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Farfield Mill

Arts & Heritage Centre, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh

Farfield Mill, Arts & Heritage Centre, Sedbergh, Cumbria

A restored Victorian woollen mill now housing artists' studios, exhibition galleries, working looms with demonstrating artists and a cafe. The heritage floor illustrates the history of Farfield Mill, the lives of its workers and the local people of... more

The Dock Museum

North Road, Barrow-in-Furness

The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Barrow-in-Furness transformed in the 19th and 20th century from small farming community to one of Britain’s most formidable ship builders and The Dock Museum tells the tale of the metamorphosis. The museum is built over an original Victorian graving... more

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Street, Carlisle

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria

Tullie House Museum has refurbished two of its permanent galleries to improve the display of its nationally important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. This exciting development incorporates new interpretation including an innovative multimedia... more

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Museum of Lakeland Life, situated in the stable block of Abbot Hall Art Gallery tells the story of how Lakeland folk lived and entertained themselves in the Lake District from the 18th century, before cars and railways. There are recreated farmhouse... more

The Pencil Museum

Southey Works, Greta Bridge, Keswick

The Pencil Museum, Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria

You’ll enter the Cumberland Pencil Museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine where graphite was first discovered and from there take a turn around the surprisingly fascinating history of the pencil. So what’s to see? Well, I rather like the... more

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria

Built in 1759, Abbot Hall in Kendal started life as a family home but over the centuries fell into disrepair and has been used for everything from a nursery to a bank. A grade II listed building in great danger of falling apart, it was saved by a... more

Robert Burns Centre

The Observatory, Rotchell Road, Dumfries

Robert Burns Centre, The Observatory, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

The Robert Burns Centre is situated in the town´s 18th century watermill on the West Bank of the River Nith. It tells the story of Robert Burns´ last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late 18th century. On... more

Gracefield Arts Centre

29 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries

Gracefield Arts Centre, 29 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

From contemporary Scottish Art to the Glasgow Boys to the Kirkcudbright School, Gracefield Art Centre in Dumfries is home to a wide range of wonderful pieces to appeal to all tastes. You will find more than 400 Scottish paintings here and there is an... more

The Dock Museum

North Road, Barrow-in-Furness

The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Barrow-in-Furness transformed in the 19th and 20th century from small farming community to one of Britain’s most formidable ship builders and The Dock Museum tells the tale of the metamorphosis. The museum is built over an original Victorian graving... more

Farfield Mill

Arts & Heritage Centre, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh

Farfield Mill, Arts & Heritage Centre, Sedbergh, Cumbria

A restored Victorian woollen mill now housing artists' studios, exhibition galleries, working looms with demonstrating artists and a cafe. The heritage floor illustrates the history of Farfield Mill, the lives of its workers and the local people of... more

Killhope

The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Nr Cowshill, Upper Weardale, Bishop Auckland

Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Bishop Auckland, Durham

Explores the life of North Pennine lead mining families. Visitors walk down the original mine tunnel and discover the working conditions of Victorian miners. See how miners lived and worked. Woodland walk & picnic site.... more

Roman Vindolanda

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham

Roman Vindolanda, Chesterholm Museum, Hexham, Northumberland

When you visit Roman Vindolanda you will find one of the north east’s most fascinating tourist attractions, lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall country. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is... more

Lancaster City Museum

Market Square, Lancaster

Lancaster City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire

Lancaster City Museum is situated in the former town hall and spread over two floors with collections illustrating the history and archaeology of Lancaster and North Lancashire. One of the permanent exhibitions on the upper floor is devoted to the... more

Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland


Go Back in time and Experience the Life of a Roman Soldier at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrians wall Set on Hadrians wall, Housesteads Roman Fort is home to stunning panoramic views of Northumberland and a fantastic educational... more

Chesters Fort & Museum

Chollerford, Humshaugh, Hexham

Chesters Fort & Museum, Chollerford, Hexham, Northumberland


Discover the Life of Roman Solider at Chesters Fort & Museum on Hadrian's Wall Part of Hadrian’s Wall and built in 122-123AD, Chesters Fort & Museum is the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain and allows visitors to explore... more

Manx National Heritage

Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas

Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

At Manx National Heritage, enjoy 10,000 years of the Isle of Man´s often turbulent history brought to life in an imaginative and thought-provoking way through the Story of Mann, which starts at the award-winning Manx Museum in Douglas and takes on a... more

