Shipwreck Museum (18 miles)
With fascinating family friendly exhibits of local historic shipwrecks, and a Cretaceous gallery with everything from dioramas and footprints to fossils and a preserved 138 million year old fish!
Fishermans Museum (18 miles)
Housed in a disused church this is a wonderfully atmospheric exhibition of local maritime history including a full size lugger and a wealth of art and artefacts.
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (19 miles)
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
A varied and exciting collection spanning many themes and ages. There are plenty of special features for children, with fossils that transform into dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and fish, a diorama of local animals and birds and much more.
Dover Transport Museum (20 miles)
Dover Transport Museum
has a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types including a few unusual ones like Romany Caravan, charabanc and steam roller. Seasonal opening.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum (20 miles)
Yesterday's World (21 miles)
Bringing the Past to Life. An amazing journey through history with life-size street scenes and shop displays!
NEW for 2013 the Royal Family Display. See life size wax figures of the Queen, Prince Phillip and Prince Charles.
Canterbury Roman Museum (23 miles)
Canterbury Roman Museum
Explore the Roman town beneath your feet. Canterbury’s underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated. Discover amazing finds including a hoard of hidden treasure, stroll through the marketplace and look inside recreated Roman rooms.
Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear (23 miles)
Canterbury Heritage with Rupert Bear
From Roman settlement to Rupert Bear, see the history of Canterbury through fascinating objects, hands on displays and activities all set in the magnificent medieval Poor Priests' Hospital.
Bexhill Museum (23 miles)
Bexhill On Sea
Main galleries include Costume and Motor Racing heritage as well as local archaeology and history, dinosaurs and fossils, natural history and geology, social history and cultures of other lands, local arts and crafts.
Finchcocks Musical Museum (26 miles)
Finchcocks Musical Museum
Probably best for the less boisterous types, those who have an interest in music will be enthralled by the wonderful historic collection of instruments, and can arrange to play some by request. Please note the limited public opening times.
The Observatory Science Centre (28 miles)
The Observatory Science Centre
Hands-on science and discovery in former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory - Childrens Workshops and activities - Indoor/Outdoor - Interactive Exhibits - Water Play Areas - Discovery Park with giant sized exhibits - Spectacular Science Shows - Children?s Birthday Parties - Cafe - Shop - Free Parking -Above all it's FUN! For all ages.
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery (30 miles)
Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery
Housed in an Elizabethan manor house, our museum is one of the best in the South-East. See our 2,500 year old Egyptian mummy; journey through time to when dinosaurs walked the Earth (and Maidstone) as well as local, archaeological and regimental history. There’s always something to see and do!
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery (30 miles)
Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
Fun hands-on activities and a family trail keep kids interested throughout this local art and seaside themed facility. Events include creative workshops and special activities for schools and groups.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham (32 miles)
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
- is a unique, 80 acre, maritime heritage destination offering exciting maritime galleries, attractions and an amazing programme of temporary exhibitions and school holiday activities.
How We Lived Then (33 miles)
How We Lived Then
has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on 4 floors of authentic shops, room-settings and with various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Powell-Cotton Museum (33 miles)
is one of the UK’s most fascinating attractions. Our Museum and House contain an amazing collection of Natural History from African and Asian countries, weaponry, ceramics and also many beautiful objects from the Orient. Our gardens are beautiful with acres of grounds for the children to explore and enjoy.
Kent Police Museum (36 miles)
Kent Police Museum
The history of the Kent Police Force from it's start through to modern times. Currently undergoing refurbishment.
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum (38 miles)
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
A woodland where you can wander amongst a collection of prehistoric reconstruction buildings. A woldfowl reserve with an amazing collection of ducks, geese, swans and a Motor Museum with a superb collection of vintage and classic cars.
Bentley also has a range of resident craftworkers, a fun childrens adventure play area with living willow tunnels, a minature steam railway, gift shop, cafe and picnic area.
Castle Point Transport Museum (42 miles)
Castle Point Transport Museum
Home to over thirty old and rare buses and coaches alongside vintage commercials, military and emergency vehicles. Great for kids into all things 'vroom'!
Central Museum (43 miles)
Southend on Sea
Houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology, and tells the story of Southend’s growth as a major seaside destination.
Thurrock Museum (46 miles)
Here you can explore the history of Thurrock through 40 permanent display cases and 20 temporary display cases, containing over 1,500 objects, interpreting 250,000 years of Thurrock's past.
Toy and Model Museum (49 miles)
Toy and Model Museum
Underneath the arches at Brighton Railway Station there is a veritable treasure trove of Toys and Models.
There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery (49 miles)
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery
Set in the heart of the city's cultural quarter, Brighton Museum is located in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Its rich collections and exciting exhibits are dynamically displayed in stimulating surroundings. Entrance is free.
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre (50 miles)
Battlesbridge Antiques Centre
Over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards, and a vintage motorcycle museum. Great for quieter kids who'll just love all the mysterious stuff!
Hove Museum and Art Gallery (51 miles)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
Hove Museum is one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east with an unusual Indian gateway in its grounds. It houses one of the finest craft collections in the country.
The Cater Museum (52 miles)
The Cater Museum
A series of accurately set up Victorian rooms which is great to help kids studying the period visualise it better. They also host displays on local history and have a World War II exhibition room and Victorian garden.
