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Dover Castle Immersive, atmospheric and educational with high tech effects, costumed characters and mysterious tunnels to explore! This is a trip which ticks all the boxes for tough nuts, but sensitive sorts may want to avoid a few sections.
Canterbury Ghost Tour Take a twilit tour of this medieval city at your pleasurable peril and explore the central historic buildings and their horrible haunting stories, all told my a knowledgeable ghost in a top hat and cloak. Shivers and history aplenty!
The Canterbury Tales is a medieval tour which is part live guided, part audio guided and is based on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Canterbury Cathedral Welcomes all casual visitors as well as spiritual to explore, tour, get your history fix or hear some heavenly music. Plenty of interesting facts and trails for the kids, including how they used to clean the beautiful stained windows with wee!
Walmer Castle and Gardens Beautiful castle and grounds that was once home to the Duke of Wellington. Battlements to explore plus some great views of the coast with extra spit and polish this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Leeds Castle set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle's history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
Bodiam Castle Pleasures for all tastes: an absolute classic fortress, a thrilling interactive audio adventure, live costumed characters from the past and scenic grounds by the moat with ducks after your picnic. Best. Castle. Ever!
Smugglers Adventure Join notorious smuggler Hairy Jack as he leads you through acres of underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling!
Scotney Castle Medieval castle and moat in one of England's most romantic gardens. Superb display of rhododendrons and azaleas. Large, beautiful estate, with woodland and parkland to explore.
Battle Abbey Here you can walk the site of the battle of Hastings and stand on the very spot where King Harold met his fate! Atmospheric abbey ruins to explore, plus a great interactive exhibition to see in the Visitor Centre.
Fort Amherst Explore the tunnels and learn 300 years of military history, take a junior ghost or educational tour and let off some steam in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.
Southend Planetarium Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are live, suitable for ages 7 to adult, and you're allowed to ask questions!
Leigh Heritage Centre Interesting museum with local history artefacts, plus the new Leigh On Sea Heritage Trail starts nearby.
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery Exhibits include Dolls, Toys and Games, Natural History, Costumes and Textiles, Local and Social history, Fine Art and Archaeology. FREE admission.
Hadleigh Castle Striking castle remains great for photos and sketches, overlooking some great play and picnic territory. Be warned though it's a little isolated, and there are no toilets or facilities nearby.
Coalhouse Fort Victorian coastal defence fort next to the river Thames and surrounded by parkland with plenty of wildlife, plus adventure play area. Open days and events held reguarly with guided tours. Not always open, check before you visit.
Observatory Science Centre A famous astronomical observatory with plenty of hands on and interactive exhibits indoors and out, and a range of events and activities. Plus daily telescope tours held during Summer holidays: out of this world!
Rayleigh Mount An early medieval motte and bailey castle site great for exploration, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Rayleigh Windmill Try a charming little stop at an award-winning tourist and educational attraction which contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Tilbury Fort Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.
Penshurst Place and Gardens Something to offer all the family with the recreation of historic events, craft activities, seasonal children's gardens trails, adventure playground and nearly seven centuries of history all in one place!
Chiddingstone Castle A unique castle where families can discover ancient artefacts from Egyptian, Buddhist, Japanese, Jacobean and Stuart history. See real Japanese armour, samurai swords, a mummified cat and much more! Try on period costumes and enjoy arts and crafts activities as well as themed activity days throughout the year.
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden Outdoor play and learning with so much to see, smell and touch in the World Garden. Older children better known as intrepid plant hunters can take our Plant Hunter Quiz challenge and little ones enjoy the new mirror garden!
Lullingstone Roman Villa Explore a luxurious Roman villa with rare wall paintings, original mosaics, bath suite and home church, with a special light show and film combo. Kids can handle artefacts, try on Roman garb and play ancient board games!
Hever Castle and Gardens Loads to do for kids including adventure playground, dry and wet water maze! Miniture model houses exhibition and costumed figures. Castle audio tour in children's English available too!
Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum Visit a cool Napoleonic Fortress that is over 200 years old, with the largest military collection of its kind in the South of England. Tours are included in entry price and are run twice per day, plus military costume dress up and quizzes for kids!
