Bristol Packet Boat Rides (7 miles)
Bristol Packet Boat Rides
A wonderful selection of differing cruises, ranging from a quick trip around the floating harbour to a full excursion under the Clifton Bridge, through Avon Gorge and down the Bristol Channel!
The Matthew of Bristol (8 miles)
The Matthew of Bristol
A replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497, The Matthew is available to visit in the Bristol Floating Harbour and you can take a trip out on her as well.
Bristol Ferry Boat Co (8 miles)
Bristol Ferry Boat Co
Bristol Ferries run services every day of the year except Christmas Day. Catch one of our timetabled boats and use it like a bus or simply sit on board for a round trip and take in the sights and sounds of Bristol's past and present. Swans, ducks and geese quacking. Cormorants fanning their wings... Look...
Avon Valley Railway (13 miles)
Avon Valley Railway
This attraction takes young and old back to the trains of yesteryear. Your train will be pulled by a restored steam engine and you can enjoy food and drink in a restored carriage. Not forgetting special trips aboard Thomas the Tank Engine and Santa Steam Specials during the year.
Strawberry Line Miniature Railway (14 miles)
Strawberry Line Miniature Railway
5 inch gauge railway attraction includes a Tunnel, Motive Power Depot, Carriage Sheds, Turntable and Automatic Signalling System. Located in Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Open from April to the beginning of November.
Bath Boating Station (19 miles)
Bath Boating Station
Rowing, punting and canoeing on the delightful River Avon. Keep an eye out for kingfishers and otters! And don't forget there are options to share the rowing so start beefing up the kids!
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure (22 miles)
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure
A charming railway in the Forest of Dean where friendly staff welcome you. Fun for children in our Treetop Adventure and Indoor Village with secret passages - treasure boxes are hidden here! 4 stations, each with paths to walk through ancient woods and solve the riddle of the Gale Stone.
East Somerset Railway (24 miles)
East Somerset Railway
is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April through October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5 mile round trip.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (24 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station and to Big Pit Halt, by the Big Pit Mining Museum. The serene day out you should choo-choo-choose!
Beacon Park Boats (26 miles)
Beacon Park Boats
Exceptionally quiet electric day boats on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, allowing you to get closer to the natural wildlife. Day, half day and hourly boat hire. No experience is required for either as full training will be given!
Kingfisher River Cruises (26 miles)
Symonds Yat East
Kingfisher River Cruises
Join the river wending its way through Symonds Yat gorge and village, dividing it into East and West for a 40 minute boat trip with informed history and nature commentary.
Brecon Mountain Railway (33 miles)
Brecon Mountain Railway
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park from one of Wales' most popular railways, plus enjoy the new childrens play area at Pontsticill, and some great walks to enjoy. You can even bring the dog with you!
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (34 miles)
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
A charming and atmospheric collection of railway memorabilia and real vintage engines and cars, where kids can operate an antique signal box! No rides, very educational but very interesting.
West Somerset Railway (36 miles)
West Somerset Railway
is a 20 mile steam railway running between Bishops Lydeard (Nr. Taunton) and Minehead. The railway has ten Stations, three museums, Locomotive Turntable, On train Buffet Car and Bar, Gift Shop and Turntable Cafe. New feature: iOS and Andorid Heritage Hunter Treasure Hunt App.
Bridgend Miniature Railway (37 miles)
Bridgend Miniature Railway
A miniature railway located in 4 acres of picturesque nature reserve, where we offer train rides behind steam, diesel and electrically powered miniature trains. We have model railways on display, as well as a steam powered traction engine.
Yeovil Railway Centre (39 miles)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Steam and diesel railway centre with visitor centre (and museum). Regular events where steam train rides and miniature railway rides are available and the turntable is demonstrated. Traditional family fun.
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway (40 miles)
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway
Ride extensive twin track Miniature Railway supporting all gauges and boasting a fleet of cute miniature locomotives! Broomy Hill Station has a great hands on railway for the kids to play with and a museum too. All you've got to do is catch it open!
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway (42 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!!!
Cotswold River Cruise (48 miles)
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold River Cruise
Travel the river Thames from the gateway to the Cotswolds, on “Adventuress”, a fully enclosed canal style wide beam passenger boat. Group outings and half day cruises available. They also cater for private charter trips, including parties and family celebrations.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (49 miles)
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without a trip on the world famous Cliff Railway. The best and most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns!
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (50 miles)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Fantastic 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.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (52 miles)
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Was once one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways. So far only a mile has been reopened but you can stay all day if you wish.
The railway has fast become one of the top must-see attractions of North Devon and Exmoor, and definitely has something to offer for all the famil
Gower Coast Adventures (52 miles)
Gower Coast Adventures
Their aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, to watch birds, porpoises, seals and even occasionally dolphins at play in their natural habitat.
Devon Railway Centre (54 miles)
Devon Railway Centre
offers a unique interactive fun rail experience with unlimited train rides around the centre and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can even clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the trains.
The Handsam Boat Company (55 miles)
The Handsam Boat Company
Offering jaunts down the River Avon either by guided covered group tour, private hire motor boat or a family sized row boat. Departing from the award winning Abbey Park.
Seaton Tramway (55 miles)
A fun day out for all the family. Ride on one of our trams and take a step back in time. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Devon.
