Solway Aviation Museum A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
South Tynedale Railway Wonderfully preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
Ullswater Steamers Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Set sail with the kids and uncover secrets of the ‘Dark Lake’! Free activities to download online, plus Trail Maps available on site.
The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway Visit Scotland's highest villages and enjoy a run on the narrow gauge railway which operates from Leadhills to Wanlockhead. Britain's highest adhesion railway, reaching 1498ft above sea level!
Heatherslaw Light Railway A weatherproof or sun loving 15 inch gauge steam rail ride, with fully enclosed, partly glazed, and fully open carriage options! Travel alongside the River Till and do some otter spotting or jump off at the stations and explore!
Tanfield Railway With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere, it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway!
Puffin Cruises Take a boat trip around Coquet Island to see the puffins, terns, ducks and seals. Also a lighthouse, built by monks and ruins of a monastery window is visible.
Bowes Railway Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it opened in 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways. It is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
Stainmore Railway Company Ltd A heritage railway run by volunteers that operates at weekends and is free to visit. Events and operational days held throughout the year. Large range of really cool locomotives too see, plus 3 cats that have taken up residence!
Windermere Lake Cruises Magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands as you sail by. A wide range of trip types available from 45 minutes up to 48 hours!
Golden Gate Boat Trips For boat trips you'll always remember. Explore Grace Darling's Lighthouse on Longstone Island, the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary and Staple Island Bird Sanctuary and see grey seals, puffins and shags.
Prince Bishop River Cruiser offers a one hour cruise that takes in many of the city's best sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear! With loos on board and informative commentary all ages of kids are kept content, so long as you can keep them still!
Windermere Quays Marina on Windermere offering private boat hire, half day family cruises and with Quayside Kids Soft Play area within the restaurant for when you want to relax.
Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre Visit the Salmon Centre and watch live footage from the Cauld: you might just spot a wild Salmon battling it's way through the water! There is also a brass rubbing nature trail, fully restored working waterwheel, and wildlife such as otters, red squirrel, roe deer, badgers, bats, owls, heron and foxes.
Tweed Valley Osprey Watch Two osprey watch centres showing live images from an osprey nest in the Tweed Valley Forest Park and other wildlife features.
Textile Towerhouse A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms combined with modern audiovisuals to tell the the turbulent story of the town and the tower. Plus changing special exhibitions and vintage children's schoolroom with smart dress up and craft activities!
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre Take a tour of a hugely successful working textile mill, museum and visitor centre and you can find out how many goats you need for a jumper, watch proper catwalk samples being made and see the world's largest range of Pure New Wool Tartans!
Coldstream Museum In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish. Other features include an indoor children's play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
Teviotdale Leisure Centre Lagoon style swimming pool with a soft play centre and cafe to ensure a busy family day out.
Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum Get a taste of life behind bars in this 1820s jail: a model prison in its day but now pretty spooky! Children's guides available.
Mary Queen Of Scots Visitor Centre Highly educational and quite fascinating besides! The period feel inside the house has been preserved, while thoughtful design lets the story of Mary's life unfold in a lively way.
Bowhill House and County Estate Offering not just a splendid domicile to explore but an awesome adventure playground, ranger led wildlife walks, family rambles and double bank fishing. Loads to do, loads to see, allow loads of time!
Trimontium Heritage Centre Ride the Newstead charger; explore the Blacksmith's workshop, Roman kitchen and pottery; plus a series of illustrated panels and modern artefact display cases. Guided walks available around the grounds.
Traquair House House and grounds with plenty for families including a Maze, woodland and willow tunnels to explore, mini adventure playground for all ages plus separate toddler area, workshops and activity sheets. Open from April to November.
Floors Castle A truly family castle loved and lived in by many generations of Roxburghes, wonderful for exploring and great for inspiring little daydreamers. Play on the adventure playground, binge on perennials in the Walled Garden, plus spot woodpeckers and red squirrels on the forest and river walks. Blissful!
Border Ice Rink An elite little Ice rink with just the one public Sunday session and an Ice Disco, but hosting lots of curling and skating clubs. Get in while you can!
Rock UK Whithaugh Park Zip wires, low ropes courses, mountain biking, indoor swimming, grass sledging, inflatable games and so much more: a terrific range of thrilling, bonding family adventures!
7stanes Glentress Family friendly mountain biking trails with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre, Cafe and Bike Hire.
Peebles Spy Mission Treasure Trail Your mission if you choose to accept it is to solve this self guided spy mission Trail around the streets of Peebles! Let the kids become a spy for the day and help them to solve the clues along this unique Trail.
Wilton Lodge Park is a picturesque town park with tree lined walks, river and waterfall, glass house with aviary and walled gardens. Bowling, putting, crazy golf, tennis courts and croquet also available, ideal for keeping the kids busy!
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Great place for a family day out with several nature walks, an indoor play area, and (allegedly), the biggest play park in the Borders! Lots of events and exhibitions to enjoy.
Pennine Way National Trail A 268 mile (429km) walking route between Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders and Edale in Derbyshire. See the highest waterfall in England, explore deep potholes and see cheese being made. Loads of wildlife to spot and enjoy.
Kailzie Gardens 15 acres of garden for woodland and burnside walks. Large walled garden containing herbaceous borders, formal rose garden, greenhouses and much more including a nicely done children's corner. It’s a rich habitat for loads of birds too!
The Hirsel Estate With wonderful walks around the lake and through the mysterious Dundock Wood; Homestead Museum; crafts market; seasonal wildflower explosions and a small children's play area with tearoom. Lovely!
Bowhill Stables offer lessons, off road scenic hacks and pony trekking with forest and moorland terrain, plus outdoor adventure playground as a bonus! Hooray!
Nenthorn Equestrian Centre Offering an indoor school with viewing gallery, a large outdoor school and self-contained stabling. Kids welcome for Pony Club (over 6)