Ascot Studios

Bee Mill, Preston Road, Ribchester

Ascot Studios, Bee Mill, Ribchester, Lancashire

Showcasing local, national and international artists, Ascot Studios in Ribchester in the Ribble Valley, Lancs, is one of the leading independent art galleries in Britain. It is housed in a converted industrial north light building with high ceilings... more

Beamish- The Living Museum of the North

Beamish, Chester-le-Street

Beamish- The Living Museum of the North, Beamish, Chester-le-Street, Durham

Immerse yourself in 19th and 20th century northern life in the fabulous Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, in County Durham. This giant site (easily navigable by trams, charabancs and omnibuses) is dedicated to showcasing how people lived... more

Durham University Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham

Durham University Oriental Museum opened in 1960, and is the only museum of its kind in the country devoted solely to Oriental art and archaeology. The collections explore cultures that range from Ancient Egypt to Imperial China and modern Japan to... more

The Atkinson

Lord Street, Southport

The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside

The Atkinson is a multi-art form venue slap bang in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. This renovated 19th century building provides a platform for music, literature, poetry, theatre, art and history and hosts some of the country’s most talented... more

Discovery Museum

Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

The Discovery Museum in Newcastle is probably most famous for its Turbinia exhibit – the first vessel to be powered by a steam turbine and dreamt up by Charles Parsons, who served his engineering apprentice at a Newcastle firm. However, this city... more

Shipley Art Gallery

Prince Consort Road, Gateshead

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

The Shipley Art Gallery combines a dazzling display of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and furniture alongside stunning historical artworks. Over 700 breathtaking pieces by the county´s leading craft makers and a collection of paintings including Dutch... more

Laing Art Gallery

New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Laing Art Gallery, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

This small but important gallery on Newcastle’s New Bridge Street is home to a very impressive collection of sculpture and art and is well known for attracting some of the big hitters in historic, modern and contemporary art to the north east. The... more

Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum

Towneley Holmes Road, off Todmorden Road, Burnley

Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Towneley Holmes Road, Burnley, Lancashire

Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family for over 500 years until 1902. Displays include oil and watercolour paintings, studio pottery, Royal Lancastrian Pilkington Pottery, regional oak furniture. The Hall contains fine period rooms,Great... more

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

Buddle Street, Wallsend

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum, Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne & Wear

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum - in AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the north, and Segedunum was the last outpost of Hadrian´s Wall. The... more

Stephenson Railway Museum

Middle Engine Lane, North Shields

Stephenson Railway Museum, Middle Engine Lane, North Shields, Tyne & Wear

Stephenson Railway Museum, relive the glorious days of the steam railway at the Museum, home to George Stephenson´s 1826 `Billy´, a forerunner of the world-famous Rocket and many other engines from the great age of steam. The story of coal and how... more

Cliffe Castle Museum

Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley

Cliffe Castle Museum, Spring Gardens Lane, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Once the grand family home of Victorian textile millionaire Henry Isaac Butterfield, Cliffe Castle Museum in Keighley, west Yorkshire, is now a fabulously restored glittering mansion inside which you can learn just how the Butterfields – and wealthy... more

Bronte Parsonage Museum

Church Street, Haworth, Keighley

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire

It’s hard to believe that literary milestones such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall were penned in the rather unassuming Yorkshire village of Haworth. But the Bronte Parsonage Museum, filled with the family's furniture,... more

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery

Ocean Road, Blandford Square, South Shields

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear

South Shields Museum & Gallery explores local history during the life and times of famous author Catherine Cookson, as well as examining how the natural landscape has shaped the history of the area. In the Catherine Cookson Gallery exhibits include... more

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

Baring Street, South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear

South Shields’ Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum provides a fascinating insight into the Roman determination to maintain its mighty frontier system, the fort being the military supply base for the 17 forts along Hadrian’s Wall. There is absolutely loads... more

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Burdon Road, Sunderland

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

At the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day is told by hands-on exhibits and interactive displays. The Art Gallery shows paintings by L S Lowry alongside Victorian... more

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

North Bridge Street, Sunderland

Monkwearmouth Station Museum, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear

Anyone with a passing interest in transport or a child that loves trains will find plenty to entertain them at the Monkwearmouth Station Museum in Sunderland. This free museum, based within a Victorian station, focuses on the origins of railways and... more

Dorman Museum

Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough

Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland & Teesside

The Dorman Museum was completely refurbished and expanded to give eight galleries filled with different themes, stories and objects. Explore `Earth in Space´ or take a dive into our interactive gallery based on water. Experience life in a bomb... more

