Brecon Mountain Railway (3 miles)
Brecon Mountain Railway
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the National Park from one of Wales' most popular railways, plus enjoy the new childrens play area at Pontsticill.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (13 miles)
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway
Trains head north to the Whistle Inn, south to Blaenavon High Level Station (which is only a short walk from Blaenavon town centre) as well as to Big Pit Halt, which is adjacent to the Big Pit Mining Museum.
Beacon Park Boats (15 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!
Gower Coast Adventures (29 miles)
Gower Coast Adventures
Their aim is to provide a breathtaking, interactive tour of the South Gower Coast, to watch birds, porpoises, seals and even occasionally dolphins at play in their natural habitat.
Kingfisher River Cruises (32 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.
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure (33 miles)
Perrygrove Railway and Treetop Adventure
The steam train for all ages- and all weathers! 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.
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway (36 miles)
Broomy Hill Miniature Railway
Extensive Miniature Railway in 3 1/2, 5 and 7 1/4 inch gauges. Picnic areas and the clubhouse's hands on railway help keep kids interested.
West Somerset Railway (38 miles)
West Somerset Railway
Great steam railway running 10 stations and 20 miles through the Somerset countryside, always a great family day out with the kids.
Brunels SS Great Britain (39 miles)
Brunels SS Great Britain
Step back in time when you board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass ‘sea’ to discover the world’s first great ocean liner.
Bristol Packet Boat Rides (39 miles)
Bristol Packet Boat Rides
Cruise around Bristol's historic harbour and on the Avon from Avonmouth to Bath, stopping at waterside pubs and tea gardens with entertaining commentary.
Blue Anchor Railway Museum (39 miles)
Bristol Ferry Boat Co (40 miles)
Bristol Ferry Boat Co
Family friendly boat trips, many varying themes and lengths so suitable for all age groups if you choose wisely.
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust (41 miles)
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
The Museum Contains relics from the former Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway which ran from Bath to Bournemouth with branchlines to Highbridge, Burnham on Sea, Wells and Bridgwater. All finally closing in 1966.
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (41 miles)
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
No family trip to the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth would be complete without a trip on the world famous Cliff Railway: the best and most exciting way to travel between these two historic towns. It will be one of the highlights of the day!
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway (44 miles)
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway
Once one of the world's most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways. An initial mile has so far been reopened within Exmoor at Woody Bay Station.
The railway has fast become one of the top must-see attractions of North Devon and Exmoor, and definitely has something to offer for all the family!
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway (45 miles)
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway
This remarkable funicular railway is the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country.
Avon Valley Railway (45 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 (46 miles)
New Quay Boat Trips (53 miles)
New Quay Boat Trips
Take a trip along the beautiful Ceredigion Coast in one of theri passanger boats. You may get close to the local wildlife, dolphins, seals, porpoises and more.
The Vale of Rheidol Railway (55 miles)
East Somerset Railway (55 miles)
East Somerset Railway
(ESR) is an ex-Great Western Railway branch line running through the Mendip hills near Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. Steam trains run April - October and December with Santa Specials, with a 5-mile round trip. We have volunteer staff who are very knowledgeable and will give you all the help you need and answers to any question you may have.
Devon Railway Centre (62 miles)
Devon Railway Centre
offers a unique interactive fun rail experience with unlimited train rides around the centre and opportunities for you to become involved! Children can even clip the tickets and wave the flag to start the trains.
Severn Valley Railway (63 miles)
Severn Valley Railway
Historic rural railway line run with plenty for train enthusiasts to see and do. PLEASE NOTE that you may join the line from several stations, not just the one marked here as the address.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (64 miles)
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
The GWR is a 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. In addition to a scheduled service, GWR hosts a number of galas and enthusiast events throughout the year, including popular Santa Specials.
Talyllyn Railway (65 miles)
A historic narrow-gauge steam railway whose line passes a set of waterfalls, at which you can often disembark and explore before catching the train back again.
Coalyard Miniature Railway (65 miles)
Corris Railway (66 miles)
This was the first narrow Gauge railway in Mid-Wales, built in 1859. The round trip takes 50 minutes, including a guided tour of the 133-year old engine shed and workshops at Maespoeth.
Yeovil Railway Centre (66 miles)
Yeovil Railway Centre
Steam hauled train rides, a minature railway, vistor centre/museum and much more! A great visit for train enthusiasts and the like.
