Stafford Castle (1 miles)
The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history; the emphasis is most definitely on information with fun.
Trentham Gardens (11 miles)
Stoke on Trent
With stunning gardens and lake, a giant observation wheel, unique Barefoot Walk, Monkey Forest, Aerial Extreme, a shopping village, range of cafes and garden centre there really is something for everyone.
Emma Bridgewater Factory (15 miles)
Stoke On Trent
Emma Bridgewater Factory
Join us in the historic Potteries: take a tour of our atmospheric Victorian factory, see our beautiful wares being made, then try your hand at decorating your own pot in our studio. Relax in the cafe, wander in the walled garden, then shop for factory seconds or delightful gifts.
Erasmus Darwin House (15 miles)
Erasmus Darwin House
Georgian townhouse and previous home of Erasmus Darwin, Grandfather to Charles Darwin based in the centre of Lichfield. Contains interactive and hands-on science exhibits, Georgian dress-up and games, a reading area, various crafts, activities and of course prizes to be won! Plenty to keep all ages entertained.
Lichfield Heritage Centre (15 miles)
Lichfield Heritage Centre
Discover 2000 years of The Lichfield Story through the Exhibits, Graphics, Displays and AV Presentations. Family and Mouse Hole Trails available for small kids to help keep them interested and moving round.
Enginuity (20 miles)
Interactive science fun. Find out how a little ingenuity will let you pull a 10 ton locomotive or generate electricity from flowing water. Look at familiar objects with new eyes using the giant X ray machine, build an earthquake proof tower and challenge their robotic arm!
Tamworth Castle (22 miles)
Is a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle located in the centre of Tamworth surrounded by the Castle Pleasure grounds. The oldest parts of the Castle are believed to date from the 1180s. There are 15 period rooms to explore with many hands-on activities for all ages.
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter (24 miles)
The Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
A time capsule of past trade, with fascinating insight into Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. Includes live demonstrations at the jeweller’s bench showing how the Smith & Pepper bangle was made.
BBC Birmingham Public Space (25 miles)
BBC Birmingham Public Space
Do you fancy yourself as a TV presenter? Visit us inside The Mailbox and have a go at presenting Newsround or a weather forecast. Have your photo taken with Dr Who's TARDIS and an old Dalek!
Winterbourne House and Garden (26 miles)
Winterbourne House and Garden
Restored to its former Edwardian glory, downstairs there are exhibition rooms explaining the fascinating history of the house's former occupants. An interactive train set, toy box and rooms full of antique artefacts. Outside, 7 acres of Botanic Garden to be explored and enjoyed.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (28 miles)
Ashby de la Zouch
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
A Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, the castle finally fell to Parliament in 1646, and was then made unusable. An underground passage from the kitchen to the tower can still be explored today.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (29 miles)
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
A variety of classic and unusual gardening styles adorn this beautifully landscaped spot, with nature trails, playground and picnic facilities also on site. Please note the limited opening times.
Elvaston Castle (31 miles)
The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
The Heights of Abraham (32 miles)
The Heights of Abraham
Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Heath Manor House (32 miles)
Heath Manor House
Step back in time and experience how people really lived in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in this preserved manor house which dates back to 1280.
Beeston Castle (32 miles)
Beeston Castle in Tarporley, Cheshire is also known as the the formidable ‘Castle of the Rock’. Climb to the top of this impressive crag with incredible views over eight counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains.
Bosworth Battlefield (33 miles)
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is a unique day out for all the family. Relive this famous turning point in British history, the death of a King and the birth of the all powerful Tudor dynasty.
Baddesley Clinton (36 miles)
For less boisterous but still curious children, a medieval moated century manor house with a 19th century Catholic chapel, gardens, lakeside walk and nature trail. Tire them out first and there's enough for a couple of hours.
Tatton Park (38 miles)
is an impressive historic estate with 1000 acre deerpark also featuring a Mansion, Gardens, Farm and Old Hall. Plus an adventure playground, a playtrail and den-building area, a maze, and this year The Magic of Beatrix Potter event with activities, quizzes, special events and Beatrix Potter characters to meet throughout the estate.
Coventry Cathedral (38 miles)
Climb the tower, visit the Blitz Experience Museum and explore this amazing building with the aid of Welcomers, Guides and Chaplains.
The Runway Visitor Park (39 miles)
The Runway Visitor Park
Take a front row seat to watch the planes take-off, enjoy a plane tour, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde.
Kenilworth Castle (39 miles)
With its impressive Norman keep, John of Gaunt's great hall, and the magnificent buildings raised for Queen Elizabeth I, it is among the largest castle ruins in England. Offers children's audio tours and activity packs to keep them keen.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (39 miles)
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
A visit to the Secret Hills exhibition will reveal some of the stories hidden in the landscape, offers a range of activities, past-times and opportunities for anyone and everyone.
Ludlow Castle (40 miles)
Beautiful ruins, regular events and storytelling folk in costume - who says history can't keep them interested!?
