Northampton and Lamport Railway (4 miles)
Northampton and Lamport Railway
is a steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway located in the Northamptonshire countryside. Lots of events going on throughout the year.
Sywell Aviation Museum (6 miles)
Sywell Aviation Museum
Based in the lovely Art Deco surroundings of Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell Aviation Museum charts the history of aviation in Northamptonshire both civilian and military with aircraft cockpits, uniforms, photos, dioramas and more! Expanded in 2011 and 2012 to nearly double its original size. Free parking, free entry and aircraft viewing area...perfect for the kids!
Foxton Canal Museum (18 miles)
Foxton Canal Museum
Models, interactive displays, and a wide range of waterway artefacts tell the story of the lift, the Locks, the waterways and the people who lived on the canals.
Foxton Boat Services (18 miles)
Foxton Boat Services
Site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift, a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, soon to be undergoing restoration. Many hundreds of canal boats pass through the locks every year, providing a colourful attraction. Wildlife, flora and fauna thrive in the ideal habitat.
Summerfields Miniature Railways (24 miles)
Summerfields Miniature Railways
On public running days children and parents alike can come and watch and ride on real miniature steam trains. There are three separate outdoor tracks for different gauges of train. It is run by the Bedford Model Engineering Society.
Leighton Buzzard Railway (25 miles)
Leighton Buzzard Railway
A heritage steam railway and working museum, we offer a relaxing 70-minute return train ride, hauled in most cases by a historic steam locomotive. Discover our own fascinating history, dating back to the dark days of the First World War, and experience the vanished world of narrow-gauge light railways.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre (26 miles)
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
- is a working steam museum where you can step back in time to the steam age. On steaming open days visitors can ride in vintage carriages pulled by a full sized steam engine and on our extensive miniature railway.
Midland Air Museum (26 miles)
Midland Air Museum
Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. A good family day out for if your smalls like vehicles of any description!
Fancott Miniature Railway (26 miles)
Fancott Miniature Railway
7¼ inch Miniature Railway based within the grounds of The Fancott Pub and Restaurant. The railway is ¼ mile in length and circles around our playing field; we also have a small play area on site.
Coventry Transport Museum (28 miles)
Coventry Transport Museum
The largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with over 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 100 motorcycles. Fun for all the family!
Nene Valley Railway (31 miles)
Nene Valley Railway
Enjoy a vintage train ride, explore the travelling post office, and learn the difference between diesel and traction engines. And for good reasons, their Thomas is considered the 'official' Thomas The Tank Engine!
Avon Boating (34 miles)
Stratford Upon Avon
Cherwell Boat House (36 miles)
Cherwell Boat House
Rowing boats, canoes and punts for hire - what a great idea for a bit of family fun while you are in Oxford.
Battlefield Line Railway (37 miles)
Battlefield Line Railway
Jump aboard a steam train which runs along Ashby canal for a lot of the journey - is nearby Bosworth Battlefield Country Park wich is worth a visit
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats (37 miles)
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats
Rowing is fun and relaxing and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon on the river, pedalos and punts also available. You can hire the boat for an hour or if you want to make a day of it, just stay on the river as long as you like, simply returning the row boat to the boathouse before sunset.
Oxford River Cruises (37 miles)
Oxford River Cruises
A trip aboard an Edwardian River Launch in Oxford offers a taste of a slower life, where cares drift away with the gentle flow of the water and life’s pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway (38 miles)
Echills Wood Railway (40 miles)
Echills Wood Railway
Circular tour with optional change at picnic station for trains to Far Leys car park, using a variety of 7 and quarter inch gauge steam, diesel and electric locomotives.
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway (43 miles)
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway
Perfect for those interested in locomotives and kids who just want to see something fun and different. Running on coal fired steam and diesel engines, you'll enjoy your ride, taking in all the sights as you head down the tracks.
Evesham Vale Light Railway (45 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway
is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (46 miles)
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway
The Cholsey and Wallingford Railway is a preserved former Great Western Railway branchline that links the national railway network at Cholsey, with the historic market town of Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays throughout the year and, where available, are steam hauled.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (46 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
Didcot Railway Centre (46 miles)
Didcot Railway Centre
See the steam trains from the golden age of the Great Western Railway in the original engine shed, with a recreation of Brunel's broad gauge railway and a typical country branch line.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (47 miles)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The GWR is a steam and diesel heritage railway in the English Cotswolds. Since 1981, the volunteers have restored over 10 miles of line, together with platforms, buildings, steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiast events throughout the year, including popular Santa Specials.
East Herts Miniature Railway (49 miles)
East Herts Miniature Railway
A 7 and a quarter gauge miniature railway with several different train types lovingly maintained. Open weekends for family jaunts up and down the line.
