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Beatrix Potter Gallery

Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Main Street, Ambleside, Cumbria


Discover the Story behind Beatrix Potter Discover the life of one of the worlds most beloved childrens authors at the Beatrix Potter Gallery near Ambleside where you can enjoy an exhibition of her original drawings and watercolours.... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red House

Oxford Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton

Red House, Oxford Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire

Red House, built in 1660, was home to the Taylor family who were cloth merchants and manufacturers. Mary Taylor, daughter of the house in the 19th century was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, who visited often. The house looks very much as it... 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

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield

Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

With works by LS Lowry and Henry Moore headlining, Huddersfield Art Gallery is a great place to while away a morning or afternoon in the company of some of the best British artists of the 20th century. The gallery, on the second floor of the town... more

Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow, Leeds

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Anyone who thinks you have to travel to London to see seminal collections, should head off to Leeds Art Gallery. This amazing venue in the Headrow in the city’s cultural quarter has a collection to rival anything in the capital and includes a... more

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street, Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery houses the city´s magnificent art collection. An oustanding Pre-Raphaelite collection and Gallery of Craft and Design, hosting a lively programme of exhibitions and events in stunning Victorian and contemporary surroundings.... more

Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre

Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Manchester United is the world´s most famous football club and the award winning Museum at Old Trafford hosts over 230,000 visitors annually. The Museum tracks the history of the Club from humble beginnings in 1878, showcases the silverware collected... more

Tolson Museum

Ravensknowle Park, Wakefield Road, Moldgreen, Huddersfield

Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

Tolson Memorial Museum is the history book of a typical Yorkshire town, the Museum draws a vivid and intriguing picture of Huddersfield and its people, from the prehistoric to the present. Displays include natural history, the textile industry and... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Burns House

Burns Street, Dumfries

Robert Burns House, Burns Street, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

Robert Burns House is a simple sandstone house set in a quiet Dumfries street. It was here he died in 1796 and the house gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived. On display are the desk and chair he used along with many original... 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

National Coal Mining Museum For England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield

National Coal Mining Museum For England, Caphouse Colliery, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

The National Coal Mining Museum For England is a 41 acre site with a unique collection of buildings, displays and galleries that reveal the hidden world of mining through the centuries; learn about mining methods and machinery, the miners and their... 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

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Port Sunlight Village, Lower Road, Wirral

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, Merseyside

Businessman, philanthropist and art lover William Hesketh Lever is the reason the Lady Lever Art Gallery on the Wirral exists. The founder of the Lever Brothers soap empire, he became a very rich man and spent some of his fortune on collecting art... more

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery

Wellington Road, Stockport

Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, Wellington Road, Stockport, Cheshire

Stockport Art Gallery houses a permanent display of Stockport's fine art collection. There is also an extensive programme of exhibitions and events.... 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

Wakefield Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield

Wakefield Museum, Wakefield One, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

The Museum opened in October 2012 and tells the story of Wakefield’s history and that of the people who shaped it. Themes such as love, war, play, crime, and even rhubarb are represented by fascinating objects from Wakefield’s past and are seen... 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

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

The Hepworth Wakefield

Gallery Walk, Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

With Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore local to the area, it’s little wonder that Wakefield’s The Hepworth Gallery is an impressive space for showcasing its important collection of 19th and 20th century art. Set in an early Victorian townhouse,... more

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