Theme parks in London

Take a trip to one of London's theme parks for an adrenaline-packed day out. From thrilling rides through history, to wild animals – both mythical and real – London's theme parks offer great entertainment for families and groups.

Unlike most London attractions, some amusement parks aren't in central London, but are easily reached by train, coach or car.

Shrek's Adventure! London

Shrek's Adventure! London, on London's South Bank, whisks you off to the Kingdom of Far Far Away. Board the Dreamworks Tour Bus for a 4D experience with cheeky Donkey as your hilarious guide. You'll be taken through 10 live, fairy tale-themed shows, including Shrek's Swamp and a mirror maze. Suitable for all ogres, but particularly those aged six to 12 years old. Book tickets

Chessington World of Adventures

Whether it's adrenaline-pumping rides, wild animals or underwater adventures you're after, Chessington delivers. There are three main sections: the theme park has 10 themed lands with more than 40 rides and attractions, including rollercoasters, dodgems and rides suitable for younger children; Chessington Zoo houses 1,000 animals, including tigers, lions, giraffes, penguins and a petting zoo; plus, there's a SEA LIFE aquarium with sharks, stingrays and loads of other aquatic creatures.

Legoland Windsor

Sail with pirates or Vikings, get chased by dragons, uncover the treasure of the Pharaohs, visit Mia and her friends in Heartlake City and learn to drive a Lego car at Legoland Windsor. There are more than 55 interactive rides and attractions at Legoland, including Duplo Valley for younger visitors and some amazing Lego constructions, such as a model of our favourite city – London – built entirely from Lego bricks! Book tickets

London Dungeon

Take a scary but humorous 90-minute journey through 1,000 years of London’s history at the ever-popular London Dungeon. There are 18 interactive shows with 20 live theatre actors and two rides to guide you through the city’s murky past. Walk the Whitechapel Maze with Jack the Ripper, visit a medieval torture chamber and be careful not to lose your head on The Tyrant boat ride with King Henry VIII! Book tickets


Set your imagination free at KidZania at Westfield London – the role-playing park for children that’s taking the world by storm. A child-size city complete with shops and locations, including a fire station, a bank and a theatre stage where children can role-play around 60 different jobs and professions, KidZania aims to teach life skills such as financial literacy, teamwork and independence. Book tickets

London Bridge Experience

See, hear and even smell what one of the world’s most famous bridges was like throughout the ages. Led by a team of actors, at the London Bridge Experience you’ll go from Roman times and Boudica's screaming hordes, to the Great Fire of London, to a Victorian boneyard and beyond. This is an immersive, interactive experience with a focus on the more gruesome side of history. Book tickets

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Enrol in Hogwarts for the day – Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter takes you behind the scenes, where you'll get to see loads of props, costumes and sets from the beloved Harry Potter films. Led by tour guides, many of whom worked on the films themselves, this is your chance to climb aboard Hagrid’s Motorcycle, ride on a broomstick, walk through the Great Hall at Hogwarts, all topped off with a tankard of non-alcoholic Butterbeer. Book tickets

Go Ape Trent Park

Like heights? The Go Ape experience offers a range of aerial adventures, from zip wires to Tarzan swings to rope courses. It takes two to three hours to complete the treetop course, which features high ropes, tunnels, bridges and an epic zip wire finale. There’s also a cool skateboard zip wire on site. Located just 10 minutes from Cockfosters Tube station (Piccadilly line), this is a fun day out for fit families and groups of friends. Entry includes climbing equipment and a training and safety session.

Thorpe Park

Thrillseekers will love Thorpe Park. There’s rollercoasters such as Stealth, which goes from zero to 80mph in two seconds; The Swarm (the UK’s first winged rollercoaster); and the twisting Colossus. Then there’s gravity-defying drop rides the Detonator and the Slammer, plus water rides including a log flume, water rafting, fountains and waterslides. You’ll also find speed swings, giant slides, a teacup ride, dodgems, a jungle maze and much, much more.

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