Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway (3 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!!!
Cotswold River Cruise (9 miles)
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold River Cruise
Travel the river Thames from the gateway to the Cotswolds, on “Adventuress”, a fully enclosed canal style wide beam passenger boat. Group outings and half day cruises available. They also cater for private charter trips, including parties and family celebrations.
Kennet Horse Boat Company (18 miles)
Kennet Horse Boat Company
Leave modern life behind and experience the leisurely travel of yesteryear along one of England’s finest canals. Open between Easter and September. Public trips and self drive day hire options available.
Didcot Railway Centre (22 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.
Oxford River Cruises (25 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 lifeâÂÂs pleasures can be enjoyed to their utmost. Great idea for a family day out in Oxfordshire.
Magdalen Bridge Row Boats (25 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 (26 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.
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway (27 miles)
Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
A preserved former Great Western Railway branchline that links the national railway network at Cholsey with Wallingford. Trains run on selected weekends and bank holidays, often steam hauled.
Bath Boating Station (28 miles)
Bath Boating Station
Rowing, punting and canoeing on the delightful River Avon. Keep an eye out for kingfishers and otters! And don't forget there are options to share the rowing so start beefing up the kids!
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (30 miles)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Fantastic 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.
Avon Valley Railway (32 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 (33 miles)
Strawberry Line Miniature Railway
5 inch gauge railway attraction includes a Tunnel, Motive Power Depot, Carriage Sheds, Turntable and Automatic Signalling System. Located in Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Open from April to the beginning of November.
Bristol Ferry Boat Co (37 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 wings... Look...
The Handsam Boat Company (37 miles)
The Handsam Boat Company
Offering jaunts down the River Avon either by guided covered group tour, private hire motor boat or a family sized row boat. Departing from the award winning Abbey Park.
The Matthew of Bristol (37 miles)
The Matthew of Bristol
A replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497, The Matthew is available to visit in the Bristol Floating Harbour and you can take a trip out on her as well.
Bristol Packet Boat Rides (37 miles)
Bristol Packet Boat Rides
A wonderful selection of differing cruises, ranging from a quick trip around the floating harbour to a full excursion under the Clifton Bridge, through Avon Gorge and down the Bristol Channel!
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway (38 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway (39 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway
- is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation (39 miles)
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on. Possibly best indulged on the same day as other attractions for a FULL day out.
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure (39 miles)
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure
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 (41 miles)
East Somerset Railway
is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April through October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5 mile round trip.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre (41 miles)
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
is a working steam museum where you can step back in time to the steam age. On steaming open days visitors can ride in vintage carriages pulled by a full sized steam engine and on our extensive miniature railway.
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line (42 miles)
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
Experience the golden age of steam travel and let off steam as you travel through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside at this living history steam railway! Special events for families throughout the year.
Kingfisher River Cruises (42 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.
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway (43 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.
Avon Boating (43 miles)
Stratford Upon Avon
Varied multi season boat hire for families, from pedals to gondolas and plenty more.
Pinewood Miniature Railway (43 miles)
Pinewood Miniature Railway
The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (46 miles)
Silverstone (47 miles)
Visit the home of British Motor Racing, built on the site of World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone. Guided tours available. Events held throught the year. Camping available.
Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway (48 miles)
Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway
The main circuit is multi gauge, ground level and caters for 3 and a half, 5 and 7 and a quarter inch gauge. It is approximately 1km long and is used to give rides to the public on the first Sunday of each month between March and November.
Gartell Light Railway (49 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.
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre (49 miles)
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre
Information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area, childrens play area and starting point for John Cale Canal cruises and exploring the Basingstoke Canal.
The Race Hut (50 miles)
The Race Hut
is a Race Car simulation venue with 16 professional simulators. You can race the whole family in these amazingly realistic simulators in a wide selection or race cars and circuits from around the world. So take on your family and friends and show off your driving skills!
Salters Steamers (50 miles)
As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.
Windsor Duck Tours (50 miles)
Windsor Duck Tours
It’s Time for Splash Down in our New Amphibious Vehicle: Fun Tours of Windsor by Road then with a Splash on The River Thames! Live guides include information on Windsor Castle, The Great Park and other sights around Windsor. Suits Groups, Families, Children of All ages.
Mizens Railway (52 miles)
All aboard for a kid sized retro day out with a number of locomotives, including a few steam engines! This passenger carrying miniature railway with station, depot and picnic area will leave your trainspotters chuffed!
Leighton Buzzard Railway (53 miles)
Leighton Buzzard Railway
A heritage steam railway and working museum, we offer a relaxing 70 minute return train ride, hauled in most cases by a historic steam locomotive. Discover our own fascinating history, dating back to the dark days of the First World War, and experience the vanished world of narrow-gauge light railways.
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway (53 miles)
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway
Ride extensive twin track Miniature Railway supporting all gauges and boasting a fleet of cute miniature locomotives! Broomy Hill Station has a great hands on railway for the kids to play with and a museum too. All you've got to do is catch it open!
Great Cockcrow Railway (55 miles)
Great Cockcrow Railway
Take a trip behind one of our 7 1/4 scale steam engines through woods, over bridges, through a tunnel and perhaps even through the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A choice of two routes, why not do both?
Hollycombe (55 miles)
Hollycombe gives you the fun of the fair and much more with Steam Powered Edwardian fairground rides, railways, traction engines, farm and more with Listed woodland gardens alongside.
Often described as a favourite three generation visit - grandparents, parents and children can all have fun!
Midland Air Museum (57 miles)
Midland Air Museum
Exhibits range from the magnificent Avro Vulcan bomber through more than 30 other historic aircraft, both civil and military, aero engines and other artefacts, to a wide range of memorabilia. A good family day out for if your smalls like vehicles of any description!
The Ruislip Lido Railway (57 miles)
The Ruislip Lido Railway
A charming 12 inch gauge railway, which runs through the woodlands skirting the lake, from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Ruislip Lido. All locomotives are wheelchair, pushchair, and buggy friendly.
Littledown Miniature Railway (57 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.
Beacon Park Boats (57 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!
Yeovil Railway Centre (58 miles)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Steam and diesel railway centre with visitor centre (and museum). Regular events where steam train rides and miniature railway rides are available and the turntable is demonstrated. Traditional family fun.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (59 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station and to Big Pit Halt, by the Big Pit Mining Museum. The serene day out you should choo-choo-choose!
Bournemouth Eye (59 miles)
Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
Coventry Transport Museum (59 miles)
Coventry Transport Museum
The largest collection of British Road Transport in the world with over 230 cars and commercial vehicles, 250 cycles and 100 motorcycles. Fun for all the family!
Stansted Park Light Railway (60 miles)
Stansted Park Light Railway
A lovely 7 and a quarter inch gauge miniature railway that runs 850 yards through parkland and forest past a girder bridge and a picturesque little station. Set in the grounds of Stansted Park.
Stanton Park (2 miles)
A local nature reserve and country park with a large lake and extensive woodland. A fairly wild sort place with natural features only, but a wonderful environment to explore, and free!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Swindon 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 Wiltshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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