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Central England

Central England is characterised by its numerous charming villages, stunning countryside and many fine churches and historic buildings. Its towns and cities offer a distinct cultural scene, superb shopping and the renown glass and pottery centres.
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The Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park is a colourful multi award winning interactive experience telling the story of the Battle of Bosworth 1485.
Explore Stratford-upon-Avon on this self-guided Treasure Hunt. You'll discover stories from the past, stumble across old taverns, see the house where William S
Situated within Shakespeare's Warwickshire is the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, the UK's largest tropical butterfly paradise! Open all year round.
At Hooray's British Gelato Kitchen, visitors will discover a cluster of scrumptious joys to stimulate the taste buds. Hooray's style and motivation can be class
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Santa Pod Raceway - the home of European Drag Racing - provides thrilling, non-stop action perfect for fantastic family days out with a difference!
Take a step back in time at the 1620s House and Garden and explore the recreated early 17th century house & grounds to see how people lived 400 years ago.
Statfold Barn Farm, under the direction of proprietors Graham and Carol Lee throughout the most recent fifteen years, has developed to move toward becoming what must be the most significant collection of narrow gauge locomotives in the UK. With more than 30 steam trains and numerous internal combustion locomotives, speaking to most British and a few abroad makers.
With Theme Park, Farm Park and Water Park (seasonal) Twinlakes Park offers the best variety of family rides and attraction, set in 100 acres of glorious countryside, where dozens of action packed play zones, 125,000sqft indoors helps you entertain the whole family. Whatever the weather expect a full day of play in massive indoor venture centres complete with mega rides.
A fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather!
Woburn Safari Park is home to over 1,000 wild animals in beautiful parkland. Tickets include a Road Safari, Foot Safari and plenty of free leisure activities.
Spend an inspiring day exploring a national treasure Receive a warm welcome into the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wonder at this masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture. Explore our World Heritage Site with over 2000 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped parkland. Discover the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Secret Garden. Delight in our family friendly Pleasure Gardens, reached by miniature train, with a giant hedge ...
Home of the famous blue Loco Thomas and uniquely placed in a position close the borders of Leicestershire, Huntingdonshire, Northants Rutland, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire The NVR is a heritage railway and more...
Experience a wild day out at Dudley Zoological Gardens Learn all about some of the world's rarest animals at Come face-to-face with Sumatran tigers and Asiatic lions; take a walk on the wild side in Lemur Wood and Lorikeet Lookout and watch the mischievous meerkat mob. There are baboons on the bank, the UK's largest colony of Humboldts in Penguin Bay and snakes and lizards in the Reptile House. There's also an amazing birds of prey show in the heart of the 11th century castle and a ...
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway takes you back to the age of steam, with stations dotted through the heart of the Cotswolds from Cheltenham to Broadway
The Lost City Adventure Golf, based in the heart of Nottingham at The Cornerhouse, houses two separate 18 hole, rainforest themed, indoor adventure golf courses - Sacred Skull Pass and Temple Trail! Perfect for budding adventurers aged from 3 to 103, The Lost City is fantastic fun and suitable for everyone – whether you're looking for an activity to do with the family, fancy an adventure with your friends, fancy bringing that date you're trying to impress or want to beat the boss with you...
Closer to Wildlife! Enjoy a relaxing day out in beautiful surrounding at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, with over 260 animal species in 160 acres of spacious Parkland. Stroll up our New Giraffe Walkway and get eye-to-eye with these amazing creatures. Picnic whilst watching Rhinos grazing on the lawns of the Gothic Manor House. Leap about with Lemurs in their walk-through enclosure. Ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. There's something...
18 Hole Mini Pro Golf Course Golfing Fun For Everyone - No Experience Necessary, just turn up and play! - The Worlds First Chip and Putt Golf Course - All equipment provided or bring your own. - Club house serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams - Covered riverside seating area, with fun leaderboard to record the best players scores. Play real Mini Golf, on a beautiful Grass Course in a picturesque riverside setting, featuring a unique chip and putt experience with wa...
West Midland Safari Park is an award-winning attraction, located in the heart of England. This is a fantastic family day out which includes incredible animal encounters, amazing exhibits and Theme Park rides!
