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City Cruises Take a leisurely cruise through London's illustrious history from a half an hour to a whole afternoon, with informative commentary, plus refreshments and the necessary facilities available. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Thames Rockets Fast, fun sightseeing speedboat trips for all ages. The whole family will love this fast paced adventure whilst our comedian guides make learning about our great city entertaining. Toddlers, children and their grannies will all love this capital experience. Great idea for fun things to do in London with kids.
Harry Potter London Bus Tour Join the Harry Potter Tour of London Locations and take a magical fun packed bus tour of the film locations and inspirations in the muggle capital.
London Waterbus Canal Trips Trips of varying length on traditional canal narrow boats, three with Historic Ship Certificates, and all with weather protection and large opening windows for sunny days. Tickets sold on board.
Brockwell Park Miniature Railway is a 7 and a quarter inch gauge ride on railway for children and adults. The railways runs for a quarter mile return trip between the Herne Hill Gates and the World Famous Brockwell Lido! Hooray!
Air Line Cable Car Enjoy regal views of London in the new cable cars flying at up to 90 metres above the Thames! The journey is less than ten minutes so perfect for even the smallest sightseer.
Barking Park Light Railway Delightful 7.25 inch gauge trains take you on a journey just under 1 quarter mile from Park Gates Station to Lakeside Halt. A lovely way to explore the park. Open weekends and Bank Holidays between April and September, inclusive.
Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway Live steam miniature railway with open days when you can ride some of the trains. A labour of love created and run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.
Malden Miniature Railway 2 independently set miniature railways, both passenger hauling, for family enjoyment. Limited opening.
The Ruislip Lido Railway A charming 12 inch gauge railway, which runs through the woodlands skirting the lake, from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Ruislip Lido. All locomotives are wheelchair, pushchair, and buggy friendly.
Swanley New Barn Railway A miniature railway in Swanley Park giving rides over a half mile of track. The park itself contains a paddling pool, water jets, a Family Boating Lake, sand pit play area, a large playground, and cafe.
Lee Valley Boat Centre In a week you can cruise into London on a narrow boats, or in just an hour you can navigate the river by electric pleasure craft, pedalos or rowing boats.
Great Cockcrow Railway Take a trip behind one of our 7 1/4 scale steam engines through woods, over bridges, through a tunnel and perhaps even through the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A choice of two routes, why not do both?
East Herts Miniature Railway A 7 and a quarter gauge miniature railway with several different train types that are lovingly maintained. Located in the Vane Hage Garden Company grounds. Open weekends for family jaunts up and down the line.
The Race Hut is a Race Car simulation venue with 16 professional simulators. You can race the whole family in these amazingly realistic simulators in a wide selection or race cars and circuits from around the world. So take on your family and friends and show off your driving skills!
Salters Steamers As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.
Windsor Duck Tours It’s Time for Splash Down in our New Amphibious Vehicle: Fun Tours of Windsor by Road then with a Splash on The River Thames! Live guides include information on Windsor Castle, The Great Park and other sights around Windsor. Suits Groups, Families, Children of All ages.
French Brothers Boats Windsor French Brothers run boat trips on the River Thames from Windsor, Runnymede and Maidenhead. Choose from a short return trip or a full-day cruise.
Epping Ongar Railway The longest heritage railway in Essex, and closest to London: running mainline steam and diesel trains and a heritage bus service to Epping Underground station. Step back in time and enjoy the romance of travel with our great value ticket, offering three heritage transport experiences.
Barnards Miniature Railway - is a miniature railway that runs steam trains and diesel trains through the Essex countryside and woodlands. It has a picnic area and places for the kids to run round too!
Mizens Railway All aboard for a kid sized retro day out with a number of locomotives, including a few steam engines! This passenger carrying miniature railway with station, depot and picnic area will leave your trainspotters chuffed!
Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway The main circuit is multi gauge, ground level and caters for 3 and a half, 5 and 7 and a quarter inch gauge. It is approximately 1km long and is used to give rides to the public on the first Sunday of each month between March and November.
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre Information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area, childrens play area and starting point for John Cale Canal cruises and exploring the Basingstoke Canal.
Pinewood Miniature Railway The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!
Spa Valley Railway Heritage steam and diesel trains run for 5.5 miles through the picturesque Kent and Sussex Weald between Eridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells, stopping off at Groombridge and High Rocks. Take a journey through time along this classic English Branch Line!
Museum of Berkshire Aviation Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on including re-constructed aircraft, fascinating pictorial records and priceless archives.
Chelmer Cruises Take a leisurely hour long cruise on Caffel, or hire a rowboat or open canoe and explore the canal yourselves! Public tours and private hire. Free for kids under 12months!
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway Half a mile track of 5" gauge train track which is elevated: the kids love it!! Only runs on weekends. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in west sussex.
Leighton Buzzard Railway A heritage steam railway and working museum, we offer a relaxing 70 minute return train ride, hauled in most cases by a historic steam locomotive. Discover our own fascinating history, dating back to the dark days of the First World War, and experience the vanished world of narrow-gauge light railways.
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!!
Bluebell Railway Great Steam engine journeys through the Sussex countryside and offer many seasonal specials which appeal particularly to children.
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Southend Cliff Lift Take a pleasurable journey on an iconic feature of Southend's rich heritage with fantastic views of the pier and estuary. It runs between Western Esplanade and Cliffton Terrace and will take pushchairs.
The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway With infinite train rides included in admission your little trainspotters are in for a treat! Plus LGB model railway, woodland walks and picnic areas near working track. Blissful!
Audley End Miniature Railway A delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10 and a quarter inch gauge railway through Estate woodland. The children all enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the woods!
Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway A scenic miniature gauge train journey with behind the scenes tour, big model railway in the museum, plus outside museum walk with insect hotel. Choo chop!
The Lavender Line The line is now just a mile long and starts at Isfield station, stopping at the new Little Horsted station before returning.
Summerfields Miniature Railways On public running days children and parents alike can come and watch and ride on real miniature steam trains. There are 3 separate outdoor tracks for different gauges of train. It is run by the Bedford Model Engineering Society.
The Shuttleworth Collection Aircraft hangers chocablock with a massive collection of aeroplanes, loads of events going on all year, a must for the budding wright brothers in your house! Now with new historic bus collection!
South Downs Light Railway is a miniature railway where real steam engines pull trains with sit-in carriages. In the waiting room teddy bears sit ready to be taken on a train ride. On the journey you’ll see Snow White and other favourite children’s characters. Each journey takes about 7 minutes running every 15 minutes.
Hollycombe Hollycombe gives you the fun of the fair and much more with Steam Powered Edwardian fairground rides, railways, traction engines, farm and more with Listed woodland gardens alongside.
Often described as a favourite three generation visit - grandparents, parents and children can all have fun!
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.
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.
Colne Valley Railway Sample the atmosphere and take a ride on an award winning period country railway. A pretty line, relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt.
Kent & East Sussex Railway Enjoy 10 miles of pure nostalgia on England's finest rural light railway. Beautifully restored coaches and locomotives dating from Victorian times enable visitors to experience travel and service from a bygone age. The picturesque line weaves between Tenterden and Bodiam terminating in the shadow of the...
East Anglian Railway Museum Go back in time and come and explore the museum. Learn about railways and the people who worked and traveled on them. Have rides on our Mini Rail during the school holidays. Museum and Event days throughout the year.
Volks Electric Railway The world's oldest operating electric railway offers a scenic jaunt along the beach for one and a quarter miles, stopping at an aquarium and a great playground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near London 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
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