The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Fantastic steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives, and rolling stock.
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure A charming railway in the Forest of Dean where friendly staff welcome you. Fun for children in our Treetop Adventure and Indoor Village with secret passages - treasure boxes are hidden here! 4 stations, each with paths to walk through ancient woods and solve the riddle of the Gale Stone.
Symonds Yat East
Kingfisher River Cruises Join the river wending its way through Symonds Yat gorge and village, dividing it into East and West for a 40 minute boat trip with informed history and nature commentary.
The Handsam Boat Company Offering jaunts down the River Avon either by guided covered group tour, private hire motor boat or a family sized row boat. Departing from the award winning Abbey Park.
Evesham Vale Light Railway - is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway Ride extensive twin track Miniature Railway supporting all gauges and boasting a fleet of cute miniature locomotives! Broomy Hill Station has a great hands on railway for the kids to play with and a museum too. All you've got to do is catch it open!
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway The kids love a day out on a steam train. There are special event weekends throughout the year including Easter Bunny Rides, plus Halloween and Santa Specials. All aboard!!!
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway Perfect for those interested in locomotives and kids who just want to see something fun and different. Running on coal fired steam and diesel engines, you'll enjoy your ride, taking in all the sights as you head down the tracks.
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold River Cruise Travel the river Thames from the gateway to the Cotswolds, on “Adventuress”, a fully enclosed canal style wide beam passenger boat. Group outings and half day cruises available. They also cater for private charter trips, including parties and family celebrations.
Avon Valley Railway This attraction takes young and old back to the trains of yesteryear. Your train will be pulled by a restored steam engine and you can enjoy food and drink in a restored carriage. Not forgetting special trips aboard Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Steam Specials during the year.
Stratford Upon Avon
Avon Boating Varied multi season boat hire for families, from pedals to gondolas and plenty more.
Bristol Ferry Boat Co Bristol Ferries run services every day of the year except Christmas Day. Catch one of our timetabled boats and use it like a bus or simply sit on board for a round trip and take in the sights and sounds of Bristol's past and present. Swans, ducks and geese quacking. Cormorants fanning their wings... Look...
Strawberry Line Miniature Railway 5 inch gauge railway attraction includes a Tunnel, Motive Power Depot, Carriage Sheds, Turntable and Automatic Signalling System. Located in Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Open from April to the beginning of November.
The Matthew of Bristol A replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497, The Matthew is available to visit in the Bristol Floating Harbour and you can take a trip out on her as well.
Bristol Packet Boat Rides A wonderful selection of differing cruises, ranging from a quick trip around the floating harbour to a full excursion under the Clifton Bridge, through Avon Gorge and down the Bristol Channel!
Bath Boating Station Rowing, punting and canoeing on the delightful River Avon. Keep an eye out for kingfishers and otters! And don't forget there are options to share the rowing so start beefing up the kids!
Beacon Park Boats Exceptionally quiet electric day boats on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, allowing you to get closer to the natural wildlife. Day, half day and hourly boat hire. No experience is required for either as full training will be given!
Severn Valley Railway Historic rural railway line run with plenty for train enthusiasts to see and do. You may join the line from several stations, not just the one marked here as the address.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station and to Big Pit Halt, by the Big Pit Mining Museum. The serene day out you should choo-choo-choose!
Cherwell Boat House Rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire: what a great idea for a bit of family fun while you are in Oxford.
Oxford River Cruises A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and lifeâÂÂÂÂs pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats Rowing is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the river, pedalos and punts also available. You can hire the boat for an hour or if you want to make a day of it, just stay on the river as long as you like, simply returning the row boat to the boathouse before sunset.
Baggeridge Miniature Railway A charming miniature gauge railway runs through the lovely park, with supporting acts including adventure playground, mountain biking, nature trails, fishing, horse riding and orienteering!
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country! It's been ferrying families up and down the 111ft high sandstone cliffs for over a century!
Didcot Railway Centre See the steam trains from the golden age of the Great Western Railway in the original engine shed, with a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway and a typical country branch line.
Kennet Horse Boat Company Leave modern life behind and experience the leisurely travel of yesteryear along one of England’s finest canals. Open between Easter and September. Public trips and self drive day hire options available.
Midland Air Museum Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. A good family day out for if your smalls like vehicles of any description!
Brecon Mountain Railway Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park from one of Wales' most popular railways, plus enjoy the new childrens play area at Pontsticill, and some great walks to enjoy. You can even bring the dog with you!
East Somerset Railway is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April through October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5 mile round trip.
Coventry Transport Museum The largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with over 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 100 motorcycles. Fun for all the family!
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway A preserved former Great Western Railway branchline that links the national railway network at Cholsey with Wallingford. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays, often steam hauled.
Echills Wood Railway The train ride consists of a circular tour with optional change at Far Leys for adventure playground, summer paddle boats and car park, You can travel on a variety of 7 1/4 inch gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives. The complete journey time is approx 20 minutes.
Shropshire Raft Tours is great for young families seeking a complete fun-filled Ironbridge Gorge mini-adventure. Lots to see outdoors whilst on the Severn river for children to enjoy cruising downstream. Largest rafts in the UK! Any age of children welcome.
Silverstone Visit the home of British Motor Racing, built on the site of World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone. Guided tours available. Events held throught the year. Camping available.
Telford Steam Railway A classic and quite delightful working Steam Railway, which allows you to enjoy travel of a variety of diesel and steam traction, with services running between Spring Village, Horsehay and Dawley, plus a new extension to Lawley.
The Chasewater Railway Standard Gauge Heritage Railway set in Chasewater country park, 4 mile round trip with steam and diesel engines and vintage carriages. Accredited Museum, Model Railway, also a narrow gauge miners style line, tea room and Sunday Carvery, gift shops. We are a Volunteer run charity.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum where you can step back in time to the steam age. On steaming open days visitors can ride in vintage carriages pulled by a full sized steam engine and on our extensive miniature railway.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway A seven mile train journey on a steam engine: great for a family day out with the kids, especially train mad ones!!
International Centre for Birds of Prey Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Birdland Park and Gardens For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UK's biggest bird gardens, discover a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
Cotswold Falconry Centre Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Wild Place Project Adventure, play and learning themed around wildlife, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe at this zoological attraction.
Bristol Zoo Gardens Vast animal kingdom adventure plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and aquarium. In the new Gorilla Island house, they are directly above you on super tough glass!
Bristol Aquarium offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Cattle Country Adventure Park Is an Indoor and outdoor adventure park with loads of animals to see. Splash pool open from Whitsun to September. 2015 sees a new Cattle Trail activity!
Cotswold Farm Park Children can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. Sitting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun filled day out.
St Werburghs City Farm City Farm providing high quality educational, recreational and environmental services and resources within a working farm. Kids can get up close with some of the animals, and they have regular events and activity days.
Lawrence Weston Community Farm Provides a range of innovative and exciting, educational, social, environmental, economic and recreational activities; plus the animals besides.
Windmill Hill City Farm The Farm provides a beautiful green oasis in the heart of the city. They run courses, events and workshops. We have a fantastic cafe, farm shop, adventure playground, gardens and our animals include a variety of goats, sheep, pigs and poultry.
Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park is an adventure and wildlife park focussing on British breeds and wildlife. With indoor and outdoor play areas, animal handling sessions, pony grooming, animal feeding, interaction and education talks and walks throughout the day.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Gloucester 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 Gloucestershire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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