South Devon Railway (3 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.'
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (10 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.
The Golden Hind at Brixham (13 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.
River Link (14 miles)
Pleasure boat cruises and trips up and down the River Dart, from Dartmouth to Totnes in Devon, UK.
Exmouth Model Railway (17 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.
Plym Valley Railway (17 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.
Plymouth Miniature Steam (18 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.
Devon Railway Centre (26 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.
Beer Heights Light Railway (31 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.
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway (31 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
Seaton Tramway (33 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.
Bodmin & Wenford Railway (43 miles)
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway is Cornwall's only standard gauge railway still operated by steam locomotives and the trains run through some delightful Cornish scenery.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (47 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!
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (47 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.
Blue Anchor Railway Museum (48 miles)
World of Model Railways (49 miles)
World of Model Railways
Featuring over 30 trains travelling through a varied landscapes including town, country, seaside and even an Alpine Winter.
West Somerset Railway (49 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.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (49 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!
Yeovil Railway Centre (57 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.
Lappa Valley Steam Railway (58 miles)
Lappa Valley Steam Railway
A 2-mile steam train journey. Leisure park, paddle boats, canoes, 2 miniature railways, crazy golf, maze. Entrance to viewing platform of the largest mine engine houses in Cornwall. Woodland walks and play area. Also, 12 hole pay and play golf course, separate charge.
Mylor Sailing School (62 miles)
Mylor Sailing School
A sailing school with lots of fun sessions for children. Swallows and Amazons at the weekends: sailing off to find treasures on hidden shores and lots of games. Family sailing experiences with beginner through to advanced sailing sessions available.
Falmouth Boat Hire (63 miles)
Falmouth Boat Hire
is a family friendly self drive boat experience. You step aboard a cabin boat and drive explore the wildlife and traditional smuggling tributaries of the Fal with your family. No experience needed. River Inns close by for a Cornish Cream Tea or a full lunch.
Gartell Light Railway (68 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.
East Somerset Railway (72 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.
Wareham Boat Hire (73 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.
Gower Coast Adventures (73 miles)
Gower Coast Adventures
Their aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, to watch birds, porpoises, seals and even occasionally dolphins at play in their natural habitat.
Woodlands Leisure Park (12 miles)
Woodlands Leisure Park
- is an all-weather attraction, theres something for everyone nestled in 90 acres with various adventure playzones - perfect for entertaining children of all ages! Let off steam in massive Fun Factories, indoor rides, 2 Master Blaster Arenas and Soft Play Centres.
Crealy Great Adventure Park (20 miles)
Crealy Great Adventure Park
Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the thrills and spills of the Adventure Park! Fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodland and meet the cutest creatures. Complete with wild rides, masses of indoor play, the regions friendliest animals and NEW attractions, capture more precious memories than ever before.
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary (3 miles)
Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary
A tropical landscaped garden filled with exotic butterflies, beautiful birds, fish and terrapins, plus several species of otter. Make sure the bigger kids take a camera!
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital (5 miles)
Devon Wildlife Centre and Hospital
A real wildlife hospital and rehabilitation centre that will capture kids' hearts. By definition there is an ever-changing array of animals at the centre, but they always welcome families and offer a daily programme of keeper talks.
Paignton Zoo (10 miles)
With more animals than anyone else in the South West, you're in for a really wild time - A great day out for the kids and all the family. Looking for an exciting day out in Devon? Come in and get close to over two thousand creatures at one of the South Wests most exciting visitor attractions, but you'd better leave a whole day, you'll need it to explore our big wild world!
Dartmoor Zoological Park (13 miles)
Dartmoor Zoological Park
There are over 200 animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park: from tiny stick insects to Ben our Brown Bear or Solomon our Lion, all set in over 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Discover something different, learn something amazing and help us make tomorrow's world rich in animal life.
National Marine Aquarium (20 miles)
National Marine Aquarium
The visual spectacular of the Atlantic Ocean tank is a wow with kids: they're sure to get a unique and inspiring take on of what makes fish such fascinating animals from the menacing Sand Tiger and Nurse Sharks to the graceful Eagle Rays to the mighty Tarpon and Barracuda.
The Donkey Sanctuary (27 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family picnic areas.
North Devon Falconry (39 miles)
North Devon Falconry
Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Pennywell Farm (4 miles)
Treat your family to the very best with a full day of hands on animal action at Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh. With animal activities, shows and rides galore all included in the admission price, you won't waste a single minute. Home of the world famous Pennywell Miniature Pigs.
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm (7 miles)
Totnes Rare Breeds Farm
More than just a petting farm, this is a non-profit-making organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers and the great support of its customers. It aims to preserve endangered species of farm animals and the diversity of British wildlife. It is also a fantastic day out!
Miniature Pony Centre (9 miles)
Miniature Pony Centre
Animals, adventure, and discovery all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland. A truly captivating family attraction in Devon, with miniature ponies and much much more. Set in an idyllic setting in the heart of scenic Dartmoor, there is plenty of beautiful countryside to explore.
House of Marbles (5 miles)
House of Marbles
Featuring the largest marble run in the United Kingdom and possibly the world! Glass Making, Game and Marble Museums, push button marble runs, a GIANT floating marble, and a great new outdoor play structure to enjoy (3 to 12s).
Dartmoor Prison Museum (11 miles)
Dartmoor Prison Museum
Dartmoor Prison has a long and fascinating history that has seen many changes in its fortunes. But it is also at the cutting edge of modern penal practice, developing ways to help offenders change their lives and to protect the public.
Brixham Heritage Museum (13 miles)
Dartmouth Museum (14 miles)
Local museum with hands on exhibits for big kids and the grownups they turn into! Hands on science, learn to tie knots, put your Granny in the stocks! Amazing model ships; things about Dartmouth in the two world wars, quizzes, not stuffy at all!
Exmouth Museum (16 miles)
Historic building commemorating and presenting Exmouth's history, come discover it for yourself!
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema) (18 miles)
Bill Douglas Centre (History of Cinema)
'Founded in 1994, the Centre contains an enormous collection relating to the history of film and visual media. From shadow puppets to Shirley Temple dolls, from magic lanterns to Marilyn Monroe postcards, there is something to fascinate every visitor.'
Museum of Dartmoor Life (19 miles)
Museum of Dartmoor Life
- you can discover what has happened to the Dartmoor environment over time and see how Dartmoor people have made a living and changed Dartmoor in doing so. You may even recognise your grandparents' kitchen and living room, but not necessarily the prices they had to pay for things in their time.
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust (20 miles)
Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust
'An award-winning, evocative museum and visitor centre in the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just four miles west of Tavistock the historic port, mine workings and Estate, border the beautiful River Tamar. Amidst towering cliffs and gently rolling farmland, a lost world lives again.'
Merchant's House Museum (20 miles)
Merchant's House Museum
'From Elizabethan privateers to four mini museums in one, the Merchant's House has an interesting history.'
Fairlynch Museum (20 miles)
Small quirky thatched museum detailing local social, maritime and prehistoric history, including smugglers' cellar
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (24 miles)
Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre
'The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is proud to present the National Fairground Collection. It is a facility unique in the UK, designed to capture the magic of a bygone age through exhibits, vintage engineering and stunning artwork displays.
The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is a 45,000 square foot indoor attraction that provides a unique opportunity to view our Fairground Heritage in a beautiful rural location.'
Tiverton Museum (29 miles)
'Come along and explore some of our outstanding collections and trace the fascinating history of Mid Devon, its environment and the people who have lived and worked here.'
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Ashburton 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 Devon can enjoy the great day out as well.
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