Monkey Forest (6 miles)
Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Blackbrook Zoological Park (11 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (12 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
- a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and much more it's a great afternoon out for the family.
British Wildlife Rescue Centre (15 miles)
British Wildlife Rescue Centre
Centre for treatment of sick and injured British wildlife. Displaying animals and birds which cannot be released to the wild.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (22 miles)
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park offers everything for the perfect day out.
Cheshire Falconry (22 miles)
Enjoy the Junior Owl Experience at the Cheshire Falconry Centre. Using the most calm and tolerant birds of prey in the collection, children will have the experience of a lifetime as they fly an owl for the first time.
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (23 miles)
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (24 miles)
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park boasts otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.
Vale Royal Falconry Centre (24 miles)
Vale Royal Falconry Centre
is a new British birds of prey and wildlife visitor attraction set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Suitable for all ages, friends and families can experience these magnificent creatures up close and get involved in handling and flying these beautiful birds under direct supervision.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (27 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
From Piranahs to Terrapins. There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises.
Chester Zoo (32 miles)
With 110 acres to explore, there are 8000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo: voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK's number one charity.
Blue Planet Aquarium (33 miles)
Blue Planet Aquarium
Has over 100 living displays in six themed areas showcasing a spectacular variety of life from the deep.
Visit our Caribbean Reef display, complete with 230ft underwater tunnel, which houses Europe's largest collection of sharks Ãâ" including the Jawsome three metre long Sand Tiger Sharks.
Dudley Zoo and Castle (36 miles)
Dudley Zoo and Castle
Lions and tigers to snakes and spiders. Go wild at Dudley Zoo! Come face to face with lemurs as they roam in the trees. Watch amazing Birds of Prey, meet friends on the farm and look out for Ghosts in the Castle! Gift shop, restaurant, face painting and land train.
Twycross Zoo (38 miles)
Set in 50 acres of parkland, Twycross is known throughout the world for its apes and monkeys. This conservation centre breeds endangered species, such as Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Monkeys and Parrots. Here you will see Giraffes, Otters Giant Tortoises and Flamingos. Make sure you see the Sealions and Penguins at feeding time and all of our new arrivals.
Knowsley Safari Park (38 miles)
Knowsley Safari Park
Prepare to discover an incredible host of creatures from cute and cuddly meerkats, to majestic zebras, mischievous monkeys and clever sea lions!
National Sea Life Centre (40 miles)
National Sea Life Centre
Escape city life and step into tropical paradise of an aquarium in the heart of the buzzing city of Birmingham. At the National SEA LIFE centre you can take an amazing marine voyage beneath the waves and experience so much more!
Birmingham Nature Centre (42 miles)
Birmingham Nature Centre
Home to an impressive range of animals and reptiles from across the world, including some endangered species, Birds, Reptiles and Insects.
Plantasia (43 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
West Midland Safari Park (45 miles)
West Midland Safari Park
Voted the Best Attraction in the West Midlands by Kids and Parents, West Midland Safari Park combines four-miles of self-drive safari, including UK’s largest pride of White Lions, plus Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, etc. Plus, Discovery Trail, Penguin Cove, African Village, Walk-through Lemurs, live shows, family rides, shops and restaurants.
Tropical Birdland (46 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around our "walk-through" aviary. Sit with our friendly free-to-fly birds. And more.
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park (46 miles)
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
An attractive collection of original and reconstructed local buildings, which provide a fascinating insight into times past. For younger children there are farm animals, an adventure playground and special children's activities.
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience (49 miles)
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience
is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world, where families can enjoy the all year round tropical atmosphere to explore. Plus adventure playground.
Ponderosa (51 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Turbary Woods (53 miles)
Offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (57 miles)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Wallaby Walkabout to land of the Tigers all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest feature is a 100 sq m viewing platform where visitors come face to face with endangered leopards as they scale their 10m high climbing frames!
Rhyl SeaQuarium (58 miles)
Join us on a voyage of discovery as we travel beneath the waves, from tranquil fresh waters to the cold depths of the abyss.
Bowland Wild Boar Park (62 miles)
Bowland Wild Boar Park
Enjoy a picnic and take a ramble in our beautiful wooded countryside, view Wild Boar, Longhorn cows and deer in our scenic Ribble Valley Park - plus lots more.
Roundhay Tropical World (62 miles)
Roundhay Tropical World
You will discover snakes, spiders, Meerkats and Lemurs along with many unusual topical insects as you go through the tropical island. And outside gorgeous parkland to enjoy.
Blackpool Zoo (64 miles)
is home to over 1500 animals of more than 400 species including big cats, giraffes, gorillas, elephants, orangutans and many more, providing a fantastic day out for everyone from 3 months to 103! You can even meet 32 dinosaurs in their superb prehistoric gardens. Great idea for family days out in Lancashire.
Blackpool Sea Life Centre (65 miles)
Blackpool Sea Life Centre
is home to one of the largest collections of tropical sharks in Europe. Discover a magical world under water including sharks, rays, seahorses and piranhas. Don't miss our newest features, Jellyfish Phantoms of the Deep and The Turtle Shelter!
Welsh Mountain Zoo (68 miles)
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery. Spend a perfect day at this family friendly Zoo, in the company of rare and endangered animals from Britain and around the World including red pandas, brown bears, monkeys and tigers!
Holdenby Falconry Centre (71 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer. Some of the beautiful birds are pictured below. There may be a chance to fly them yourself.
Cotswold Falconry Centre (74 miles)
Moreton In Marsh
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
National Forest Adventure Farm (25 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
National Forest Adventure Farm
- is open all year round offering exciting indoor play, outdoor play and farm animals. The adventure farm hosts many events throughout the year, including one of the largest Maize Mazes in Europe.
Ash End House Childrens Farm (36 miles)
Ash End House Childrens Farm
offer lots of friendly animals to feed and stroke.
Three Play areas, Indoor Toddlers Barn, Family Games Yard, Crazy golf and lots of fun activities for the children. Plus Jumping Pillow, Tractor and Trailer Rides and visit our new Falconry Centre!
Alton Towers (12 miles)
New attraction for 2012 Nemesis SubTerra - certainly scared my kids stiff - it isn't a roller-coaster though - also new Ice Age 4D Experience. Alton Towers has many attractions for younger and older kids - my kids favourites (9 and 11) Oblivion, Air and Sonic Spinball (NB. height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides)
Drayton Manor Theme Park (35 miles)
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Bigger and better than ever with the addition of two brand new rides. Europe's first ever Ben 10 roller coaster ride, called Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, open too. Meanwhile, Thomas Land will also welcome a family-friendly ride to its existing offering.
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries and of Staffordshire. See the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and our very own WW2 Spitfire, plus our changing exhibition programme. you can also enjoy a light lunch in our Café Museum or browse in The Foyer shop.
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery (2 miles)
Newcastle Under Lyme
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
Very family friendly museum inside the smashing Brampton Park. Highlights include their Victorian Street scene, the 1930s house and the toys gallery!
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (20 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Explore the delights of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Then be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by archive film, interactives and displays.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Stoke on Trent 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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