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Bede's World

Bede's World, Church Bank, Jarrow, Tyne & Wear

Church Bank, Jarrow


The Venerable Bede, early Europe’s famous scholar, lived and worked in Wearmouth Jarrow in Northumberland around 1300 years ago and Bede’s World sets out to explain what his life and surroundings would have been like at that time. You’ll encounter a... more

Minack Theatre

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall

Porthcurno, Penzance


The Minack Theatre’s spectacular open-air setting, cut into the cliffside at Porthcurno near Penzance, is something of a shock. It feels like you have stumbled across an ancient Roman amphitheatre rather than a thoroughly British-made endeavour. The... more

Tower of London

Tower of London, Tower Hill, London, London

Tower Hill, London


Even before you get into the Tower of London, you’re treading on historic territory – Tower Green was the site where Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard waved goodbye to their heads. The Tower, built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, is one... more

Merrivale Model Village

Merrivale Model Village, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth


We’re not being funny but what with Merrivale Model Village’s pint-sized cricket pitch, handy little railway line, half-timbered and Georgian houses and rather charming tiny little antique shops, were we 5cm high we might rather like to relocate... more

Snibston Discovery Museum

Snibston Discovery Museum, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire

Ashby Road, Coalville


Snibston is a multi-award-winning interactive museum specialising in science and technology, engineering, transport, fashion, history and mining. Based on the former Snibston Colliery, it comprises 7 hands-on galleries, a children’s outside play... more

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre & Country Park

Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre & Country Park, Ambion Lane, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

Ambion Lane, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth


With the remains of Richard III being discovered under a Leicester car park, the Bosworth Battlefield where he lived his last moments has never seemed more relevant. The visitor centre and country park tells you all you will ever need to know about... more

Blakemere Village

Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire

Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich


Whether you are a lady who lunches or a busy family looking for something different to do, Blakemere Village, a huddle of boutiques in an Edwardian cobbled stable courtyard in the Cheshire countryside, is a great day out. Anyone who enjoys poking... more

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

The Tutankhamun Exhibition, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset

High West Street, Dorchester


Experience the magnificence and wonder of the world´s greatest discovery of ancient treasure. Be there at the discovery, explore the ante-chamber filled with its treasures, and witness Howard Carter raising the golden coffins in the burial chamber.... more

Bath Aqua Glass - Glassblowing Demonstrations

Bath Aqua Glass - Glassblowing Demonstrations, Bath Aqua Glass, Bath, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Bath Aqua Glass, 105/107 Walcot Street, Bath


Glassblowing demonstrations at Bath Aqua Glass offer the opportunity to see skilled glassblowers at work using traditional techniques to make beautiful ranges of free blown glassware (no moulds are used). The glassware takes inspiration from the... more

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset

Poole Harbour, Poole


The inspiration for many a story by children’s writer Enid Blyton, from a child’s point of view it’s hard to imagine a better spot for ripping adventures and lashings of ginger beer than Brownsea Island. The fun starts on the boat ride over from... more

Dickens World

Dickens World, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent

Leviathan Way, Chatham Maritime, Chatham


Here at Dickens World, we want to take you back in time on a personal guided tour through the sounds, sights and smells of Victorian England through the eyes of our best loved author, Charles Dickens. Our visitors are taken on a 90 minute... more

Brighton Scenic

Brighton Scenic, Main Terminal Building, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Main Terminal Building, Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea


For those with a head for heights, Brighton Scenic offers the chance to swoop through the sky along the South Coast in a Cessna 172 highwing aircraft. Start the trip at Art Deco-tastic Shoreham Airport where you can sit in the viewing gallery and sip... more

Priory Visitor Centre

Priory Visitor Centre, Coventry Arts & Heritage, Coventry, West Midlands

Coventry Arts & Heritage, Priory Row, Coventry


The best way to find out about medieval life in Coventry is to visit the Priory Visitor Centre. When excavated the site revealed the remains of Coventry´s first Cathedral and the Priory Undercrofts. Many remains of the medieval buildings have been... more

Daphne Du Maurier´s Smugglers at Jamaica Inn

Daphne Du Maurier´s Smugglers at Jamaica Inn, Jamaica Inn Courtyard, Launceston, Cornwall

Jamaica Inn Courtyard, Bolventor, Launceston


Daphne Du Maurier´s Smugglers at Jamaica Inn is set in one of the most breathtaking locations in Cornwall. Built in 1750 as a coaching inn and used by travellers crossing Bodmin Moor some of which were smuggling brandy and tea into the UK!, this was... more

Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey


Sick of cookie cutter presents and fancy a bit of originality? Get thee to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the south west’s biggest contemporary craft centre which houses everything from metalwork, textiles and sculptures to photography and jewellery.... more

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kew Road, Richmond, London

Kew Road, Kew, Richmond


Treat yourself to a day wandering through the rose pergolas, clambering treetop-height through the limes or just lazing by the lake at Kew Gardens, the 300-acre Unesco World Heritage site in south-west London. Admittedly, when the sun is out there’s... more

