Southend Planetarium (1 miles)
Presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All presentations are live, suitable for ages 7 to adult, and you're allowed to ask questions!
Leigh Heritage Centre (3 miles)
Leigh On Sea
Leigh Heritage Centre
Interesting museum with local history artefacts, plus the new Leigh On Sea Heritage Trail starts nearby.
Hadleigh Castle (5 miles)
Striking castle remains great for photos and sketches, overlooking some great play and picnic territory. Be warned though it's a little isolated, and there are no toilets or facilities nearby.
Rayleigh Windmill (6 miles)
Try a charming little stop at an award-winning tourist and educational attraction which contains an accredited museum, an exhibition space and information about Rayleigh Mount.
Rayleigh Mount (6 miles)
An early medieval motte and bailey castle site great for exploration, which offers sweeping views across the Crouch Valley. Make the most of your day by visiting the adjacent windmill to explore historical exhibitions.
Fort Amherst (13 miles)
Explore the tunnels and learn 300 years of military history, take a junior ghost or educational tour and let off some steam in 20 acres of beautiful parkland.
Coalhouse Fort (13 miles)
Victorian coastal defence fort next to the river Thames and surrounded by parkland with plenty of wildlife, plus adventure play area. Open days and events held reguarly with guided tours. Not always open, check before you visit.
Tilbury Fort (13 miles)
Spend a great family day out here as you explore the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder or enter the bastion magazine passages and feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here.
Layer Marney Tower (20 miles)
Layer Marney Tower
A great place to visit whether you are planning to exhaust the children in the play area or enjoy the tranquility of the garden. The view from the roof shows the church, outbuildings, play area, gardens, estate and wildlife walk.
Upminster Windmill (20 miles)
Visit a windmill that is over 200 years old and find out about how it works with free, guided tours. A great view from the top plus a number of hands on activities on the way.
Leeds Castle (20 miles)
- set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for more than 900 years. Visitors are transported through the castle's history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
The Cressing Temple Barns (21 miles)
The Cressing Temple Barns
Learn about the Knights Templar; explore the knot, nosegay, medicinal and kitchen gardens; cross the moat (repeatedly if you wish, making clip clop noises) and enjoy a picnic. Classic day out material.
Coggeshall Grange Barn (23 miles)
Coggeshall Grange Barn
13th-century monastic barn. One of Europe's oldest timber-framed buildings, it has a cathedral-like interior and is linked to a local Cistercian abbey. Inside the barn hosts an exhibition of local woodcarving, tools and a collection of agricultural carts.
The Canterbury Tales (24 miles)
The Canterbury Tales
Step back in time and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of 14th century England as you join Geoffrey Chaucer and his colourful characters on their pilgrammage from London to the shrine of Thomas Beckett! Live costumed guides.
Bourne Mill (25 miles)
Set in tranquil grounds next to a bubbling stream this picturesque mill still has a rare working waterwheel. It's a short stop, but unusual and educational, and kids with a sketchpad or camera will certainly get something from it.
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden (25 miles)
Lullingstone Castle and World Garden
A full day's worth of ambling pleasure between the castle and the fabulous gardens. Probably best for less boisterous kids, it is a visual delight and an excellent learning opportunity.
Valentines Mansion and Gardens (28 miles)
Valentines Mansion and Gardens
Country house and gardens with recreated period rooms including Victorian kitchen and a dedicated Family Room. Enjoy the house and gardens through special trails and borrow a free backpack to explore the mansion and outdoors. Special events run throughout the year. Limited opening times.
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre (29 miles)
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre
A chance to learn about one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world! Discover how the Thames barrier protects London from flooding, and its history through an exhibition that includes a working model of one of the gates.
Discover Childrens Story Centre (31 miles)
Discover Childrens Story Centre
Focused on story building and imagination, children can follow a story trail in the indoor exhibition or venture outside into the story garden.
Cutty Sark Clipper Ship (31 miles)
Cutty Sark Clipper Ship
The world's last remaining tea clipper and a symbol of adventure, of bravery and the romance of sail. Children can try on Victorian costumes and read from nautical stories as they explore.
Hedingham Castle (32 miles)
Bring a picnic and explore the beautiful gardens and lakes then take time to explore the 110ft tall Norman Keep. Many special events are held throughout the year from jousts to outdoor theatre productions from the Globe theatre.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island (33 miles)
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island
Discover a top secret world of excitement, experiments and explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. A fascinating, hands-on guide to gunpowder, big bangs, weapons and warfare too.
Mountfitchet Castle (33 miles)
Travel back to Norman England and experience life as it was in 1066, plus the Toy Museum, Paleontology House, and Haunted Manor!
Naze Tower (33 miles)
Walton on the Naze
An historic 86ft (26.2m) landmark, with several floors exhibiting local artwork and interesting fossils and artefacts. Amazing views of up to 30 miles away from the top with 111 steps to reach it!
Scotney Castle (34 miles)
Medieval castle and moat in one of England's most romantic gardens. Superb display of rhododendrons and azaleas. Large, beautiful estate, with woodland and parkland to explore.