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DRC recreates the golden age of the Great Western Railway, with a fine collection of over 20 steam locomotives, many housed in the original 1932 engine shed, a collection of passenger coaches and freight wagons. With examples of GWR buildings and infrastructure, including the original 1857 Transfer Shed.
Crich Tramway Village is the base for the National Tramway Museum.Located in the stunning Derbyshire countryside, it takes visitors on a trip back in time.
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Shepreth Wildlife Park is one of East Anglia's major attractions participating in endangered breeding programmes, and raising over £300k for conservation projects worldwide working alongside Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity. Today, there are over 100 species to see and meet with keeper talks and demonstrations every half hour throughout the day.
Discover the world of pottery at Gladstone Pottery Museum Stoke on Trent has become synonymous with pottery and the Gladstone Pottery Museum tells the tale of this part of England and its artistic pedigree. This is the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country and it has been beautifully preserved to be a living legacy on this area's amazing creative heritage. You'll discover how bone china tableware was made in the original workshops and glimpse the giant bottle kilns o...
Experience The Breathtaking Views Of The Peak District National Park Britain's first national park, established in 1951, is visited by people from all over the world. They come to find peace, tranquillity and adventure, experiencing some of England's finest climbing, caving, walking and cycling. The National Park is also home to 38,000 people. The local economy is based on tourism, farming, quarrying and manufacturing.
Situated in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside Chase Distillery is Britain's first Single-Estate Distillery. Chase's vodka is hand-crafted using potatoes grown on their own farm, to produce an award-winning vodka. This is re-distilled and blended with natural botanicals to produce a Chase gin.
Explore one of the Seven Wonders of Britain Windsor Castle, one of three official residences of The Queen, has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years and not only is it the largest inhabited castle in the world but is the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world´s most spectacular skylines. Visitors can walk around the State Apartments, extensive suites of rooms at the...
Lincoln Cathedral is world-renowned as an architectural masterpiece and as a place of worship. It is one of the best medieval cathedrals in Europe.
Newmarket's two magical racecourses, The Rowley Mile and The July Course, together form a great venue in the East of England. But not only are they used for the exhilarating excitement of world class flat racing but you will also find pulsating music nights, great value family days, award-winning restaurants and exceptional conference and events facilities. Newmarket Racecourses host around 40 race days in the year – split between The Rowley Mile and The July Course. Highlights on The Rowley ...
Spanning from opposite The O2 to Hertfordshire's nature reserves, Lee Valley Regional Park is 26 miles of nature, sport and discovery! From international recognised habitats where you can see some rare native and visiting wildlife to world renowned sporting venues to fun, exciting and educational event for adults and kids alike! There's something for everyone in the Lee Valley.
Across 350 acres of parkland, Wellington Country Park presents the biggest outdoor play opportunities in Berkshire. It has an absolute mass of things to do for kids up to about the age of eight. With an adventure playground, toddler area, sandpits, slides, a miniature railway (additional fee applies), animal farm and petting barn, enchanted forest, water play area and 12-hole mini golf course on site, there should easily be enough to keep the little ones busy all day. There is also a dinosaur...
Discover the land before time at Avebury Probably one of England's best known tourist attractions (and a World Heritage Site), Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles in Wiltshire. The site has much to thank archaeologist Alexander Keiller, known as the marmalade millionaire thanks to his breakfast creation, who opened a museum here to display much of the findings of the site in 1938 in the old stable building of Avebury manor where he lived. A wonderful t...
Meet the Animals and incredible wildlife at ZSL London Zoo At ZSL London Zoo visit the new exhibit Gorilla Kingdom to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest within a natural walk through environment and get closer than ever before to a group of Western lowland gorillas. Feel the heat of South America within the tropical biome Clore Rainforest Lookout, and witness marmosets, tamarinds and other forest dwellers all living in harmony within the lush plants and trees of t...
Explore the Royal wonders of Kensington Palace Kensington Palace offers insight and Education for the whole family. Explore the palace, Featuring the King's Staircase, a wonderful vivid painting by William Kent which shows George I's court in all its glamorous, riotous glory. The exquisitely decorated Cupola Room, the King's Drawing Room where power play and negotiation was the order of the day and the Privy Chamber where Queen Caroline entertained beneath a decorous, elaborate ceiling. ...
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 of Regional Government had nuclear war broken out. Built in the 1950's as part of a vast secret radar network codenamed 'ROTOR'. The bunker today offers a warm welcome to anyone looking for a totally different day out. Entering through massive...