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary, Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Norwich, Norfolk

Hillside Animal Sanctuary, Hilltop Farm, Frettenham, Norwich


A lifeline for hundreds of poorly treated animals, Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary makes for a lovely day out for children and anyone else who loves getting close to all creatures great and small. Go along and see heavy horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep,... more

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, London

East Molesey


Everyone has heard of Hampton Court Palace, where the mighty King Henry VIII entertained, wooed and ruled with a rod of iron. The Great Hall is England’s greatest example of a medieval hall and was host to Shakespeare’s company in 1603/4 while the... more

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, Meadow Lane, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent


Enthusiasts of steam and all the connected paraphernalia are in for a treat at this richly informative attraction in Staffordshire. This is thought to be Britain’s most complete Victorian pumping station and is crammed with tools and equipment... more

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Telford, Shropshire

Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Telford


Set aside the whole day – you’ll need it to get around the ten museums that sit in this idyllic Shropshire spot. There are ten sites to visit at the The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, which collectively celebrate the Industrial Revolution and set out to... more

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire

The Railway Station, Toddington


For nostalgia fans, railway buffs and, well, anyone who loves whistling through the beautiful Cotswolds countryside, a trip on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway makes a grand day out. The 24-mile round trip from Cheltenham Racecourse to... more

Shakespeare´s Globe Exhibition

Shakespeare´s Globe Exhibition, 21 New Globe Walk, London, London

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London


Shakespeare´s Globe Exhibition explores the life and works of our greatest playwright, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote. The Exhibition is the largest of its kind devoted to Shakespeare and is situated beneath the... more

Dover Castle

Dover Castle, Dover, Kent

Dover


An iconic structure that presides over the famous coastline and its white cliffs, Dover Castle has watched over the area since its keep was built in the 1180s and there has been a look out on the site for some 20 centuries. Inside this historic... more

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker

Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex

Kelvedon Hall Lane, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood


Designed in the 1960s to house 600 military and civil personnel (and possibly the prime minister too) in the event of a Soviet attack, your tour of the bunker is self-guided using a handset you pick up from the entrance - which only adds to the... more

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon, Riverside Building, London, London

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London


Conveniently sitting between the London Eye and Big Ben, the London Dungeon is an absolute hoot of an attraction, perfect for tweens, teens and adults who love a laugh with their history. The Dungeon has been around for 40 years but is meticulously... more

Morwellham Heritage Centre

Morwellham Heritage Centre, Morwellham Quay, Tavistock, Devon

Morwellham Quay, Tavistock


Morwellham Heritage Centre: The greatest copper port in Queen Victoria´s empire lies 23 miles inland. The Tamar ketch ´Garlandstone´ is moored at the quay; original cottages, shops and hostelry. 1860s costumed staff welcome visitors and host guided... more

Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves, Beer, Devon

Beer


It beggars belief but an amazing 24 cathedrals were created using individuals stones that were quarried by hand from Beer Quarry. That is an awful lot of hard work underground for thousands of quarrymen over the years. No surprise, then, that the... more

The Rum Story

The Rum Story, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria

Lowther Street, Whitehaven


Not that we are suggesting that it rains much in the Lake District, but The Rum Story in Whitehaven makes for a great little place to while away an afternoon should the heavens open. Based in the original Georgian premises of the Jefferson family who... more

Stockley Farm

Stockley Farm, Stockley Farm, Northwich, Cheshire

Stockley Farm, Arley, Northwich


Stockley Farm, opened in 1987, is an organic farm on the Arley Estate which grows a variety of crops and Milks 200 Organic cows. On arrival you are taken by tractor and trailer from the car park to the farm where there is a variety of animals... more

Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Flag Fen Archaeology Park, The Droveway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

The Droveway, Northey Road, Peterborough


Flag Fen Archaeology Park is home to a wooden causeway some 3,500 years old that is so unique it is held by experts all over the world in the same esteem as Stonehenge. The wooden ritual causeway and ceremonial platform have yielded one of the... more

Hack Green Secret Bunker

Hack Green Secret Bunker, French Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire

French Lane, Baddington, Nantwich


Discover the secret world of nuclear government. For over 50 years this vast underground complex, remained secret, hidden on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town. Declassified in 1993, the 35,000 sq ft underground bunker would have been the centre... more

Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre, Gossage Building, Widnes, Cheshire

Gossage Building, Mersey Road, Widnes


It’s not easy making chemistry seem accessible to most people, but Catalyst, a museum dedicated to making the science entertaining, manages it beautifully. Based in Widnes in Cheshire, the home of the chemical industry in the UK in the 19th and 20th... more

At-Bristol

At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Bristol

Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol


Learn everything from why water flushes down a loo to how the human brain functions (they’ve a real one on display) at the hugely entertaining and interactive At Bristol science centre on the city’s waterside. From biting on straws to hear music... more