Tower Bridge Exhibition (34 miles)
Tower Bridge Exhibition
From the depths of the Engine Rooms up to the lofty heights of the new glass bottomed walkways, this is an iconic London experience few kids would forget! Plus guided tours, photographic exhibition and animated displays.
Tower of London (34 miles)
Tower of London
Today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its history as a royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house. New Wall Walk for 2014!
Penshurst Place and Gardens (34 miles)
Penshurst Place and Gardens
Something to offer all the family with the recreation of historic events, craft activities, seasonal children's gardens trails, adventure playground and nearly seven centuries of history all in one place!
Ramsgate Tunnels (34 miles)
Hour long underground tours explore the wartime tunnels dug for sheltering citizens. Kids 3 to 7 can be admitted but this is at the discretion of the guide who is experienced enough to know generally who will and won't enjoy it!
Chartwell Home of Churchill (34 miles)
Chartwell Home of Churchill
Discover Sir Winston's own paintings in his fascinating studio, have a picnic near the adventure playground, build a den with their stick stacks, enjoy family trails and visit their working kitchen garden with bees and chickens!
Rye House Gatehouse (34 miles)
Rye House Gatehouse
Explore the Gatehouse and grounds, enjoy a picnic and visit the nearby Rye House Quay on the River Lee Navigation.
Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery (34 miles)
HMS Belfast (34 miles)
Tells the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond. Explore the interactive Operations Room, hear veterans’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition, and immerse yourself in the midst of a battle in the Gun Turret Experience.
The Monument (34 miles)
Standing 202 feet high, the Monument is the tallest isolated stone column in the world. If you climb the 311 steps to the balcony at the top you are rewarded with breath-taking views of the City, as well as a certificate of achievement.
London Bridge Experience (34 miles)
London Bridge Experience
and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Good idea for fun things to do in London for kids - older kids that is!
The Golden Hinde (35 miles)
The Golden Hinde
is a full-sized reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s famous Tudor galleon, Golden Hinde, on which visitors have a unique opportunity to learn more about British Maritime History.
Chiddingstone Castle (35 miles)
A unique castle where families can discover ancient artefacts from Egyptian, Buddhist, Japanese, Jacobean and Stuart history. See real Japanese armour, samurai swords, a mummified cat and much more! Try on period costumes and enjoy arts and crafts activities as well as themed activity days throughout the year.
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour (35 miles)
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour
a faithful reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse. Throughout the year, a fascinating guided tour of the theatre is included in your visit to Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, bringing this extraordinary space to life. Great idea for a fun family day out in London.
St Paul's Cathedral (35 miles)
St Paul's Cathedral
This is where people and events of overwhelming importance to the country have been celebrated, mourned and commemorated. Visit Nelson's Tomb, test the unique acoustics of Whispering Gallery and climb up to the Golden Gallery to enjoy a panoramic view of London that is second to none.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour (35 miles)
Highbury and Islington
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour
has become one of London's most exciting tourist attractions and is a must for every football fan! Take a look behind the scenes at one of the world's most spectacular football stadiums and get a sense of what the Arsenal stars feel like on a matchday.
Hever Castle and Gardens (36 miles)
Hever Castle and Gardens
Loads to do for kids including adventure playground, dry and wet water maze! Miniture model houses exhibition and costumed figures. Castle audio tour in children's English available too!
London Dungeon (36 miles)
- invites you to delve into the capital's most horrible history. Come face to face with live actors, experience three thrilling rides, interactive shows and special effects as you're transported back to those black, bleak times - are you brave enough to face 90 minutes of London's dark past?
Houses of Parliament Tour (36 miles)
Houses of Parliament Tour
A visit to the Houses of Parliament offers a memorable day out for families with children. Inside one of the worldâs most iconic buildings, you can travel through one thousand years of history and stand in places where important events continue to take place.
Nelson's Column (36 miles)
Family days out in London wouldn't be complete with a visit to Trafalgar Square, with lots of other sights such as the National Gallery right next to it. A must do for things to do in London with kids.
Westminster Abbey (36 miles)
is one of the most visited churches in all the world. It remains primarily a place of Christian worship and pilgrimage. Fun children's trail available to help keep them interested, plus dress as a monk in the museum!
Westminster Cathedral (37 miles)
Explore the awesome tower 210 feet above the street, discover the genuine treasure trove and amazing artworks and sculptures. Welcoming to respectful families of all faiths, free to visit excluding the Treasures Exhibition.
Buckingham Palace (37 miles)
- the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office. Use the special family audio guide to explore the Palace and then answer quizzes whilst following our garden activity trail.
The Royal Mews (37 miles)
The Royal Mews
One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace houses the State vehicles used for official engagements and provides a unique insight into the department of the Royal Household that provides transport by road for The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Madame Tussauds (37 miles)
Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, this iconic attraction combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures. Good idea if you're looking for fun things to do in London with kids.
Clare Castle Country Park (38 miles)
Clare Castle Country Park
is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare's fascinating history concerning the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 70ft high motte overlooking the town.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Southend on Sea 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
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