Revisiting the National History Museum in Tring and making the new discovery of Tring Park, next door.
The forecast on my weather app was depressing: rain expected for most of the day. It was time to look at indoor attractions; something I’d done little of since the weather turned warmer.Having fulfilled our trampolining and swimming quota for the week it was time to consider other options. Soft play is always a back up but something of a last resort so I had a look around at other attractions.
I settled on the Natural History Museum’s outlet in Tring. Home to the Rothschild collection of preserved animals it’s a way of getting up close with species current and long extinct.
I’d taken Tilly to the museum about a year ago but it wasn’t terribly easy going. I was interested to see how the three-year-old version of my daughter would fare.It was a slow start, having inevitably napped in the car on the way over so was a bit cautious of some of the more fearsome looking animals but given some time she started to take it in. The current Antarctica exhibition features a memory game, which went down particularly well, although she couldn’t quite reach the top row of photos.
Outside the predicted rain hasn’t arrived. Quite the opposite as the sun was shining brightly. Having seen a sign for Tring Park on the way in, it seemed worth exploring after completing a first tour around the museum.There’s a modest picnic area and wildlife area adjacent to the museum which leads to Tring Park. The park itself is across the A41 bypass so not the most serene of walks but certainly worth it once you arrive.
Tilly loved the open space and immediately took off to explore her surroundings. We said hello to the resident cows before pausing for a mini-picnic. The park glowed verdantly in the sunshine. Blissful.We then headed back to the museum for a final lap of the museum before closing time. This time we found the dressing up box and Tilly loved trying out all of the different animal costumes.
It all made for the perfect afternoon. There’s a car park at the museum and also a separate parking area for Tring park next to the picnic area. The cafe is only open weekends and school holidays but vending machines are available at other times.
Tring is located on the A41 between Hemel and Aylesbury and is about 45 mins on the train from London Euston.