Natural History Museum -Tring Hertfordshire

“Are we going to the dead animals museum” our Mayhem asked.

“Yes” replied Papa Joe

“Oh good”

Who would have guessed that when Walter Rothschild was 7 and said “I am going to make a museum” that his passion with the natural world would be delighting The Mayhems over 120 years later?

By the time of his death the zoological collection was one of the largest in the world and was left the collection to the Nation. It is now part of The Natural History Museum.

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Our granddaughter loves visiting here and when we wandered around we could hear other children exclaiming and enjoying their visit too.

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Housed in the original Victorian building, with large wooden and glass display cases, the museum has a lovely feel to it.


Suitable from 1 year old to Grandparents  –  We spent 1½hrs here.

Where: The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
Admission: Free (charges for some activities)
Facilities: Activity Rooms , Gallery Trails, (pencils/paper/clipboards can be borrowed for free)
lift, small cafe (plenty of cafes nearby in town centre) shop
very small car park 
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

The display cases are crammed full of the animals he and his colleagues collected. Large animals and skeletons are suspended from the ceilings or stand above the display cases. We liked the way the displays go all the way to the floor. Young children can see the animals very clearly,so we did not have to keep lifting the little mayhems up to see things.  We were particularly fascinated by the display of dogs; it is not often one gets a chance to compare so many different types of dogs side-by-side.nat hist tring 3

The spaces between the display cases are wide enough for buggies.  When the Museum is busy you may find it easier to leave buggies in the room by the entrance.


As well as the main galleries, there are two discovery rooms with things to do. The first floor discovery room has activities, simple jigsaw puzzles and books suitable for young children.  The ground floor discovery room has an area for crafts.

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A third room, The Rothschild Room, is arranged as if it were a Victorian office similar to how it would have looked in Walter Rothschild’s time.  There is a children’s dressing up box with the type of clothes Walter and his museum staff might have worn.

The museum has a small cafe which has a limited selection of food.  At weekends and school holidays, sandwiches, paninis, children’s lunch boxes and a range of cakes are sold.  At other times, self-service hot or cold drinks and confectionery are available. A short walk leads to Tring High Street where there are plenty of coffee shops.

There are picnic tables in the grounds and opposite the museum is a wild flower meadow where you can also picnic.

The museum can get very busy in school holidays and at weekends. The parking is limited, although you can park in the surrounding streets if spaces are available.

Getting There The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP 
limited parking in car park, nearby street parking and short walk from town car parks
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