Nunwell House and Gardens (3 miles)
Nunwell House and Gardens
Visit the place where the ill-fated King Charles I spent his last night of freedom! A great historical and architectural interest.
Southsea Castle (5 miles)
A magnificent castle over 400 years old! Built by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth it is a sight to be seen!
Spinnaker Tower (5 miles)
A 170 metre tall visitor attraction overlooking historical Portsmouth harbour and the Solent. Of the 2 viewing decks the first is a glass floored number so kids feel they're floating, the second houses the cafe and the third is open air.
Osborne House (5 miles)
Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (5 miles)
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
- is a great day out for all the family! Offering a unique experience which spans 800 years of British Naval history and situated within a working Naval Base, the Historic Dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy past, present and future
Newport Roman Villa (6 miles)
Newport Roman Villa
There are recreated scenes within the superb remains of the villa, and also outside there is a Roman herb garden as it would have been nearly 2000 years ago. A quiz booklet is available free of charge and the education room provides hands on activities including; Roman style clothes to try on, weaving and...
Carisbrooke Castle (7 miles)
a great place for children to explore with its towering keep to climb and battlements to march, there's lots to spark the imagination.
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum (7 miles)
Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum
'Set in 10 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book.'
Fort Nelson (9 miles)
History from all ages and all over the globe brought vividly to life with an array of fun and exciting activities for all ages.
Newton Old Town Hall (11 miles)
Newton Old Town Hall
Visit the mysterious little building that reveals the interesting and surprising historical importance of Newton.
Beaulieu (14 miles)
In the heart of the New Forest this great family day out has something for everyone from motoring to heritage and history to rides. 250 vehicles in the motor museum, living history in Palace house and unlimited rides on the monorail and bus make a day for the whole family.
Yarmouth Castle (15 miles)
The remains of a C16th coastal fort as well as a wonderful picnic spot, historic Yarmouth exhibition and a C16th shipwreck.
Fort Victoria (16 miles)
Comprising a Marine Aquarium, a Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a Planetarium and a Model Railway. Plus seashore and woodland walks.
Tudor House and Garden (16 miles)
Tudor House and Garden
Gives a unique and atmospheric insight into the lives and times of both its residents through the years, and of Southampton itself. It appeals to visitors of all ages and interests, who find the family-friendly activities, interactive technology and fascinating displays a winning combination.
Fishbourne Roman Palace (17 miles)
Fishbourne Roman Palace
The story of the Palace's modern rediscovery is told in an entertaining audio-visual programme and also in the site museum, with the addition of fascinating artefacts from the excavations along with plans, reconstruction drawings and models. Family events days sometimes held.
Sustainability Centre (17 miles)
Award winning centre offering holistic education into environmentalism through interactive mediums and activities, plus a huge selection of parent child day classes including woodland sleepovers.
South Downs Planetarium Science Centre (18 miles)
South Downs Planetarium Science Centre
Purpose built 100-seat Star Theatre, with planetarium projector and dome and many features. Enjoyable and informative, it'll be space space space til bedtime!
The Novium (18 miles)
is a district museum built around the remains of a Roman bath house. Interactive hands-on displays help reveal the local stories from the past
The Needles Old Battery (18 miles)
The Needles Old Battery
- overlooks the famous Needles rocks and lighthouse. Built in 1862 following the threat of a French invasion, the Old Battery has a fascinating military history. The Needles New Battery contains an exhibition about the secret rocket tests carried out there in the 1950s and 60s as part of Britainâs race...
Needles Park Sand Cliffs (18 miles)
Needles Park Sand Cliffs
Visit to view these jagged chalk stacks and lighthouse, the unique multi coloured sand cliffs and enjoy the Park's facilities, including the spectacular chairlift.
