Southwell Minster (4 miles)
with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th-century chapter house—is one of the least known jewels in the crown of Nottinghamshire.
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?!
Bridlesmithgate Caves (12 miles)
Man-made caves used as a butcher's, a salting chamber and an apothecary's shop with a domed store cave and an ice house.
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.
City of Caves (12 miles)
City of Caves
Discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham. Explore original sandstone caves with our actor led tours and meet our friendly characters Archie and Annie the Archaeologists or wander through at your own pace with our fantastic audio tour. You will be taken on an archaeological journey under the cobbles of some of Nottingham’s most famous streets.
Nottingham Castle Caves (12 miles)
Nottingham Castle Caves
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Come along for a memorable tour and discover the secret passageways, King David's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar or Mortimer's Hole.
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.
Creswell Crags (13 miles)
is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Great idea for family days out in Nottinghamshire.
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.
Temple Mine (22 miles)
Discover for yourself the network of tunnels that exist under your feet and wonder at the crystals glistening in the walls.
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.
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, probably created during this war, can still be explored today.
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.
Peak Cavern (35 miles)
The spectacular entrance is the largest to any cave in Britain. See rope making, the remains of an underground village and find out why it is called "The Devil's Arse"! Guided tours suitable for all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Treak Cliff Cavern (35 miles)
Treak Cliff Cavern
- an underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home to Blue John Stone. The tour takes you to see Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork". Events include an Easter Egg Hunt and at Christmas "Carols by Candlelight"
Blue-John Cavern and Mine (35 miles)
Blue-John Cavern and Mine
The Blue John Cavern is steeped in history and old mining equipment is on view inside the cavern. Guided tours are conducted through the cave system at short regular intervals. Each tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour during which time a series of magnificent natural water-worn caverns are seen.
Speedwell Cavern (35 miles)
Speedwell Cavern – an incredible underground journey by boat! Descend 105 steps to an underground canal. Take a boat trip to visit the cathedral like cavern and see the “Bottomless Pit” – a huge subterranean lake. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Derbyshire.
Poole's Cavern (38 miles)
found deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years.
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)
Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder. The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum, located on Wood St, Wakefield. The castle grounds are open from dawn until dusk every day.
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.
Lichfield Heritage Centre (44 miles)
Lichfield Heritage Centre
Discover - The Lichfield Story through the Exhibits, Graphics, Displays and AV Presentations in our Exhibition which covers 2000 years of its fascinating history
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)
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.
Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl (50 miles)
Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl
With over three hundred birds many wandering freely you can't help but have close encounters with the birds, plus Enchanted Woods, plenty of cake, and an area with milling history depictions.
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.
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!
Air Raid Shelters (51 miles)
Air Raid Shelters
First-hand experience of daily life in 1940s, war-torn Britain. A labyrinth of tunnels under part of the town centre provided shelter - and a way of life - for Stockport and Manchester families through the dark days of the Blitz.
Stafford Castle (51 miles)
The Centre brings Stafford Castle to life. 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.
Coventry Cathedral (52 miles)
Coventry Cathedral is a definite must for every visitor to Warwickshire.
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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