The Covent Garden Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided investigation which takes you through the famous sights of Covent Garden. Can you follow the 1.5 mile ro
Visiting all of London's attractions with over 80 stops to hop-on and hop-off at, including 3 free walking tours and a free river cruise with every ticket.
Experience the lives of Royalty at Buckingham Palace Possibly the most famous and iconic building in Britain, Buckingham Palace has been one of London's most popular tourist attractions for centuries. Built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, it has been the royal family's official London residence since Queen Victoria decreed it in 1837. 19 state rooms are open to the public for eight weeks of the year in summer so you can get a feel of the atmosphere and surroundings when the Quee...
Battersea Park Children's Zoo offers visitors the chance to get close to meerkats, monkeys, emus, wallabies, otters, Kune Kune pigs and many more delightful creatures. Children can also make masks, have their faces painted and have a go at animal art, and there are plenty of other fun activities to enjoy.
The London Bicycle Tour Company provides London's original bike tour, operating since 1991. The tours are safe, suitable for all standards, and offer an excitin
Experience Tudor Royalty at Hampton Court Palace A wonderful, educational fun day out. Hampton Court Palace hosts England's greatest example of a medieval hall and was host to Shakespeare's company in 1603/4. While the stunning Chapel Royal, which has been used continuously for 450 years, is a masterpiece in religious architecture of the time. There are also masses of activities designed to bring the Tudor world to life. Puzzle through the famous maze, take part in Tudor celebrations, f...
See the Crown Jewels and Experience History come to Life at the tower of London The Tower of London built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in the world and you'll find plenty to see inside. In the very heart of London visitors can view the Crown Jewels, squirm at the instruments of torture that are on display and spot the graffiti on a prison wall left by the bereft husband of tragic queen Lady Jane Grey. You'll learn all...
All aboard the Epping Ongar Railway Epping Ongar railway does a brisk trade in transporting 21st century punters back in time to the era of steam and tea served in proper tea cups. The volunteer-run heritage line operates steam and diesel hauled trains through 6.5 miles of picturesque rolling countryside in Essex. It starts with a trip on a vintage bus from Epping station followed by a relaxing steam journey though stunning forest and historic towns, all the while imagining yourself ba...
Located in a conservation area with over 1,000 years of history, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery showcases how this unique gin is produced.
Bath Aqua Glass have glassblowing demonstrations in their studio in Bath, twice a day from Monday to Saturday. It is family-friendly and a short walk from their central shop by the historic Bath Abbey
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A friendly, local, steam railway bringing back the sounds and smells of steam to the Avon Valley. Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through route between the Birmingham and the South Coast, the line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. Closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960's the line was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Today, 40 years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam c...
Winchester Cathedral offers a wealth of beauty, from its outstanding architecture to the deep emotions stirred by its choral music – a wonderful heritage that belongs to us all. For over a thousand years, people have come to seek inspiration in this magnificent Cathedral. Today, the Cathedral welcomes 300,000 visitors a year to share in worship, explore its heritage and attend the many events. From a small Saxon church to a great Cathedral, the long history of this sacred place stretches b...
Packed with historical facts and fascinating stories, tours of Chetham's Library are lead by our expert volunteers from Monday to Friday. Advance booking is highly recommended as visitor numbers to these delicate ancient buildings are carefully restricted.
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Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is a zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres of beautiful, peaceful North Somerset countryside just 6 miles from Bristol.
Longleat is characterised by its Elizabethan architecture and is surrounded by 900 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped grounds. It is home to the UK's original Safari Park and a wealth of impressive attractions including Jungle Kingdom and Animal Adventure. Here, guests can get up-close and personal with truly amazing animals.
The family home of Sir Winston Churchill, many of the rooms at Chartwell remain unchanged since the time the great politician lived here. Mementoes, paintings and books all help to evoke the career and personal life of this statesman, artist and individual.
Located in Winchester, the 140-acre park is home to a huge variety of exotic and endangered species where guests can learn about nature all while getting closer to the wonders of the natural world. Marwell Zoo is run by conservation charity, Marwell Wildlife.
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With four UK locations, Diggerland offers children and adults the chance to ride, drive and play with construction vehicles, including diggers and dumpers. With fun-filled action and adventure, it's a brilliant family day out.