Pecorama (56 miles)
- is a railway themed all weather attraction with a passenger carrying miniature steam railway, model railway exhibition, multi levelled indoor play area for children up to 12 years, outdoor play areas, glorious gardens and crazy golf.
Beer Heights Light Railway (56 miles)
Beer Heights Light Railway
Considered by many the finest 7.25 inch gauge railway in Britain, the route includes bridges, extensive sidings, one impressively steeply graded, set in the hillside above Wildway Park with wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
Evesham Vale Light Railway (57 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway
- is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Kennet Horse Boat Company (58 miles)
Kennet Horse Boat Company
Leave modern life behind and experience the leisurely travel of yesteryear along one of England’s finest canals. Open between Easter and September. Public trips and self drive day hire options available.
Fun City at Brean Leisure Park (17 miles)
Fun City at Brean Leisure Park
From thrill rides to kids' rides, you’ll discover over 40 different attractions; stacks of fun for all ages! The South West’s largest free to enter Theme Park: you only pay if you ride! Plus new free Sooty Stage Shows!
North Somerset Butterfly House (7 miles)
North Somerset Butterfly House
Surround yourself with some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies and exotic plants in this hidden paradise. Also has an amazing Bug Show! Family friendly, with helpful and informative members of staff.
Seaquarium (13 miles)
Oceans of fun for everyone! Situated on Weston-super-Mare's glorious golden beach, come and get close up and hands on as we take you on a voyage of aquatic discovery. Your ticket is an all day pass, so don't miss any of our feeds or presentations.
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre (39 miles)
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
15th century National Trust farmstead within Exmoor National Park, with a large collection of owls, birds of prey, and friendly animals to greet you around every corner.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (39 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Hands on style animal park with displays and handling opportunities. Many flying displays actually set (well!) to music. Well worth a visit.
Noahs Ark Zoo Farm (3 miles)
Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
is a zoo and farm where you are able to feed some of the big zoo animals and handle some of our farm animals. We have 12 exciting adventure play areas, an indoor Animal Village and covered Animal Show Pens so you can enjoy a day out whatever the weather.
Chew Valley Country Farm (10 miles)
Chew Valley Country Farm
Open from 15th March in 2014, this farm has lots of animals along an animal walkway, a playground for younger children and go karts for older children plus a tearoom.
Court Farm Country Park (11 miles)
Court Farm Country Park
National award winning farm attraction set on real working farm. Animals, Adventures play, Indoor play barns, hands on fun, free tractor rides, maize maze, milking show, bottlefeeding. Open Easter to end of October. Great family day out in Somerset!
Warren Farm Holiday Centre (16 miles)
Warren Farm Holiday Centre
Free indoor play area, Pets Corner, arcade, tractor rides and more. Free entry and parking, open to the public.
Cowtastic Farm Park and Playbarn (16 miles)
Cowtastic Farm Park and Playbarn
is an award winning Farm Shop, Farm Park and indoor adventure Playbarn. Meet the animals and explore our farm trail outside, plus grass sledges, fort, duck racing, educational and traditional games. Healthy food meets healthy play in our new indoor Playbarn!
Animal Farm Adventure Park (17 miles)
Animal Farm Adventure Park
The full package: animal to pet and feed, indoor play barn, outdoor rides and a surprisingly wide range of activities and amusements, you're in for a good day!
Bath City Farm (18 miles)
Bath City Farm
Family friendly city farm with loads of animals to meet and plenty to see and do. Play space for toddlers, seasonal kiosk, Nature Trail, an outdoor performance space, plus a Farm Shop.
The Helicopter Museum (12 miles)
The Helicopter Museum
Visit the largest dedicated helicopter museum in the world, with over 80 helicopets and autogyros! See rotorcraft from across the globe, including 2 world record holders! Regular Open Cockpit days available, plus Flight Experiences, and special events throughout the year.
Weston super Mare Museum (13 miles)
Weston super Mare Museum
The displays range from the archaeology of the earliest inhabitants to the wildlife that you can find today. Other displays cover the local history of the area, seaside holidays, and the 18th century cottage with period rooms.
Fashion Museum (19 miles)
Discover a world class collection of historical and modern fashion, from the 17th century to present day, with over 165 dressed figures to see! Activity backpacks and trolley available, plus free Welcome Tours, and audio guides.
The Jane Austen Centre (19 miles)
The Jane Austen Centre
Learn more about the famous Jane Austen at this permanent exhibition. Visit the delightful Regency Tea Rooms with serving staff wearing period costume, see a waxwork of Austen, and even try on Regency clothing!
Bath Abbey Vaults Museum (19 miles)
Bath Abbey Vaults Museum
A magnificent Abbey with hundreds of years of history to discover, plus some amazing architectural features to marvel at, including lovely stained glass windows, and a fantastic vaulted ceiling. Tower tours also available, with spectacular views from the top!
Radstock Museum (19 miles)
Museum dedicated to the history and heritage of coal mining in the area with loads of family friendly things to do and see and interactive hands-on exhibitions.
Burcott Mill (19 miles)
A working traditional water powered flour mill and museum that makes and sells its own flour. Play area for the kids. Tours led by the miller available during the Summer months.
The American Museum in Britain (21 miles)
The American Museum in Britain
Museum of Americana unique outside the USA where you will find events during school holidays plus a kids trail, dressing up and exhibition spaces with touch screen interaction too.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Portishead 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 Somerset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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