The Cressing Temple Barns (8 miles)
The Cressing Temple Barns
This year we have a calendar packed with great events to suit everyone. We have jousting knights, history brought alive with re-enactors from down the ages. Smell the cordite with Sharpe's Rifles and clash swords with the Vikings. Be transported to Tudor times with sound and taste or be enthralled by the Master of the Hospitallers.
Layer Marney Tower (8 miles)
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.
Coggeshall Grange Barn (9 miles)
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.
Paycockes (10 miles)
Marvel at the stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling inside this merchant's house. Outside, there is a beautiful and tranquil cottage garden.
Rayleigh Windmill (10 miles)
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.
Rayleigh Mount (10 miles)
An early medieval motte and bailey castle site, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Southend Planetarium (12 miles)
Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult.
Hadleigh Castle (13 miles)
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.
Bourne Mill (15 miles)
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.
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker (18 miles)
Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister!
Hedingham Castle (18 miles)
There are four magnificent floors to explore and the grounds are well worth a wander through too! Pick an event day and perhaps enjoy one of their exciting Jousting Tournaments!
Coalhouse Fort (21 miles)
A visit to the fort provides an insight into the history of how it was used and how it has evolved over the years in the defense of the approaches to London.
Tilbury Fort (21 miles)
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.
Mountfitchet Castle (23 miles)
The only motte and bailey castle in the world that has been faithfully reconstructed on its original site.
A unique time capsule that is steeped in history, enabling the visitor to travel back to Norman England and experience life as it was in 1066.
Clare Castle Country Park (24 miles)
Clare Castle Country Park
Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history.
Fort Amherst (25 miles)
Accompanied by your guide, with a lantern, you will hear tales of the mysterious and sinister happenings at the Fort during its 250 year history.
Audley End House and Park (28 miles)
Audley End House and Park
Audley End is a Jacobean house set in a serpentine park. The park was designed by Lancelot Brown in 1763 It contains a circular temple and a bridge over the River Cam - loads of events go on through the summer - check website for details
Valentines Mansion and Gardens (28 miles)
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 with a FREE family Sunday once a month.
Rye House Gatehouse (29 miles)
Rye House Gatehouse
Explore this once fortified manor house. Built in 1443 by Sir Andrew Ogard and restored by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Rye House Gatehouse is one of the finest medieval moated sites in Hertfordshire and has a vibrant history: including an attempt to assassinate King Charles II.
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours (29 miles)
Trial a Bite Rock and Fossil Tours
Guided rock and fossil hunting trips at venues Kent and Sussex. Like exploring the outdoors? Want to try something different at the seaside? Fascinated by dinosaurs and pre-historic plant and animal life? Always wanted to have a go at fossil hunting? Then let us help you to discover the 144 million years of natural history, hidden in the rocks of southeast Britain.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island (29 miles)
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island
An exciting visitor attraction for all the family. Meet Professor Nitrate in his Mad Lab for fun-filled experiments and crazy science shows, head to the Test Range to fire rockets and try air-soft shooting or take a ride on the Military Truck to see secret parts of the site!
The Science Project Discover Centre (31 miles)
The Science Project Discover Centre
Hands-on science fun for all the family. Build a body, operate the Crazy Crane and solve the mystery of the Treasure Chest and so much more. Discover over 30 fascinating interactive exhibits illustrating simple scientific principles. Under the same roof as the Indoor Adventure Playground and included in one great price.
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre (32 miles)
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden (33 miles)
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden
A full day's worth of ambling pleasure between the castle and the fabulous gardens. Probably best for less boisterous kids, it is a visual delight and an excellent learning opportunity.
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery (33 miles)
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Leeds Castle (33 miles)
- 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.
Chislehurst Caves (34 miles)
Grab a lantern and get ready for an amazing adventure! Your whole family can travel back in time, on an exciting lamp-lit tour of the labyrinth that is Chislehurst Caves. Hear tales of Druids, Romans and Saxons; see the Caves Church, Druid Altar, Haunted Pool and a whole lot more!
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour (35 miles)
Highbury and Islington
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour
- has become one of London's most exciting tourist attractions and is a must for every football fan! Take a look behind the scenes at one of the world's most spectacular football stadiums and get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a matchday.
Tower of London (36 miles)
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.
Tower Bridge Exhibition (36 miles)
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Learn all about the bridge and the history behind it while inside the famous bridge and enjoy the great panoramic views from the walkways high above the river Thames. A great kids day out in London
HMS Belfast (36 miles)
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.
Churchills Britain at War Experience (36 miles)
Churchills Britain at War Experience
Explore the everyday hardships of people living and working in war-torn Britain during World War Two. View film footage of that era and view exhibits about evacuation, food & clothes rationing, bomb disposal, air-raids and much more. Finish with a walk through the Blitz!
SEE IT! FEEL IT! BREATHE IT!
The Canterbury Tales (36 miles)
The Canterbury Tales
- one of Kent's most popular attractions, with its stunning reconstruction of 14th century England, is just like stepping into the Middle Ages. Good idea if you're after fun family days out in Kent with kids.
London Bridge Experience (36 miles)
London Bridge Experience
- and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Whether you are looking for somewhere scary to take the family, a terrifying destination for a school trip, corporate event, celebrate Halloween or a treacherous tourist attraction, you've come to the right place!
St Paul's Cathedral (36 miles)
St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's is the spiritual focus for the nation. This is where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Visit Nelson's Tomb, test the unique acoustics of Whispering Gallery and climb up to the Golden Gallery to enjoy a panoramic view of London that is second to none.
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour (36 miles)
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour
The Globe Theatre is 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. Fantistic idea for a family day out in London.
Royston Cave (37 miles)
Unique in Europe, it is a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive. Its most remarkable feature is an extensive range of wall carvings - a knights templar cave in the middle of Hertfordshire?
Churchill War Rooms (37 miles)
Churchill War Rooms
Deep beneath the bustle of London lie the original Cabinet War Rooms, today part of the Churchill War Rooms, which sheltered the people at the heart of Britain's wartime government during the Blitz.
London Dungeon (37 miles)
- invites you to delve into the capital's most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience three thrilling rides, interactive shows and special effects as you're transported back to those black, bleak times - are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London's dark past?
Nelson's Column (38 miles)
Family days out in London wouldn't be complete with a visit to Trafalgar Square, with lots of other sights such as the National Gallery right next to it.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Maldon 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 Essex can enjoy the great day out as well.
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