Historic Places to Visit
Historic Places to Visit
Britain is blessed with a wealth of cities that are big draws for heritage tourists. In cities across the country, you’ll find towering castles, historic high streets, skyscraping cathedrals, marvellous museums, and other surprising relics of the past on every corner. This is a guide to some of the delights you’ll find if you go in search of history in our cities.
Simply click one of the locations on the maps to find out more about the historical point of interest. Cities are identified by large pins, attractions by small pins.
Commence your modern day Roman Invasion
In it’s 2000 year history, Carlisle has seen Romans, Celts, warring families and invading armies leave a legacy for you to explore. In Carlisle’s Historic Quarter, you will find a castle, cathedral and museums in a compact area, criss crossed with ancient thoroughfares.
The city is emerging as a cultural centre with many independent art galleries and workshops opening to showcase their wares and complementing those already established. The new Roman Frontier: Stories Beyond Hadrian’s Wall gallery at the city’s Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery showcases the impact the arrival of Roman rule had on the north, with exceptional finds and interactive displays sering to catapult visitors from the city into the dramtic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country. Elsewhere, you’ll find Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery a fusion of old and new - from beautiful ‘old Tullie House’ with its collection of fine art to the Border Galleries, describing the once bloody histrory of this historic city.
The magnificent Castle, founded in 1092 by William the Conquerer’s son, stands as testament to years of feuding over the English-Scottish border. The City’s commercial success is revealed in the Guildhall Museum, built in 1407 and once the meeting place of the medieval trade guilds. Closeby stands Carlisle Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare, it was built for the glory of God and prayers have been said in it daily for almost 900 years. Nearby, award winning The Old Town Hall stands at the heart of the Historic Quarter, dating from 1717, it now houses Carlisle’s award winning Tourist Information Centre. Once enclosed by mighty walls, Carlisle’s West Walls, built from 1122, are all that remain but are a fine example of what these defences looked like.
Close to the Historic Quarter are the imposing ‘twin drum’ bastions of the Citadel built by Henry VIII, adjacent to this is Carlisle’s Railway station – aptly named the Citadel Station, it was built in 1847 by William Tite who was also resoponsible for the London Stock Exchange.
The beauty of Carlisle is its ability to blend unique heritage with all the modern day facilities of a vibrant city centre. Having recently witnessed a cultural renaissance, there’s a cosmopolitan feel within the old walled city. The city centre boasts an array of pavement cafes from which to sit and watch the world go by or take a well earned break whilst shopping or browsing. Shopping is an absolute delight with superb department stores, high street names, small boutiques & craft shops unique to Carlisle, all rubbing shoulders amongst a tree lined, flower decked pedestrianised area.
This same area is a hive of activity with a programme of all year round events, entertainment, markets and cultural performances which you would expect from a city buzzing with things to see and do. The programme of activity extends to surrounding parks and entertainment venues playing host to a wealth of events, performances and sporting pursuits.
Add to this the city’s array of buzzing bars, nightclubs, bistros and restaurants... and you have enough to keep everyone occupied for the duration of your visit.
Exploring the wall
Carlisle was once the administrative capital of Hadrian’s Wall. You can visit what was the most strongly defended frontier in the whole of the Roman Empire (now recognised as a World Heritage Site) on a day trip from Carlisle by either taking your car or use the Hadrian’s Wall Country AD122 Bus or even follow in the footsteps of legions and ‘walk the Wall’. A particularly good example of a Roman fort is Birdoswald, situated at nearby Gilsland in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country. Alternatively base yourself in Brampton or one of the villages in and around the Wall - you may even stay in a B&B built with Roman stone!
The 84 mile Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail runs alongside the Wall itself – follow the path from Carlisle to Bowness-on-Solway and the view across the Solway Firth to Scotland has hardly changed since Roman times – you can almost imagine the Roman sentries on the lookout for invading “barbarians” The Roman frontier actually ran down the Cumbrian coast, and you can visit the Senhouse Museum at Maryport to see some of the amazing finds from the area.
The countryside in and around Carlisle contains many hidden treasures in contrasting landscapes that are sure to delight. Both Bitts and Rickerby Parks, located on the banks of the River Eden, are within walking distance of the city centre. Enjoy the floral splendour of Bitts or the wooded parkland of Rickerby. Both offer car parking and gentle footpaths.
Further afield is Talkin Tarn Country Park - a 65-acre lake Set amid 120 acres of farm and woodland. Visitors can launch their own boat or canoe/kayak, hire a rowing boat or go Pike fishing! An ideal place for active recreation or a quiet stroll. The BoathouseTea room and gift shop offers an excellent menu. Explore Gelt Woods where the ‘mad river Gelt’ courses throughthe middle of this ancient oak woodland. The Romans quarried stone from here for Hadrian’s Wall, leaving inscriptions on the ‘Written Rock of Gelt’
For more information and details on events, accommodation and opening times of attractions, visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk or call 01228 625600
Exeter, the cultural heart of the West Country hosts a year-round programme of vibrant events and festivals. It’s an intimate city with fresh air, birdsong and hilltops on the horizon. Original Roman walls circle the centre and virtually every period of architecture over the last 2000 years remains in splendid evidence.
Exeter Cathedral is an imposing structure of antiquity and beauty in the heart of the city and its twin Norman towers dominate the horizon. It is one of the finest examples of Decorated Gothic architecture in the country, and its unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting is the longest in the world.
Just a ten minute walk from the Cathedral is Exeter’s Historic Quayside, an important port during the 17th and 18th centuries due to the woollen cloth industry, through which Exeter became a very wealthy city. Today it is great place to go boating, cycling, walking, bird watching and shopping in antique and craft cellars. Exeter’s Quay House was built in 1680 at the height of Exeter’s success in the woollen industry, and was used to store cloth and other goods before they were loaded and transported down the canal. Today it is an interpretation centre telling the story of the Quayside. Another building important to the woollen cloth industry is Tuckers Hall, the medieval guildhall of the Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen since 1471, located in Fore Street.
Joining a free walking tour of Exeter with the Red Coat Guides is a great way to explore the city’s landmarks and learn about its rich history, or take one of three self-guided heritage trails of Exeter, allowing you to explore the city at your own pace. Brave visitors can explore beneath Exeter’s streets on a guided tour of the city’s ancient Underground Passages!
Walking around the city, visitors will discover historic buildings such as the Tudor House on Tudor Street and the House that Moved, a former Merchant House dating from around 1500, one of the oldest surviving houses in Exeter, which was moved on wheels to its current location in 1961 to make way for Exeter’s bypass!
Experience Tudor life at St Nicholas Priory, the 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory now presented as the 1602 home of a wealthy Elizabethan family.
Today, Exeter is a popular destination for culture and shopping, with a packed calendar of events throughout the year and distinct shopping quarters within easy walking distance of each other. It is also well known as a foodie destination, with some fantastic independent restaurants, local produce stores, food markets and an annual food festival.
For more information on Exeter, please contact Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets, Dix’s Field, Exeter, EX1 1GF.
Tel: 01392 665700
Portsmouth is packed with things to do and fast becoming Britain's favourite waterfront destination, with more and more to offer every year. Enjoy Portsmouth's irresistible mix of history and heritage, specialist shopping, lively arts, great restaurants and bars and a programme of year round events.
"The ladies of Cranford are quite sufficient. A man, as one of them observed to me, is so in the way in the house." These words set the scene for Elizabeth Gaskell's famous novel Cranford, based on observations of middle class life in her home town of Knutsford. She also cared deeply about the social issues surrounding the Industrial Revolution and her first novel Mary Barton pricked many consciences, making hers an influential voice in Victorian Manchester.
On the edge of Knutsford, Tatton Park, renamed Cumnor Towers in Cranford, was the country estate of the Egerton family. And it was Wilbraham Egerton of Tatton, then chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company, who at Eastham in 1887 cut the first sod in the construction of the great waterway that would connect Manchester to the sea and ensure the region's fortunes into the 20th century. Not far away at Ellesmere Port, on the junction of the Ship Canal and the River Mersey, the National Waterways Museum is a great day out for all.
