We are a family of 5 including 3 children ages 8, 8 and 11. We will be staying at Camperdown House on Alma Road in Windsor for the upcoming UK Friends for Life Conference at Beaumont. That is Nov. 2-4. We arrive at Heathrow Nov. 1 and Windsor Cars has quoted us a cost of 22 pounds to get to our apartment. We plan on using them to get to Beaumont House daily for 10 pounds each way.
Starting on Nov. 5,we plan on going to London daily except maybe one day I will take the kids to the leisure center in Windsor. I realize the Windsor castle is there of course, but based on past experience and knowing my kids, I just don't see them all that interested in it or at least all 3 so thought possibly the Warwick Castle would be better for our family.
On Nov. 5th, I was interested in taking the HOHO original tour bus that has the activity pack for kids. There is currently a 2 for 1 so it would be for 48 hours. Initially, would like to just stay in the bus the whole time and get an overview. Would also want to take the Thames ride and the free walks, especially Jack the Ripper.
Some of the places/attractions that I think would interest our family are the London Eye (I have a fear of heights so not sure for me), Tower of London with the Beefeaters tour, London Bridge, Natural history museum, science museum, V&A museum, Museum of London, British museum, swimming, IMAX theater, Leicester Square, Hunterian Museum, Trafalgar Square, Hampton Court palace, Hamleys (will never get 11 year out so may have to leave him there lol), ice skating, changing of the guards, orangery for tea, good fish and chips and good ice cream if they have it and two LOVE hot chocolate.
My 8 year old daughter is a girly girl, her twin brother likes lots of gore, ghouls and blood and my 11 year old son likes toys and Hamleys the entire time would satisfy him. I adore anything as long as I don't have 3 kids whining I don't want to walk, I'm tired, I'm hungry and so on.
This will be an expensive trip and I've been reading over all the great tips on the financially challenged thread (wonderful thread) My husband refused to get a second job so I have to make do lol We are coming from Germany.
After that novel, my questions are:
1. What is the best way for our family to travel from Windsor to London each day which essentially will be Nov. 5-10 with maybe one of those days swimming in Windsor?
2. Definitely want to do the 2 for 1 deal for attractions so how would I do that? Do I decide that I'm doing the tower that day, for example, and get a paper ticket from the train station? I have to know exactly what attractions I want to see?
3. Based on our interests, how would you group them with plenty of down time for ice cream, relaxing, etc? Any parks worth going to in November?
4. Would love to take kids to a musical. We talked about Lion King and Shrek with the preference being Lion King but I've only found good discounts on Shrek. I do know about the Leicester Square 1/2 price deal. I went to theatre monkey and on Wednesday or Thursday only in the upper circle, G 17-21 can get tickets for 5 of us for approx. 140 pounds. I don't know if I could get a better deal or possibly get Lion King instead if I wait.
5. How to do the HOHO bus. After listening to the commentary, should I do the walks and thames tour the first day and that's it and then use the 2nd day to hop off to various places?
6. How would you do the museums? I want to take advantage of all that have activity packs for the kids. I realize they can't see everything so just want to hit highlights but not rushing around so I can say we got to see them all. Would the musuems be the best place to hop off on the 2nd day and just see highlights? I would imagine even with just seeing highlights, it would take more than 1 day.
7. Best way (and cheapest) to get to Warwick castle from Windsor?
Obviously, we don't have to do all the interests that I listed but was just some ideas. I apologize for the length. A recent move has caused me to wait until the last minute to plan this which is very unusual for me.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you, Bonnie