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!
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.
Scottish Industrial Railway Centre Railway Centre run by volunteers with Steam Open Days running most Sundays in the summer.
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.
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.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass through two of Lakeland's 'loveliest valleys' to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
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!
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.
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Dalscone Farm Big indoor and (seasonal) outdoor play areas, trampolines, crazy golf, go carts, loads of little rides and a friendly animal farm. Sweet!
Mabie Farm Park Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, plus learn Robert The Bruce's secret from his skull!
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Museum of Lead Mining Visit a real lead mine and learn about the processes and experience. Guided tours down a former working mine. Situated in The Lowther Hills at Wanlockhead, Scotland's Highest Village. Gold Panning available during July and August each year!
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Museum telling of life in the past in Sanquhar. Open April to September.
Creetown Gem Rock Museum Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
DG One Closed until late 2016.
Farmers Den A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Caerlaverock Castle Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Drumlanrig Castle This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Threave Castle Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth, when 30,000 volunteers came from around the world to make explosives and win a war! Plus collect stamps and see the fireless locomotive!
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop Visit the famous Blacksmith's Shop where couples could elope to be married on the sly, now including wedding themed maze, sculpture gardens and play areas, plus Coach Museum and lots of romantic stories! Aww.
Gatehouse of Fleet
Cardoness Castle A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones. Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway.
Dumfries Ice Bowl Competition standard facilities here for skating, curling and ice hockey, plus open skate, lessons, penguin support aids, special family impaired session and cool ice disco! Something for everyone!
Lockerbie Ice Rink Great ice rink that offers loads of frozen family fun with skating and curling available. Figure skating and ice dance club, plus Junior Curling group. All curling equipment supplied free and skates for hire.
Galloway Activity Centre is an Outdoor Activity Centre based on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We offer a range of outdoor activities that include, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wobbly water park, laser quest, climbing, archery and mountain biking. We offer anything from a family fun day to a week’s residential.
7stanes Ae Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area, uplift service plus cafe and bike hire on site.
7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.
Laggan Outdoor Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the same time next to each other up to 45mph.
7stanes Kirroughtree Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
7stanes Glentrool Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail Explore outdoors as you solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail around Castle Douglas. Find all the answers along the route to reveal where the long lost treasure is buried!
Castledykes Park A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
Grey Mares Tail Nature Reserve Don’t miss the chance to take the short walk up to the viewpoint, or for a real treat climb up the path at the side of the waterfall and behind it to its source, Loch Skeen. Keep an eye out for peregrines, ring ouzels and feral goats! The property extends to White Coomb, the highest hill in...
Station Park Boating lake with a variety of options from plain rowing boat to dragon pedalo! Other activities provided are a full 18 hole putting green, play park, and their one of a kind interactive water feature.new childrens play park for 2014.
Red Deer Range Trail Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Cream o Galloway Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower.
Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here...
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay Glorious seaside gardens, several connecting beaches (as listed plus Rigg Bay AKA Cruggleton Bay) and woodland walks, sandy shores and safe paddling. House not open to public.
Odeon Dumfries Friendly little one screen cinema with its own private car park, showing all the latest flicks, including some great ones for kids. Reduced tickets on Bargain Tuesdays and Super Saver Days before 5pm.
The Cocoa Bean Company A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks, trekking and cross country, plus Pony Club, Loan-A-Pony, floodlit outdoor arena and indoor school too.
Brighouse Bay Trekking Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Scar Water 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 Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.
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