Southwell Minster (4 miles)
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.
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (12 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children - attached to a working windmill which produces great flour?!
Galleries of Justice (12 miles)
Galleries of Justice
- 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 Galleries of Justice Museum an excellent family friendly attraction & a perfect day out for all ages.
Nottingham Castle (12 miles)
- 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 (18 miles)
Now the family home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their family - 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. Outside the adventure playground, and gardens are ideal for kids to let off steam.
Elvaston Castle (21 miles)
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.
Mrs Smiths Cottage (22 miles)
Mrs Smiths Cottage
A small, Victorian cottage museum displaying the simple life and times of Mrs Smith who lived there until 102 years old. She didn't believe in modern innovations. You can see the old black range, the single cold water tap, the old washhouse and learn about the life of Mrs Smith.
The Heights of Abraham (22 miles)
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!
Lincoln Castle (23 miles)
A Norman Motte and Bailey castle built by William the Conqueror in 1068, home to a unique prison experience and an original Magna Carta.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (25 miles)
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Complete the activity trail to catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Also close by is Abbeydale Miniature Railway.
Boston Castle and Park (25 miles)
Boston Castle and Park
Enjoy a day out at Boston Castle and Park. This family friendly venue has lots to offer for children. Daily activities include a craft activity cart, dressing up, jigsaws and trails.
Conisbrough Castle (27 miles)
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. Constructed in 1180AD from local limestone is a compelling and unique sight to behold.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (31 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
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 (31 miles)
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!
Heath Manor House (31 miles)
Heath Manor House
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.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens (32 miles)
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 (33 miles)
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 âFamily Cycle Challengeâ. Grimsthorpe also has an adventure playground,shop and tearoom.
Bosworth Battlefield (38 miles)
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 (41 miles)
The Garden of Surprises is a fantastic addition to the gardens at Burghley . Hidden inside a Yew hedge is an experience that will delight the senses. Mirrors exaggerate, mazes confuse, squirts of water distract, the dank moss house captivates, transforming sculptures dazzle, the grotto entices and the longitude dial educates and astonishes!
Sandal Castle (42 miles)
Explore the The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum. Visitors can climb to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley.
Tamworth Castle (43 miles)
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.
Rockingham Castle (43 miles)
Set in a panoramic location, with views over five counties, the Castle has magnificently furnished rooms of several periods, and is surrounded by 12 acres of superbly contrasting gardens.
Lichfield Heritage Centre (44 miles)
Lichfield Heritage Centre
Discover 2000 years of The Lichfield Story through the Exhibits, Graphics, Displays and AV Presentations. Family and Mouse Hole Trails available for small kids to help keep them interested and moving round.
Erasmus Darwin House (44 miles)
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 entertained.
Emma Bridgewater Factory (47 miles)
Stoke On Trent
Emma Bridgewater Factory
Join us in the historic Potteries: take a tour of our atmospheric Victorian factory, see our beautiful wares being made, then try your hand at decorating your own pot in our studio. Relax in the cafe, wander in the walled garden, then shop for factory seconds or delightful gifts.
Trentham Gardens (49 miles)
Stoke on Trent
With stunning gardens and lake, a giant observation wheel, unique Barefoot Walk, Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme, a shopping village, range of cafes and garden centre there really is something for everyone.
Temple Newsham (50 miles)
A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farm.
National Fishing Heritage Centre (51 miles)
National Fishing Heritage Centre
Navigate your way around Grimsby's Fishing Heritage Centre and 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.
Red House (51 miles)
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 (51 miles)
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 (51 miles)
The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history; the emphasis is most definitely on information with fun.
Royal Armouries Leeds (51 miles)
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 8,500 objects on display in 5 galleries.
Coventry Cathedral (52 miles)
Climb the tower, visit the Blitz Experience Museum and explore this amazing building with the aid of Welcomers, Guides and Chaplains.
Fort Paull (54 miles)
Yorkshires only remaining Napoleonic Fortress. Vast array of displays including waxworks tableaux and period artillery, plus the World's only surviving Blackburn Beverley Aircraft.
Lunt Roman Fort (55 miles)
Lunt Roman Fort
Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort . Stand on the ramparts, explore the exhibition in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus - a feature not found anywhere else in the Roman Empire.
The Runway Visitor Park (55 miles)
The Runway Visitor Park
Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, enjoy a plane tour, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (56 miles)
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 & Pepper bangle was made.
BBC Birmingham Public Space (57 miles)
BBC Birmingham Public Space
Do you fancy yourself as a TV presenter? Visit us inside The Mailbox and have a go at presenting Newsround or a weather forecast. Have your photo taken with Dr Who's TARDIS and an old Dalek!
Manchester United Museum and Tour (57 miles)
Manchester United Museum and Tour
Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people, every year, visit the Museum of this once great team. Young or old, United fan or not, it really is something to savour and tell your friends and family about.
Kenilworth Castle (58 miles)
With its impressive Norman keep, John of Gaunt's great hall, and the magnificent buildings raised for Queen Elizabeth I, it is among the largest castle ruins in England. Offers children's audio tours and activity packs to keep them keen.
Tatton Park (58 miles)
is an impressive historic estate with 1000 acre deerpark also featuring a Mansion, Gardens, Farm and Old Hall. Plus an adventure playground, a playtrail and den-building area, a maze, and this year The Magic of Beatrix Potter event with activities, quizzes, special events and Beatrix Potter characters to meet throughout the estate.
Harewood House (58 miles)
You'll find all sorts of activities here for family fun - the Adventure Playground, exotic species in the Bird Garden, dressing up Below Stairs and craft activities - the big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day! One of the best places to visit for family fun and things to do in West Yorkshire with kids.
Winterbourne House and Garden (59 miles)
Winterbourne House and Garden
Restored to its former Edwardian glory, downstairs there are exhibition rooms explaining the fascinating history of the house's former occupants. An interactive train set, toy box and rooms full of antique artefacts. Outside, 7 acres of Botanic Garden to be explored and enjoyed.
York Dungeon (59 miles)
An intense 70-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history, using theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience! Not for young or nervous kids.
Jorvik Viking Centre (59 miles)
Jorvik Viking Centre
Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions. As you travel around the Viking-Age city of Jorvik aboard our state of the art time capsules you will encounter the Old-Norse-speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience every-day life in JORVIK.
York Minster (59 miles)
One of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. When you have entered the Minster you may be able to join a free guided tour with one of their volunteer Guides
Baddesley Clinton (60 miles)
For less boisterous but still curious children, a medieval moated century manor house with a 19th century Catholic chapel, gardens, lakeside walk and nature trail. Tire them out first and there's enough for a couple of hours.
Withernsea Lighthouse Museum (61 miles)
Withernsea Lighthouse Museum
The lighthouse is no longer active and means that visitors are able to climb the 144 steps to the top for the breath taking views, plus the base features RNLI and HM Coastguard exhibits, displays and old photographs.
Warwick Castle (62 miles)
Bursting to the towers with tales of treachery and torture, passion and power and above all fascinating people, times and events, Warwick Castle is so much more than simply a castle. There is a full programme of events including birds of prey, jousting and the world's largest trebuchet. 4 new rooms this year!
Knaresborough Castle (65 miles)
As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with plenty of hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
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.
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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