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Fun-packed tourist attractions near London

London is jam-packed with world-beating attractions, from museums to famous historic architecture. But if you’re looking for an action-packed day out, these theme parks and zoos are all within easy reach of the capital. From riding world-famous rollercoasters to seeing iconic wildlife in the flesh, these attractions in and around London turn the excitement up to eleven.

London Zoo

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London Zoo

See iconic wild animals up close in the very heart of London, from Antarctic penguins to tropical tigers, monkeys and lemurs. The world’s oldest scientific zoo, London Zoo has been at the forefront of scientific study since the 1800s. Today it boasts a whopping 672 animal species from every continent on the planet, from tiny insects and arachnids to enormous elephants and giraffes.


London Zoo has introduced new measures to enable social distancing while people enjoy a day out at the zoo, which means you’ll need to pre-book your tickets for morning or afternoon visits and follow one-way routes around the zoo’s enclosures. 


Location: Regent’s Park. In the Zipzone, why not take a Flex.

LEGOLAND Resort Windsor

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LEGOLAND Resort Windsor

When it comes to attractions near London, the theme park dedicated to everyone’s favourite childhood toy isn’t just for kids! LEGOLAND boasts over 55 rides and attractions, meaning it’s the perfect day trip for all age groups – kids and big kids alike. Log flumes, rocking boats and a dragon rollercoaster await, as well as plenty of interactive fun games and, of course, life-sized Lego creations dotted throughout the park.


LEGOLAND has introduced new hygiene and safety measures in line with COVID guidance, and a small number of rides and attractions have temporarily remained closed.


Distance from London by car: 26 miles

Thorpe Park

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Thorpe Park

As far as tourist attractions near London go, Thorpe Park is undoubtedly the most exciting. If you’ve got what it takes to ride the UK’s fastest rollercoaster, the UK’s first winged rollercoaster, the world’s first ever ten-loop coaster and for world’s first horror movie themed ride in a single day, then this is the day trip for you! From world-famous rides like Nemesis Inferno to advanced versions of your fairground favourites, head to Thorpe Park for an action-packed day out. 


Thorpe Park Resort has introduced phased reopening plans in accordance with government guidance, with limited capacity and pre-booked tickets only. 


Distance from London by car: 25 miles

Diggerland

Digger

Diggerland

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ride in – or even drive – diggers, dumper trucks and other super-sized construction machinery, Diggerland is the place for you! Take a spin in a digger bucket, try your hand at moving tonnes of topsoil, dig for buried treasure and even attempt ten-pin bowling while operating a digger. Diggerland is certainly an unconventional theme park, but it makes for a great and unique day out from London!


Diggerland is working hard to put additional safety and hygiene measures in place to allow the park to open safely on Saturday 11th July. 


Distance from London by car: 31 miles

Chessington World of Adventures

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Chessington World of Adventures

From lions to log flumes and coasters to capybaras – Chessington World of Adventures combines the wild animals of the zoo with the wild rides of a theme park for an unforgettable tourist attraction near London. Whether you’re an animal lover or an adrenaline junkie, there’s plenty to keep you entertained all day at Chessington. 

Temperature checks on arrival and mandatory face masks on certain rides are part of the updated hygiene and safety regulations in line with COVID. 

Distance from London by car: 17 miles

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