Brunels SS Great Britain (7 miles)
Brunels SS Great Britain
Step back in time when you board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to discover the world’s first great ocean liner.
Bristol Packet Boat Rides (7 miles)
Bristol Packet Boat Rides
Cruise around Bristol's historic harbour and on the Avon from Avonmouth to Bath, stopping at waterside pubs and tea gardens with entertaining commentary.
Bristol Ferry Boat Co (8 miles)
Bristol Ferry Boat Co
Family friendly boat trips, many varying themes and lengths so suitable for all age groups if you choose wisely.
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)
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway (15 miles)
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway
This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country.
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure (22 miles)
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure
The steam train for all ages- and all weathers! 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
(ESR) is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April - October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5-mile round trip. We have volunteer staff who are very knowledgeable and will give you all the help you need and answers to any question you may have.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (24 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station (which is only a short walk from Blaenavon town centre) as well as to Big Pit Halt, which is adjacent to the Big Pit Mining Museum.
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 (34 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.
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (34 miles)
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
The Museum Contains relics from the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branchlines to Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Wells and Bridgwater. All finally closing in 1966.
Blue Anchor Railway Museum (34 miles)
West Somerset Railway (36 miles)
West Somerset Railway
Great steam railway running 10 stations and 20 miles through the Somerset countryside, always a great family day out with the kids.
Gartell Light Railway (37 miles)
Gartell Light Railway
Step back in time to a more leisurely age and ride through the beautiful Blackmore Vale countryside along the route of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway.
Yeovil Railway Centre (39 miles)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Steam hauled train rides, a minature railway, vistor centre/museum and much more! A great visit for train enthusiasts and the like.
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!!!
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway (43 miles)
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway
Extensive Miniature Railway in 3 1/2, 5 and 7 1/4 inch gauges. Picnic areas and the clubhouse's hands on railway help keep kids interested.
Cotswold River Cruise (49 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.
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. It will be one of the highlights of the day!
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (50 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.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (52 miles)
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Once one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways. An initial mile has so far been reopened within Exmoor at Woody Bay Station.
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 family!
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.
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.
Beer Heights Light Railway (56 miles)
Beer Heights Light Railway
Considered by many the finest 7¼ 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.
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway (56 miles)
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway
The Exhibition hall displays wonderfully detailed layouts in many gauges of track, with push button controls enabling children to operate the trains. In the Gardens, the 7 and a 1/4 inch narrow gauge passenger-carrying line, powered by a fleet of miniature steam and diesel locomotives, winds its mile-long way through tunnels
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
- 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.
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway (61 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.
Wareham Boat Hire (62 miles)
Wareham Boat Hire
is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips.
Severn Valley Railway (65 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.
Bournemouth Eye (65 miles)
Tethered Balloon Flights every day from the beautiful Lower Gardens in central Bournemouth. We'll take you 500ft. above this exciting resort where you'll experience amazing panoramic views over the English Channel and surrounding countryside, for up to 20 miles.
Littledown Miniature Railway (65 miles)
Littledown Miniature Railway
The raised track is suitable for running 7 ¼, 5, and 3 ½ inch gauge locomotives suitable for passenger hauling. Nearby play park, duck pond and paddling pool.
The Big Canoe (66 miles)
The Big Canoe
is an opportunity for families with children to explore the coastal waters of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island paddling a huge Open Canadian Canoe.
Exmouth Model Railway (66 miles)
Exmouth Model Railway
Come and see the British Countryside in miniature with 20 trains weaving their way through 115 scale miles of varied landscape; the villages, towns, stations, traffic, people and even birds in the trees all authentic to the last meticulous detail.
Didcot Railway Centre (66 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.
Coalyard Miniature Railway (67 miles)
Oxford River Cruises (67 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.
Avon Boating (67 miles)
Stratford Upon Avon
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats (68 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.
Cherwell Boat House (68 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.
Swanage Railway (70 miles)
Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
Cholsey & Wallingford Railway (71 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.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (71 miles)
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line (75 miles)
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!
Seaquarium (13 miles)
Weston Super Mare
- is a public aquarium in Weston Super Mare. It is an all weather family attraction committed to getting you closer to the amazing underwater world in a fun and hands on atmosphere for all ages.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (39 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Parrot handling; Dog training; Natural Herbal Remedies; Care of your pets; Alpaca Walks and Animal Handling Sessions. Hawk walks, Falconry Days, Courses, Half days, Owl Hour.......
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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