The Eling Experience (19 miles)
The Eling Experience
Learn about tidal powered milling, site in an air raid shelter with sound effects, pirate play ship and picnic areas, plus historical and ecological walks.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (21 miles)
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
The open air museum covers 50 acres, with nearly 50 original historic buildings dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, along with gardens, farm animals, walks and a lake. These help the museum bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years. Special children's activities...
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (23 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!
Winchester Cathedral (24 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.
Look and Sea Visitor Centre (28 miles)
Look and Sea Visitor Centre
Focused on the history of the river, harbour and seaside of Littlehampton, there are many interactive exhibits for children and adults alike.
Arundel Castle (28 miles)
There is nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel.
Whitchurch Silk Mill (35 miles)
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Silk has been woven here since the 1820 to 1830s. The Mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Interactive exhibits and hands on opportunities.
Rural Life Centre (35 miles)
Rural Life Centre
Comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in realistic individual settings.
Mompesson House (36 miles)
Featured in the award-winning film Sense and Sensibility, the sumptuous setting is home to a variety of collections including 18th century drinking glasses. There is a children's guide available at reception and sculpture gardens to explore.
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum (36 miles)
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum
Free museum and interactive trail to experience the heritage and environment of the area. Access to Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb garden late May to December
Odiham Castle (38 miles)
One of King John's three strongholds, recently restored and open for visitors.
Basing House (38 miles)
A historic adventure recreating the c16th with a museum, gift shop and battle reenactments!
Corfe Castle (40 miles)
Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays.
Aldershot Military Museum (41 miles)
Aldershot Military Museum
150 years of British army history housed in a Victorian barracks, this museum tells the story of both soldier and civilian since 1854.
Highclere Castle (42 miles)
Victorian Castle experience rich in history, with woodland garden surround, plus Egyptian Exhibition.
Stonehenge (43 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. Fantastic new visitor centre!
Dapdune Wharf (44 miles)
Explore a Wey Barge, go pond dipping, have a picnic or take a ride on an electric launch along the tranquil waterway through the heart of Surrey. Also has an award winning visitor centre.
Booth Museum of Natural History (45 miles)
Booth Museum of Natural History
Get really hands-on with natural history in the interactive Discovery gallery and at the many events and activities for families and children.
Old Wardour Castle (46 miles)
Old Wardour Castle
Explore the set of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves via self guided audio tour, with enchanting grotto and circular staircases, plus play and picnic space outside.
Jill Windmill (46 miles)
A working windmill, built in 1821, located in the South Downs National Park. Jill grinds flour when wind permits.
Most suited to children over 7 years old.
Recommended as PART of your full day out.
Clandon Park (46 miles)
A fairly rare Palladian mansion open to tours with a breathtaking Marble Hall, also boasting within the grounds the only historic Maori meeting house in the UK. The natural play area and children's trails inside and out help keep kids' attention.
Athelhampton House and Gardens (51 miles)
Lewes Castle (52 miles)
Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. Next door, in barbican house museum, you'll be able to learn more about the history of the area through interactive and static displays.
Newhaven Fort (53 miles)
offers an exciting and varied day out at this award winning attraction. The massive walls, ramparts, tunnels and gun emplacements all fire the imagination and help visitors experience what life was like living in a Victorian Fortress, as well as understanding and learning about the First and Second World Wars.
Outwood Windmill (56 miles)
is the oldest windmill in Britain which is still working. The windmill has limited opening availability. The windmill is surrounded by National Trust common land and woods, where nature walks and picnics can be enjoyed.
Silbury Hill (56 miles)
Known as the English pyramid, this is the world's largest man made chalk deposit which does indeed rival the height of the pyramids. No access to hill itself but nice as a stop off if passing.
Avebury Stone Circle (57 miles)
Nothe Fort (57 miles)
A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
Windsor Castle (57 miles)
The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. Free family audio tour introduces you to the many magical characters who live at Windsor Castle!
Portland Castle (58 miles)
The history of this fortress, which overlooks Portland harbour, is diverse and fascinating.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Historical and Educational Attractions near Ryde 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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