Lunt Roman Fort (40 miles)
Lunt Roman Fort
Come and explore this partially-reconstructed timber fort . Stand on the ramparts, explore the exhibition in the granary and imagine yourself training horses in the gyrus - a feature not found anywhere else in the Roman Empire.
Nottingham Castle (41 miles)
- is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Dewa Roman Experience (42 miles)
Dewa Roman Experience
Step aboard a Roman Galley and sail back in time to revisit the streets of Roman Chester. Explore 3 metre deep archaeological excavations and handle 'dig' discoveries in the 'Finds' room.
Staircase House (42 miles)
Explore domestic history throughout the house, peel back the bedclothes of the four poster bed, sit at the 18th Century dining table, and try your hand at quill pen writing!
Galleries of Justice (42 miles)
Galleries of Justice
- home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham’s old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham’s horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the Galleries of Justice Museum an excellent family friendly attraction & a perfect day out for all ages.
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (42 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children - attached to a working windmill which produces great flour?!
Warwick Castle (43 miles)
Bursting to the towers with tales of treachery and torture, passion and power and above all fascinating people, times and events, Warwick Castle is so much more than simply a castle. There is a full programme of events including birds of prey, jousting and the world's largest trebuchet. 4 new rooms this year!
Ragley Hall (43 miles)
Set in 400 acres of Parkland, Ragley Hall is ideal for fun days out for picnics, play and walks. The Adventure Playground, Maze, Woodland Walk and large picnic area will appeal to kids of all ages. The beautiful Gardens are also open to the public with many hidden treasures the whole family will enjoy. Guided tours of the Ragley Hall staterooms are available most Sundays for added fun.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (43 miles)
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
owns and cares for the five Shakespeare Houses and Gardens in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and offers a wide range of educational opportunities for everyone interested in Shakespeare.
Stratford Armouries (44 miles)
Stratford On Avon
- houses a world-class collection of Arms and Armour from throughout the centuries and across the globe! We are a family friendly visitor attraction situated just outside Stratford-upon-Avon.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (44 miles)
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Complete the activity trail to catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Also close by is Abbeydale Miniature Railway.
Brockhampton Estate (45 miles)
The house is surrounded by a moat which is a big success with any kid to start! Plus follow the nature trail and spot wildlife from the bird-hide, have fun in the natural play area and discover new areas of the estate on their orienteering course!
Berrington Hall (45 miles)
Get creative in their den building area; join a garden, parkland or architecture tour; and explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests!
Manchester United Museum and Tour (46 miles)
Croft Castle and Parkland (46 miles)
Croft Castle and Parkland
Stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort and view 14 of the old counties, go wild in the castle-themed play area (under 11s), explore the miles of woodland trails and visit their new 1920s Saloon and have a tinkle on the ivories.
Speke Hall (48 miles)
Get lost in the new maze, go wild in the woods or conquer the climbing frames in the adventure playground! Visit the Victorians or Talk with the Tudors, free tours take place daily. Discover the history of the families who lived here before taking a break in the new Stable Tea Room.
Croome (49 miles)
Restored to its 18th century beauty, fascinating statues, follies and temples are hidden around every corner of the garden for the kids to discover on the Family Trail. Intrigue older ones with the fact it was a secret wartime air base!
Malvern Hills GeoCentre (51 miles)
Malvern Hills GeoCentre
is the official visitors' centre of the Geopark way. Attractions include interactive iPads and wall maps encouraging kids to learn all about the geology, archaeology, history and water of the Malvern Hills. The Cafe stocks a wide range of local food and drink and has free WiFi and parking.
Glenarm Castle (51 miles)
Features one of Ireland’s oldest walled gardens and a wealth of immaculately landscaped themed counterparts including water features, herb garden, yew circle and much more. Very limited castle opening.
Titanic Belfast (51 miles)
Extends over 9 galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story.
Southwell Minster (52 miles)
with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house, this is a great little stop to get the kids' imaginations going. An excellent audio tour is available.
Boston Castle and Park (53 miles)
Boston Castle and Park
Enjoy a day out at Boston Castle and Park. This family friendly venue has lots to offer for children. Daily activities include a craft activity cart, dressing up, jigsaws and trails.
Eastnor Castle (55 miles)
Fairytale Georgian castle in magical surroundings, with Deer Park, Lake and Arboretum, Children's Adventure Playground and Assault Course, Knight's Maze and Burma Bridge Tree Top Walkway.
Elsecar Heritage Centre (56 miles)
Elsecar Heritage Centre
Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
Everton Stadium Tour (56 miles)
Everton Stadium Tour
Have you ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes at Goodison Park? Now's your chance! Over an hour's exclusive tour of all things Everton.
Belvoir Castle (56 miles)
Now the family home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their family - the castle's splendid interior contains many beautiful treasures from great works of art, to fine furniture and beautiful tapestries. Children can enjoy the delightful Regency Nursery and School Room. Outside the adventure playground, and gardens are ideal for kids to let off steam.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Stafford 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 Staffordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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