Isle of Wight Steam Railway (3 miles)
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Naturally the star of the show here is the Steam Train Ride, but the supporting acts are strong too with huge Train Discovery Centre and Museum, Adventure Playground, Woodland Trail and live performances in the woods!
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays (5 miles)
Miniport at Gunwharf Quays
Family boat hire with a difference, for all ages! Drive a miniature ship in our sheltered boating pool. Our fleet of ships include ferries, a Royal Navy destroyer and a fire boat. The ships are electric powered, easy to drive and seat up to four. No previous experience required.
Hayling Seaside Railway (8 miles)
Hayling Seaside Railway
The EHLR is a new 2ft gauge light railway on the coast of Hayling Island, Hampshire, running for just over 1 mile between Beachlands and Eastoke Corner.
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (11 miles)
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Outdoor Adventure Play Area, brand new for 2014, is a must-stop destination for younger visitors, with a basket swing, climbing apparatus and a slide, with easy access to the toilet facilities, and only a stone’s throw away from the Tea Rooms. Summer is a favourite time for families.
Chichester Harbour Water Tours (13 miles)
Chichester Harbour Water Tours
Ride the rescue vessel Wingate through a variety of local eco systems with informed tour guide, go family fishing for a half day with everything you need included, or catch the ferry across the channel and visit historic Bosham town. Or all of it!
Solar Heritage (14 miles)
Welcome aboard our solar powered catamaran. Take a trip through Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an informative commentary. On-board the engines are virtually silent as you glide along admiring the view and getting up close to the wildlife and habitats that make this place so special.
Stansted Park Light Railway (15 miles)
Stansted Park Light Railway
The 7 and a quarter inch gauge miniature railway runs 850 yards through parkland and forest past a girder bridge and a picturesque little station.
Fort Victoria Model Railway (16 miles)
Fort Victoria Model Railway
An extensive indoor model railway with two large tracks and plenty to find amongst the model scenery. One track is under construction so you can see how they are built too!
The Chichester Ship Canal (18 miles)
The Chichester Ship Canal
Runs 4 miles from the Southgate basin to the Chichester Harbour at Birdham. This tranquil haven starts within easy walking distance from the railway station, bus terminus and city centre. A wide range of birds and fish inhabit the canal area.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway (18 miles)
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line (25 miles)
Hollycombe (28 miles)
Hollycombe gives you the fun of the fair and much more with Steam Powered Edwardian fairground rides, railways, traction engines, farm and more with Listed woodland gardens alongside.
Often described as a favourite three generation visit - grandparents, parents and children can all have fun!
Bournemouth Eye (32 miles)
Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
South Downs Light Railway (32 miles)
South Downs Light Railway
is a miniature railway where real steam engines pull trains with sit-in carriages. In the waiting room teddy bears sit ready to be taken on a train ride. On the journey you’ll see Snow White and other favourite children’s characters. Each journey takes about 7 minutes running every 15 minutes.
The Big Canoe (34 miles)
The Big Canoe
is an opportunity for families with children to explore the coastal waters of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island paddling a huge Open Canadian Canoe.
Swanage Railway (36 miles)
Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
Wareham Boat Hire (42 miles)
Wareham Boat Hire
is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips.
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre (43 miles)
Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre
Information point and gift shop, tearoom, picnic area, childrens play area and starting point for John Cale Canal cruises and exploring the Basingstoke Canal.
Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway (44 miles)
Frimley Lodge Park and Miniature Railway
The main circuit is multi gauge, ground level and caters for 3 and a half, 5 and 7 and a quarter inch gauge. It is approximately 1km long and is used to give rides to the public on the first Sunday of each month between March and November.
Volks Electric Railway (46 miles)
Volks Electric Railway
The world's oldest operating electric railway offers a scenic jaunt along the beach for one and a quarter miles, stopping at an aquarium and a great playground.
Mizens Railway (48 miles)
A passenger carrying miniature railway with station, depot and picnic area. All aboard for a kid sized retro day out with a number of locomotives, including a few steam engines.
Kennet Horse Boat Company (48 miles)
Kennet Horse Boat Company
- canal cruises offer an opportunity to do just that. Choose between the slow meandering of the motor barge and the sedate drifting of the horse drawn barge. Whichever takes your fancy, we can offer you a great day out.
Pinewood Miniature Railway (48 miles)
Pinewood Miniature Railway
The railway has been running miniature steam trains for 25 years, taking passengers for half mile rides through a woodland setting. Why not come along and have a ride!
