Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (9 miles)
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre (9 miles)
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre
Occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine countryside. More importantly, it is the longest canal tunnel in Britain and makes a perfect family day out in Yorkshire.
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway (9 miles)
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Looksa like a good idea if you're after fun family days out in Yorkshire.
Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel (10 miles)
Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel
Over 50 TV and film productions have featured restored railway carriages from this multi-award winning museum. Sit in the carriages and imagine what rail travel used to be like with sound and video to bring the past to life and numerous signs, posters and small exhibits too.
Kirklees Light Railway (13 miles)
Kirklees Light Railway
Come along and take a 50 minute steam hauled return trip along 4 miles of 15" narrow gauge railway. The large visitor centre offers facilities for the whole family, including a new adventure playground, indoor play area and a miniature railway.
Middleton Railway (14 miles)
The oldest working railway in the world. A working Accredited Museum of standard gauge industrial steam and diesel locomotives. In the modern Engine House learn how Leeds made more locomotives than any other city or town in England. Complete your visit with a ride on the train to where the Middleton Coal Mines once were.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (18 miles)
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Yorkshire
Pennine Boat Trips (18 miles)
Pennine Boat Trips
Public trips are run most days to Niffany or Snaygill through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales from the old market town of Skipton on the 200 year old Leeds and Liverpool canal.
East Lancashire Railway (20 miles)
East Lancashire Railway
The service operates historic steam trains from Rawtenstall to Heywood passing over viaducts and through tunnels.There are special events throughout the year, such as Santa Specials and Friends of Thomas the Tank Engine.
Brookside Miniature Railway (26 miles)
Brookside Miniature Railway
Superb train ride for families and enthusiasts. Authentic detail in near half-mile circuit through the beautiful gardens of a large garden centre. Authentic GWR station, full-size signal box and museum of railway relics.
Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway (28 miles)
Abbotsfield Park Miniature Railway
Also know locally as 'Chassen Park', this is especially worth visiting on a Sunday when the Urmston and District Railway Society operate a miniature train around the park.
Manchester Airport Tour Centre (30 miles)
Manchester Airport Tour Centre
Trained guides show the airport's facilities to over 20,000 visitors each year with superb audio visual and lecture facilities contained in the Tour Centre. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Manchester
Cycle the Solar System (34 miles)
Cycle the Solar System
Great added interest on this cycle track from York to Selby where a scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway.
York Boat (36 miles)
Options include sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises, private hire, self drive motor boats, disco cruises and Christmas cruises.
Lakeside Miniature Railway (36 miles)
Lakeside Miniature Railway
Taking the smalls on a historic miniature railway is an unforgettable experience for kids and let's be honest we love it too!
Ribble Steam Railway (37 miles)
Ribble Steam Railway
Visitors can travel behind one of the restored steam engines in old fashioned carriages enjoying a three mile round trip around the docks and along the riverbanks, then check out the museum and relax in the tea rooms.
The West Lancashire Light Railway (40 miles)
Anderton Boat Lift (42 miles)
Anderton Boat Lift
Literally a huge machine to lift boats from one river into another, it's so much more exciting to see than the written word conveys! The exhibition has a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece.
Peak Rail (42 miles)
Welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on their preserved railway.
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (42 miles)
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
The lake railway uses miniature narrow gauge steam engines on its trains to give a scenic 3 mile return trip along the side of Rudyard Lake.
Special family events at Bank holidays, children's parties and Santa trains in December. See website for details
Steeple Grange Light Railway (43 miles)
Steeple Grange Light Railway
When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery, discover fossils and wild flowers, learn about the railway and stare at the vintage rolling stock!
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus (45 miles)
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus
is an alternative day out because we bring the outdoors indoors as we sail along the historic Lancaster Canal to the magnificent Lune Aqueduct, wildlife spotting along with fascinating historical landmark spotting as we sail along the Lancaster Canal. Free activity packs are available for all children on board.
Halton Miniature Railway (45 miles)
Halton Miniature Railway
Known throughout the world to all enthusiasts, this railway system is staffed by volunteers. It has a track gauge of 7 and a quarter inches, and operates a passenger service in the Town Park.
Churnet Valley Railway (46 miles)
Churnet Valley Railway
A ride on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire, and there are special children's events during some of the school holidays.
This year we shall be featuring "Wallace and Gromit" and also "Peppa Pig and George"
Crich Tramway Village (46 miles)
Crich Tramway Village
Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
The Scarborough Spa Express (47 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express
A Wonderful Family Day Out. What better way to enjoy North Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside, visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by travelling aboard a vintage steam hauled train?
