhere you would visit for a romantic holiday as a couple, however it is now the go to place for an affordable luxury family holiday. Mauritius is located in the South West part of the Indian Ocean, north of the Tropic of Capricorn and lies 855 kilometers east of Madagascar and is actually part of the Africa continent. Mauritius is protected by the world’s longest unbroken coral reef and the island boasts warm turquoise waters and glittering crystal lagoons that are a dream to explore and perfect for a …

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