Planetarium at the Royal Observatory (56 miles)
Planetarium at the Royal Observatory
Take a fantastic, immersive journey through time and space in the new state-of-the-art planetarium, London's only planetarium and featuring the UK's largest refracting telescope.
National Maritime Museum (56 miles)
National Maritime Museum
The world's largest maritime museum is an immersive and interactive experience bound to capture kids' imaginations as well as educate them, with fun activities like firing a cannon and steering a ship into port!
Horniman Museum and Gardens (56 miles)
Horniman Museum and Gardens
- a free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments?! You won't find such an unusual and eclectic collection elsewhere in London. Lots of interesting changing exhibitions
Chelmsford Museum (58 miles)
Set in a park with an adventure play area, the museum offers a nice variety of exhibits, from a fine collection of fossils, a living beehive and British wildlife galleries, to the history of the Essex Regiment and the Essex Yeomanry.
Museum of London Docklands (58 miles)
West India Quay
Museum of London Docklands
Explore London's connections with the rest of the world through an epic 2000-year story of trade, expansion and immigration.
Design Museum (59 miles)
All family visitors to the the Design Museum get an Explore Design Museum Family Trail featuring The Thinkerer. With the help of The Thinkerer kids, and adults, can get the most from their visit to the museum.
Museum of Childhood (60 miles)
Museum of Childhood
Houses the national childhood collection which includes: dolls' houses, dolls, puppets, toys and games, children's clothes and furniture. The galleries are designed to be accessible to both adults and children of all ages. A great London family day out.
Imperial War Museum London (60 miles)
Imperial War Museum London
New developments include Horrible Histories family exhibition, Explore History Centre and new First World War Galleries to mark the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War.
Bank of England Museum (60 miles)
City of London
Bank of England Museum
This highly interactive Museum traces the history of the Bank of England since 1694 to the present day. There’s something for everyone, with attractions including activity sheets for children of all ages, banknote jigsaws, a roller ball game, touch screens and the opportunity for some safe cracking!
Tate Modern (60 miles)
is the most popular gallery of modern art in the world. Located on the Thames, it is a landmark site for everyone visiting London. But did you know that it is not only child friendly but encourages families and children to visit with free activities and art trails? Plus interactive multimedia experiences and hands on games.
Tate Britain (60 miles)
is the national gallery of British art, offering over 500 years of British art: all for free! Tate Britain has everything you need for a family day out: enjoy the galleries together, get exploring with free discovery trails and join in our special weekend and holiday events.
Museum of London (61 miles)
Museum of London
Explore one of the world's largest urban history museums knowing the kids are as interested as you are, thanks to the Under 5s' Explorer Bags, 4 to 11s' Family Activity Bags, and over 10s may borrow an ipad to join an interactive gallery adventure.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (61 miles)
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Highlights of the museum include the Championship Trophies, a 200 degree cinema screen and a 'walk-through' of the men's dressing room as it was in the 1980s, with John McEnroe.
The Household Cavalry Museum (61 miles)
The Household Cavalry Museum
A most unusual living museum, where amongst other things you can watch troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables through a huge glass partition.
London Transport Museum (61 miles)
London Transport Museum
See a bus so old it was pulled along the street by horses. Get behind the driver's seat of our tube train simulator, experience journeys of a bygone era.. Your only problem will be trying to fit it all in! Great fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do in London with kids.
The National Gallery (61 miles)
The National Gallery
Plenty of talks, workshops, and holiday fun for all ages at this iconic British day trip location. children truly welcome and a great many facilities made for them.
The Queens Gallery (61 miles)
The Queens Gallery
Dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, this gallery is iconic and features fairly accessible themes that will captivate young imaginations.
Saatchi Gallery (62 miles)
- is geared towards introducing a younger audience of art students and enthusiasts to contemporary art. Come and discover the most innovative in contemporary art for free.
The National Army Museum (62 miles)
The National Army Museum
Discover how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and the impact our Army has had on the world. With 4 gallery displays, a changing range of exhibitions, events and activities, plus the interactive Kids' Zone.
British Museum (62 miles)
Explore the world under one roof: whether you come to the British Museum for the whole day or just a couple of hours, there is always something free for families to do together.
London Canal Museum (62 miles)
London Canal Museum
invites families to discover the fascinating facts and history of the city's hidden waterways. Take part in fun activity days, set sail on the Regent's canal and hear the stories of those who have lived and worked on the canals since the 1820s brought to life.
Victoria and Albert Museum (62 miles)
Victoria and Albert Museum
has lots of exciting events and activities for families every holiday and many weekends. Activities are free and most do not need to be booked, which means you can stay for as long or as short a time as you like. One of the Top 10 London Tourist Attractions
The Natural History Museum (62 miles)
The Natural History Museum
Promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment and responsible use of the natural world. Explore our world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge research online, or visit our landmark building.
Science Museum (63 miles)
Where can you entertain adults and children alike with exhibitions, events and films, all under one roof? - you can do all this and more! Catch a 3D movie, jump on a simulator, visit an exhibition, and encounter the past, present and future of technology in 7 floors of galleries! One of the Top 10 London Tourist Attractions
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near Lydd 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 Kent can enjoy the great day out as well.
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