Yeovil Railway Centre (18 miles)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Steam hauled train rides, a minature railway, vistor centre/museum and much more! A great visit for train enthusiasts and the like.
Seaton Tramway (20 miles)
A fun day out for all the family. Ride on one of our trams and take a step back in time. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Devon.
Wareham Boat Hire (22 miles)
Wareham Boat Hire
is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips.
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway (22 miles)
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway
The Exhibition hall displays wonderfully detailed layouts in many gauges of track, with push button controls enabling children to operate the trains. In the Gardens, the 7 and a 1/4 inch narrow gauge passenger-carrying line, powered by a fleet of miniature steam and diesel locomotives, winds its mile-long way through tunnels
Beer Heights Light Railway (22 miles)
Beer Heights Light Railway
Considered by many the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain, the route includes bridges, extensive sidings, one impressively steeply graded, set in the hillside above Wildway Park with wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
Gartell Light Railway (24 miles)
Gartell Light Railway
Step back in time to a more leisurely age and ride through the beautiful Blackmore Vale countryside along the route of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway.
Swanage Railway (28 miles)
Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
The Big Canoe (29 miles)
The Big Canoe
is an opportunity for families with children to explore the coastal waters of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island paddling a huge Open Canadian Canoe.
Bournemouth Eye (32 miles)
Tethered Balloon Flights every day from the beautiful Lower Gardens in central Bournemouth. We'll take you 500ft. above this exciting resort where you'll experience amazing panoramic views over the English Channel and surrounding countryside, for up to 20 miles.
Littledown Miniature Railway (34 miles)
Littledown Miniature Railway
The raised track is suitable for running 7 ¼, 5, and 3 ½ inch gauge locomotives suitable for passenger hauling. Nearby play park, duck pond and paddling pool.
Exmouth Model Railway (35 miles)
Exmouth Model Railway
Come and see the British Countryside in miniature with 20 trains weaving their way through 115 scale miles of varied landscape; the villages, towns, stations, traffic, people and even birds in the trees all authentic to the last meticulous detail.
East Somerset Railway (36 miles)
East Somerset Railway
(ESR) is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April - October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5-mile round trip. We have volunteer staff who are very knowledgeable and will give you all the help you need and answers to any question you may have.
Devon Railway Centre (42 miles)
Devon Railway Centre
offers a unique interactive fun rail experience with unlimited train rides around the centre and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can even clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the trains.
The Golden Hind at Brixham (44 miles)
The Golden Hind at Brixham
There's so much to see and explore above and below its five decks, with many hands on exhibits giving the visitor of all ages a wonderful insight to the incredible life at sea in Tudor times.
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (45 miles)
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
is the holiday line from Paignton with steam trains running in Great Western tradition along the spectacular Torbay coast to Churston and through the wooded slopes to Kingswear for Dartmouth.
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (48 miles)
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
The Museum Contains relics from the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branchlines to Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Wells and Bridgwater. All finally closing in 1966.
River Link (48 miles)
Pleasure boat cruises and trips up and down the River Dart, from Dartmouth to Totnes in Devon, UK.
Blue Anchor Railway Museum (50 miles)
Strawberry Line Miniature Railway (52 miles)
Avon Valley Railway (53 miles)
Avon Valley Railway
This attraction takes young and old back to the trains of yesteryear. Your train will be pulled by a restored steam engine and you can enjoy food and drink in a restored carriage. Not forgetting special trips aboard Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Steam Specials during the year.
South Devon Railway (53 miles)
South Devon Railway
'The South Devon Railway is one of Devon’s and the West Country’s best loved tourist attractions and is the longest established steam railway in the south west.'
West Somerset Railway (53 miles)
West Somerset Railway
Great steam railway running 10 stations and 20 miles through the Somerset countryside, always a great family day out with the kids.