Michelham Priory and Gardens Historic house, gardens, forge and watermill surrounded by a beautiful moat. Explore 800 years of history, with hands-on activities and living history displays. Plus brand new playground and interactive Medieval gallery!
Pooh Corner Home to the world's largest collection of 'Pooh-phernalia', Pooh Corner is also the 'gateway' to beautiful Pooh Country. To visit the actual 'Pooh Places', collect a FREE Map before you start your 'EXPOTITION' to find them. There are no charges and they are open...
Chartwell Home of Churchill Discover Sir Winston's own paintings in his fascinating studio, have a picnic near the adventure playground, build a den with their stick stacks, enjoy family trails and visit their working kitchen garden with bees and chickens!
Layer Marney Tower A great place to visit whether you are planning to exhaust the children in the play area or enjoy the tranquility of the garden. The view from the roof shows the church, outbuildings, play area, gardens, estate and wildlife walk.
Lewes Castle 1,000 year old Norman Castle to explore with stunning panoramic views from the top. Next door, in the Barbican House Museum, you'll be able to learn more about the history of the area through interactive and static displays.
Newhaven Fort offers an exciting and varied day out at this award winning attraction. The massive walls, ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements all fire the imagination and help visitors experience what life was like living in a Victorian Fortress, as well as understanding and learning about the First and Second World Wars.
Naze Tower An historic 86ft (26.2m) landmark, with several floors exhibiting local artwork and interesting fossils and artefacts. Amazing views of up to 30 miles away from the top with 111 steps to reach it!
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre A chance to learn about one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world! Discover how the Thames barrier protects London from flooding, and its history through an exhibition that includes a working model of one of the gates.
Bourne Mill Set in tranquil grounds next to a bubbling stream this picturesque mill still has a rare working waterwheel. It's a short stop, but unusual and educational, and kids with a sketchpad or camera will certainly get something from it.
The Cressing Temple Barns Learn about the Knights Templar; explore the knot, nosegay, medicinal and kitchen gardens; cross the moat (repeatedly if you wish, making clip clop noises) and enjoy a picnic. Classic day out material!
Cutty Sark Clipper Ship The world's last remaining tea clipper and a symbol of adventure, of bravery and the romance of sail. Children can try on Victorian costumes and read from nautical stories as they explore.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens Country house and gardens with recreated period rooms including Victorian kitchen and a dedicated Family Room. Enjoy the house and gardens through special trails and borrow a free backpack to explore the mansion and outdoors. Special events run throughout the year. Limited opening times.
Coggeshall Grange Barn 13th-century monastic barn. One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. Inside the barn hosts an exhibition of local woodcarving, tools and a collection of agricultural carts.
Discover Childrens Story Centre Focused on story building and imagination, children can follow a story trail in the indoor exhibition or venture outside into the story garden.
Jill Windmill A working windmill, built in 1821, located in the South Downs National Park. Jill grinds flour when wind permits. Most suited to children over 7 years old. Recommended as PART of your full day out.
Tower Bridge Exhibition From the depths of the Engine Rooms up to the lofty heights of the new glass bottomed walkways, this is an iconic London experience few kids would forget! Plus guided tours, photographic exhibition and animated displays.
Tower of London Today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. New Wall Walk for 2014!
HMS Belfast Tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Explore the interactive Operations Room, hear veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, and immerse yourself in the midst of a battle in the Gun Turret Experience.
London Bridge Experience - and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Good idea for fun things to do in London for kids - older kids that is!
The Monument Standing 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. Climb the 311 steps to the balcony at the top and be rewarded with breathtaking views of the City, and a certificate of achievement!
The Golden Hinde is a full-sized reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor galleon, Golden Hinde, on which visitors have a unique opportunity to learn more about British Maritime History.
Preston Manor Pleasingly authentic Edwardian mansion to explore with over 20 rooms open to public, plus Ghost Tours for the brave and gorgeous Preston park right next door with all it's play features: bonus!
Royal Pavilion A royal pleasure palace and gardens with a mixture of British and Indian architecture. Multimedia guides included in entry price. Free entry for local kids. Family activities available.
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse. Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the theatre is included in your visit to Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, bringing this extraordinary space to life. Great idea for a fun family day out in London.