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.


Tilly browsing the animal displays at Tring NHM

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.


Tilly enjoying the memory game in NHM Tring’s Antarctica display

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.


Tilly enjoying the freedom of Tring Park’s open space

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.


Tilly viewing some of the animals while dressed up in one of the outfits from the dressing up box

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. 

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9 thoughts on “Natural history and nature in Tring

  • 17 June 2016 at 11:08 pm

    That sounds like a fun day out – love the photo of Tilly enjoying the open space at Tring Park. I think we will have to add this one to our list of places to visit! 🙂

    • 18 June 2016 at 9:21 am

      It’s nice to have indoor and outdoor activities next to each other. Makes for a varied day out. Thanks for visiting and RTing 😉

  • 18 June 2016 at 7:27 am

    I like the ominous looking clouds in the photo-we’ve seen a few of them here this week in Oxfordshire! Quite a few of my friends have recommended the Tring museum to me as it’s not too far from us but we’ve just never got around to going. Maybe this year. #countrykids

    • 18 June 2016 at 9:22 am

      The cloud were one reason we didn’t spend longer in the park but nothing came of it. Makes for a more dramatic photo at least! Thanks for visiting, I’ll take a look at your days out shortly.

  • 18 June 2016 at 9:03 am

    What a fab place to explore with Tilly, it’s great that the second time around she enjoyed it a lot more. It’s great that you managed to get outside and enjoy the unexpected sunshine, it’s always annoying when you plan an indoor day and then the sun comes out. Tring park is wonderful, my mum lives close to there and there’s so much open space, I’ll be heading over for a run there on Thursday when I visit her before BritMums.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

  • 19 June 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Its always nice that even if it raining you have thought of an activity to do! I love how your daughter looks so in awe of the displays! So adorable. #countrykids


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