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Manchester United Museum and Tour (3 miles)
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, explore real planes, take home a souvenir and round the day off with a guided tour of BA's flagship Concorde!
Smithills Hall (12 miles)
There are fine examples of historic architecture from Medieval, Tudor and Victorian features including the medieval Great Hall, Solar Room and Library. Set in charming formal gardens next to the West Pennine Moors so a nice educational stop mid hike!
Tatton Park (12 miles)
Impressive historic estate with 1,000 acre deer park, featuring a Mansion, Gardens, Farm, and Old Hall to discover. There is also an adventure playground, a maze, and a number of trails to follow.
Walton Hall and Gardens (17 miles)
Walton Hall and Gardens
Amazingly all free, you can access crazy golf, a land train, the playground, pitch n putt, trampolines and a smashing little children's zoo with all manner of lovely beasties and birdies. What a brilliant bargain for just the cost of parking!
Hoghton Tower (22 miles)
is a castle. Join a tour around the house and learn about the Knighting of the Loin and other tales including ghostly ones! There are dungeons, a witch’s kitchen, a dolls house collection, walled gardens with turrets and ramparts. Perfect for knights and princesses.
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
No tours running presently due to major refurbishment. Open again later this year. Exciting!
Beeston Castle (31 miles)
also known as The Castle Of The Rock. Climb to the top of this impressive crag with incredible views over 8 counties, from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains!
Chatsworth House (32 miles)
Grand house, splendid gardens and a working farm, all of which can be explored with a variety of buggy and trailer tours showing you the highlights of grounds and helping you get around! Loads of animal handling activities and more!
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (32 miles)
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Families can get hands on with history in their new interactive galleries: All About Abbeydale and The Works! Plus a wide range of fun crafts and skills activities at events throughout the year.
Sandal Castle (33 miles)
Explore the ruins of a 13th century motte and bailey castle that has been extensively excavaated, with finds on display at the Visitor Centre. Tours available at 2pm each day, but booking is recommended during busy periods.
Chester Cathedral (34 miles)
A cathedral with a fascinating and rich heritage that has welcomed visitors for almost a 1000 years! Beautiful windows, artwork and mosaics to see. Free to visit but a charge for the guided tour.
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 hands-on room: goodus funnus!
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!
Sheffield Manor Lodge (34 miles)
Sheffield Manor Lodge
Discover over 600 years of history by exploring the Tudor ruins located in the once Great Sheffield Deer Park, see the animals on our working farm and find out what life was like on the eve of the Sheffield Blitz.
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 78 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 2,500 objects on display in 6 galleries plus Jester Yard play area and crossbow shooting gallery!
Trentham Gardens (36 miles)
Stoke on Trent
is an award winning gardens and the perfect place to spend the day with the kids. Tackle the adventure playground, get lost in the maze, tantalise your toes on the barefoot walk and search for fairies on the fairy trail!
Boston Castle and Park (37 miles)
Boston Castle and Park
Explore the castle and catch some smashing views from the rooftop viewing platform, then picnic in the gardens and play in the park. Best timed to coincide with one of their seasonal events and activities!
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!
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills (38 miles)
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills
Experience the atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill. Self guided and fully guided tours available, plus half day experiences. Full of authentic working textile machinery and the largest bobbin collection in the world!
Temple Newsam (38 miles)
A magnificent Tudor Jacobean mansion set in 1500 acres of scenic parkland, mysterious woodland and one of Europe's largest working Rare Breeds Farms.
Madame Tussauds Blackpool (40 miles)
Madame Tussauds Blackpool
Prepare to be starstruck as you meet a variety of celebrity wax figures from royalty to singers and sports stars. You will be amazed at these realistic models. Free phone app available to enhance your visit.
Blackpool Tower Dungeon (40 miles)
Blackpool Tower Dungeon
With 10 live shows and 60 minutes of laughter, screaming, theatre, jokes, history, rides, special effects and a maze. Not for the fainthearted, but everyone else will love it! For over 8s.
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...
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. CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT until April 2014.
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
The Vulcan Experience (46 miles)
The Vulcan Experience
A chance to see one of the most iconic aircraft ever built. Public and VIP tours led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. An enjoyable visit for all the family.
Kedleston Hall (47 miles)
There are an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings to explore, including the treasures in the Eastern Museum. Enjoy the grounds with your hounds or take the smalls to look at the flowers, but it's all exploration no play: fair warning!
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 too!
Stafford Castle (48 miles)
The interior is designed to encourage a 'hands-on' approach to history: interactive elements include coin minting, brass rubbing and getting to grips with arms, armor and period dress up!
Knaresborough Castle (48 miles)
As well as visiting this Castle and Museum with several hands-on activities and trails, enjoy the Castle Grounds with a game of Putting or Bowls!
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre (50 miles)
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre
An exciting and unique family day out at a World Heritage Site that provides one of the best ways to view the expansive valley surrounding the river Dee. Walk along the top, which is a dazzling height of 125ft (38.1m)!
Newstead Abbey (52 miles)
A beautiful and historic house, surrounded by a number of stunning gardens and parkland. Water features, Tree Trail to follow, plus ducks, swans and peacocks to befriend. Once home to Lord Byron. Dogs on leads welcome in the grounds.
Leighton Hall (52 miles)
is a place where the whole family can relax. House Tour, Falconry Demonstrations, Tea rooms. Children’s favourites: sandpit dig, caterpillar maze, tree faces and dens in the garden. In August there is a free teddy bear hunt too!
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station (52 miles)
Burton on Trent
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
Historic Victorian industrial building with many rare original engines and boilers. Children’s trail to follow, plus a Visitor Centre and mini museum to explore. Steaming Days held throughout the year.
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.
Papplewick Pumping Station (55 miles)
Papplewick Pumping Station
A surprisingly beautiful and fascinating Victorian Pumping Station, that is still operational on ‘steam days’. Learn how it supplied Nottingham with water during the early 1880s. Surrounded by a lovely garden with a lake.
The Holocaust Centre (57 miles)
The Holocaust Centre
A centre that allows people from all backgrounds to explore the history and implications of the Holocaust. The small but significant collection is designed to tell the stories of those affected and ensure their experiences are not lost.
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
PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent flood damage, JORVIK Viking Centre is closed until further notice.
Take hold of the past and explore the excavations which first unearthed the Viking-age city in our brand new exhibitions.
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...
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
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection (58 miles)
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection
Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
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
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 Greater Manchester can enjoy the great day out as well.
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