Beatles Story

Beatles Story, Brittania Vaults, Liverpool, Merseyside

Brittania Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool


You don’t have to be a fan of the Fab Four to get a kick out of the Beatles Story, so wonderfully is it recreated. From the innocent start at the Woolton Village fete where John first met Paul to the TV footage showing screaming fans fainting in... more

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Milford, Lifton, Devon

Milford, Lifton


In addition to a large collection of Steam, Agriculture and bygones the Centre now hosts the historic collection of the Fairground Heritage Trust including a collection of operating fairground rides from the early 20th Century.... more

Bury Art Museum

Bury Art Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Greater Manchester

Moss Street, Bury


Bury Art Gallery was created especially to become home to the Wrigley Collection which incorporates more than 200 oil paintings, water colours, prints and ceramics collected by paper magnate Thomas Wrigley. The works include J MW Turner's Calais... more

Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Low Road, Diss, Norfolk

Low Road, Bressingham, Diss


Don’t tell him your name, Pike! If this catch phrase is making you smirk at the thought of it, you are a Dad’s Army fan and should get yourself to Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens in Norfolk on the double! This family attraction (with 20 acres,... more

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall

Pentewan, St Austell


On a sunny Cornwall day, the sound of nuthatches and kingfishers singing and waving camellias casting their scent onto the breeze, it’s hard to find a spot more lovely than The Lost Gardens of Heligan. But this rural idyll wasn’t always this way. The... more

Iron Bridge & Tollhouse

Iron Bridge & Tollhouse, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire

Ironbridge, Telford


One of the ten attractions that make up the Ironbridge Gorge museums, The Iron Bridge and Toll House has been drawing the crowds since 1779 when it was unveiled as the world’s first cast iron bridge. A colossal achievement created by Abraham Darby... more

The EDF Energy London Eye

The EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, London, London

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London


It was only meant to be temporary, the London Eye. A 135-metre high confection of steel and glass, inexorably turning at a snail’s pace so that 3.5 million tourists and Londoners can hop on and see across the capital and beyond. But 14 years on and... more

Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves, Clearwell, Coleford, Gloucestershire

Clearwell, Coleford


Clearwell Caves are now a working mining museum where visitors can see impressive caverns with geological and mining displays. Iron ore from the Caves has been used over many centuries to make tools, weapons and machinery. Some forms of the iron ore... more

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight

Culver Parade, Sandown


If ever there was a great attraction to take dinosaur-mad children and adults alike, its Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight. Designed in the shape of a giant pterodactyl, its vast collection of 1000-plus fossils were first brought together when 19th... more

The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre, Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex

Wartling Road, Hertsmonceux, Hailsham


As you drive through the gates of the Observatory Science Centre near Hailsham in Sussex,the copper clad domes housing giant telescopes stand strangely at odds with the rural surroundings and there’s little to give away the fun inside. But once... more

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, London

Westminster, London


If you have ever fancied taking a look around the iconic Houses of Parliament, home to 1,000 years of history, politics, stunning art and architecture, we have good news. A choice of audio or guided tours is now available. Both tours follow the route... more

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221b Baker Street, London, London

221b Baker Street, London


The Sherlock Holmes Museum has already had over 2 million visitors since opening 12 years ago. It is unique. It is in a Georgian building dating from 1815. It is totally unspoiled (by which is meant un-modernised!) and is identical to the lodging... more

The World of Glass

The World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside

Chalon Way East, St Helens


The World of Glass: Experience a wonderful day out with a difference at this award-winning visitor attraction in St Helens, which shows how glass has changed our world forever. Witness live glass blowing demonstrations, be amazed by the 3D... more

Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Torquay, Devon

Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay


There’s something undeniably enjoyable about wondering through flower-decked gardens and admiring the handiwork of a team of people who have recreated every aspect of life around you – but in miniature. At Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay you’ll... more

Kidzworld

Kidzworld, Stadium Retail Park, St Austell, Cornwall

Stadium Retail Park, Par Moor Road, St Austell


Let’s face it, it sometimes rains in Cornwall. And when it does, you will be very glad indeed of places like Kidzworld near St Austell, where children can safely run wild around the various attractions while you sip tea in the café. The site offers a... more

York Dungeon

York Dungeon, 12 Clifford Street, York, North Yorkshire

12 Clifford Street, York


York Dungeon is deep in the heart of historic York, buried beneath its very paving stones, lies the North´s most chillingly famous horror attraction. The York Dungeon brings more than 2,000 years of gruesomely authentic history vividly back to... more

The Dinosaur Museum

The Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset

Icen Way, Dorchester


Appropriately positioned just seven miles from the Jurassic Coast, The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester is the only museum dedicated to these most fascinating of creatures in mainland Britain. And it takes a delightfully innovative approach to the... more

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