Montacute House (11 miles)
Stunning Elizabethan mansion surrounded by beautiful grounds. Explore the house and gallery, beautiful gardens and parkland with free guided tour.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (11 miles)
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Beautiful and historic gardens with charming features to appeal to kids, like a play area, bridged waterways, sculpture trail and a secret walk! Dogs on leads welcome.
Athelhampton House and Gardens (12 miles)
Athelhampton House and Gardens
Stunning Tudor Great Hall and gallery with its own estate church and surrounding gardens with 9 metre tall pyramid yew trees, octagonal pond and lots of hidden corners to explore.
Forde Abbey House and Gardens (15 miles)
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
A historical and educational visit made fun through fantastic Children's Packs, which keep families interested and entertained while they learn. Grounds open all year. Children under 15 visit for free.
Nothe Fort (16 miles)
A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
The Town Mill (17 miles)
The Town Mill
A working water mill with hundreds of years of history. There is also a gallery, a micro brewery, pottery and cheesemonger. Free to visit.
Portland Castle (18 miles)
The history of this fortress, which overlooks Portland harbour, is diverse and fascinating with great views and big cannons, plus there's a Discovery Pack and period dress up supply to help keep kids interested.
Glastonbury Abbey (23 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.
Corfe Castle (26 miles)
Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays.
Old Wardour Castle (26 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.
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum (27 miles)
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum
Free museum and interactive trail to experience the heritage and environment of the area. Access to Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb garden late May to December
The Bishops Palace (27 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.
Wells Cathedral (27 miles)
A 12th Century Early English Gothic Cathedral boasting 296 Medieval groups of structure. One of England's most beautiful cathedrals.
Nunney Castle (28 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.
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum (29 miles)
Sheppys Cider Farm and Museum
Beautiful farmland and orchard to explore, with a number of animals to meet, plus a fascinating Cider Museum, and a Farm Shop and Tearoom. Learn all about farming and cidermaking from a family who have been doing it for generations!
Walled Garden at Mells (30 miles)
Walled Garden at Mells
An idyllic 17th century working garden dedicated to British plants with free entry. Welcomes families including dogs.
Bishops Lydeard Mill (31 miles)
Bishops Lydeard Mill
Visit a working watermill, plus see a number of trades on display, including coopering and saddling. Explore a Victorian kitchen, a Blacksmith’s forge, and a preserved Wheelwright’s shop. Fun and interactive displays, plus authentic sounds and smells!
Farleigh Hungerford Castle (37 miles)
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
Partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens to explore with a variety of family friendly events and activities.
Mompesson House (38 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 (38 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.
A La Ronde (39 miles)
A La Ronde
Unique 18th Century House with interesting interior decoration and some quirky collections. Surrounded by a huge meadow you can also explore. Dogs on leads welcome.
Killerton (39 miles)
Elegant 18th century historical home with landscaped gardens and parkland to explore. Dress in historical costume, follow numerous trails (including a toddler and buggy friendly one), spot the Bear Hut, go on a scavenger hunt, and much more!
Roman Baths and Museum (40 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.
Bath Postal Museum (40 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.
Tiverton Castle (41 miles)
Atmospheric castle and beautiful walled gardens to explore with the kids. Hear ghost stories, discover secret passages, feel the weight of a cannon, or try on some armour. A great day out!
Stonehenge (41 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!
Powderham Castle (41 miles)
Guided Castle Tours; Secret Garden; huge Play Fort for kids; Deer Park Safari and seasonal events located in a unique, picturesque setting beside the Exe estuary.
Exeter Woollen Trail (42 miles)
Exeter Woollen Trail
Explore the history of Exeter’s woollen cloth trade, on this free trail that will lead you to several key sites. There are also a number of interesting places to visit along the way.
St Nicholas Priory (43 miles)
St Nicholas Priory
Experience Tudor life in the heart of Exeter in this lovely recreated Elizabethan town house. Replica furniture and items you can actually touch, plus the chance to dress up and more!
Tyntesfield (44 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!
The Clifton Suspension Bridge (44 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!
Clifton Observatory (44 miles)
A natural cave with viewing platforms, unparalleled views over the local scenery and the only formal Camera Obscura in England.
Clevedon Pier (45 miles)
Visit the only fully intact, Grade 1 listed pier in the country. There are boat trips, fishing, an art gallery, and events throughout the year. Free to visit but some individual attractions and events may charge.
Needles Park Sand Cliffs (45 miles)
Needles Park Sand Cliffs
Visit to view these jagged chalk stacks and lighthouse, the unique multi coloured sand cliffs and enjoy the Park's facilities, including the spectacular chairlift.
The Needles Old Battery (45 miles)
The Needles Old Battery
- overlooks the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse. Built in 1862 following the threat of a French invasion, the Old Battery has a fascinating military history. The Needles New Battery contains an exhibition about the secret rocket tests carried out there in the 1950s and 60s as part of Britainâs race...
Dunster Water Mill (46 miles)
Dunster Water Mill
Experience the sights and sounds of a working watermill and discover how flour is produced. Integral museum containing a wonderful collection of farming tools. Part of Dunster Castle and Gardens and a combo ticket for both attractions is available: bonus!
Dunster Castle (46 miles)
The site of the castle, which dates back to Norman times, the house and gardens provide a great space to explore with the whole family! Come along and discover the diversity of the wildlife in the gardens, find out about bats and find the secret passage way in the house!
Dyrham Park (47 miles)
A late 17th century mansion, garden and deer park. A large estate full of great places to walk with the kids.
Fort Victoria (47 miles)
Comprising a Marine Aquarium and Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a cool 360 Planetarium and a huge Model Railway, plus seashore and woodland walks, you can fill a whole day with fascinating fun right here!
Yarmouth Castle (48 miles)
The remains of a Tudor coastal fort, and a wonderful picnic spot, with historic Yarmouth exhibition and a 16th century shipwreck. Climb the battlements for amazing views over the Solent.
Blaise Castle and Play Area (48 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.
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (48 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.
Bygones Victorian Museum (48 miles)
Bygones Victorian Museum
Shopping as our grandparents used to shop. Memories of journeys on the romantic steam trains our parents knew. Escape into the magic lands of fantasy where every generation loves to go.
The Eling Experience (48 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!
Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre (48 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.
Torquays Dinosaur World (49 miles)
Torquays Dinosaur World
Bringing dinosaurs and their worlds to life! See amazing life-like dinosaurs, learn about their lives, uncover incredible fossils, enjoy the family quiz and even sit on a dinosaur!
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.
Cosmeston Medieval Village (49 miles)
Cosmeston Medieval Village
Meet the villagers, all dressed in period costume, and experience how they lived. Take a tour, book a party or enjoy one of the special events that take place throughout the year! New features include the byre and the Herbalist's Hovel.
Tore Abbey (49 miles)
800 year old Abbey and grounds to explore, with exciting interactive exhibits, including talking statues and paintings! Special Discovery backpacks and garden trails for the kids, plus a Children’s Medieval Garden, and much more!
Tudor House and Garden (51 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Frome 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 Dorset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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