Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre (5 miles)
Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
is a local community museum. Explore the past with Alfred the Great or Mr Brunel. Try dressing up as a Saxon peasant or a Victorian child. For under 5’s try Messy Monday or Noisy Friday. Everyone is welcome in our children’s holiday workshops.
Avebury Stone Circle (7 miles)
Avebury Stone Circle
Visit the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world! Alexander Keiller Museum is based nearby and is full of fascinating facts about the area, plus loads of great interactive kids’ activities. Avebury Manor and Gardens also close. Fantastic family day.
Silbury Hill (7 miles)
Known as the English pyramid, this is the world's largest man made chalk deposit which does indeed rival the height of the pyramids. No access to hill itself but nice as a stop off if passing.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle (15 miles)
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens to explore with a variety of family friendly events and activities.
Bath Postal Museum (16 miles)
Bath Postal Museum
Follow the history of the British Postal System and communication in this tiny but great museum for all ages, with a mixture of video recordings, interactive displays and other exhibits.
Roman Baths and Museum (16 miles)
Roman Baths and Museum
See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements. Excellent children's audioguide tour with some exhibitions.
Dyrham Park (16 miles)
A late 17th century mansion, garden and deer park. A large estate full of great places to walk with the kids.
Crofton Beam Engines (18 miles)
Crofton Beam Engines
Visit the oldest working steam engines in the world that are still performing the job they were built to do! Especially good on a steam day.
Stonehenge (20 miles)
Stands as a timeless testimony to the people who built it, between 3000BC and 1500BC. An amazing feat of engineering and arguably the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, it remains a mystery. Fantastic new visitor centre!
Walled Garden at Mells (21 miles)
Walled Garden at Mells
An idyllic 17th century working garden dedicated to British plants with free entry. Welcomes families including dogs.
Nunney Castle (23 miles)
A French moated castle ruin in Somerset. Kids will love it, because it has all the qualities of a castle: a keep, a moat with fish in it, big thick walls and towers on each corner.
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland (24 miles)
Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland
Visit Faringdon’s unique, iconic 100ft tower, the last major folly to be built in England. Surrounded by interesting woodland to explore that contains sculptures to find. Kids aged 11 and under get in free.
Berkeley Castle (26 miles)
is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures. Come and learn about murder, intrigue and mysterious events at the castle.
Dr Jenners House (26 miles)
Dr Jenners House
The former country home of the scientist who invented a vaccine against smallpox, the greatest killer disease at the time. Discover the story of the ‘man who saved the world’!
Clifton Observatory (27 miles)
A natural cave with viewing platforms, unparalleled views over the local scenery and the only formal Camera Obscura in England.
Chedworth Roman Villa (27 miles)
Chedworth Roman Villa
The ruins of one of the largest Romano British villas in the country. Also considered one of the most complete and extensive sites, includes some great mosaics. Interesting activities and events throughout the summer and school hols.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge (27 miles)
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel the bridge provides spectacular views over the pretty Avon Gorge. It's a great place to walk across and see how high you are above the traffic and the river. Feel and see it move with the traffic!
Blaise Castle and Play Area (27 miles)
Blaise Castle and Play Area
Castle, museum, 2 age zoned play areas and some truly beautiful woodland walks, this is a great day out for all age groups.
Mompesson House (27 miles)
Featured in the award-winning film Sense and Sensibility, the sumptuous setting is home to a variety of collections including 18th century drinking glasses. There is a children's guide available at reception and sculpture gardens to explore.
Salisbury Cathedral (27 miles)
Visit one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain, which has the tallest spire in England! Holds the world’s best preserved copy of the Magna Carta and a medieval clock. Tower tours available.
Great Witcombe Roman Villa (27 miles)
Great Witcombe Roman Villa
Visit the remains of a large villa that was built around AD 250 plus a shrine to a water spirit! Tricky terrain though, best for the fit and mobile. A short trip, but free!
Old Wardour Castle (28 miles)
Old Wardour Castle
Explore the set of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves via self guided audio tour, with enchanting grotto and circular staircases, plus play and picnic space outside.
Highclere Castle (29 miles)
Victorian Castle experience rich in history, with woodland garden surround, plus Egyptian Exhibition.
Tyntesfield (31 miles)
Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens, parkland and a visitors centre, plus farm themed playground and play trail. Plus, discover the value of bird poop. Really!
Wells Cathedral (32 miles)
A 12th Century Early English Gothic Cathedral boasting 296 Medieval groups of structure. One of England's most beautiful cathedrals.
The Bishops Palace (32 miles)
The Bishops Palace
Sensory Trail, 10 metre willow dragon to discover, family activities and events, and workshops at this Grand Palace surrounded by 14 acres of gardens.