Gaskell's connections continue in Styal, where her uncle, Doctor Holland, looked after the millworkers and apprentice children of Quarry Bank Mill. This is a fascinating National Trust property right in the midst of stunning beech woods and full of woodland and riverside wildlife. The huge Georgian mill, the Apprentice House where the children's stories are told by atmospheric costumed tours, the millworkers' village complete with school and chapels, all tell vivid stories. And for garden-lovers two very contrasting gardens are worthy of a day out all to themselves - one, at Quarry Bank House, the lavish landscaping of the mill owners; the other, at the Apprentice House, a huge kitchen garden growing food and herbal remedies for the child workers.
A journey along the Cheshire Ring of Canals will bring you to the Anderton Boat Lift. This amazing feat of Victorian engineering transports boats between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent & Mersey Canal, a height difference of 50 feet. The first boat lift in the world, known as the Cathedral of the Canals, you can take a boat ride here just for the fun of going in the lift! Nearby at Northwich, the Weaver Hall Museum (formerly the Salt Museum) and the Lion Salt Works tell the stories of Cheshire's salt industry. The Macclesfield Canal skirts the foothills of the Peak District to the Silk Museum in Macclesfield, once the centre of the silk weaving industry. And on the same canal is the Anson Engine Museum - a beautiful place where rhythmical engines, gleaming cogs and levers weave together to make intricate patterns, where everything is polished, balanced, and perfectly in place.
Liverpool. The very name conjures up images of a glorious maritime history, world-beating musical heritage, two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams and not one, but two majestically different Cathedrals. This Northwest city and the surrounding City Region is certainly all those things, but it is also so much more. Liverpool is undergoing a thrilling renaissance, jump-started by its hugely successful year in 2008 as European Capital of Culture.
It is now bulging with fabulous new shops, has buzzing new restaurants, hip hotels and trendy wine bars, as well as a world class cultural offering with more museums and galleries than anywhere outside of London. Plus its inhabitants, of course, who are famously friendly and will welcome you with pride. It is no surprise, in fact, that Liverpool is consistently voted as one of the top city break destinations by stylish travel bible Condé Nast Traveller.
Liverpool oozes culture and heritage. The city has a glorious past as a mercantile hub and gateway to the New World, but today it is also a key destination for art lovers, fans of the theatre and museumgoers.
Like the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Giza, Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Its impressive Waterfront qualified the city for this status in 2004. The site stretches along the Waterfront from Albert Dock, which alone has the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK, through The Pier Head and up to Stanley Dock. Stroll around Albert Dock to drink in some of the history then take a trip across the Mersey on one of the river’s famous ferries to see the awe-inspiring view of Liverpool Waterfront, one of the most recognised waterfronts in the world.
Liverpool has a unique mix of contemporary and classic architecture too. There’s the soaring Gothic Revival Liverpool Cathedral, the biggest Anglican Cathedral in the UK – a climb to the top of the tower for the best views across the region is a must – and the modernist Catholic Cathedral, affectionately known as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ at the other end of Hope Street, whose vast stained glass crown floods the interiors with different colours. Then there is the stunning St George’s Hall, described by Prince Charles as the finest example of neo-classical architecture in the country, where you can explore the great hall, fascinating criminal court and judges’ chambers.
So come and enjoy a classic champagne cocktail at the Panoramic, check out the very latest world class exhibition at Tate Liverpool, or snap up something gorgeous at the gleaming new Liverpool ONE in the heart of the city centre. This city bursts with energy, life, humour, and so much to do.
Hills, Mills, Legends
Truly the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and of the great inventors and entrepreneurs who made it all happen, Lancashire is a charming mixture of loom-clattering mills, untamed countryside and fantastical tales. With award-winning local produce, pubs and restaurants in so many of its pretty villages, it has become a favourite destination for food-lovers. And then on the coast there's all the fun of Blackpool...
The eyes of the working classes are now fully opened, they begin to cry: Our St. Petersburg is at Preston!” Karl Marx 1854
Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and Karl Marx all wrote about the events of Preston's lock-out and strike in 1853 in which "14,000 men and women, subsidized by the trades unions and workshops of all parts of the United Kingdom, fought out a grand social battle.”. The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a grand monument to all this, named after the philanthropic Preston businessman who gave his money to turn the town's dream of having a free library museum and art gallery into reality. Today it is a lively, vibrant gallery which celebrates the town's history and its cultural riches. Nearby, no prizes for guessing what you might find at Leyland - the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, of course!
This really was the birthplace of the textile industry and its greatest inventors.. Sir Richard Arkwright, inventor of the water-frame, entrepreneur and developer of the factory system, was born in Preston and rose to become the richest commoner in the country. His story is told at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, at the end of the East Lancashire Railway line - you can make the journey by steam train. The displays in the cotton and wool spinning mills here, along with the sister museum at Queen Street Mill Textile Museum- the last commercial steam powered textile weaving mill in the world - are designated as being of national importance.
The Weavers' Triangle at Burnley Wharf on the Leeds Liverpool Canal epitomises Lancashire's textile heritage in all its guises. It includes weaving sheds, spinning mills, weaves' cottages and one of the wonders of the canal world, the amazing "Straight Mile", the Burnley Embankment that carries the canal 60ft above the town. Bancroft Mill, with its working steam engine, is also nearby as is one of the very prettiest spots in all Lancashire, the little 15th century hamlet of Wycoller and its hall, used by Charlotte Bronte as a setting for Jane Eyre.
From here you could pick up the trail of the Witches of Pendle, through the stunning scenery and villages of the Forest of Bowland AONB to the historic city of Lancaster on the coast. And for something completely different it is a short drive south to Blackpool, the UK's favourite seaside resort and home of the iconic Blackpool Tower.
Always Ahead of the Game
A city of social reformers, liberal thinkers and visionaries, where grand Victorian architecture stands alongside tall, sleek monuments of the 21st century. Where great wealth that came with industrial success grew up hand in hand with social responsibility and patronage of the arts, creating the cultural legacy that we all enjoy today. And if today's Manchester is more fashion and football than cotton and canals, that same spirit lives on.
"There have always been ideas worth fighting for" (People's History Museum).
Beyond the grand, gleaming engines and textile machinery of the Museum of Science and Industry - MOSI - are the stories of the Manchester people who, each in their own ways, have changed the world. Great scientists and engineers-inventors to whom nothing seemed impossible; and who created a world capable of factory production, of computer technology, of ever quicker transport, of medical 'miracles'. And as if to prove that in Manchester the sky's the limit, within the museum you can stand on the platform of the world's first passenger railway station and look up to Beetham Tower, the tallest residential skyscraper in Europe and a potent symbol that this is truly a city of innovation - after all, Manchester University is home to more than its fair share of Nobel Prize winners.
Nearby, beautiful trade union and society banners fill the People's History Museum, every one of them a real, dazzling work of art, along with campaigning posters, satirical political posters and cartoons. From Industrial Revolution, the Peterloo Massacre, women's suffrage and the Welfare State to gay rights, anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigns - these are colourful stories, colourfully told.
Between the two museums, the magnificent John Rylands Library stands at the heart of the new Spinningfields area of Manchester - sleek, prosperous, businesslike. Visit the Royal Exchange Theatre - the largest room in the world when it was rebuilt in 1874 - and imagine the noise in here in 1921 when the Manchester Exchange controlled almost half the world's cotton production.
The opening of the Manchester Ship Canal may have sealed Manchester's fortunes - and you can cruise along the Ship Canal all the way to Liverpool's Pier Head to understand just how important this waterway was - but it was the earlier canal network that opened up the possibilities. Canals weave in and out of Manchester to this day and provide a lovely leisure route through the city whether you are on the water, on bikes or on foot. Explore the canal system on a narrow boat trip from the Portland Basin Museum on the junction of the Ashton Canal and Peak Forest Canal. The stories of Industrial Revolution continue at Salford Museum and Bolton Museum. Hat Works tells Stockport’s fascinating side of the textile story - and explains why the local football club is known as the Hatters! A steam train ride from Bury on the East Lancashire Railway line will take you straight to the heart of Lancashire's textile heritage that was so important to Manchester's prosperity.
The City of Glasgow owns a vast collection of fine art, objects and artefacts, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest civic collections in Europe.