The Cambrian Steam Train (47 miles)
The Cambrian Steam Train
Travel by steam in traditional carriages from Machynlleth to Porthmadog. Sit back and view beautiful Cardigan Bay on one side and the mountains of Snowdonia on the other. A day for all the family to relax and discover the magnificent Cambrian Coast, with countless leisure activities along the way.
Model Railway Village (47 miles)
Model Railway Village
It is not unusual for children to want to spend all day with their parents or grand parents at the Model Railway Village, just watching or following their favourite model train whilst it meanders around the 1.5 acres of beautiful miniature landscape.
Sherwood Forest Railway (48 miles)
Sherwood Forest Railway
Take a ride on this fun narrow gauge railway that trundles through the heart of Sherwood Forest which runs for one mile through the areas farm land with two crossings a tunnel and a couple of stations cute 5 8ths scale locomotives the kids will love pulling open carriages behind them.
Fylde Society of Model Engineers (48 miles)
Fylde Society of Model Engineers
run a miniature railway on the playing fields adjoining Marsh Mill. Trains run Sunday and bank holiday afternoons throughout the year (weather permitting). All rides are free, donations most welcome. Live steam and electric locos on 3 different gauge tracks are used to haul trains of up to 15 passengers.
Midland Railway Centre (49 miles)
Midland Railway Centre
It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Foxfield Railway (53 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Relax & experience the nostalgia of this unique heritage railway, winding you gently on a 5 1/2 mile round steam journey over ever changing gradients and through beautiful picturesque North Staffordshire countryside.
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway (56 miles)
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
is a 7 and a quarter gauge railway located in the beautiful surroundings of Chester's Grosvenor Park and is only a few minutes walk from the city centre. Fun for all the family and popular with young and old alike it has become one of Chester's top tourist attractions.
Showboats of Chester (56 miles)
Showboats of Chester
Cruise along the beautiful River Dee, passing the sights of the historic City of Chester aboard our luxury boats, Lady Diana and Mark Twain.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (57 miles)
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Britain'ÂÂs most popular Heritage Railway carrying over 300,000 passengers a year. Travelling through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park from the market town of Pickering to Grosmont. On many days throughout the year you can now continue your journey along the scenic Esk Valley to our newest destination of Whitby.
North Scarle Miniature Railway (59 miles)
North Scarle Miniature Railway
A cute ground level, five and seven and a quarter inch gauge track going some 2000ft. Scattered running days so always check before leaving, but they do also offer events and the classic Santa Special seasonally.
Amerton Railway (61 miles)
The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm
Newark Air Museum (62 miles)
Newark Air Museum
The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 71 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; engine / artefacts displays; café and large shop. Regular special events and education programmes available for visiting schools.
Arctic Corsair (62 miles)
Come aboard Hull's last sidewinder trawler the Arctic Corsair and let the crew take you on a guided tour and capture their imagination. You'll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea trawlermen faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (65 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
Windermere Lake Cruises (66 miles)
Windermere Lake Cruises
Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available.
Saltburn Miniature Railway (70 miles)
Saltburn Miniature Railway
15 inch gauge miniature railway, running from the seafront through to the Valley Gardens, Italian Gardens, Tea Lawn and Woodland Centre.
Hornsea Mere (70 miles)
2.5m depth ideal for sailing beginners. Day sailing without membership is available with safety cover, and the options are vast from classes to Regattas.
Saltburn Cliff Lift (70 miles)
Saltburn Cliff Lift
Opened on 28th June 1884, this is the oldest remaining waterbalance cliff lift in Britain. Height of the lift is 120 ft, length of the track is 207 ft. Refurbished with stained glass windows. Links Saltburn pier, one of the few left in the country, with the town.
Scarborough North Bay Railway (71 miles)
Scarborough North Bay Railway
An historic 20" gauge railway, connecting Peasholm Park with Scalby Mills and the Sea Life Centre. This picturesque railway meanders almost a mile through woodland and lakeside scenery. With four 1930's steam outline locomotives, it is a delight for all ages.
Bark Endeavour (73 miles)
Regular sailings from Whitby to Sandsend on this replica of HMS Endeavour and hear about Captain Cooks life and the history of Whitby.
The Chasewater Railway (73 miles)
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.
Prince Bishop River Cruiser (74 miles)
Prince Bishop River Cruiser
- is a one hour cruise that takes in many of the city's sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear. On the trip to the Cathedral you will take in some spectacular views of the cities bridges, the castle and many of the Durham University buildings.
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience (< 1 mile)
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience
is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world, where families can enjoy the all year round tropical atmosphere to explore. Plus adventure playground.
Ponderosa (8 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Halifax 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 West Yorkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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