Educational Days Out in the UK

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When it comes to choosing a perfect location for a family day out, you may find yourself somewhat spoiled for choice. But, despite a surplus of outings on offer, you may also find it hard to cater to all the age groups and tastes in your party. Striking that perfect balance between child-friendly and educational can be especially hard to do.

Luckily, though, there are plenty of places in the UK where a fun, yet educational, day out can be had by the whole family. If you are looking for something that will get their minds whirring while also keeping them entertained, here are just a few of the UK's best educational days out.

Ness Gardens

Ness Botanical Gardens possesses countless specimens of trees and flowers across its impressive gardens set over 64 beautiful acres. You may opt to simply take a leisurely stroll around the garden -- there's plenty to explore -- but there are also plenty of educational opportunities too, where kids and adults can learn more about nature, with a variety of family events occurring regularly. There are toy tractors to drive, hidden areas to explore and plenty of wildlife to enjoy as your take in the stunning surroundings.

Eureka! The National Children's Museum

For anyone with children aged under 11, Eureka is an absolute must-visit destination. This interactive museum prides itself on making science and learning fun for kids, and there's a massive range of exhibits for them to enjoy. Eureka is also an internationally recognised educational charity, so all entry fees and donations go towards improving and expanding this wonderful educational space for kids.

Black Country Living Museum

This popular destination in the West Midlands is an immersive museum that charts the history of the area's lifestyle and culture from 1850 to 1950. Known as "the black country" due to its industrial landscape, the rich heritage of the West Midlands is celebrated at this wonderful site with an array of exhibits, including period schools, shops, domestic rooms and foundries, mines, and tram rides. It's a great opportunity to experience Britain's rich history up close.

Severn Valley Railway

This beloved railway operates a collection of heritage steam trains through the picturesque Severn Valley between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire. While the rail journey itself is a memorable experience to enjoy, there's also the intriguing "Engine House", a visitor and education centre at the Highley stop, which houses an impressive array of historic locomotives and also offers the chance to learn more about Britain's railways.

Victoria and Albert Museum

One of the capital's most popular museums, the magnificent Victoria and Albert is a great day out for the whole family. Probably the world's leading museum of art and design, it not only has an impressive wealth of galleries to explore, but also countless opportunities for visitors of all ages to interact and learn about the various collections it houses.

Museum of Science and Industry

Situated in the heart of Manchester, this riveting museum offers a fascinating insight into how science and industry helped forge modern Britain. There are opportunities for kids to experiment with hands-on exhibits that allow them to see science in action, while adults can see how historic engines and mill machines functioned and delve into Manchester's rich industrial heritage. The Air and Space Hall is another exciting find too, with a vast array of notable vehicles, from cars and bikes to vintage aeroplanes.
Photos: Image Courtesy of Ness Gardens

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May 4, 2016

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