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway (49 miles)
Beech Hurst Park Miniature Railway
Half a mile track of 5" gauge train track which is elevated: the kids love it!! Only runs on weekends. Great idea if you are looking for family days out in west sussex.
Museum of Berkshire Aviation (51 miles)
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Museum of local aviation history with much for the interested eye to feast on. Possibly best indulged on the same day as other attractions for a FULL day out.
Great Cockcrow Railway (53 miles)
Great Cockcrow Railway
Take a trip behind one of our 7 1/4 scale steam engines through woods, over bridges, through a tunnel and perhaps even through the Jungle. Watch out for the animals! A choice of two routes, why not do both?
Bluebell Railway (54 miles)
Great Steam engine journeys through the Sussex countryside and offer many seasonal specials which appeal particularly to children.
The Lavender Line (55 miles)
The Lavender Line
The line is now just a mile long and starts at Isfield station, stopping at the new Little Horsted station before returning.
Gartell Light Railway (57 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.
Windsor Duck Tours (57 miles)
Windsor Duck Tours
It’s Time for Splash Down in our New Amphibious Vehicle: Fun Tours of Windsor by Road then with a SPLASH on The River Thames! Live guides include information on Windsor Castle, The Great Park and other sights around Windsor. Suits Groups, Families, Children of All ages.
Salters Steamers (58 miles)
As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.
Malden Miniature Railway (58 miles)
Malden Miniature Railway
2 independently set miniature railways, both passenger hauling, for family enjoyment. Limited opening.
Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway (58 miles)
Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway
Live steam miniature railway with open days when you can ride some of the trains. A labour of love created and run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers.
The Race Hut (59 miles)
The Race Hut
is a Race Car simulation venue with 16 professional simulators. You can race the whole family in these amazingly realistic simulators in a wide selection or race cars and circuits from around the world. So take on your family and friends and show off your driving skills!
Dinosaur Isle (5 miles)
is a fantastic dinosaur museum housed in a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown's blue flag beach. Walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs and on a recreated landscape enhanced by sights, smells and sounds you will meet life sized dinosaurs including our...
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park (6 miles)
Robin Hill Country Adventure Park
The Island's biggest rides, absolutely loads of children's play features and areas of space to run free. Plus educational woodland centre, woodland gardens with sculpture trail, squirrel safaris and regular special events.
Blackgang Chine (12 miles)
40 acres of Victorian cliff-top gardens with a range of fantasy activities including cowboy town, nurseryland, dinosaurland, and pirate fort. Cliffhanger roller coaster and waterforce family boat slide. Exhibitions about local rural and coastal life.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (2 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
A hands on wildlife centre where you can meet up close a good variety of animals including penguins, meerkats and otters. Also offers additional encounters and special junior experience days.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (2 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Packed full of fun, interactive animal experiences and Keeper presentations, plus penguin and meerkat encounters, with loads to see and do and even a few critters to cuddle!
Butterfly and Fountain World (4 miles)
Butterfly and Fountain World
Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Owl and Monkey Haven (5 miles)
Owl and Monkey Haven
'We welcome you to come and get to know our friends and see for yourself their beauty,
charm and very different personalities!'
Isle of Wight Zoo (5 miles)
Isle of Wight Zoo
Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Amazon World (6 miles)
An all-weather, family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (8 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Owl and Falconry Centre (8 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre
A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights. During flying displays the birds of prey soar above the sloping down land of the Appuldurcombe Valley,...
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (9 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve
Isolated and wild, visits to the deeper reserve reward the adventurous with thousands of different butterflies, quirky birds like woodpeckers and giant rooks, and according to records 30 species of wildflower per square metre! A charming and photogenic place for a family ramble.
Colemans Animal Farm (8 miles)
Colemans Animal Farm
150cc off road Buggies, indoor and outdoor play barns, plenty of farm animals and grooming and feeding opportunities too.
Bembridge Heritage Centre (4 miles)
Bembridge Heritage Centre
Displays cover much of Bembridge’s early history, not only in photographs, paintings, maps and written descriptions but also through the many donated artefacts and medals. Hugely educational!
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum (5 miles)
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum
including audio visual room showing action films. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage 1887 "Queen Victoria" pulling/sailing lifeboat and RNLI archive material, Smuggling and Fishing displays
Isle of Wight Bus Museum (6 miles)
Isle of Wight Bus Museum
The history of IOW buses in glorious detail with loads of antique vehicles to look at and rides to be had! Loads of information provided on each vehicle, lots of interesting memorabilia and you can have a good snout around on the quirky old buses too and pretend you're grandad!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport 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
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 Isle of Wight can enjoy the great day out as well.
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