Berkeley Castle (13 miles)
is England's oldest inhabited castle and most historic home. Over 24 generations of Berkeley's have transformed a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home full of treasures. Come and learn about murder, intrigue and mysterious events at the castle.
Avebury Stone Circle (20 miles)
Roman Baths and Museum (20 miles)
Roman Baths and Museum
See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements. Excellent children's audioguide tour with some exhibitions.
Blaise Castle and Play Area (22 miles)
Blaise Castle and Play Area
Castle, museum, two age sectioned play areas and some truly beautiful woodland walks, this is a great day out for all age groups.
Sudeley Castle (23 miles)
Great castle adventure playground: family opportunities to relax, run wild (usually just the kids) and experience something completely unique. Visit the tomb of Katherine Parr and take a tour of the Castle. The award winning gardens are also worth a visit.
Clifton Observatory (24 miles)
A natural cave with viewing platforms, unparalleled views over the local scenery and the only formal Camera Obscura in England.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge (24 miles)
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel the bridge provides spectacular views over the pretty Avon Gorge. It's a great place to walk across and see how high you are above the traffic and the river. Feel and see it move with the traffic!
Caldicot Castle (25 miles)
Explore the Castle and its beautiful setting of tranquil gardens and a wooded country park. Lots for kids to do including activity station and activities and workshops throughout the year.
Eastnor Castle (29 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.
Malvern Hills GeoCentre (32 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 (32 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 (32 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.
Croome (32 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!
Clevedon Pier (33 miles)
the only fully intact, Grade 1 listed pier in the country. There are boat trips, fishing, events and an art gallery.
Stonehenge (35 miles)
- stands as a timeless testimony to the people who built it, between 3000BC and 1500BC. An amazing feat of engineering and arguably the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, it remains a mystery.
Wells Cathedral (36 miles)
A 12th Century Early English Gothic Cathedral boasting 296 Medieval groups of structure. One of England's most beautiful cathedrals.
Blenheim Palace (37 miles)
Steeped in inspirational history and surrounded by beautiful parkland and award-winning Formal Gardens, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire offers the perfect day out in 2012. This year there are stunning new visitor facilities to enjoy, as well as a host of superb special events in store.
Abergavenny Castle & Museum (39 miles)
Abergavenny Castle & Museum
Set in the grounds of a 'ruined' Norman Castle, where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer. The museum contains activity Room for children, where there is the opportunity to colour, cut and stick. At certain times they offer workshops led by museum staff.
Oxford Castle Unlocked (39 miles)
Oxford Castle Unlocked
An ancient site of incarceration offering a highly atmospheric history lesson spanning ten centuries, with hands on displays and real life prisoner stories. Quirky costumed tour guides are available every 20 minutes.
The Bodleian Library (39 miles)
The Bodleian Library
Interactive and stimulating tours of the historic university where much of Harry Potter was filmed! Like stepping into their favourite films. Most tours are for 10+ but Family Tours in holidays welcome 5+.
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments (40 miles)
Bates Collection of Musical Instruments
One of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. Has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times.
Ragley Hall (40 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.
Brockhampton Estate (40 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!
Highclere Castle (41 miles)
Victorian Castle experience rich in history, with woodland garden surround, plus Egyptian Exhibition.
Blaenavon Ironworks (41 miles)
A day out and history lesson in one at this Ironworks with cottages furnished to the periods and an exhibition plus the cast house and the foundry, a balance tower and the pay office of the works to view.
Glastonbury Abbey (42 miles)
36 acres of beautiful parkland and history for every visitor to enjoy. Visit what was the largest and richest abbey in England for an amazing experience.
Broughton Castle (43 miles)
A hugely popular and impressive house and grounds, beautifully furnished and lovingly restored, with fascinating historical artifacts throughout. For a full day you enjoy this in conjunction with another local activity, and although they seem child friendly it is definitely only for the calmer kids.
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (44 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.
Techniquest (45 miles)
Purpose built Science Centre and Planetarium providing interactive science experiences making science accessible to everyone.
Cardiff Castle (45 miles)
Let the past come alive when you visit Cardiff Castle. Over the last 2000 years, the Castle has been home to the Romans, Normans and Victorians. Each group left exiting stories of amazing adventures which you can learn all about whilst exploring the spectacular grounds, Norman Keep and Castle Apartments.
Whitchurch Silk Mill (46 miles)
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Silk has been woven here since the 1820/1830s. The Mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Interactive exhibits and hands on opportunities.
Caerphilly Castle (46 miles)
Stretching over a thirty-acre site in the centre of Caerphilly, this imposing Castle is a striking testament to the turbulent times of medieval Wales Exhibitions, medieval weapons - plenty to see and do..
Cosmeston Medieval Village (47 miles)
Cosmeston Medieval Village
Meet the villagers, all dressed in period costume, and experience how they lived. Take a tour, book a party or enjoy one of the special events that take place throughout the year!
Castell Coch (48 miles)
The marquess of Bute’s Gothic fairytale creation at Castell Coch, with its colourful interior and beautiful woodland setting, is a dream visit for your little prince or princess, and will inspire plenty of little adventures.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor (48 miles)
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Step inside this Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645 and with colourful characters to tell you about life in the house and the locale. There are interactive displays and plenty to explore in the house and gardens plus a gift shop and cafe.
Berrington Hall (50 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!
Warwick Castle (51 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!
Rhondda Heritage Park (51 miles)
Rhondda Cynon Taff
Rhondda Heritage Park
- based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Trehafod, is one of the top heritage and cultural visitor attractions in South Wales and provides a fun and interesting day out for individuals, groups, school children and students.
Croft Castle and Parkland (53 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.
Baddesley Clinton (53 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.
Sulgrave Manor (53 miles)
Discover the lives of George Washington's ancestors from the Tudor manor house they built and lived in. Sit in the Tudor Great Hall, take a look around their bedchamber, see a real Elizabethan shoe and take part in one of our child friendly tours. Also includes plenty of secure open spaces to enjoy.
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (53 miles)
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden
An abbey was built here in 1201 and you can still see some of its remains. Have a peek in the dark and atmospheric vaulted Cellarium! The house boasts an impressive art collection and the garden is home to the National Collection of Historic Roses!
Royal Signals Museum (53 miles)
Royal Signals Museum
It is the national museum of Army communications and the exhibits and displays show the part that communications have played in the many wars and campaigns of the last 150 years.
Basing House (54 miles)
A historic adventure recreating the c16th with a museum, gift shop and battle reenactments!
Winchester Cathedral (54 miles)
For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Today, they welcome 300,000 visitors a year to share their worship, explore their heritage and attend their many events.
Kenilworth Castle (55 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.
Ludlow Castle (56 miles)
Beautiful ruins, regular events and storytelling folk in costume - who says history can't keep them interested!?
Winterbourne House and Garden (57 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.
Lunt Roman Fort (58 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Tetbury 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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