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (54 miles)
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
There are over 20 miles of pathways, three woods and parkland to explore, and surprises lying await behind every corner. Many fun filled events for families held throughout the year, see a new side to Exbury! In the Gardens children can discover plants that existed before dinosaurs roamed.
Bristol Packet Boat Rides (54 miles)
Bristol Packet Boat Rides
Cruise around Bristol's historic harbour and on the Avon from Avonmouth to Bath, stopping at waterside pubs and tea gardens with entertaining commentary.
Brunels SS Great Britain (54 miles)
Brunels SS Great Britain
Step back in time when you board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to discover the world’s first great ocean liner.
Bristol Ferry Boat Co (54 miles)
Bristol Ferry Boat Co
Family friendly boat trips, many varying themes and lengths so suitable for all age groups if you choose wisely.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (58 miles)
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway (59 miles)
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway
This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway (61 miles)
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Five-mile steam railway using Victorian and Edwardian locomotives and carriages. Other attractions include souvenir shop, refreshments and children's playground, gardens and woodland walk. Great idea if you are looking for family days out on the isle of wight.
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays (66 miles)
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays
Family boat hire with a difference, for all ages! Drive a miniature ship in our sheltered boating pool. Our fleet of ships include ferries, a Royal Navy destroyer and a fire boat. The ships are electric powered, easy to drive and seat up to four. No previous experience required.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (66 miles)
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without a trip on the world famous Cliff Railway: the best and most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns. It will be one of the highlights of the day!
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (67 miles)
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Once one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways. An initial mile has so far been reopened within Exmoor at Woody Bay Station.
The railway has fast become one of the top must-see attractions of North Devon and Exmoor, and definitely has something to offer for all the family!
Plym Valley Railway (68 miles)
Plym Valley Railway
is a heritage railway centre where we are preserving steam and diesel locomotives, carriages, wagons, and other historic railway artefacts to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone age. We operate passenger trains on selected days from our station at Marsh Mills to Plym Bridge Platform.
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line (69 miles)
Plymouth Miniature Steam (69 miles)
Plymouth Miniature Steam
Two 71/4” gauge Wren locomotives and 2 battery powered diesels provide the pulling power for a sweet little jaunt for train lovers of all ages.
Hayling Seaside Railway (71 miles)
Hayling Seaside Railway
The EHLR is a new 2ft gauge light railway on the coast of Hayling Island, Hampshire, running for just over 1 mile between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner.
Kennet Horse Boat Company (71 miles)
Kennet Horse Boat Company
- canal cruises offer an opportunity to do just that. Choose between the slow meandering of the motor barge and the sedate drifting of the horse drawn barge. Whichever takes your fancy, we can offer you a great day out.
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway (73 miles)
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway
The kids love a day out on a steam train. There are special event weekends throughout the year including Easter Bunny Rides, plus Halloween and Santa Specials. All aboard!!!
Adventure Wonderland (34 miles)
If you're a would-be Pirate, an intrepid Explorer, a Mad Hatter or just a plain old fashioned Fun Lover, then you and your family have got a real treat in store at this all inclusive theme park!
Abbotsbury Swannery (2 miles)
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (7 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
Is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (9 miles)
Badger Watch Dorset (14 miles)
Badger Watch Dorset
An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (15 miles)
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
Monkey World (17 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Oceanarium (32 miles)
- brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm (2 miles)
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm
Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day, after the race the children are invited to take a goat for a warm down walk on a lead.
Farmer Palmers (23 miles)
Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas & toddler/baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather! - The best, value for money, visitor attraction for children 8yrs and under
Putlake Adventure Farm (27 miles)
Putlake Adventure Farm
30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, 9 hole crazy golf, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre (35 miles)
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre
As well as the rescued wildlife enjoy a Go-Kart Arena, Mini Pedal Tractors, Straw Fun Barn, Wooden Play Area, Sand Pit, Children's Fair Ground Rides (in season), and Toddlers' Toy Area. New features include the zip wire and a reptiliary house!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Abbotsbury with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Dorset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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