The Easter bank holidays are often a good opportunity for families or couples to take a vacation. Even if you’re coming from a place where you don’t have an accompanying spring break like some school districts, you’re likely to have a nice long weekend with Good Friday off.
If you’re planning on traveling to London during Easter Weekend this year, check out our list of top things to do in town during that period. This year, Easter Weekend falls on April 14-17, 2017 and many locals will have a nice long time off (from April 8 – 23, 2017).
A few of our favorite activities and attractions to enjoy during this holiday weekend include:
- Tall Ships Regatta
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- London Zoo Storytelling Events
- Easter Egg Hunts in Spring Gardens
- Easter Chocolate Hunts
- And more!
Save on Admission
Regular admission to a number of these attractions is available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 35% on combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special Easter Weekend events may be separately ticketed and not available on the London Explorer Pass®.
Tall Ships Regatta
This special event, taking place from April 13 – 16, 2017 in nearby Greenwich, is a festival of fun waterfront activities the whole family will enjoy. Take a gander at these magnificent Tall Ships, historic vessels with some serious flair.
You can board one of the ships, watch a fireworks display, and see the Parade of Sail (at 5:00 pm on April 16), as the ships depart for Canada. You could also choose to hop aboard a specialty fireworks cruise for a different view.
Getting In: It’s free to watch the Tall Ships Regatta. If you opt for a fireworks cruise, those are separately ticketed and not included with the London Explorer Pass®.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
While a visit to this historic cathedral is special any time of year, it’s particularly meaningful to visit during the Easter season. As one of the most significant architectural landmarks in the entire city, it’s also an ideal place to visit for people who love art, architecture, and history.
Wander around with the help of multimedia tablets, or join in a guided tour. There are many facets of this cathedral to explore, from tombs to galleries and beyond. If you’d like, you can also attend services during the week.
Getting In: Admission to St. Paul’s Cathedral is included as an option with the London Explorer Pass®.
Show the animals some love during your Easter trip with a visit to the popular and scenic London Zoo. Home to over 700 unique species, this zoo is educational and exciting for all visitors.
Enjoy keeper talks, special demonstrations, interactive exhibits, and much more on your visit. Don’t forget to stop by the new “Land of the Lions,” exhibit, which will make you feel just like you’ve stepped into India.
Kids will also love the opportunity to participate in their special April events, where they can collect stamps and listen to stories throughout the zoo.
Getting In: Admission to the London Zoo is included as an option with the London Explorer Pass®.
London Eye River Cruise
Enjoy some lovely British spring weather (such as it is) with a leisurely cruise along the Thames. This 40-minute tour is a great sightseeing opportunity that provides a distinctive perspective on the many riverside attractions.
Some of the highlights of your cruise include Big Ben, the aforementioned St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, and of course, the London Eye. Get out your phones for those perfect pictures!
Getting In: London Eye River Cruise tickets are included as an option with the London Explorer Pass®.
Royal London Bike Tour
This thorough 4-hour tour really gives you a new appreciation of London. You’ll learn all about the city though interesting facts, historic trivia, and sharp local insight.
You’ll also be treated to many iconic sights, from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square. Plus, halfway through you get to make a quick stop for some fish and chips or a pint.
Getting In: Bike tour tickets are included as an option with the London Explorer Pass®.
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
Relax and kick back as this informative bus tour escorts you throughout the city, past all the hotspots and top landmarks. It’s great for photo opportunities without any stress.
You also have the option to disembark at places that interest you, so it’s the maximum in customizable explorations. You’ll even get tickets for fun extras like a river cruise and some walking tours. All in all, a great introduction to London. Even if you’re from the city, it can be fun to spend some time getting to know your home a little bit better!
Getting In: Big Bus London tickets are included as an option with the London Explorer Pass®.
Explore Springtime Blooms
This is right about the time of year when everything starts to blossom, covering gardens and greenspaces with an explosion of vibrant color. While you may think that urban London doesn’t have much in the way of spring blooms, however, you’re totally wrong.
Visit one of the city’s many gardens to see these magnificent blooms this Easter weekend. From the humble, indigenous flowers to exotic flora, there’s much to see at venues like Kensington Gardens, Kew Gardens, and the Chelsea Physic Garden.
Insider Tip: Kew Gardens hosts a chocolate hunt on Easter Sunday for the kids!
Getting In: Admission to local gardens is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass®.
WWT London Wetland Centre: Easter Duck Hunt
Kids will relish the opportunity to participate in some good old fashioned Easter fun away from home. Pay a visit to the delightful London Wetland Centre for a chance to see the bloom of springtime, encounter baby creatures everywhere, and feel the fresh breezes.
From April 1 – 17, 2017, guests have the opportunity to help the Centre find some missing ducklings! Follow the Easter GIANT Duck Trail around the nature reserve to discover the missing duckies. Then, enjoy an arts & crafts session to make your own springtime creations.
Getting In: Participation in the Easter GIANT duck hunt is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the attraction website.
Jurassic Kingdom at Osterley Park
Dinosaur fans of all ages will love Jurassic Kingdom. From April 1 – 17, 2017, it takes over the charming Osterley Park and transforms it into a dinosaur paradise. Animatronic dinosaurs dot the landscape in over 30 exhilarating installations, although some may be hidden in the landscaping.
Kids will love searching for hidden dinosaurs, excavating a fossil site, and learning all about these popular creatures. There are also a number of food and drink vendors to keep you fueled.
Getting In: Admission to Jurassic Kingdom is separately ticketed and is not included with the London Explorer Pass®. For more information, please visit the event website.
Remember to Save on Admission
Whether you’ve got the entire Easter weekend in London to explore or the whole week off, there are plenty of things to do in London for the holiday.
Please note that some of the events included in this post are separately ticketed and are not included with the London Explorer Pass®.
Consider adding a few of these fun events and attractions to your itinerary, and have a Happy Easter!