Whitchurch Silk Mill (33 miles)
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Silk has been woven here since the 1820 to 1830s. The Mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Interactive exhibits and hands on opportunities.
Caldicot Castle (33 miles)
Explore the Castle and its beautiful setting of tranquil gardens and a wooded country park. Lots for kids to do including activity station and activities and workshops throughout the year.
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (34 miles)
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden
Romantic house converted from a medieval Augustinian priory that is full of surprises, plus beautiful grounds to discover. Fun Trails for the kids to make the most of their visit. Great all year arts and events programme.
Sudeley Castle (35 miles)
Visitors can explore the castle, play in the outdoor adventure playground featuring a spectacular wooden fort with zip-wire and hidey holes, take an alpaca on a trek around the estate (extra cost) and spot rare pheasants, owls and even parrots.
Glastonbury Abbey (37 miles)
Ancient abbey set within 36 acres of beautiful parkland. Museum, fish and duck ponds, Cider Orchard, picnic area, Badger Boardwalk, plus Living History tours! Family activities and quizzes available, plus plenty of great events throughout the year.
Clevedon Pier (37 miles)
the only fully intact, Grade 1 listed pier in the country. There are boat trips, fishing, events and an art gallery.
Oxford Castle Unlocked (39 miles)
Oxford Castle Unlocked
An ancient site of incarceration offering a highly atmospheric history lesson spanning ten centuries, with hands on displays and real life prisoner stories. Quirky costumed tour guides are available every 20 minutes.
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments (39 miles)
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments
One of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. Has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.
The Bodleian Library (39 miles)
The Bodleian Library
Interactive and stimulating tours of the historic university where much of Harry Potter was filmed! Like stepping into their favourite films. Most tours are for 10+ but Family Tours in holidays welcome 5+.
Blenheim Palace (39 miles)
is a World Heritage site with over 300 years of history and 2000 acres of Parkland and Formal Gardens, including the family friendly Pleasure Gardens. Enjoy a whole host of events, exhibitions and entertainment throughout the year.
Winchester Castle and Great Hall (40 miles)
Winchester Castle and Great Hall
The remains of an historic castle with the round table said to be used by the legendary King Arthur! Free to visit. Events for kids are held during the school holidays.
Winchester Cathedral (40 miles)
For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Today, they welcome 300,000 visitors a year to share their worship, explore their heritage and attend their many events.
Basing House (43 miles)
Nationally important historical site with some amazing stories to uncover. Visitor centre, museum, house, and great barn to explore, plus stately walled garden. Models, audiovisuals, and displays take you on an historic adventure! Open between March and October.
The Eling Experience (43 miles)
The Eling Experience
Learn about tidal powered milling, sit in an air raid shelter with sound effects, play on a pirate ship playground with picnic areas, plus nature walks and free Smugglers info sheet!
Eastnor Castle (44 miles)
Fairytale Georgian castle in magical surroundings, with Deer Park, Lake and Arboretum, Children's Adventure Playground and Assault Course, Knight's Maze and Burma Bridge Tree Top Walkway!
Montacute House (46 miles)
Stunning Elizabethan mansion surrounded by beautiful grounds. Explore the house and gallery, beautiful gardens and parkland with free guided tour.
Tudor House and Garden (46 miles)
Tudor House and Garden
Gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens (46 miles)
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
A beautiful English garden created by three generations of women including large walled gardens, plus a swimming pool, bluebell woods and water garden. Plenty of space to walk with the kids.
Croome (46 miles)
Restored 18th century park with fascinating statues, follies and temples are hidden around every corner of the garden for the kids to discover, and the Visitor Centre with museum used to be a secret wartime base!
Malvern Hills GeoCentre (47 miles)
Malvern Hills GeoCentre
is the official visitors' centre of the Geopark way. Attractions include interactive iPads and wall maps encouraging kids to learn all about the geology, archaeology, history and water of the Malvern Hills. The Cafe stocks a wide range of local food and drink and has free WiFi and parking.
Odiham Castle (47 miles)
One of King John's three strongholds, recently restored and open for visitors.
Beaulieu (49 miles)
In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. Over 250 vehicles in the motor museum, living history in Palace house and unlimited rides on the monorail and bus make a day for the whole family.
Broughton Castle (49 miles)
A hugely popular and impressive house and grounds, beautifully furnished and lovingly restored, with fascinating historical artifacts throughout. For a full day you enjoy this in conjunction with another local activity, and although they seem child friendly it is definitely only for the calmer kids.
Techniquest (50 miles)
Purpose built Science Centre and Planetarium providing interactive science experiences making science accessible to everyone.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Calne 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
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