There are more than 1 million objects, across a broad spectrum of art, natural history, human history and transport and technology – within each of these areas, there are objects of major international significance.
The fine art collection includes important examples from many of the key movements in art history including Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism and Dutch Old Masters, as well as a very significant collection of Scottish Art including the Colourists and the Glasgow Boys. There are masterpieces by major artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Whistler and Dali. There is also an internationally renowned collection of Chinese art, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Europe.
In decorative art, there are very fine examples of stained glass, tapestry, ceramics, jewellery and furniture – including work by one of Glasgow’s most famous sons, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. In fact, the material relating to Mackintosh is the best of its kind in the world, while European costume and textiles are amongst the best in the UK.
The natural history collection is the most outstanding of its kind in a civic museum in Scotland and is also one of the largest natural history collections in local authority ownership in the UK. Specimens range across a broad spectrum of zoology, botany and geology. Many of the specimens relate to Glasgow and the west of Scotland, while there are also extremely important collections from other parts of Scotland and all over the world.
Glasgow Museums’ human history collection encompasses a range of disciplines including ancient civilisations, anthropology, archaeology, religious studies, Scottish history and social history. It includes a very significant collection of arms and armour and an extensive collection in world cultures.
The transport and technology collection reflects the leading role played by Glasgow and the West of Scotland in advances made in scientific enquiry and industrial production. This includes an unrivalled Scottish car collection, a comprehensive collection of Scottish built railway locomotives, some very rare commercial vehicles and a collection of bicycles that includes almost certainly the oldest bicycle in the world.
This wonderful collection is housed in museums across the city, including Riverside Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, The Burrell Collection, the Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland Street School Museum, the People's Palace, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Provand's Lordship and Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.
All of our museums are free to visit and welcome visitors of all ages. The majority of our venues have cafés and gift shops, and host regular events and temporary exhibitions. Many of our events and exhibitions are free, although an entry fee applies to most temporary exhibitions at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
To find out what's on when you are visiting, go to glasgowmuseums.com or get in touch with our museums directly using the contact details provided.
Essex is truly a county of contrasts with a wealth of hidden treasures to be explored. Audley End House is just one hidden gem of Essex. It's a massive Jacobean house set deep in the Essex countryside and yet a short drive from London. Others include Hylands House in Chelmsford, a neo-classical style villa in around 500 acres of landscape; Layer Marney Tower near Colchester, which was built in the reign of Henry VIII; Ingatestone Hall, built in the 16th century by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to no less than four monarchs, and whose family still live there today.
There are many more gems to be found in Essex, so why not explore the county by downloading some of the itineraries we have prepared for you and start your journey of discovery.
For more information please contact Visit Essex.
Superbly situated in southern England’s rural heartland, Salisbury stands serenely amid a landscape that is quintessentially English. The city’s water-meadows have been immortalised in the paintings of Constable, and the sight of the Cathedral rising up from these lush green fields has been described as ‘Britain’s Best View’.
This historic medieval city offers everything from cosmopolitan pavement cafés to traditional coaching inns, specialist independent retailers to major high street stores, a fine array of historic attractions to excellent year-round entertainment.
Salisbury is the perfect fusion of ancient and modern, and makes an unbeatable destination for day trips and short breaks alike.
Established in 1907, the National Library of Wales is one of the world's great libraries. Set in one of the nation's most iconic buildings, and offering breathtaking views over the town of Aberystwyth, the Libary offers an unique visitors experience.
Free admission to the building, and we offer free guided weekly tours of the building every Monday morning at 11.00 a.m. and Wednesday afternoon at 2.15 p.m. A opportunity to go behind the scenes, see the building and some of our most notable national treasures.
To book a ticket contact the Library Shop on 01970 632 548 or book on-line at www.llgc.org.uk/drwm.
The Library also offers tours for groups and societies – for further information contact 01970 632 801 or email email@example.com.
Exhibition galleries, shop and cafés are available - with full disabled access and parking.
A unique shopping experience offering good value in an historic riverside setting. Wide range of factory outlet shops, all with discount prices. Leading brands in fashion, textiles, glassware, china, golf equipment and much, much more, plus the finest name in carpets from the Wilton Carpet Factory Shop.
Built around 1520. Layer Marney Tower, 6 miles south of Colchester off the B1022 Maldon Road, is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England. The building is principally the creation of Henry, the first Lord Marney, a close friend of Henry VIII. Lord Marney died in 1523, and his son, John, continued the building work but died just two years later, leaving no male heirs to continue the family line or the construction.
Henry VIII was so impressed by the building he came to stay in 1522. As the Palace was never finished it must have been a building site.
The house came to the Charrington family in the mid 20th century and has been occupied by the Charrington family ever since. Today it is a family residence, conference centre, wedding venue and visitor attraction.
The 80ft tower is well worth the climb for the spectacular view of the Essex countryside it offers. Available hire for functions. Minimum group size of 25. Coach parking available. Tearoom seats 34. Toilets and limited access for people with disabilities.
Fisherton Mill is the south of England’s largest independent gallery and a haven for discerning shopaholics and foodies alike. The Gallery space hosts a rolling exhibition of work by leading artists, furniture makers and sculptors across two floors of a converted Victorian grain mill.
The Gallery Shop stocks an array of unique and inspiring work by talented makers and artists. From hand-made ceramic buttons to bronze sculptures there is something for everyone and every pocket. Within the Mill site there are also many studios where artists and designers can be seen working.
Relax in the on-site Gallery Café and enjoy delicious food and cakes, fair-trade coffee and smoothies, all freshly prepared on the premises. There is courtyard seating for nice weather and a healthy children’s menu. Monthly evening dining dates, theatre nights etc can be found on our website. Meeting room and venue hire available.
There's no better way to experience Liverpool City Region than from the deck of the world famous Mersey Ferry listening to their commentary. You'll learn about the city and the region's fascinating history, see its spectacular sights and discover its unique character. The Liverpool waterfront is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site so there's even more reason to take a leisurely 50 minute River Explorer Cruise.
The Manchester Ship Canal Cruise is a fascinating 6 hour, 35 mile journey along this famous waterway. The cruise includes a live commentary giving a revealing insight into the facts, history and dramas of one of Britain's major waterways.
Dating from the 14th century, these dark, narrow passages beneath Exeter’s streets are the only attraction of their type open to the public in Britain today.
The vaulted passages were originally built to bring fresh drinking water from natural springs in outlying fields through lead pipes into the heart of the city.
The passages’ fascinating history include their use as an air raid shelter during World War II, and during the English Civil War when some of the lead pipes were torn up to make bullets. During a guided tour of the Passages, you will also hear stories of buried treasure and secret escape routes!
The first guided tours of this fascinating attraction were held in the 1930s, when entrance was through a manhole in the pavement! Today visitors pass through a heritage centre packed full of interactive exhibits, and watch a short film of the passages’ history before joining a guided tour of the passages themselves.
Located on Bristol’s historic harbourside, M Shed is a landmark new museum that tells the amazing history of the city.
From prehistoric times to the present day follow the history of Bristol through the objects and stories of the people who made the city what it is today. Find out why Bristol looks the way it does, why Bristol people have made and traded the things they have and how people have lived and worked over the centuries.
See some of the amazing things created in Bristol from the Bristol car and the Concorde engine to Fry’s chocolate and Wallace and Gromit and add your thoughts and memories about the city through the museum’s many interactive displays. From Brunel to Banksy - discover Bristol’s unique place in the world.
Don’t miss Bristol’s working cranes, trains and boats on the harbourside. Visit mshed.org for details of special events and trips and forthcoming exhibitions.
Plan your trip
Open: Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 10am-6pm
Travel: The museum is well served by public transport. Call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 for details. 5/10 minute walk from the city centre.
Access: The Museum is fully accessible, lifts to all floors. Accessible toilets.
Facilities: Baby-change, wheelchairs, café [highchairs, children’s menu and bottle warming available], shop.
Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of art and design on show in the friendly surroundings of the Shipley Art Gallery.
Over the last 25 years the venue has become established as a national centre for contemporary craft and has built up one of the best collections outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture.
The Shipley also boasts a spectacular collection of fine art, including William Irving's painting The Blaydon Races.
The Gallery stages a varied programme of temporary exhibitions as well as regular events and activities for all ages.
Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm & 2pm-5pm
The Castle of Exeter stands atop the highest part of the city, within the north-east angle of the city walls. From the reddish colour of the volcanic rock on which it stood, it became known locally as Rougemont Castle.
Little remains of the very early buildings within the walls, but the lofty entrance gatehouse, with a circular arch can still be seen from Castle Street and Rougemont Gardens, formed on the site of the castle fosse. There are still extensive remains of the boundary walls of the castle enclosure and early towers to East and West.
The castle is now in private hands and the aim of the new owners is to create a vibrant hub of art, music and food and drink. The Castle courtyard hosts the annual Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink in April.
One of England’s oldest racecourses, racing having taken place at this picturesque downland course since the 16th century. Accompanied children welcome; children’s entertainment at weekend/evening meetings.
Beautiful Porthcurno valley may appear an unlikely place to find the largest and busiest telegraph cable station in the world; hub of Imperial communications and robustly defended throughout World War II. The first undersea telegraph cable laid here in 1870 forged a physical link between Britain and India. Today it is home to the unique award-winning Porthcurno Telegraph Museum where visitors discover the role of the telegraph- dubbed the ‘Victorian Internet’- in shaping our world and the way we live, work and communicate today.
Explore the secret WW2 tunnels and bomb-proof escape steps and experience the sights and sounds of a working telegraph station. The collection of original working telegraph equipment is unparalleled and knowledgeable speakers give engaging demonstrations every day. Uncover the lives of intrepid early telegraph engineers and operators stationed to remote and hostile locations. Family-friendly activities, interactive exhibits, sculpture gardens and regular events.
Step back in time and watch Victorian life come to life before your eyes at Audley End. An unforgettable day out, you can experience what life was like at one of England's grandest stately homes. Stroll through the stunning pastoral parklands designed by 'Capability' Brown, explore the formal garden and organic Kitchen Garden or try your hand at working in the Victorian Service Wing. Then, take a well earned rest at our Cart Yard Café, while the children explore our fun themed area.
Meet our resident horses and learn about their lives. Then, take a guided tour of the stables and have a go at grooming or watch riding displays in the new Arena.
A friendly space to relax and unwind, discover the people of South Tyneside and their story at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery.
With interactive galleries that bring the past to life, explore the history of South Tyneside from its industrial heritage and Maritime splendour, to finding fame with Catherine Cookson and her dramatic tales.
An impressive art gallery features the museum’s own collection of paintings, while an ever-changing gallery brings world-class exhibitions to the heart of the community.
Ocean road, South Shields, NE33 2JA
Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm;
Saturday: 11am - 4pm;
Closed: 19 December 2011 – 8 January 2012 (inclusive)
After 5,000 years the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is still a unique and awe inspiring place to visit; an exceptional survivor from a culture now lost to us. The monument evolved between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC and is aligned with the rising and setting of the sun at the solstices, but its exact purpose remains a mystery.
Discover more of the history and legends of this World Heritage Site in our complimentary audio tour (in 10 languages, subject to availability), then take time to explore the surrounding prehistoric landscape.
Stone Circle Access (advance booking essential): 01722 343834
Salisbury International Arts Festival 2011 presents a wonderful array of spectacular events. Classical and world music share the limelight with international theatre, dance, film, visual arts, children’s events, free outdoor events and a full literature programme.
As a Silver winner of the 'Best Tourism Event and Festival Award' (2010 Enjoy England Excellence Awards) the Festival draws the best artists from around the world, commissioning and creating work unique to the region. Highlights for 2011 include the rich artistic heritage of China.
Box Office: 0845 241 9651
With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in a fine collection of Victorian buildings, the National Waterways Museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Walk across towering locks, watch swans and wagtails beside the canal basin and explore a world of warehouses, docks, stables and pump houses. The collection of narrow boats, barges, ice breakers and more is the best in the world.
Find out about the entrepreneurs, engineers and navvies who created the world’s first great man-made transport network and uncover Ellesmere Port’s pivotal role in the North West’s great industrial revolution.
Take a boat trip, pay a visit to our blacksmith, watch a narrow boat come in to moor and swop stories later in the Waterside Café. There’s lots for all the family to enjoy at National Waterways Museum, plus check the website for details of special events and school holiday family fun activities.
Mapledurham House and Watermill sit proudly on the River Thames, four miles north west of Reading. The house is Elizabethan and visitors can see a fine collections of portraits, paintings, original ceilings etc. The chapel, decorated in Strawberry Hill Gothick and a later addition, is delightful. The watermill is the last working watermill on the river Thames, still grinding flour today. More excitingly, 2011 sees the installation of an Archimedean Screw turbine alongside the watermill so that we will, eventually, be able to produce our own power using the forces of the mighty river. Visitors this summer will be able to see the intricate works in operation as we strive to ensure the future of this wonderful building in addition to helping our planet! Open until the end of September on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 - 5 p.m. and Sunday afternoons in October.
Mersey Ferries fascinating Manchester Ship Canal Cruise is a truly memorable journey along the 35-mile stretch of canal. It includes a lively commentary giving a revealing insight into the facts, the history and the dramas of one of Britain’s major waterways. The six hour cruises take in spectacular scenery leaving its passengers with an awe-inspiring sense of how its construction shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England.
As featured on TV, this multi award-winning museum in the Cheshire Peak District has a great deal to offer visitors. Recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums. Fuelled by enthusiasm and staffed by volunteers it is a great day out for all the family.
Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum with engines of all sizes (from desktop to 100 tons), Craft Demonstrations, Working Machinery and Local History Exhibitions It is also fast becoming a must see for non-enthusiasts too. The museum also has a steam section including a giant mill engine.
It is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter Sunday until end October (other times and days by arrangement for group visits). Engines running every day throughout the season.
Over the past few years the museum has won several awards for its displays, engines, website and the quality of its volunteer workforce. Amongst its facilities it has a tearoom and shop free car parking for visitors, wheelchair and motorised scooter, cinema/meeting room available for hire.
Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed demonstrators bring to life the Edwardian Town and Pit Village. At Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, experience firsthand how the Industrial Revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history.
Throughout the year Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events, from a Georgian Fair to the Great North Steam Fair and much more beside, including a whole season of Christmas! All daytime events are included in our Beamish Unlimited Pass.
Beamish has a vast collection of objects, photographs and ephemera at The Regional Resource Centre, which is free to access by appointment.
The British Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland, Lancashire is dedicated to preserving the physical evidence of the history of the road transportation industry in the United Kingdom. This proud history is illustrated through a collection of fully restored vans, trucks and buses produced and sold by the British Commercial Vehicle industry over the past 100 years, including dramatic 'sound and light' sets which bring the role of the vehicle to life.
More than 50 exhibits are on permanent display. Special exhibits include the oldest-known preserved commercial vehicle in existence, a 100 tonne Scammell, the Popemobile, a horse-drawn carriage. steam vehicles and fire engines.
One of the finest thermal spas of the ancient world, built 2000 years ago around the country’s only hot springs. Fine Roman museum, audioguides in eight languages, computer animations and dramatic reconstructions bring the experience to life. A special audiotour for children, a ‘Bryson at the Baths’ audiotour and a British Sign Language audiogude also available at no extra cost. Costumed characters appear every afternoon 1.30-4.30pm. Visit on a summer evening and experience the Great Bath by torchlight until 9pm. Magnificent 18th century Pump Room restaurant open for coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, where you can also sample a glass of Spa water.
Open daily, closed 25/26 Dec
Our professionally trained Blue Badge Guides, several with languages, will help you to discover Wiltshire’s natural beauty and wealth of historic attractions. Our wide range of walks and tours can be personally tailored to suit your needs.
The beautifully restored steam railway takes you on a captivating journey to discover the region's rich transport heritage, taking in viaducts, historic towns and picturesque villages and passing through tunnels en route along the Irwell Valley, along the edge of the West Pennine Moors.
Passenger services run from Bury to Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Heywood as well as the villages of Summerseat and Irwell Vale, with spectacular views of the West Pennine Moor. Passengers may leave the train at any station, then rejoin a later train to complete the journey. There are picnic areas at Bury and at the Riverside in Ramsbottom.