The Ruislip Lido Railway (49 miles)
The Ruislip Lido Railway
A charming 12-inch gauge railway which runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Ruislip Lido.
Scalextric Racing (50 miles)
Race around recognisably world famous race tracks without having the risk of personal injury. 6000 Square feet of floor space for teeny tiny race frenzy!
Audley End Minature Railway (50 miles)
Audley End Minature Railway
A delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10 and a quarter inch gauge railway through Estate woodland. The children all enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the woods!
Cotswold River Cruise (51 miles)
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold River Cruise
Private and public hire cruise boats offering different sizes and services for every occasion. Self drive hire facilities also available. Pre booking essential.
Lee Valley Boat Centre (51 miles)
Lee Valley Boat Centre
In a week you can cruise into London on a narrow boats, or in just an hour you can navigate the river by electric pleasure craft, pedalos or rowing boats.
The Race Hut (52 miles)
The Race Hut
is a Race Car simulation venue with 16 professional simulators. You can race the whole family in these amazingly realistic simulators in a wide selection or race cars and circuits from around the world. So take on your family and friends and show off your driving skills!
The Chasewater Railway (53 miles)
The Chasewater Railway
Standard Gauge Heritage Railway set in Chasewater country park, 4 mile round trip with steam and diesel engines and vintage carriages. Accredited Museum, Model Railway, also a narrow gauge miners style line, tea room and Sunday Carvery, gift shops. We are a Volunteer run charity.
Salters Steamers (54 miles)
As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation (55 miles)
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on. Possibly best indulged on the same day as other attractions for a FULL day out.
Baggeridge Minature Railway (57 miles)
Coalyard Miniature Railway (58 miles)
London Waterbus Canal Trips (58 miles)
London Waterbus Canal Trips
Trips of varying length on traditional canal narrow boats, three with Historic Ship Certificates, and all with weather protection and large opening windows for sunny days.
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway (59 miles)
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway
The kids love a day out on a steam train. There are special event weekends throughout the year including Easter Bunny Rides, plus Halloween and Santa Specials. All aboard!!!
Pinewood Miniature Railway (59 miles)
Pinewood Miniature Railway
The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!
Newark Air Museum (60 miles)
Newark Air Museum
The UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum with 71 aircraft and cockpit sections from across the history of aviation. 2 large Display Hangars housing more than 50 airframes; engine / artefacts displays; café and large shop. Regular special events and education programmes available for visiting schools.
Severn Valley Railway (60 miles)
Severn Valley Railway
Historic rural railway line run with plenty for train enthusiasts to see and do. PLEASE NOTE that you may join the line from several stations, not just the one marked here as the address.
Midland Railway Centre (61 miles)
Midland Railway Centre
It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
London Duck Tours (61 miles)
London Duck Tours
is no ordinary sightseeing tour, you get a guided tour by road including a trip along the river, without ever leaving the comfort of your seat. Nothing compares to the thrill of driving from the road straight into the Thames. A great idea if you are looking for family days out in london.
London RIB Voyages (61 miles)
London RIB Voyages
Fast, fun sightseeing speedboat trips for all ages. Kids will love this fast paced adventure whilst our comedian guides make learning about our great city entertaining for all ages. Toddlers, children and their grannies will all love this capital experience. Great idea if you're after fun things to do in London with kids.
Epping Ongar Railway (61 miles)
Epping Ongar Railway
The longest heritage railway in Essex, and closest to London: running mainline steam and diesel trains and a heritage bus service to Epping Underground station. Step back in time and enjoy the romance of travel with our great value ticket, offering three heritage transport experiences.
Great Cockcrow Railway (61 miles)
Great Cockcrow Railway
Take a trip behind one of our 7 1/4 scale steam engines through woods, over bridges, through a tunnel and perhaps even through the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A choice of two routes, why not do both?
Kennet Horse Boat Company (63 miles)
Kennet Horse Boat Company
- canal cruises offer an opportunity to do just that. Choose between the slow meandering of the motor barge and the sedate drifting of the horse drawn barge. Whichever takes your fancy, we can offer you a great day out.
Amerton Railway (63 miles)
The Amerton Railway is a 2ft gauge line, set in the rolling Staffordshire countryside, and situated at the very popular Amerton Working Farm
Docklands Light Railway (63 miles)
Docklands Light Railway
A day out on the excitingly sophisticated DLR is far from all about trains: hop on and off with a day ticket and visit bundles of great stuff as you travel round and you've got happy kids from start to stop!
Crich Tramway Village (64 miles)
Crich Tramway Village
Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Northampton 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 Northamptonshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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