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Things to do in Romsey with Kids

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Including days out in Romsey, Hampshire

There is so much to do in the little market town of Romsey. Just 20 minutes from the middle of Southampton, Romsey has loads to do for all ages.

Make sure you visit Romsey’s largest parish church or their huge range of 13th century listed buildings that are full of local history just waiting for you to explore it.

The dog-friendly park is a great place to take the kids to spot the ducks and enjoy the large grass area and the playground.

If you are looking for more things to do near Romsey then have a look at:

The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Southampton With Kids – This is our huge guide to things to do in Southampton. You could easily pair something on this list with something in Romsey.

11 Fun Things to do in Eastleigh for the Whole Family – Eastleigh is really close to Romsey and has loads of great things to do.

The Ultimate Guide to Things to do in Winchester – Not far from Romsey, Winchester has loads to do for the whole family and is also offers loads of historic things to do.

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Wondering what to do today? Then our guide for ALL things Hampshire is for you!

If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire with kids then this guide is for you. We have over 200+ ideas that you can use to keep your whole family amused while exploring everything Hampshire has to offer!

This is an up to date spreadsheet, in activity order, that you can use when you have no clue what to do. We’ve included everything from country parks, to splash pools, lakes, castles, days out, playgrounds and walks.

Find out more about our Things To Do In Hampshire Guide here.

Parking in Romsey

There is loads of parking options in Romsey.

For the town center, you can try Broadwater Road Short Stay but be careful as it is close to the Aldi car park which is privately owned, so please don’t make that mistake!

There is also Church Road Short Stay and Newton Lane Medium Stay which also offer RingGo if you have no change.

The best long stay car parks are Princes Road Long Stay, SO51 8DS and Alma Road Long Stay which you can find with the postcode SO51 8DA. This is our favourite one was the car park is pretty big and it is right in the middle of the town.

Soft plays in Romsey, Hampshire

These are the best soft play and climbing centers in Romsey. Great for when the weather is bad or if you are looking for something inside to do.

Look at our post here on all the soft play centers in Hampshire.

Golden Gecko Climbing

This is a great climbing center in Romsey that is fun for all ages of child. You can be a complete beginner and learn how to climb each wall.

They have a bouldering wall and other courses that your kids can try to increase their strength. This makes a great half-day activity.

They also have a cafe on-site that is great for snacks for the kids and hot drinks for adults.

You can find Golden Gecko Climbing at Romsey Industrial Estate, Unit 34 Greatbridge Rd, Romsey SO51 0HR.

Frankies Fun Factory

Great for toddlers, Frankies Fun Factory is a soft play like no other. They have slides, ball pits, and climbing equipment that will keep your kids amused for hours.

They offer school meal deals and free wifi for the grown-ups.

You can find Frankies Fun Factory at Unit 3, Romsey Industrial Estate, Greatbridge Road, Romsey, SO51 0HR.

Walks in Hampshire

These are the best walks in Romsey for the whole family. We’ve included everything from free to paid gardens. If you are looking for more walks and country parks in Hampshire then please see our post here.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

We love Sir Harold Hillier Gardens as it’s a great day for the whole family. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is in Romsey just outside of the town. They have their own huge car park that is free to use. You do need to buy a ticket beforehand to enter. Once you are inside these amazing gardens you are free to wander around as you wish. These gardens are set over 180 acres of land that is ready for you to explore.

Read more about all the things that Sir Harold Hillier Gardens has to offer.

Romsey Mystery Treasure Trail

This is a trail that takes you through this old city. You can do this at your own pace and really have some family fun. If you decide to buy the trail map off the website then it comes as a Murder Mystery. It’s perfect for kids six-years-old and up and takes about 2-hours to complete.

Romsey War Memorial Park

This park is right in the middle of Romsey. Watch the River Test flow around the grounds as you explore the big field, bandstand and play ground. They do have some parking just outside the park but it is very limited and a ticket system does apply.

Days out in Romsey

There is so much to do in Romsey from theme parks to historic days out. If you are looking for more days out in Hampshire then see our post here.

Paultons Park

This amusement park is great for toddlers upwards. Paultons theme park is home to Peppa Pig World for the small kids and huge rollercoasters for the bigger kids. They have play parks, splash parks and loads of places for a picnic too.

Paulton’s Park is the home of Peppa Pig World and is a family theme park based in Romsey in Hampshire and is close to the New Forest National Park. Paultons Park has over 70 fun rides and attractions that are perfect for the whole family right down to babies right up to adults. Even older children will love this amusement park.

Paulton’s Park is the world’s first Peppa Pig World and has a range of attractions that cross from thrill-seekers to smaller rides for younger kids.

You do need to book all your tickets in advance right now which you can easily do online. You then get sent your tickets to your email address and you can either print them out or have them handy on your phone. They are all scanned as you walk through the barrier.

Kids under one meter do not need a ticket but may be measured on entry so be prepared. We have heard of some people having to buy an extra ticket on the day if their child is hovering around the one-meter mark.

If we turn up at opening time then we tend to do the Lost Kingdom side of Paultons Park first then do Peppa Pig World in the afternoon, normally around 2pm. Peppa Pig World gets very busy in the mornings as everyone tends to head there first. (We don’t blame them, it’s amazing!)

Read more about Paultons Park here.

Romsey Rapids

This fun-filled swimming pool has everything you need for the whole family to have a great day out. They have flumes, whirlpools, and three different-level swimming pools.

You do have to book currently but you can do this online.

Romsey Rapids has a long stay car park that is free to use for up to 4 hours. A daily charge of £2.10 applies if you park for longer.

You can find Romsey Rapids at Southampton Road, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8AF.

Castles in Romsey

We love castles and Romsey has two! If you are looking for more castles in Hampshire then have a look at our post here.

Mottisfont Abbey and Gardens

Enjoy this huge abbey and gardens as a family. This is perfect for ages as the kids can run about the huge garden while exploring the abbey’s many floors.

Romsey Abbey

Right in the centre of Romsey town centre, this 16th century abbey is a great place to explore. It’s free to enter and look around. they are really close to the park so it’s a great activity to do just before.

You can find Romsey Abbey at Church Lane, Romsey SO51 8EP

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Museums in Romsey

Museums are a great place to explore your local history. Have a look at our complete list of museums in Hampshire here.

King John’s House & Heritage Centre

750 years old, King John’s House is a mixture of medieval, Tudor and Victorian buildings. Explore the house and find out what it was like to live in Romsey during those times. They have a great tea shop on-site that opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There is a small fee to enter the museum and you do need to currently book but it goes great with a trip to the abbey as well.

You can find King John’s House & Heritage Centre at 13 Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT.

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