There are great places to take the kids to, and visitors can hop on and off the train to explore the surroundings including the Chocolate Café in Ramsbottom and Fudge Village in Rawtenstall.
Kids can also get hands on in the new Transport Museum, which re-opened in March 2010 following a £2.9m transformation. Activities include building bridges, coin rubbing, trying on period hats and costumes and learning about people's lives and jobs in the early 20th century. Not to forget the extensive collection of fully restored vintage road and rail vehicles.
Anderton Boat Lift is an exciting experience for all ages where history comes alive. Time travel through the unique boat lift structure on board the elegant Edwin Clark trip boat, journeying between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal high above.
The fully accessible Operations Centre boasts a two storey facility with cafe area for that much needed 'rest bite'. The welcome desk serves the retail area and provides tickets for the trip boat through the lift, exhibition area and toilet facilities.
The lower level houses the new exhibition, focusing upon the lift’s history and the people who worked on and around it. The exhibition is colour coded to specific themes, with a high interactive content and an entertaining cinematic centrepiece. The lift control centre is located within the exhibition, enabling visitors to get up close and personal with the lift on its busy daily schedule.
Feel free to browse the gift shop with its unique heritage and historic content, while outdoor decking offers fine views over the grounds and lift. On fine weather days, take advantage of the picnic areas, located in the impressive shadow of this mighty structure.
From the dawn of mankind to cutting edge contemporary art
Bringing together Lincoln’s award winning archaeology museum and the regions premier art gallery, there is always something to see and do at The Collection. Explore 250,000 years of history spanning the stone, bronze and iron ages through the Roman, Viking, Anglo Saxon and Medieval eras and enjoy fine and decorative art including works by Turner, Lowry and Turner Prize winning Potter Grayson Perry.
The Guildhall has served as the centrepiece of Exeter's civic life for more than 800 years, and remains a busy working building, still used regularly for a variety of civic functions.
Many of the dramatic events of Exeter's history were played out here. Since the Middle Ages kings have been received and entertained in the building, and in the 15th century men were confined overnight in the hall before facing execution the next day on a scaffold outside. By contrast, during the Second World War the Guildhall's use sometimes changed to that of a dance hall, the court benches being cleared for the purpose, whilst the frontage was encased in brick to avoid bomb damage.
The Guildhall’s treasures include a remarkable range of civic regalia, some of the pieces surviving from the Middle Ages.
As it is still a working building, please check the website before visiting to find out opening times.
Spring Event 2012:
The Great North Steam Fair
Date: 12th – 15th April 2012
A four day steam extravaganza! The Great North Steam Fair is now in its fourth year, and is an unmissable event for families and steam enthusiasts of all ages. Visitors can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of all manner of steam-powered vehicles, from steamrollers, to traction engines, and not forgetting steam locomotives!
The Laing is home to an impressive collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme is renowned for bringing the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.
The Gallery has a packed programme of free events which include gallery talks, family activities and artists’ events.
The impressive permanent collection can be enjoyed throughout the season with dynamic landscapes by John Martin and sculpture by Henry Moore. There are events throughout the year including talks from leading contemporary artists and fun activities for families. Many of these events, like the gallery, are free of charge. The works on show change regularly to show the impressive range of art in the collection so please contact the gallery if you wish to see a particular piece of work. Free entry.
New Bridge Street,Newcastle, NE1 8AG
The Hatton stages a highly-regarded programme of historical, modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Over recent years this programme has included major historical monographs, diverse partnership projects and exciting new commissions from leading contemporary artists.
On permanent display is one of the UK’s international art treasures, Kurt Schwitters’ Merzbarn Wall. Created in the Lake District in 1947-8, it was the last great work of this influential twentieth century artist.
The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
Free guided walking tours of this historic city. Tours run daily throughout the year (except 25 & 26 December) and last around 90 minutes.
There are 20 different tours to choose from, including the popular ‘Introducing Exeter’ tour, which glimpses over 2,000 years of history in an hour’s circular tour; and the spooky ‘Ghosts & Legends’ evening tour, where you will hear chilling tales about Exeter – one of the most haunted cities in Britain! You can also visit parts of the city on the tours which wouldn’t otherwise be accessible, such as the Catacomb, the old city burial chambers which are explored by torchlight.
Exeter is one of the only cities in the country to run free guided walking tours. Tours meet outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard or outside the Quay House Visitor Centre on the Historic Quayside – there is no need to book, just turn up!
Visit Quarry Bank at Styal and discover the compelling story of mill workers, entrepreneurs and the Industrial Revolution. Watch hand-spinners at work, experience the clatter of machinery and the hiss of steam engines, and marvel at Europe's most powerful working waterwheel. Take a guided tour of the Apprentice House, which housed the pauper children who worked in the mill. Visit the stunning garden – the Greg family's picturesque valley retreat adjoining the mill. Stroll to Styal village, built by the Gregs to house the mill workers and still a thriving community, or walk through beech woods along the beautiful River Bollin.
Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse uncovers many of the stories relating to the fascinating history of Cheshire as well as exploring the workhouse history of this imposing Victorian building.
The museum is housed within the old Northwich Union Workhouse building and has displays about the building's history as a home for Victorian Paupers.
There is an exciting changing exhibition programme, along with special events, workshops and activities.
The earliest known mill at Cricklepit was built in the 13th century. Originally built as a mill to grind grain, it was later used as a ‘fulling’ mill to finish woollen cloth by pounding it. The structure alongside Cricklepit Mill was once the drying house where the wool was hung on ‘tenterhooks’ to dry. By the middle of the 18th century, Cricklepit had three waterwheels driving five sets of mill mechanisms for both grinding and fulling.
Now home to the Devon Wildlife Trust, Cricklepit Mill is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm throughout the year. The visitor area includes interactive screens giving details of the history and wildlife of the Mill. There are gardens to explore and a guide is on hand to answer questions. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour around the Mill to learn more about its history and operation.
518 ft of fun for all the family. Over the next 10 months there are going to be some extremely exciting developments to Blackpool's top attraction. But while these are going on there's still plenty to do! Enjoy the sights and sounds of The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and younger visitors can have the playtime of their lives at Jungle Jim’s Children’s Indoor Play!
Please note - Closing times may vary from those stated. Please contact directly for further information. The Tower Top is now closed while it is being transformed into The Blackpool Tower Eye with 4D Cinema Experience. This will launch in September 2011.
The World of Glass in St.Helens town centre provides a journey of discovery into one of the most common substances on Earth – Glass.
Travel from 500BC to the present day and discover the amazing history of glass and how our lives wouldn’t be the same without it. Watch live glass blowing demonstrations, experience the stunning special effects film show, visit the extensive galleries and explore the underground tunnels beneath the Victorian Cone House – home to the world’s first continuous glass production tank.
The canal-side Kaleidoscope Café offers a delicious menu of home-cooked food, Artisan Gift Shop and Level One Art Gallery – a contemporary space where visitors can view and purchase work from local artists.
The World of Glass is also a first class conference destination. Its unique surroundings make it an ideal venue for corporate hospitality, seminars and conferences.
The Visitor Centre is also home to the heritage collection of St.Helens Council and home to St.Helens Tourist Information Centre.
The Great North Museum brings together the North East’s premier collections of archaeology, natural history, geology and world cultures under one roof. The Museum incorporates collections from the original Hancock Museum, Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities and the Shefton Museum. The University’s Hatton Gallery is also part of the Great North Museum but remains in its existing building.
Highlights include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, major new displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT
Open: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Re-built in 1680-1 at the height of Exeter's woollen cloth industry, the Quay House was used to store cloth and other goods before they were loaded and transported down the canal. It also had an overhanging roof, which enabled cargos to load and unload out of the rain. Today the history and development of Exeter's Quayside is brought to life with lively displays, illustrations and artefacts. There is also the opportunity to see a short film "Exeter - 2,000 years of history", an exciting short film highlighting Exeter's history from Roman times to the present day.
The Quay House Visitor Centre provides tourist information, Quayside treasure hunts, an accommodation booking service and a gift shop selling local pottery, replica maps and a wide range of local interest books. It was the first attraction in Devon to be awarded VisitEngland's PIQAS Award (Place of Interest Quality Assurance Scheme) in 2011.