Evesham Vale Light Railway (67 miles)
Evesham Vale Light Railway
is a narrow gauge steam railway running regular passenger trains every weekend and main school holidays throughout the year.
Gartell Light Railway (67 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.
Swindon and Cricklade Steam Railway (68 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!!!
Avonvale MES Miniature Railway (70 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.
Fairbourne Steam Railway (71 miles)
Fairbourne Steam Railway
Pleasant short train ride which can connect with a ferry trip. There are also a play park and an amusement park nearby.
Cotswold River Cruise (72 miles)
Lechlade on Thames
Cotswold River Cruise
Private and public hire cruise boats offering different sizes and services for every occasion. Self drive hire facilities also available. Pre booking essential.
Telford Steam Railway (74 miles)
Telford Steam Railway
A classic and quite delightful working Steam Railway: at 1 in 39 one of the steepest railways in preservation.
Seaton Tramway (74 miles)
A fun day out for all the family. Ride on one of our trams and take a step back in time. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in Devon.
Beer Heights Light Railway (74 miles)
Beer Heights Light Railway
Considered by many the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain, the route includes bridges, extensive sidings, one impressively steeply graded, set in the hillside above Wildway Park with wonderful views over Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway (74 miles)
Pecorama Indoor Model Railway
The Exhibition hall displays wonderfully detailed layouts in many gauges of track, with push button controls enabling children to operate the trains. In the Gardens, the 7 and a 1/4 inch narrow gauge passenger-carrying line, powered by a fleet of miniature steam and diesel locomotives, winds its mile-long way through tunnels
Greenmeadow Community Farm (16 miles)
Greenmeadow Community Farm
The farm has a wide variety of animals including sheep, goats, cattle, tortoises, deer and chickens. Visitors can see the cows being milked and enjoy a tractor & trailer ride. There are learning materials available for school children. There is also tractor an adventure playground and an interactive play area where you can have a go at milking a life-size demo cow!
Cefn Mably Farm Park (18 miles)
Cefn Mably Farm Park
is a huge, 20,000 sq ft all weather family farm attraction and soft play in one. Set in rolling countryside in between Cardiff and Newport, we offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas: the ideal place for action packed days out with the kids, birthday parties, schools, and groups. The park is designed for families with toddlers to teens.
Warren Mill Farm (19 miles)
Warren Mill Farm
They have a large selection of animals ranging from: Tiny Guinea Pigs, Miniature Cattle, Rabbits, Rare Breeds Of Sheep, Ponies, Llamas, Alpacas, Wallabies, Red Squirrels, and lots more. Also a fishery.
Hendrewennol Fruit Garden (20 miles)
Amelia Trust Farm (22 miles)
Amelia Trust Farm
The many friendly farm animals are accessible to the public all year round, either in the Animal Centre during the cold winter months, or out in the special paddocks during the rest of the year.
Gigrin Farm (38 miles)
The Red Kite Feeding Station. Wild Red Kites are fed at Gigrin Farm
every day of the year. With breathtaking feats of aerial piracy red kites compete with buzzards and ravens for choice pickings.
Feeding takes place at 2pm GMT, 3pm in summer & 2pm winter
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
A grand castellated mansion set in beautiful parkland, Cyfarthfa Castle is now a free museum housing a large collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyrs history.
Big Pit National Mining Museum (12 miles)
Big Pit National Mining Museum
World-famous underground tour, go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. Plus new multi-media tours and exhibitions.
Big Pit National Coal Museum (12 miles)
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Prepare to be lowered 300 feet down the mineshaft for our famous underground tour with a real miner! Wear the same equipment (helmet, cap lamp, battery) and see what life was like for thousands of men and boys who worked at the coalface.
South Wales Miners Museum (16 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
South Wales Miners Museum
Children can experience the dark room where there is no natural light, emulating the conditions underground. Cap lamps and helmets can be tried on and your imagination can enhance your experience of a time now very distant. This is a must see attraction in Afan Forest Park.
St Fagans National History Museum (19 miles)
St Fagans National History Museum
One of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and offers traditional crafts, native livestock and exhibitions.
Museum of Welsh Life (19 miles)
Museum of Welsh Life
One of Europe's biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Wales' journey from rural tradition to industrial powerhouse is traced throughout extensive galleries and 100 acres of beautiful parkland.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Merthyr Tydfil 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 South Wales can enjoy the great day out as well.
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