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Rye Castle Museum A small independently run museum set in an early 14th century building with medieval gardens. Activities include a Captain Pugwash treasure hunt and dressing up in the basement! Kids are free entry.
Fishermans Museum 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.
Shipwreck Museum 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! Free to visit, but a charge for some events and exhibitions.
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 Friendly museum with a fascinating collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types including a few unusual ones like a Romany Caravan, a charabanc and steam roller! Seasonal opening.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum One of the longest established aviation museums in the country, offering a vast array of exhibits and aircraft to enjoy plus regular fly bus by vintage planes at the sound of the klaxon!
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 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.
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge With loads of galleries and collections to explore, plus family sessions, drop in activity sessions and workshops throughout the year. Plus family trails and a great range of adventurous birthday party themes!
Bexhill On Sea
Bexhill Museum 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 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.
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 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.
Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Musem A chance to see and learn about iconic RAF fighter planes from World War II. There is also lots of memorabilia to check out, mostly from the time of the war. Free to visit.
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 The Museum has over 100,000 exhibits, collected over the past 50 years and now displayed on FOUR floors of authentic shops, room-settings and various displays covering 100 years of retail and social history from 1850 to 1950.
Powell-Cotton Museum Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The collections support the study, understanding and simple enjoyment of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Further...
Turner Contemporary Free to visit with an ever changing range of family suitable exhibitions and a dedicated kids' room with activities to help keep them happy and engaged.
Royal Engineers Museum A museum dedicated to the history of the Royal Marine Corps. A chance to see Wellington’s map of Waterloo, plus a number of cool vehicles including a Harrier jump jet and bridge laying tanks.
Kent Police Museum Currently under redevelopment and will be moving premises in 2016.
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.
Seaford Museum A deceptively small looking museum housed in a tower that was part of the defences built against the threat of Napoleon. Reasonably priced all weather attraction.
Southend On Sea
Southend Pier Museum boasts an exciting range of vintage train and tram carriages plus pictorial memorabilia, penny slot machines and period costumes.
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'!
Southend on Sea
Central Museum Houses the collections of local and natural history and archaeology, and tells the story of Southend’s growth as a major seaside destination. Free to explore!
Thurrock Museum Learn about 250,000 years of Thurrock's past through their fascinating displays and extensive ranges of locally discovered artefacts.
Essex Fire Museum A fascinating look into the history of Essex Fire Service with historic engines, uniforms, equipment and photos. Try on different helmets, have a go on the water hose and if you are lucky, climb aboard an engine!
Brighton Museum And Art Gallery A significant and eclectic art collection housed in dynamic and innovative galleries, with fantastic interactive displays. Family events, plus children’s workshops held throughout the year, plus a changing programme of exhibitions. Free to visit!
Toy and Model Museum Underneath the arches at Brighton Railway Station there is a veritable treasure trove of toys! There are over 10,000 toys and models on display with a priceless model train collection and many period antique toys.
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!
Wings Museum A World War Two remembrance museum with plenty of memorabilia and artefacts from that time to learn about and explore. Includes a plane fuselage and a bomb shelter to investigate.
Hove Museum and Art Gallery 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 plus the Wizard's Attic!
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.
Firepower The Royal Artillery Museum Explore the greatest collection of artillery in the UK and discover their fascinating history, and learn about the roles of Gunners. Free entry for kids under 4 years old.
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 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!
Old Royal Naval College A fascinating maritime history of some truly great achievements: ideal for curious kids and historically minded mentors.
Horniman Museum and Gardens A free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments? And an aquarium? You won't find such an unusual and eclectic collection elsewhere in London, a fantastically fascinating family experience!
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery Friendly museum telling the history of Horsham through a series of changing exhibitions plus permanent classic like the Gallery Of Toys and the cabinet of curiosities! A good little all weather attraction that is free to visit, great for grandparents.
Chelmsford Museum 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 Explore London's connections with the rest of the world through an epic 2000-year story of trade, expansion and immigration.
Essex Police Museum Find out about the police and what they do in this fab little museum that is free to visit. Get your fingerprints taken and check out the recreation of a police cell.
Design Museum Museum dedicated to contemporary design in all its forms. Family friendly with free Family Trail to follow, plus plenty of chances to get creative with the kids. Brilliant varied calendar of exhibitions, activities and events to enjoy throughout the year.
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Family friendly museum with lots to see including costumes, toys, a Victorian childrens nursery and lots of workshops and activities for families.
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 children of all ages: a great London family day out!
The Hop Farm Family Park The family park is packed full of new features and undercover wonders to entertain and fuel imaginations: come and enjoy a farm day out. Outdoor action... Indoor fun... It's for everyone!
Dickens World is a 90 minute journey of discovery. Your personal guide will walk and talk you through the amazing life and story of Charles Dickens as well as the tales of Victorian England. It is a chance to meet all of the nice and nasty characters that Charles Dickens loved and wrote about in his novels and short...
Diggerland Kent Digger related day out for the junior vehicle lover - children get to drive and ride full size diggers - 18 rides to get round
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park A safari adventure set in 100 acres where animals roam free together as if on the plains of Africa: plus the world’s largest gorilla enclosure and big creepy crawlies in the Discovery Zone.
Howletts Wild Animal Park The famous animal collection is set in 90 acres of ancient parkland. From close encounters with tigers at the glass fronted enclosures to a high ropes adventure on the Treetop Challenge and a walkthrough Lemur paddock, you'll find surprises around every corner.
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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