There is a magnificent banqueting hall with a minstrels' gallery and the finest Norman arch in England. Beautiful grounds, peaceful woodland and lakeside walks, all beside a medieval village with a fine Norman church.
Come and visit our recently landscaped grounds. Enjoy a wide range of special events all through the year, including Jousts, Battle weekends and open air theatre.
Please refer to website for further information on opening times.
‘The House in the Close’ is a perfect Queen Anne townhouse. Imagine living here, walk down the fine oak staircase, enjoy the magnificent plasterwork, sit in the library. Exhibition of trompe l’oeil panels, plus watercolours by Barbara Townsend (1842- 1939). Peaceful garden with tea room.
Home of the National Tramway Museum
Looking for a great day out in Derbyshire? Then look no further than Crich Tramway Village. Nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the famous Derwent Valley and open almost throughout the year, Crich Tramway Village is a lovingly restored period village that is also home to the National Tramway Museum and its world renowned archives.
Wilton House, home to the Earl of Pembroke since 1544, contains one of the finest art collections in Europe and offers a fascinating insight into British history. The 21 acres of landscaped parkland, including 4 formal gardens, run down to the River Nadder. An exciting playground provides fun for younger visitors.
Salisbury Museum is the home of the award-winning Stonehenge Gallery and the famous ‘Amesbury Archer’. Our displays also reveal the history of medieval Salisbury and Old Sarum, including fine watercolours by Turner.
Constable in Salisbury
20 May-25 Sept 2011
An amazing opportunity to see the works of Constable in the location they were painted. More than 40 paintings and sketches of Salisbury and the surrounding area will be displayed. Please see the website for booking and ticket details.
Throughout the year the museum runs a popular programme of Family Discovery Days. From creating faces out of clay to building a Stonehenge inspired Sun Dial. Young and old will have fun making and exploring together.
The new King’s House Café offers light lunches and afternoon tea.
A combined museum, art gallery, exhibition space and Winter Gardens, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a stunning visitor attraction in the heart of Sunderland city centre, on the fringe of the beautiful Victorian Mowbray Park.
With oil paintings in a Victorian collector's gallery and many works by L. S. Lowry, the world's largest collection of Sunderland pottery and highlights of glassware from the last 200 years.
Discover the history of Sunderland from its prehistoric past to the present day, using hands-on exhibits, computer interactives and video presentations. The Winter Gardens has over 2,000 flowers and plants in a showcase of the world's natural beauty, with an indoor water sculpture and a thriving Koi carp pond.
In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of a mighty frontier system to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North. It began at Segedunum. Segedunum stood at the Eastern end of the wall and was home to 600 Roman soldiers.
Today, Segedunum is the gateway to Hadrian’s Wall; the ideal place to explore the incredible story of Roman life in the North of England.
Visitors can walk around the excavated site of this important fort and view the original remains of Hadrian’s Wall. Segedunum also boasts the UK’s only reconstructed Roman bath house, plus views over the site from its 35 metre high viewing tower.
Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
One of England's most beautiful medieval cathedrals and one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in this country. Famous for its two Norman towers, impressive west front carvings and the longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world.
The Norman Cathedral was consecrated in 1133, but only the towers remain today. Bishop Bronescombe started rebuilding the medieval cathedral in the 1270s, which was completed by Bishop Grandisson in the 14th century.
Of note are the Minstrels' Gallery, the 15 Century Astronomical Clock, a complete set of Misercords and the highly decorated tombs, bosses and corbels. The Cathedral library contains the famous 'Exeter Book' of Anglo-Saxon verse, the Exon Domesday and many other historical documents. Exhibitions are held throughout the year.
There are guided tours of the Cathedral at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm Monday - Friday and 11am and 12.30pm on Saturday.
Discover Exeter's rich and varied history on one of three exciting self guided heritage trails.
On the City Wall Trail, discover the history of Exeter's City Wall and the many key events that have occurred throughout its past; explore many of the key sites of what was once Exeter's most important industry, the woollen cloth trade on the Woollen Trail; or find out about many of Exeter's surviving medieval gems and the events that helped to shape this period of Exeter's past on the Medieval Trail.
The trails bring particular themes of the city's past to life on a series of colourful and informative information panels. Pick up a free leaflet from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets.
The 900 year old guest wing of a former Benedictine Priory in Exeter City Centre.
Adorned with quality replica furniture and painted in the bright colours of the period, the Priory is presented as the 1602 home of the wealthy Hurst family. The display of Elizabethan items from the city's collection, the addition of modern amenities and new interpretation allows greater access to the Priory and gives a wonderful insight into Tudor life.
The Priory is open to all from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday during Devon school holidays and on Saturdays during school term times. Admission for adults £3, children (5 to 18) £1, under 5s free.
Closed on bank holidays. Group and school visits by appointment.
Situated beyond Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the entrance to the River Tyne. Built in AD160 the stone fort played an essential role in the mighty frontier system. Originally built to house a garrison, Arbeia soon became the military supply base for the 17 forts along the Wall. Today, the excavated remains, stunning reconstructions of original buildings and finds from the fort show what life was like in Roman Britain.
Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB
1 April – 1 October:
Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am – 4.15pm
Sunday 2pm - 5pm
1 October - 31 March:
Queen Street Mill is a unique survivor of the textile industry. The Mill represents the last commercial steam powered textile weaving mill in the world. Queen Street closed in 1982 but is today preserved as a museum offering a unique experience to re-live the days when steam ran the world.
The collection held in the Queen Street Mill Textile Museum along with that of sister museum Helmshore Mills Textile Museum has been designated as being of national importance.
Visitors to the museum can see demonstrations of the Victorian steam engine, boilers and Lancashire looms.
Wilts and Dorset’s network of services is ideal for visiting places of interest such as Bournemouth, Dorchester, Old Sarum, Poole, Southampton and Shaftesbury. The Stonehenge Tour is the best way to discover the ‘mysterious stones’.
Wilts & Dorset Bus: www.wdbus.co.uk
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields. The Museum is home to George Stephenson's 'Billy', a forerunner of the world- famous Rocket. 'Billy' is joined by many other engines from the great age of steam including 'Jackie Milburn', named after the Newcastle United legend. Discover how trains work with interactive exhibitions and learn about the impact of coal and electricity on ordinary people's lives. Fun events and activities for all ages take place throughout the year.
1920 Textile Mill Cross-Compound Steam Engine with rope drive and weaving demonstrations on Lancashire Looms. Look out for 'Steaming Days' where the engine runs in steam. Stationary viewing every Saturday between 11.00am and 3.00pm with full interpretation of the engine house, boiler houses and the Lancashire textile industry.
The mill site is disabled friendly with ample parking, and on steaming days we have delicious home made refreshments available, along with a range of original souvenirs and tea towels woven on our own loom.
Studio Theatre is Salisbury’s leading amateur dramatic company, and a member of the nationwide Little Theatre Guild. It mounts at least five full productions per year, both modern plays and classics, and usually stages a summer open-air performance.
The new Museum of Liverpool will be one of the world’s leading city history museums, setting the global benchmark for museums of its kind and raising social history as a museum discipline to an international scale. The museum will demonstrate Liverpool’s unique contribution to the world and will showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues.
Opening in July 2011, it will be housed in a new landmark building on the Mann Island site at the Pier Head, at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool's famous waterfront.
The visitor centre is located in the former Wharfmaster's House and Toll Office at Burnley Wharf and Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Its displays tell about the area now known as the Weavers' Triangle and the canal as well as how cotton is made. Period rooms - a Victorian parlour and a weaver's dwelling show a contrast of two lifestyles.
The Burnley Fair Room, with a working model fairground, illustrates the workers' holidays and there is also a recreated Victorian schoolroom.
A short walk along the towpath is Oak Mount Mill engine house which is open for a number of occasions during the summer.
A high-profile part of the UK's theatre scene for over thirty years, the Royal Exchange attracts high calibre actors to perform in its varied, classy productions.
The theatre is housed within a seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended from marble pillars situated in the Great Hall of the Exchange. This unique design means all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage giving views from all angles.
In addition to plays and a programme of special events, the theatre also houses the Craft Shop and Craft Shop Gallery, recognised as a major focal point of contemporary craft work in the North West.
