Nunwell House and Gardens (3 miles)
Nunwell House and Gardens
Visit the ill fated, historic house where King Charles I spent his last night of freedom! Beautiful place full of architectural and historic interest. 5 acres of lovely gardens to explore, with rose garden, Long Walk, lily pond, and more!
Brading Roman Villa (4 miles)
Brading Roman Villa
Get an insight into Roman life in this great museum and Visitor centre with a large collection of Roman archaelogy.
Southsea Castle (5 miles)
A magnificent castle, designed by Henry VIII to protect Portsmouth. Fascinating facts to discover, a range of cannons to see, and an underground tunnel around the moat to explore! Free to visit.
Bembridge Lifeboat Station (5 miles)
Bembridge Lifeboat Station
Learn about the all weather lifeboat in this impressive station with kids' dress up and educational displays. Meet the crew and find out about the RNLI. Rockpools and beach nearby too!
Little Woodham Living History Village (5 miles)
Little Woodham Living History Village
Learn about rural life when you journey into the past in this 17th century village experience. A rare chance to experience the past in a natural setting.
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
One of the UK's oldest watermills surrounded by family fun: 18 holes of putting golf and a croquet lawn, cool new Clay Play zone, punt and pedal hire on the stream, plus museums, camping, special events and a cluster of themed rural museums. Loads!
Fort Nelson (9 miles)
Imposing Victorian fort housing the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery with over 350 big guns to see, plus exciting displays! Great place to explore and free to visit!
Newton Old Town Hall (11 miles)
Newton Old Town Hall
A Town Hall without a town! Visit the mysterious little building that reveals the interesting and surprising historical importance of Newton. Regular art and photography exhibitions held here too. Children’s quiz and trail available.
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC (12 miles)
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC
Fossil exhibition centre plus guided fossil hunting trips for kids, letting the small ones set the pace and keep what they find.
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. Over 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 Tudor coastal fort, and a wonderful picnic spot, with historic Yarmouth exhibition and a 16th century shipwreck. Climb the battlements for amazing views over the Solent.
Stansted Park (15 miles)
a beautiful stately home with tons of parkland to explore! Visit the maze, play area and mini railway or come to the house to find out about what life was like for the people that lived here long ago.
Fort Victoria (16 miles)
Comprising a Marine Aquarium and Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a cool 360 Planetarium and a huge Model Railway, plus seashore and woodland walks, you can fill a whole day with fascinating fun right here.
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
What kid won't love the story of a buried palace discovered by accident? With audio visual displays, excavated treasures, the UK's largest collection of Roman mosaics and an authentic Roman Garden, this is one to explore ad arbitrium!
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 educational with excellent disabled access, plus library, workshop and image galleries.
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, sit in an air raid shelter with sound effects, play on a pirate ship playground with picnic areas, plus nature walks and free Smugglers info sheet!
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum (22 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...
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.
Winchester Castle and Great Hall (25 miles)
Winchester Castle and Great Hall
The remains of an historic castle with the round table said to be used by the legendary King Arthur! Free to visit. Events for kids are held during the school holidays.
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden (27 miles)
Mottisfont Abbey and Garden
Romantic house converted from a medieval Augustinian priory that is full of surprises, plus beautiful grounds to discover. Fun Trails for the kids to make the most of their visit. Great all year arts and events programme.
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.
Bignor Roman Villa (28 miles)
Bignor Roman Villa
The remains of a Roman villa, set in the centre of South Downs National Park. Home to some of the best preserved mosaics in England.
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.
High Salvington Windmill (34 miles)
High Salvington Windmill
A working post mill dating from the early 18th century, which still produces and sells flour. Children can visit for free.
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.
Salisbury Cathedral (36 miles)
Visit one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain, which has the tallest spire in England! Holds the world’s best preserved copy of the Magna Carta and a medieval clock. Tower tours available.
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
Basing House (38 miles)
Nationally important historical site with some amazing stories to uncover. Visitor centre, museum, house, and great barn to explore, plus stately walled garden. Models, audiovisuals, and displays take you on an historic adventure! Open between March and October.
Odiham Castle (38 miles)
One of King John's three strongholds, recently restored and open for visitors.
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)
With an award winning visitor centre, children's trail and quiz, scenic local walks and ways to extend your day in every direction! Best in summer for the damsels and dragonflies.
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.
Preston Manor (45 miles)
Pleasingly authentic Edwardian mansion to explore with over 20 rooms open to public, plus Ghost Tours for the brave and gorgeous Preston park right next door with all it's play features: bonus!
Royal Pavilion (45 miles)
A royal pleasure palace and gardens with a mixture of British and Indian architecture. Multimedia guides included in entry price. Free entry for local kids. Family activities available.
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.
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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