Earlier this week, we had a great time with friends seeing dinosaurs come to life in the Jurassic Kingdom event that’s running at Osterley Park, Isleworth, until 17th April. Little T and his friends all brought their binoculars, which was very cute, and had a blast spotting animatronic dinosaurs along the woodland trail behind Osterley House, taking part in an excavation dig and sitting on the (very popular) push-along dinosaurs at the entrance.
Jurassic Kingdom is a ticketed event and National Trust members receive a 20% discount and free parking (more details below). We went right at 10am when it opened and it was already busy and packed with families.
Older children can participate in an activity trail, with a series of questions about the dinosaurs to answer along the way. There were many dinosaurs to spot – like the Tyrannosaurus Rex at the entrance, roaring and moving its arms and swishing its tail…
And the triceratops, also near the start of the trail, roaring and moving its head.
And this mysterious one that didn’t have a name attached to it…
At the halfway point, there are snack and refreshment stalls, and several activities, including an excavation pit, a dinosaur children can sit on for a photo opportunity, walk-in dinosaur eggs and part of the park’s play trail.
Some realistic scenes were also set up, like this dinosaur being attacked by a raptor…
And this spinosaurus and T. Rex about to fight…
And a brontosaurus being attacked by a couple of raptors.
Overall, we had a fun experience watching these animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom and the kids (ages 2, 3 and 5) all had a blast taking part in the activities along the way. I’d recommend a visit during the Easter holidays for a unique experience and great day out that dinosaur fans will certainly enjoy!
Here’s a short video showing a couple of the animatronic dinosaurs in action at the halfway point of the trail where you’ll also find the excavation pit and other activities.
Jurassic Kingdom at Osterley Park
Address: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm; running until 17th April, 2017
Tickets: On the door prices are £15 for adults; £13 for child (ages 3-16). Purchase tickets online for a discount (£13.50 adult; £11.50 child). Family ticket options are available. National Trust members receive a 20% discount off ticket price (use promotional code TRUST20 when purchasing online)
Parking: The lot is at the beginning of the main driveway when you enter from the road, about 400 yards from the entrance to the event. Parking is £7 (cash only) and free to National Trust members.
Closest Underground Station: Osterley [Piccadilly line]
Good to Know:
- Children’s scooters, skates and bicycles are not permitted on site.
- There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue to store bags or other large items.
- There are food and refreshment stands at the entrance/exit and a couple halfway along the trail by the excavation pit. Food options include hot dogs, hamburgers and chips; refreshments and cake at the entrance/exit (the wait was 25 minutes for chips) and churros, ice cream, refreshments at the halfway point. I’d recommend bringing a picnic – there are plenty of spots along the way to stop and eat.
- Toilets are located at the entrance and about halfway along the trail.