Bury Art Museum

Moss Street, Bury

Bury Art Museum, Moss Street, Bury, Greater Manchester

Bury Art Museum opened in 1901 thanks to the generosity of the children of local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. To commemorate Queen Victoria´s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, they presented the town with their father´s art collection which included... more

Mercer Art Gallery

Swan Road, Harrogate

Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

There are some 2,000 works of art tucked inside the handsome Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate (built as the city's first spa building in 1806), mainly from the 19th and 20th century periods, which make for some very lively and entertaining... more

Royal Pump Room Museum

Crown Place, Harrogate

Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Royal Pump Room Museum, which is housed in Harrogate´s premier spa building and the site of Europe´s strongest sulphur well, tells the story of Harrogate as a spa. The distinctive octagonal building was built in 1842 by Isaac Shutt and re-opened in... more

North Lanarkshire Archives Centre

1 High Road, Motherwell

North Lanarkshire Archives Centre, 1 High Road, Motherwell, Lanarkshire

Motherwell Heritage Centre is now the North Lanarkshire Archives Centre. It still has its gallery space, currently with a spring exhibition about local industries and their contribution to civil engineering around the world. The new archives centre... more

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Lister Park, Bradford

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Set your sights on Bradford’s civic art gallery, Cartwright Hall, and you’ve a full day of art and relaxation in store. Not only does this grand hall contain contemporary exhibitions on the ground floor, with four permanent galleries displaying works... more

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, Cleveland & Teesside

The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is set in the scenic grounds of Stewart Park, and traces the life of Captain James Cook, the world´s most famous explorer. Born in 1728 it provides a unique insight into his early life, seafaring career, the legacy... more

Bradford Industrial Museum

Moorside Mills, Moorside Road, Eccleshill, Bradford

Bradford Industrial Museum, Moorside Mills, Bradford, West Yorkshire

Bradford Industrial Museum, built in 1875 and the original spinning mill, is alive with magnificent machinery which once converted raw wool into the world´s worsted cloth. Inside the mill, you can experience the sounds and smells of the engines which... more

National Museum of Rural Life

Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride

National Museum of Rural Life, Wester Kittochside, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire

The National Museum of Rural Life is set on Wester Kittochside working farm in East Kilbride, Scotland, which is run according to 1950s agricultural methods and practices. Inside the farmhouse you get a real sense of what living on a farm was... more

World Museum Liverpool

William Brown Street, Liverpool

World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside

The World Museum Liverpool´s galleries include World Cultures, the Bug House, an Aquarium, Clore Natural History Centre, Weston Discovery Centre and Treasure House Theatre. With thousands of exhibits, the whole family can discover other... more

Walker Art Gallery

William Brown Street, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside

All the family are welcome at the Walker Art Gallery, one of the finest art galleries in Europe. Covering art from medieval times to the 21st century, the gallery is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. Get up close to Tudor portraits of... more

Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, Merseyside

Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered was opened in 1994 and situated within Merseyside Maritime Museum, it tells the exciting story of smuggling and duty men from the 1700s to the present day. This surprising Museum houses one of the most... more

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool

Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Liverpool’s shipping heritage is a rich and fascinating subject and ripe for exploring, which is exactly how you can pass the day at the wonderful Merseyside Maritime Museum. The museum covers a wide sweep of subject matter linked to seafaring life... more

International Slavery Museum

Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool

International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Liverpool was once a trading port of global significance and sadly one commodity which made many traders rich was human – African slaves. Now you can study this inhuman business at the city’s impressive International Slavery Museum on the waterfront... more

Tate Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool

Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside

Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London. Housed in a beautiful converted warehouse in the historic Albert Dock, one of the finest groups of nineteenth-century industrial buildings anywhere. Home of... more

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Wirral

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Wirral, Merseyside

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is a large purpose-built art gallery, opened in 1928 housing the vast majority of Wirral´s collection of artistic and historical wonders. Permanent displays include Victorian oil paintings, Liverpool porcelain and... more

Abbey House Museum

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds

Abbey House Museum, Abbey Walk, Leeds, West Yorkshire

There’s something endlessly fascinating about the creative, inventive, eccentric Victorian era and when a museum manages to convey what life was like for inhabitants of that era, it’s a thing of beauty. Abbey House Museum in Leeds, which has garnered... more

Summerlee - The Museum of Scottish Life

Heritage Way, Coatbridge

Summerlee - The Museum of Scottish Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire

It’s blast off at Summerlee Industrial Museum for the whole family, where the ironwork’s old furnaces can still be viewed and you can jump on board Scotland’s only electric tramway. Step back in time to the mid-19th century when the area was dubbed... more

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