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...
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
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...
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)
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...
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...
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
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 an aquarium right on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare. Come and see our fish, grab a hot drink in our cafe or buy a gift from our shop!
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.
Court Farm Country Park (11 miles)
Weston Super Mare
Court Farm Country Park
Nationally 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.
Animal Farm Adventure Park (17 miles)
Burnham on Sea
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
A great place to visit with the family, wander around the farm and see the animals, enjoy a picnic in the picturesque picnic area and participate in a the array of events that occur throughout the year.
The Helicopter Museum (12 miles)
Weston Super Mare
The Helicopter Museum
The World's largest dedicated helicopter museum.
Weston-super-Mare's largest undercover all weather attraction.
A fun place for all the family, with a coffee shop, children's play area.
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. The Seaside Holidays Gallery is a speciality of the museum, and the cottage next door is laid out as a landlady's lodging house of...
North Somerset Museum (13 miles)
Weston Super Mare
North Somerset Museum
A family-friendly museum where you can find out about the area from pre-history to the present. Plenty of things to see and do.
Fashion Museum (19 miles)
A World-class collection of contemporary and historical dress.
The Jane Austen Centre (19 miles)
The Jane Austen Centre
Learn more about the famous Jane Austen, visit the delightful Regency Tea Rooms and even make your own Regency Dress!
Bath Abbey Vaults Museum (19 miles)
Somerset Rural Life Museum (23 miles)
Somerset Rural Life Museum
The magnificent fourteenth-century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the Somerset Rural Life Museum. The barn and the farm buildings surrounding the courtyard contain displays illustrating the tools and techniques of farming in Victorian Somerset. Unusual local activities like willow growing, mud...
The Blake Museum (26 miles)
The Blake Museum
A quaint museum boasting battle of Sedgemoor relics, a maritime Robert Blake room, John Chubb picture gallery and various education exhibits and temporary displays.
Haynes International Motor Museum (32 miles)
Haynes International Motor Museum
UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220.
Fleet Air Arm Museum (33 miles)
Fleet Air Arm Museum
- representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is the world's second largest naval aviation Museum.
Somerset Cricket Museum (35 miles)
Museum of Somerset (35 miles)
Museum of Somerset
An underfloor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes: you’ll find them all here! The museum tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive...
Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum (37 miles)
Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum
Be amazed by this huge fun collection! See nostalgic vintage radios and TVs, enjoy your favourite programmes through TV and radio related toys, books, games full size characters and more: a wonderful experience for all the family!
Portishead Open Air Pool (< 1 mile)
Portishead Open Air Pool
A 33m heated outdoor pool situated at the Lakegrounds in Portishead, with stunning views of the Bristol Channel from the sun terraces.
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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