Animal adventures are by no means in short supply in London, which is home to the SEA LIFE Aquarium, London Zoo and lots more attractions. If you're staying with us at Royal Garden Hotel this summer, though, you'll find quite an unusual animal-based attraction to be discovered just a short tube ride or walk away in the form of Mammoths: Ice Age Giants.
On display at the wonderful Natural History Museum in South Kensington, this temporary exhibition runs until September 7th, which means you have just enough time to squeeze in a visit before the end of the school summer holidays.
So, what can you expect from the exhibition? While the museum has kept details quite brief so as to avoid spoiling the surprise, we can tell you that it will give you and the children the chance to get to know these ancient giants, which were some of the largest mammals to have ever lived on Earth. A mixture of models, fossils and skeletons will help bring this exciting species to life - expect your children to be spellbound by the incredible displays.
Perhaps most excitingly, you can actually see the most complete woolly mammoth ever found on display here. On loan from the Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex in Russia, Lyuba is an infant mammoth that has survived the years since the Ice Age largely intact.
Of course, after the exhibition the children are likely to have mammoth fever, and you'll find lots of great mammoth-themed treats - including adorable stuffed toys - available to buy in the museum's gift shops.
While the Natural History Museum is free to enter, Mammoths: Ice Age Giants requires a small fee - tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children and concessions, while you can purchase a family ticket for two adults and three children for £28. That said, if you are a member of the museum, you will be welcome to peruse this unique and exciting exhibition free of charge.
You can reach the museum easily from the Royal Garden Hotel; simply hop on the Circle Line at High Street Kensington and ride it to South Kensington to arrive in mere minutes. Alternatively, jump on the number 70 bus directly outside the hotel to take you straight to the museum.
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