Natural History Museum at Tring

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TRING MUSEUM – The Natural History Museum in Tring is a weird and wonderful collection of 4000 animal and insect specimens that Sir Walter Rothschild collected during his life. It’s both impressive and quirky… and nothing like we’ve been to before. It’s on a number of levels with specimens still arranged in taxonomic order, classified into related groups, just as they were in Walter’s lifetime. Toddler enjoyed wandering around and pointing at the animals he knew the names of and asking about the ones he didn’t. If you’re fed up with soft play places when the weather is wet then it’s definitely an option. BUT a few things to bear in mind… it’s FREE so on a wet weekend it can get REALLY BUSY. You can take buggies in but we preferred to carry the baby in a carrier. It’s in a Victorian building and has a small car park. There is an overflow car park but that was full too. So allow time to find a space. The café is small.

If you want to avoid the crowds and have pre-school children you may want to go on a weekday in term time, although they do get school trips there too. On a Sunday it’s only open in the afternoon. On a nice day it looks like there are some lovely grounds to explore. We spent a couple of hours there and took food with us. On another day we might to go the park in Ivinghoe or the pick your own at Grove Farm – both you pass on the way from MK.

We went in August 2015, please check their website for the latest exhibitions, opening times and facilities.

TIME FROM MK – 40 mins approx

ADDRESS – The Walter Rothschild building Akeman Street, Tring Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP

TEL – 020 79426171

Natural History Museum at Tring Gallery

A selection of images taken from our visit to the museum in August 2015

Natural History Museum at Tring

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