Overlooking the theatre, an extensive function and conference can accommodate up to 160 people in a unique setting unrivalled for interior design, location and service. The coffee bar and brassiere offer an alternative to the bustle of the city.
Set sail and drop anchor for a fun day out with the whole family at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Come and explore our large and varied collections that reflect the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world.
Based in the Albert Dock, this shipshape museum contains four floors of fascinating galleries that explore the city’s maritime legacy. Displays look at Liverpool’s important role during the Second World War, life at sea with the merchant navy and the brand new Titanic, Lusitania and the Forgotten Empress gallery. The Maritime Archive and Library also contains one of the finest collections of merchant shipping records in the UK.
Go beyond the grand exterior of the Harris Museum in Preston’s city centre and you’ll be rewarded by a delightful mixture of contemporary and traditional art that’s completely free to visit. Head up the dramatic staircase to explore two floors of art ranging from unusual textile prints of the 20th century to more traditional fine art of the 19th century, including water colours by JMW Turner and Samuel Palmer.
The new and frequently changing exhibitions make sure there is never a dull moment and kids will be keen to join in the Hands on Gang activities and events. At the end of your trip to the Harris Museum don’t forget to call in the café – the inspirational setting and views up to the Egyptian balcony will leave you in awe. The annual events programme at the Harris Museum is packed full of talks and guided tours by curators and experts who are keen to share their passion.
- Free Entry
- Permanent collection of Fine Art, ceramics and glassware.
- Devoted gallery to the Story of Preston
- Regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary and traditional art
- Contemporary photography collection
- Collection of mid 20th Century fashion dresses by the Horrockses label
- Regular themed guided tours
- Grade 1 listed building
- Museum café and shop
Be inspired by the tranquillity and beauty of one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals, set within eight acres of lawn and surrounded by historic buildings and museums in the beautiful Cathedral Close. The spectacular Early English Gothic building has Britain’s tallest spire (123m/404ft) and helped to inspire the book and TV series The Pillars of the Earth.
Inside the Cathedral discover an original Magna Carta (1215), Europe’s oldest working clock (1386) and a stunning new, flowing water font designed by sculptor William Pye (2008). Visitors can also explore the roof spaces on a tower tour, climbing 332 steps to the base of the spire and enjoying the magnificent views across Salisbury (call 01722 555156 to check times or book). Or just relax in our Refectory restaurant with a choice of home-made treats and a fabulous view of the spire.
Services take place daily with Evensong usually at 5.30pm (Monday-Saturday) or 4.30pm (Sunday). The Cathedral hosts a spectacular Flower Festival in 2011 (14-19 June) as well as other special events throughout the year, notably art exhibitions and concerts – full details are available online.
Bury St Edmunds, the Suffolk town named after St Edmund, the martyred King of East Anglia hosts a year-round programme of vibrant events and festivals.
Bury (as it is known locally) is a great place to explore by foot with surprises around every corner. Starting in the Abbey Gardens where you can discover the ruins of one of the most powerful Abbeys in the land set amongst the award winning gardens.
Next to the gardens it is hard to miss the neighbouring St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the county’s only Cathedral, crowned with a magnificent 140ft tower dominating the skyline.
Five minutes walk away is the Greene King Visitor Centre where some of the region’s best known ales are brewed, and the wonderful Theatre Royal, one of the few surviving Georgian playhouses in England. As well as a full programme of drama, dance, music and comedy they also have weekly Tours and Open Doors, visit the website www.theatreroyal.org or call the Box Office on 01284 769505 for more details.
Bury is a popular destination for culture and shopping, with a traditional market, independent shops and a new shopping centre there is something to suit every taste and pocket.
After a £12.5m redevelopment the new and improved People’s History Museum is open! Come and see this iconic new building and magnificently restored historic Edwardian Pump House.
Enjoy bigger and better galleries, with even more interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse the shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in our new cafe, complete with the sunniest riverside terrace in Manchester.
Main Galleries – bigger spaces, bigger story
There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent).
This award winning visitor attraction offers two floors of interactive exhibits taking you on a journey through the history of Stockport's once thriving hatting industry.
At Hat Works visitors can step back in time and experience the world of hatting from its humble beginnings in the cottage industry to the mass production of the early 19th century when hat manufacturing was a thriving industry with over 100 hat factories and businesses in the area. Hat Works houses a recreated hatting factory floor with a collection of over 20 fully restored working Victorian style machines, rescued from former local hat factories. There's also a tremendous collection of over 400 hats of which some 250 can be seen in thematic displays in our hat gallery.
Hat Works museum is fully accessible and offer something for all ages. Check out the rolling programme of exhibitions and events.
Rochester Cathedral is an ancient building with over 900 years of history in its stones. It is a welcoming community, founded on over 1,400 years of Christian witness and worship on the site. Exploring the cathedral can unlock its hidden stories and reveal its special atmosphere as a spiritual sanctuary open to all.
There are general, family and reflective audio-guides available as well as a version for the visually impaired and a signed version. Guided tours are also available by arrangement. There are also excellent tea rooms with home-made food and cakes and a lovely garden.
A Grade II listed building built with a fine barrel-vaulted roof in 1471 as a chapel for the Guild of the woollen cloth workers in Exeter. The chapel was converted into a hall for the Guild at the Reformation, to avoid its being confiscated. After the Reformation the building was divided into two storeys, and the upper room was finely panelled and used for meetings of the Guild. There was a school for the children of the cloth-workers on the ground floor from the late 17th century until 1841.
A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund means that in 2011 Tuckers Hall will open a modern interpretation centre, detailing the history of the cloth trade in Exeter, with interactive computer and video exhibits showing the impact on the economic, social and cultural history of the local area.
RAMM’s splendid building on Queen Street is currently closed for a major development, due to re-open in December 2011.
During its closure, visitors can enjoy a busy programme of exhibitions, displays, talks and lively, creative activities for children and families at venues throughout Exeter and Devon.
When the museum reopens, visitors will be able to experience the splendour of the original Victorian spaces and to see newly-revealed architectural features.
RAMM's fabulous new displays will do more than represent its collections. They aim to stimulate thoughts and ideas, seek opinions, start conversations and encourage debate. The style is open, collaborative and inclusive with different voices, personal interpretations and new perspectives. RAMM will be using its collections flexibly to explore meaning, ethics and concepts from small ideas to global issues.
These changes will ensure that RAMM and its treasures have a bright future. We hope they will continue to delight, surprise and inspire you.
Visit the website to find out what’s on.
The largest Norman Keep in Europe. Superb Roman displays, hands-on activities and tours. An award winning experience of 2000 years of history. Exciting events all year round. New rolling exhibition programme.
With permanent galleries spread across five listed historic buildings and collections ranging from early textile machinery to modern X-ray equipment, there's a lot to learn about MOSI. Our latest gallery, Revolution Manchester, is an introductory mini-MOSI, focusing on achievements that made Manchester a world leader in science and technology.
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, a unique and beautiful 19th century garden village created solely for the Sunlight Soap factory workers.
Step inside Port Sunlight Museum and meet the village's creator, 'Soap King' William Hesketh Lever. Discover his vision for the village and its residents.
Find out about the architects who designed the houses, principal buildings and landscapes. Experience what it was like to live and work here during the village's heyday. Within the exhibition you will get an insight into different characters who lived and worked in the village during its early years.
From the museum follow a trail around the village, enjoy the stunning architecture and well planned landscaped displays. With plenty of refreshments stops on route, there is something to please everyone's tastes, from boutique hotel serving afternoon tea, to a Tudor tea room with pots of tea and pretty floral linen. If 'pub grub' is your preference, you have the choice of two Inn's serving good home cooked food, and a favourite with many is the garden centre country style cafe.
If you ever wondered what it was like to live in the village, you now have the chance to find out! Why not stay in one of two holiday cottages, with spectacular views across the diamond and fountain, catch a show in the evening at the village theatre, a popular venue with bar facilities and great entertainment.
If you wished you really did live in the village, now you can! The Trust who manage the village have a number of rental properties available, from 3 bedroom houses to one/two bed apartments, all fitted out to a high 4 star standard.
