Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
Manchester United Museum and Tour
Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people, every year, visit the Museum of this once great team. Young or old, United fan or not, it really is something to savour and tell your friends and family about.
Staircase House (6 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!
The Runway Visitor Park (9 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.
Tatton Park (12 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.
Speke Hall (28 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.
Red House (29 miles)
Historic house offering a peek in to the 19th century middle-class life of a family plus an interactive visitors centre offering an insight into 20th century life in the area. A small play park is next to the House.
Everton Stadium Tour (30 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.
Beeston Castle (31 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.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (32 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.
Emma Bridgewater Factory (33 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.
Sandal Castle (33 miles)
Explore the The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum. Visitors can climb to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley.
Dewa Roman Experience (34 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.
Elsecar Heritage Centre (34 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!
Skipton Castle (34 miles)
Come and explore one of England's most complete medieval castles with over 900 years of turbulent history. Climb to the top of the Watchtower; descend to the dungeon. Picnic areas, licensed tearooms, shop with a notable book section, plant sales. A great day out in any season.
Lytham Hall (35 miles)
Stately hall set in 80 acres of mature country park; trails through the woods; cycling and picnics in the park with plenty of space to play safely; free entry to the country park Monday to Friday.
Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (35 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.
Royal Armouries Leeds (36 miles)
Royal Armouries Leeds
Learn about arms and armour from around the world and during the summer you can watch displays of jousting, falconry and horsemanship. Over 8,500 objects on display in 5 galleries.
Trentham Gardens (36 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.
Boston Castle and Park (37 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.
The Heights of Abraham (38 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!
Temple Newsham (38 miles)
A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farm.
Harewood House (41 miles)
You'll find all sorts of activities here for family fun - the Adventure Playground, exotic species in the Bird Garden, dressing up Below Stairs and craft activities - the big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day! One of the best places to visit for family fun and things to do in West Yorkshire with kids.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens (42 miles)
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Bring the kids along for a great day out at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. With a hands-on resources areas and a great new family-friendly exhibition there is more than enough to keep them occupied.
Conisbrough Castle (42 miles)
Kids love castles, and even though it is mostly ruins, Conisbrough Castle has a 90ft-high great white circular keep with six buttresses is the oldest surving of its type in England. Constructed in 1180AD from local limestone is a compelling and unique sight to behold.
Lancaster Castle (45 miles)
Still a working prison and court, it is still possible to visit this fascinating building by joining one of our popular hour-long guided tours, which usually include the Shire Hall with its collection of heraldry, the old cells and Hadrian's Tower
Ripley Castle (47 miles)
Built in 1345, full of armour, priests' hiding holes and lots of great things to look at including beautiful gardens, deer park and a large tropical plant collection. Special Children's Tours available.
Stafford Castle (48 miles)
The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history; the emphasis is most definitely on information with fun.
Knaresborough Castle (48 miles)
As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with plenty of hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
Elvaston Castle (54 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.
York Dungeon (58 miles)
An intense 70-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history, using theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience! Not for young or nervous kids.
Jorvik Viking Centre (58 miles)
Jorvik Viking Centre
Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions. As you travel around the Viking-Age city of Jorvik aboard our state of the art time capsules you will encounter the Old-Norse-speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience every-day life in JORVIK.
Erasmus Darwin House (58 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.
York Minster (58 miles)
One of the world's most magnificent cathedrals, with foundations rooted in the nation's earliest history. When you have entered the Minster you may be able to join a free guided tour with one of their volunteer Guides
Lichfield Heritage Centre (58 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.
Nottingham Castle (58 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.
Galleries of Justice (59 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 (59 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?!
Bolton Castle (59 miles)
Medieval castle and grounds with a packed programme of daily events plus Trails, Childrens Costumes, Calligraphy, Medieval Games and Traditional Crafts.
Enginuity (60 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!
Southwell Minster (60 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.
Ashby de la Zouch Castle (60 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.
Tamworth Castle (63 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.
Heath Manor House (65 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.
Home Front Experience (67 miles)
Home Front Experience
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of civilian life during the Second World War at this unique indoor attraction.
Richmond Castle (67 miles)
Norman fortress with interactive exhibition, ruins and gardens to explore, family events programme and activity pack available to download before you set off.
The World of Beatrix Potter (67 miles)
The World of Beatrix Potter
- is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 Beatrix Potter enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.
Conwy Suspension Bridge (67 miles)
Conwy Suspension Bridge
See how trade and travel brought Conwy to life and discover how a husband and wife kept Thomas Telford's bridge open every day of the year, whatever the weather.
Aberconwy House (67 miles)
Furnished rooms and an audio-visual presentation show daily life from different periods in its history. Features include ghost stories, children's trail and seasonal events.
Cywain Heritage Centre (69 miles)
Cywain Heritage Centre
A host of indoor and outdoor exhibitions which celebrate rural skills. Also boasts an exciting and adventure packed new play area!
Castle Howard (70 miles)
Have fun exploring 1,000 acres of parkland and gardens; jump on the land-train to the Great Lake for boat trips and our adventure playground; discover more about the amazing history of the house and gardens with school holiday adventure trails and illustrated quiz sheets.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Manchester 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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