Places to Visit

Turn the TV off, lock up those games consoles and get out and about! There are so many great places to visit. Below is a list of educational places and some popular day trip destinations that are worth visiting locally.

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A great website for finding places to go out for the day with your kids. Put in what type of attraction you’re looking for and in which part of the country and it comes up with a whole list of places. By paying an annual subscription you can receive vouchers to get your family in cheaper.

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Over 7500 days out listed all over the country. Searchable by region and then by 90 different types of attraction. Also features the ability to find special offers and special needs requirements.

In Essex

Audley End House

Look around this fabulous Stately Home and gardens first built in the 1600s. Just outside of Saffron Walden.

Colchester Zoo

A wonderful zoo only about an hour’s drive away.

Duxford Imperial War Museum

Duxford is Europe’s premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. It can be found on the outskirts of Cambridge.

The Forge Museum & Victorian Cottage Garden

Set in the picturesque village of Much Hadham, the museum’s displays tell stories about how the crafts of blacksmithing and farriery have developed over the years, as well as smaller exhibits about local village life. The museum is set in Grade II listed buildings and the garden houses a rare early nineteenth century Bee shelter. The resident blacksmith can be seen at work six days a week.

The Gibberd Garden

Near Old Harlow a wonderful garden perfect for a couple of hours of wandering around.

Harlow Town Park and Pets Corner

Situated in the centre of Harlow is a new children’s adventure play areas as well as a small working farm and cafeteria.

Hatfield Forest

A natural trust site of Special Scientific Interest in Takeley near Bishop’s Stortford.

House on the Hill Toy Museum

Located in Stansted this private collection contains over 80,000 toys from past and present.

Marsh Farm

Is a working farm in South Woodham Ferrers where children can get close to farm animals and play safely in our adventure play areas. There is also a Country Park, which boasts excellent coastal walks and superb views of the River Crouch.

The Museum of Harlow

Fabulous museum giving the history of Harlow.

Old MacDonald's Farm

For a great day out and the opportunity to learn about farm animals and see how they live you can’t do much better than this. Just off of Junction 28 of the M25.

Parndon Wood Nature Reserve

A lovely small nature reserve just on the outskirts of Harlow. Perfect for a half day trip out.

Rhodes Arts Complex & Bishop’s Stortford Museum

A contemporary centre for the arts with many family activities going on to join in with. Check with the centre for a list of current activities and workshops for children.

In Hertfordshire

Butterfly World

A very new local attraction near St. Albans. It aims to become the biggest walk through attraction in the world. With a 100m Biome, home to over 10.000 tropical butterflies.

Celtic Harmony Camp

Go and visit a Celtic village in woodland just outside of Hertford.

Hatfield House

Welcome to the Hertfordshire home of the 7th Marquess of Salisbury. Hatfield House, built between 1607 and 1611 by Robert Cecil. Fantastic woodlands and gardens as well as the house to explore.

Hertford Museum

A local history museum in an early 17th century town house, enhanced by a charming recreated Jacobean’ knot garden of intertwined hedges of box and lavender. There is a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and museum offers visitors the chance to find out about the history of the county town of Hertfordshire.

Knebworth House, Gardens, Park and Dinosaur Park

Lots going on in the summer with outdoor play areas, parkland and the house itself to see.

Rye Meads RSPB Nature Reserve

On the outskirts of Stanstead Abbotts this is a great place to get close to local nature all year round.

Ware Museum

See a timeline of Ware history from pre-historic times to the Second World War. Experience the Blitz and find out what it was like for WWII refugees. See Roman Ware artefacts and visit the remains of a mediaeval well discovered when building a new extension to the museum.

Willows Farm Village

A great family day out near London Colney.