We love it because... There's something for everyone. They always have a huge range of exhibitions on offer in the museum, for adults and for children, and all the child-friendly facilities you need are right there. The atrium cafe itself is only open in the summer, so make sure you visit before Autumn arrives!
We spotted... Children frolicking in the water fountains with Mums and families watching on from their picnic blankets. We also saw breastfeeding mums sitting outside, including us! The garden courtyard is vast, so there's plenty of room for your buggy, baby bag or picnic blanket.
What's not so good... The queue in the cafe can be long at lunchtimes, and it's not cheap. Having said that, they have a great selection which is a step up from your average buffet (think colourful salads, tempting quiches and fresh pasta) so it's worth it for a one-off. It also goes without saying it can get very busy with tourists, particularly in the summer months and during school holidays but if you pop to the atrium for a lunch spot, it's a great relief from the busy exhibitions.
Top tip... Try and make it to an exhibition while you're there. They usually have a huge selection, from fashion or textiles to arts, ceramics or paintings. The neighbouring Natural History Museum and Science museums are also really close, so you can pop in to any that take your fancy.