Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre (7 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.
Kirklees Light Railway (8 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 (13 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.
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway (14 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.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (14 miles)
Ingrow Museum of Rail Travel (15 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.
East Lancashire Railway (22 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.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (23 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 (24 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.
Brookside Miniature Railway (24 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 (28 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.
Peak Rail (37 miles)
Welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on their preserved railway.
Steeple Grange Light Railway (37 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!
Allostock Miniature Railway (38 miles)
Allostock Miniature Railway
Miniature Railway within the grounds of a garden centre which also offers a play area for 5-11 year olds, Toby the self drive tram and a nine hole miniature golf course.
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (38 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
Lakeside Miniature Railway (39 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!
Anderton Boat Lift (40 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.
Ribble Steam Railway (40 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.
Crich Tramway Village (41 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.
Churnet Valley Railway (41 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"
Sherwood Forest Railway (42 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.
The West Lancashire Light Railway (44 miles)
Midland Railway Centre (44 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.
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.
Foxfield Railway (48 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.
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus (50 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.
Model Railway Village (50 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.
The Scarborough Spa Express (52 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 (52 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.
Fylde Society of Model Engineers (53 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.
North Scarle Miniature Railway (54 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.
Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway (55 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.
Amerton Railway (56 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 (57 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.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (58 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.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (59 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.
Arctic Corsair (60 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.
Hornsea Mere (68 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.
The Chasewater Railway (69 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.
Battlefield Line Railway (70 miles)
Battlefield Line Railway
Jump aboard a steam train which runs along Ashby canal for a lot of the journey - is nearby Bosworth Battlefield Country Park wich is worth a visit
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.
Windermere Lake Cruises (72 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 (73 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.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway (73 miles)
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
We are the only standard gauge steam railway in Lincolnshire open to the public. The location is part of the original Great Northern Railway which opened in 1848.
Saltburn Cliff Lift (73 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.
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway (73 miles)
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
The East Coast's last remaining narrow gauge steam railway, a unique attraction not to be missed! Frequent Special Events. Brief Encounters Tea Room. Station Masters Gift Shop.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Huddersfield 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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