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Southwell Minster with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house, this is a great little stop to get the kids' imaginations going. An excellent audio tour is available too!
Papplewick Pumping Station A surprisingly beautiful and fascinating Victorian Pumping Station, that is still operational on ‘steam days’. Learn how it supplied Nottingham with water during the early 1880s and visit the underground reservoir. Surrounded by landscaped grounds and ornamental Cooling Pond.
Newstead Abbey A beautiful and historic house, surrounded by a number of stunning gardens and parkland. Water features, Tree Trail to follow, plus ducks, swans and peacocks to befriend. Once home to Lord Byron. Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds.
The Holocaust Centre A centre that allows people from all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. The small but significant collection is designed to tell the stories of those affected and ensure their experiences are not lost.
Greens Windmill and Science Centre Fascinating displays and a few hands on experiments inspired by local mathematical physicist George Green, housed in his families' working windmill. Really interesting stuff plus lots of community and family events like seasonal crafts and cooking classes.
Galleries of Justice is home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham's old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham's horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the...
Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Belvoir Castle The castle's splendid interior contains many beautiful treasures from great works of art, to fine furniture and beautiful tapestries. Children can enjoy the delightful Regency Nursery and School Room, the adventure playground and gardens.
Elvaston Castle The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills Experience the atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill. Self guided and fully guided tours available, plus half day experiences. Full of authentic working textile machinery and the largest bobbin collection in the world!
The Heights of Abraham Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Ellis Mill A restored, working 18th century tower windmill to explore, with a guided tour from a friendly volunteer. See it working, if it’s windy enough! Free to visit. Open at weekends only.
Lincoln Castle Reopened April 1st 2015 after full refurbishment: how exciting! Climb the towers, walk the walls, take tour picnic in the grounds and catch a Summer Fun activity day!
Kedleston Hall There are an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings to explore, including the treasures in the Eastern Museum. Enjoy the grounds with your hounds or take the smalls to look at the flowers, but it's all exploration no play: fair warning!
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
RAF Scampton Heritage Centre Discover the rich and varied history of RAF Scampton at this great little museum that is also home to the Red Arrows! Plenty to see from glass grenades to the fuselage of a Lancaster. Free to vist. By appointment only.
Sheffield Manor Lodge Discover over 600 years of history by exploring the Tudor ruins located in the once Great Sheffield Deer Park, see the animals on our working farm and find out what life was like on the eve of the Sheffield Blitz.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Families can get hands on with history in their new interactive galleries: All About Abbeydale and The Works! Plus a wide range of fun crafts and skills activities at events throughout the year.
Boston Castle and Park Explore the castle and catch some smashing views from the rooftop viewing platform, then picnic in the gardens and play in the park. Best timed to coincide with one of their seasonal events and activities!
Chatsworth House Grand house, splendid gardens and a working farm, all of which can be explored with a variety of buggy and trailer tours showing you the highlights of grounds and helping you get around! Loads of animal handling activities and more!
Conisbrough Castle Kids love castles, and even though it is mostly ruins, Conisbrough Castle has a 90ft-high great white circular keep with six buttresses is the oldest surving of its type in England. CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT until April 2014.
Cogglesford Mill Step back in time at this historic working watermill in peaceful surroundings of pasture fields and trees by the river Slea. Local goods including flour to buy. Free to visit.
The Vulcan Experience A chance to see one of the most iconic aircraft ever built. Public and VIP tours led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. An enjoyable visit for all the family.
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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station Historic Victorian industrial building with many rare original engines and boilers. Children’s trail to follow, plus a Visitor Centre and mini museum to explore. Steaming Days held throughout the year.
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Ashby de la Zouch Castle A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower can still be explored today.
Elsecar Heritage Centre Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
The 1620s House And Garden Step back in time and experience how people really lived in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in this preserved manor house, which dates back to 1280. A lovely manor house surrounded by period gardens and woodland.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Bring the kids along for a great day out at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. With a hands-on resources areas and a great new family friendly exhibition there is more than enough to keep them occupied!
Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens Beautiful stately home and gardens, including nine miles of cycle trails designed for families. Cycle hire is available (including buggies and tag alongs for little ones). Plus take part in the ;¢ÂÂFamily Cycle Challenge;¢ÂÂ. Grimsthorpe also has an adventure playground,shop...
King Richard III Discovery Centre Discover the fascinating and moving story of King Richard III through storytelling and modern technology. See where he was buried, and how his remains were discovered in 2012.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Centre A guided tour of the historic aircraft used during the Battle of Britain and a chance to see the technicians maintaining them in the hangar. A unique experience for the family.
Bosworth Battlefield Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is a unique day out for all the family. Relive this famous turning point in British history, the death of a King and the birth of the all powerful Tudor dynasty.
Burghley House Far from the traditional stuffy estate experience this place is full of play and surprise including a splash pad, mirror maze, surreal and magical sculptures, and rooms full of opulence, goddesses and even demons!
Sandal Castle Explore the ruins of a 13th century motte and bailey castle that has been extensively excavaated, with finds on display at the Visitor Centre. Tours available at 2pm each day, but booking is recommended during busy periods.
Tamworth Castle - is a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle located in the centre of Tamworth surrounded by the Castle Pleasure grounds. The oldest parts of the Castle are believed to date from the 1180s. There are 15 period rooms to explore with many hands-on activities for all ages.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre A museum built up around RAF Bomber Command, with rare aircraft and wartime vehicles to investigate. A number of exhibits and displays, covering the Home Front, Evasion and Escape during World War II. Under 5s visit free.
Rockingham Castle has magnificently furnished rooms and interesting audio visual displays, tours of the grounds and castle, and all surrounded by 12 acres of superb gardens waiting to be played in, not least while kids complete the Wentworth the Gallant grounds quiz!
Lichfield Heritage Centre Discover 2000 years of The Lichfield Story through the Exhibits, Displays and Audio Visual Presentations plus Family Mouse Hole Trail available to help keep the smalls interested and moving round. Grab a spire tour for great views, too!
Erasmus Darwin House Georgian townhouse and previous home of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather to Charles Darwin based in the centre of Lichfield. Contains interactive and hands-on science exhibits, Georgian dress-up and games, a reading area, various crafts, activities and of course prizes to be won! Plenty to keep all ages...
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Trentham Gardens is an award winning gardens and the perfect place to spend the day with the kids. Tackle the adventure playground, get lost in the maze, tantalise your toes on the barefoot walk and search for fairies on the fairy trail!
Temple Newsam A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and one of Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farms.
National Fishing Heritage Centre Discover what life was like for trawlermen in the 1950s. Experience the sights, sound and smells (really!) of the times that follow visitors through the interactive displays. Climb aboard the Ross Tiger and hear stories from real trawlermen!
Red House Historic house offering a peek in to the 19th century middle-class life of a family plus an interactive visitors centre offering an insight into 20th century life in the area. A small play park is next to the House.
Staircase House Explore domestic history throughout the house, peel back the bedclothes of the four poster bed, sit at the 18th Century dining table, and try your hand at quill pen writing!
Stafford Castle The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history: interactive elements include coin minting, brass rubbing and getting to grips with arms, armor and period dress up!
Royal Armouries Leeds Learn about arms and armour from around the world and during the summer you can watch displays of jousting, falconry and horsemanship. Over 2,500 objects on display in 6 galleries plus Jester Yard play area and crossbow shooting gallery!
Coventry Cathedral Climb the tower, visit the Blitz Experience Museum and explore this amazing building with the aid of Welcomers, Guides and Chaplains. Fascinating for both casual and spiritual visitors!
Fort Paull Yorkshire's only remaining Napoleonic Fortress! Vast array of displays including waxworks tableaux and period artillery, plus the World's only surviving Blackburn Beverley Aircraft! Underground rooms and tunnels to explore, a curious kid's paradise!
The Runway Visitor Park Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, explore real planes, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde!
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter A time capsule of past trade, with fascinating insight into Birmingham's renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. Includes live demonstrations at the jeweller's bench showing how the Smith and Pepper bangle was made.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Farnsfield 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.
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