Discover the underwater world at Blue Planet Aquarium Blue Planet Aquarium provides an incredible voyage of discovery through the underwater world from freshwater lakes and streams to mangrove swamps, rocky shores, stunning coral reefs and mighty ocean depths. Blue Planet Aquarium has the largest collection of Sharks in Europe including awesome three-metre-long Sand Tiger Sharks in a 3.8 million litre Caribbean Reef viewable from a 70-metre underwater tunnel! Other displays are home t...
Explore the Outstanding Natural Beauty of the South Downs National Park The South Downs National Park is recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, with many bustling towns and villages from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to Lewes in the east. Numerous 'rights of way' and open access land is available to explore along with a multitude of things to see and enjoy.
Diggerland Kent is one of four Diggerland locations in the UK, and it offers the same incredible day out as the other Diggerland venues - real diggers and dumpers to drive and operate, as well as top-class, thrilling rides and activities, along with dodgems, go-carts and much more.
Discover the fascinating past of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn Hever Castle, a romantic 13th-century moated castle, was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII´s second wife - inside there are prayer books signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn. In 1903 the estate was bought by American William Waldorf Astor, who spent large amounts of money, and time restoring the castle. Collections of Tudor portraits, furniture, tapestries and other fine works of art are in displ...
There is so much to do at Manor Farm and Country Park in Southampton that you may want to come back straight away after your first visit. Make the acquaintance of Mrs Earwicker, the farmer's wife, down on the Victorian Farm and take a farmyard walk to learn about how life was lived in the 1800s. There are lots of animals for the children to meet (we love the chicks and ducks), you can help with the milking of the cows and even learn about Victorian farming equipment. Over in the school room, ...
Meet some amazing animals and birds that live in this natural woodland learn some fascinating facts about European bison, lynx, wolves, otters etc etc
Probably most famous for its Glorious Goodwood event in July, Goodwood Racecourse is so much more than a horse racing track. With just lovely views across the Sussex Downs and the Solent, whether you are interested in racing or not is almost irrelevant – a trip to Goodwood is an event in itself. Train travellers arrive in Chichester and are carried by open top bus through the Duke of Richmond's rambling estate to get to the course where there always seems to be an atmosphere of jollity, every...
Glastonbury Abbey is connected with legend to a degree that is unparalleled by any other abbey in England. Since Medieval times, the abbey has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
Once the gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House has been the ancestral home of the Montagu family since 1538, following the dissolution of the monasteries.
Home to The National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear, the award-winning Beaulieu makes for a superb day out.
Loved by locals and tourists alike, Arundel Castle holds a special place in the heart of England (it's been a visitor attraction for 200 years) and it's all the more special since it is still lived in to this day. The site's history dates back almost 1,000 years when a motte was built in 1068 and the subsequent buildings that have been added to the site have been home to the Dukes of Norfolk and their descendants for 850 years. As you might expect, the place is groaning with priceless antique...
Discover Moors Valley Country Park Moors Valley Country Park covers 750 acres in the valley of the Moors River. There is so much to do, a steam railway, 18 hole golf course, walks and cycle trails and a chance to swing amongst the trees with Go Ape. Alongside its exciting attractions, the Moors Valley Country Park is set in the beautiful Dorset Countryside, surrounded by tree, rivers, lakes and stunning wildlife. The park also has a fantastic outdoor children's play area which bri...
Discover a world of colour inside The Royal Pavilion Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this iconic Brighton Building mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China. Wander the halls with an audio tour (there are two types, for adults and children) and lose yourself in the luxurious, indulgent world of the Prince of Wales who, by the way, is said to have underground passages from the Pavilion to the homes of his lovers. When you've done the tour, l...
This self-guided murder mystery investigation takes you on a real-life adventure through the heart of Brighton. Hunt high and low, past grand Georgian buildings
Widely known as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers a fun-tastic day out getting nose-to-nose with exotic animals, rides and play areas.
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Go back in time and Experience the Battle of Hastings Explore the sight of the infamous Battle of Hastings, 1066. Take a tour the excellent exhibition on the site that explains what happened that fateful day with the help of a CGI film and interactive displays. You'll get a real feel of what England was like back in the 11th century and understand why events led to the battle and what the ramifications of this most famous moment in history were for England. Stand on the very spot wher...
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