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!
Beaulieu 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!
Salisbury Cathedral 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.
Mompesson House 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.
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.
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.
Fort Victoria 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!
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
Yarmouth Castle 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.
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 - 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...
Newton Old Town Hall A Town Hall without a town! Visit the mysterious little building that reveals the interesting and surprising historical importance of Newton. Regular art and photography exhibitions held here too. Children’s quiz and trail available.
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.
Stonehenge 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!
Corfe Castle 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!
Osborne House Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room.
Winchester Cathedral For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Today, they welcome 300,000 visitors a year to share their worship, explore their heritage and attend their many events.
Carisbrooke Castle a great place for children to explore with its towering keep to climb and battlements to march, there's lots to spark the imagination.
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum One of the UK's oldest watermills surrounded by family fun: 18 holes of putting golf and a croquet lawn, cool new Clay Play zone, punt and pedal hire on the stream, plus museums, camping, special events and a cluster of themed rural museums. Loads!
Winchester Castle and Great Hall The remains of an historic castle with the round table said to be used by the legendary King Arthur! Free to visit and events for kids are held during the school holidays: bonus!
Newport Roman Villa There are recreated scenes within the superb remains of the villa, and also outside there is a Roman herb garden as it would have been nearly 2000 years ago. A quiz booklet is available free of charge and the education room provides hands on activities including; Roman style clothes to try on, weaving and...
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC Fossil exhibition centre plus guided fossil hunting trips for kids, letting the small ones set the pace and keep what they find.
Little Woodham Living History Village Journey into the past in this 17th century village experience: a delightful chance for kids to really experience history and meet quirky costumed characters who'll show you their craftsmanship skills! Loads of fun and educational too.
Fort Nelson Imposing Victorian fort housing the Royal Armouries - national collection of artillery with over 350 big guns to see, plus exciting displays! Great place to explore and free to visit!
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.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a great day out for all the family! Offering a unique experience which spans 800 years of British Naval history and situated within a working Naval Base, the Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future
Spinnaker Tower A 170 metre tall visitor attraction overlooking historical Portsmouth harbour and the Solent. Of the 2 viewing decks the first is a glass floored number so kids feel they're floating, the second houses the cafe and the third is open air.
Nunwell House and Gardens Visit the ill fated, historic house where King Charles I spent his last night of freedom! Beautiful place full of architectural and historic interest. 5 acres of lovely gardens to explore, with rose garden, Long Walk, lily pond, and more!
Southsea Castle A magnificent castle, designed by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth. Fascinating facts to discover, a range of cannons to see, and an underground tunnel around the moat to explore! Free to visit.
Brading Roman Villa Get an insight into Roman life in this great museum and Visitor centre with a large collection of Roman archaeology. Happily set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too!
Whitchurch Silk Mill Silk has been woven here since the 1820 to 1830s. The Mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Interactive exhibits and hands on opportunities.
Sustainability Centre Award winning centre offering holistic education into environmentalism through interactive mediums and activities, plus a huge selection of parent child day classes including woodland sleepovers.
Bembridge Lifeboat Station Learn about the all weather lifeboat in this impressive station with kids' dress up and educational displays. Meet the crew and find out about the RNLI. Rockpools and beach nearby too!
Wilton Windmill The only working windmill in Wessex still producing flour. Picnic area plus some great walking trails. Guided tours availble some of the year.
Crofton Beam Engines Visit the oldest working steam engines in the world that are still performing the job they were built to do! Especially good on a steam day.
Highclere Castle Victorian Castle experience rich in history, with woodland garden surround, plus Egyptian Exhibition! Great for exploring with the kids.
Stansted Park a beautiful stately home with tons of parkland to explore! Visit the maze, play area and mini railway or come to the house to find out about what life was like for the people that lived here long ago.
Nunney Castle 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.
Nothe Fort 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.
Silbury Hill Known as the English pyramid, this is the world's largest man made chalk deposit which does indeed rival the height of the pyramids. No access to hill itself but nice as a stop off if passing.
Uppark House and Gardens Exploring this grand house gives one the chance to learn about the disparity between upstairs and downstairs life in the 18th century… plus seasonal quizzes, tours and events. There's also a play area, a woodland climb to the Eco Bench and space in the meadow to play and picnic.
Portland Castle 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.
Walled Garden at Mells An idyllic 17th century working garden dedicated to British plants with free entry. Welcomes families including dogs.
Avebury Stone Circle Visit the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world! Alexander Keiller Museum is based nearby and is full of fascinating facts about the area, plus loads of great interactive kids’ activities. Avebury Manor and Gardens also close. Fantastic family day.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle Partially ruined fortified mansion and gardens to explore with a variety of family friendly events and activities.
Basing House Nationally important historical site with some amazing stories to uncover. Visitor centre, museum, house, and great barn to explore, plus stately walled garden. Models, audiovisuals, and displays take you on an historic adventure! Open between March and October.
Portland Bill Lighthouse Learn about the historical importance of lighthouses, study the tumultuous sea here, gets hands on with the interactive exhibits and take a stormy journey "Into The Dark"!
Fishbourne Roman Palace What kid won't love the story of a buried palace discovered by accident? With audio visual displays, excavated treasures, the UK's largest collection of Roman mosaics and an authentic Roman Garden, this is one to explore ad arbitrium!
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.
The Novium District museum built around the remains of a Roman bathhouse. Interactive hands on displays help reveal the local stories from the past. Great views of the city from the top. Free to visit.