Manchester City FC Experience (2 miles)
Manchester City FC Experience
combines the rich sporting history of Manchester City Football Club with a 90 minute tour of the awe inspiring City of Manchester Stadium.
Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
Manchester United Museum and Tour
Manchester United Museum and Tour - Come and see for yourself why more than 200,000 people visit the Museum every year! Young or old, United fan or not, it really is something to savour and tell your friends and family about.
Air Raid Shelters (6 miles)
Air Raid Shelters
First-hand experience of daily life in 1940s, war-torn Britain. A labyrinth of tunnels under part of the town centre provided shelter - and a way of life - for Stockport and Manchester families through the dark days of the Blitz.
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!
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.
Speedwell Cavern (21 miles)
Speedwell Cavern – an incredible underground journey by boat! Descend 105 steps to an underground canal. Take a boat trip to visit the cathedral like cavern and see the “Bottomless Pit” – a huge subterranean lake. Great idea if you're looking for family days out in Derbyshire.
Poole's Cavern (21 miles)
found deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years.
Treak Cliff Cavern (21 miles)
Treak Cliff Cavern
- an underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home to Blue John Stone. The tour takes you to see Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork". Events include an Easter Egg Hunt and at Christmas "Carols by Candlelight"
Blue-John Cavern and Mine (21 miles)
Blue-John Cavern and Mine
The Blue John Cavern is steeped in history and old mining equipment is on view inside the cavern. Guided tours are conducted through the cave system at short regular intervals. Each tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour during which time a series of magnificent natural water-worn caverns are seen.
Peak Cavern (22 miles)
The spectacular entrance is the largest to any cave in Britain. See rope making, the remains of an underground village and find out why it is called "The Devil's Arse"! Guided tours suitable for all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
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.
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.
Williamson Tunnels (30 miles)
- provides an insight into the fascinating underground world created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th Century. Take a guided tour through a section of the network of tunnels and view exhibitions which depict the life and times of one of Liverpool's most eccentric characters.
Queensway Tunnel Tour (31 miles)
Queensway Tunnel Tour
Witness an engineering masterpiece first hand on this tour which takes you for a unique behind the scenes look at the Tunnel, including the control room. For kids over 10 years only, and who don't mind the idea of being deep underground!
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.
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)
Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder. The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum, located on Wood St, Wakefield. The castle grounds are open from dawn until dusk every day.
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.
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker (34 miles)
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Discover the secret world of nuclear government For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town.
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.
Trentham Gardens (36 miles)
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.
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 Mine (38 miles)
Discover for yourself the network of tunnels that exist under your feet and wonder at the crystals glistening in the walls.
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 - Adventure Playground, Bird Garden, Geopod interactive indoor play area - the big problem will be trying to fit it all into one day. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best 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)
Lancaster Castle - 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
Creswell Crags (46 miles)
is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Great idea for family days out in Nottinghamshire.
Hawkstone Park Follies (47 miles)
Hawkstone Park Follies
Highlights include Grotto Hill, where you can explore a pitch-dark labyrinth of ancient mines cut into the cliff; the Swiss Bridge, a rustic wooden structure perched over an unnervingly deep chasm; the Cleft, a path winding between two cliffs which narrows into a dark, creepy tunnel; and the Monument, a 100ft high column which can be climbed to enjoy panoramic views of up to 13 counties!
Ripley Castle (47 miles)
Ripley castle, built in 1345, is full of armour, priests hiding holes and lots of great histrorical things to look at. There are also beautiful gardens and a deer park which the smalls will love - and a large tropical plant collection.
Stafford Castle (48 miles)
The Centre brings Stafford Castle to life. The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history; the emphasis is most definitely on information with fun.
Mother Shiptons Cave (48 miles)
Mother Shiptons Cave
The Cave and the famous Petrifying Well
form part of a mile long wooded riverside park. Beautiful riverside walk with 4 scenic picnic areas and two adventure playgrounds. There is a museum with live size figures and petrified object display.
Gift shop and cafe serving everything you need for a picnic
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.
Shrewsbury Castle (57 miles)
The Castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day. Special events take place throughout the year.
York Dungeon (58 miles)
- not for all children as set in dark, musty, atmospheric cellars and featuring life-size tableaux of Dark Age deaths, medieval punishments and persecution/torture of heretics. Saying that some would love it!! Great place to take the mother-in-law.
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.
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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