With so much to offer, Port Sunlight Village is a fascinating place to be, with a world renowned art gallery displaying one of the most beautiful collections of fine and decorative arts in the UK, the village church, 'Christchurch', with a peal of eight bells, is also the place were both Lord and Lady Lever are buried in the church grounds.
For those who set eyes on Deansgate’s John Rylands Library for the first time, ‘library’ might not be the first word that comes to mind. This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. When John Rylands died in 1888, he was one of Manchester’s most successful industrialists with a personal fortune of £2.75million. The library was commissioned in 1890 by his wife Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her late husband. This world class collection includes the oldest known piece of the New Testament, the St John Fragment. Other treasures of the vast, varied collection include magnificent illuminated medieval manuscripts and a 1476 William Caxton edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Discover a thousand years of history
Built in in 1068 on the orders of William the Conqueror, Lincoln Castle occupies a magnificent location occupied since Roman times. Used as a court and prison for 900 years, you can explore the coffin like pews in the chapel and experience the magnificent views from the wall walks. The castle is home to the Lincoln Magna Carta, dating back to 1215, as well as the Charter of the Forest. Lincoln Castle is the only place where you can see the two documents together in the world!
Discovery is the place to find out about life on Tyneside. From the area’s renowned maritime history to world-changing science and technology it has something for everyone. The museum is bursting with hands-on interactives, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun.
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
Open Monday to Saturday 10am–5pm & Sun 2pm-5pm.
The massive Iron Age hill fort of Old Sarum was re-used by the Romans, Saxons and Normans before growing into one of the most flourishing settlements in medieval England. See the ruins of a castle, cathedral and royal palace and enjoy views of the surrounding countryside.
Explore the true story of the Lancashire Textile Industry from the 18thC to the present day. Soak in the memorable atmosphere of these majestic mills and discover: - textile treasures from famous inventors - original working machinery with live demonstrations - changing events, exhibitions and activities.
Trace how cloth production, first wool, then cotton, become Lancashire’s main export throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn ready to be woven into cloth. Experience the Revolution gallery were you can follow the story of Lancashire's unique role in the industrial revolution.
Feel the grand and mighty waterwheel powering the stocks as they thump the wet woollen cloth.
Enjoy the upgraded buildings which mean you can now explore more of the Museum. New additions include a contemporary reception and shop area. Visit our Coffee Mill Café to relax and savour the unrivalled atmosphere of this amazing building whilst savouring wholesome Lancashire food with an up-to-date twist. Our shop offers traditional and contemporary gifts for all ages, focusing on Lancashire made crafts and products. Let us reveal local delicacies such as Reedy’s hand made jam and the hand crafted Simply Textiles range of textiles. Simply Textiles designs are exclusive to Lancashire Museums; made from yarn spun at Helmshore, and expertly woven at our sister museum Queen Street Mill Museum, at Burnley.
Tatton Park is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates. It is home to a Tudor Old Hall, 50 acres of immaculately landscaped gardens, a working rare-breed farm and 1,000 acres of deer park. Speciality shops, restaurant, adventure playground, events and educational programmes combine to make Tatton one of the most popular tourist sites in the North West.
The impressive Neo-Classical mansion Tatton Hall was designed by Samuel and Lewis Wyatt. It provides an appropriate setting for the Egerton family's commissioned Gillows furniture and lavish collection of art, books and ceramics. The powerhouse of the mansion was the huge kitchens, giving the visitor a contrasting view of domestic life in the 1800s. A visit includes the permanent Maurice Egerton exhibition and a number of temporary exhibitions portraying different aspects of Tatton Park throughout the year.
Totally Tatton Ticket - Allows you entry into the Mansion, Gardens and Farm. If one or more of the attractions are not visited on the day you buy the ticket you can use it to gain access to them on another day.
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 4JA
Tyne & Wear Archives is the record office for the cities and metropolitan districts of Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. We preserve documents relating to the area from the 12th to the 21st century, and the service is free for everyone to use.
Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm
We are closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
Admission is free Advance booking is advisable for the use of microfilm readers. You can make a booking by email, phone, letter or while visiting us. If your proposed visit is less than 5 days ahead, please telephone rather than emailing.
The museum is housed in an original 1840s Victorian station building that was commissioned by the famous railway entrepreneur George Hudson and designed by Thomas Moore, Sunderland’s first notable architect.
With a preserved 1860s ticket office, seven interactive galleries and the new Sidings development; the Sidings includes a new Wagon Shed with two significant railways wagons, a 1916 Goods Brake Van and a 1939 Covered Carriage Truck - with a Rover P4 classic car inside. With Victorian cottage gardens in the grounds of the museum, visitors can learn about the history of travel and transport in Tyne and Wear as well as learning about the stories of the people who worked and lived in the station.
North Bridge Street Sunderland, SR5 1AP
Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 2-pm - 5pm
Bolton Museum & Art Gallery's displays chart the story of Bolton and the people who have lived here. The collections on show give a fascinating insight into life in the area. See how people dressed, worked and relaxed or listen to some of the local stories we have collected.
The textile machinery collection is an extremely important one. The museum began collecting textile machines in the 19th century and amongst the 37 items at the heart of this collection is the only surviving example of a spinning mule that was made by the inventor himself, Samuel Crompton of Bolton. The 'mule' was so named because it combined the actions of two other early machines - the water frame and the spinning jenny - which are also represented in the collections.
Housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse, this is a fun and lively place to visit with a peaceful canal side setting. It is a family friendly museum, with something for all the family!
Experience the sights and sounds of a 1920s street with its old-fashioned house, grocer’s shop and pub. Discover the newly refurbished industrial history gallery with displays on the cotton industry, agriculture and Jones’ sewing machines. Try your hand at steering a canal boat; discover the secrets behind the giant machinery, find out what a donkey stone is and much much more! Younger children can play and have fun in our Nuts and Bolts play area.
The museum is situated on the Ashton Canal, which runs between Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester. Originally completed in 1796, the canal links the Huddersfield Narrow and Peak Forest Canals with the Rochdale and Bridgewater Canal and forms part of the Cheshire Ring.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery is an intriguing mix of Victorian and 20th century architecture. First opened in 1850 this beautiful building now incorporates The LifeTimes Gallery, The Victorian Gallery, temporary exhibition spaces and the Local History Library, as well as the Lark Hill Tea Rooms for when you need a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake!
The museum is also home to Lark Hill Place, the finest recreated Victorian street of its kind, with authentic period shops and rooms, a must for adults and children alike!
All this plus monthly family fun days and an extensive programme of crafts, activities, workshops and demonstrations mean Salford Museum is certainly not living in the past!
900 years of history are brought to life in this unique Norman motte and bailey castle in the heart of Tamworth, the ancient Saxon capital of Mercia. Delightfully restored period rooms give a glimpse into the life and times of past distinguished families who made the Castle their home.
Tamworth Castle provides visitors with a journey of discovery packed with fun, mystery and adventure - handle period replica objects, sit in the stocks, try on costume or have a go at the brass rubbings.
Why not come along to one of our many living history days during school and bank holidays? Chat to servants, join in with household duties and learn about and be part of life as it used to be in Medieval, Tudor or Victorian times.
Large children’s play area in the Castle grounds and places to picnic also available. Town centre shopping within walking distance.
Check out our website for more details and a list of our events and living history programme www.tamworthcastle.co.uk
The River & Rowing Museum is situated right on the banks of the River Thames, in the heart of picturesque Henley. The Museum has three permanent galleries dedicated to Rowing, the River and the history of Henley, and a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions. Completing the celebration of Rivers at the Museum, is our wonderful Wind in the Willows permanent exhibition. Kenneth Grahame's classic children's story of Toad, Ratty, Badger and Mole is brought to life in our amazing 3D exhibit for families to enjoy time and time again. With a constantly evolving calendar of temporary art and photography exhibitions and a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days, the 12 month admission ticket (£8 adults £6 children and concessions) is incredible value.
Three attractions in one: military museum (the 250-year history of two local infantry regiments); an historic house (one of the oldest in the Cathedral Close); and a beautiful riverside garden with views of the famous water-meadows and Salisbury Cathedral. The Bernières restaurant offers home-cooked food.