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Architecturally stunning glass domes house tropical plants and the visual surprise of one of the world's rarest and most fragile of butterflies. One of the best things to do with kids is to visit one of the purpose-built, often eco-friendly flora and fauna venues dotted around the country. Should your brood be wannabe scientists and mechanics, top of your ‘places to go with kids’ list should be science centres with practical interactive exhibitions, while model railway museums are among the most popular attractions in England.

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Visit the Angel of the North

Visit the Angel of the North

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North is the UK’s most famous piece of public art.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station - a living heritage railway.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Dickens World

Dickens World

Bringing a literary legend's work to life.

Location: Chatham, Kent

Attractions and landmarks
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Enjoy a wild day out at Druillas Park

Enjoy a wild day out at Druillas Park

A fun-packed day out at Drusillas is guaranteed with one of the best small zoos in the country, set in the stunning South Downs countryside.

Location: Near Eastbourne, East Sussex

Price: From £11 per person, or from £40 for family ticket for 4 people

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Discover Durham’s heritage at Beamish Museum

Discover Durham’s heritage at Beamish Museum

At Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, you can touch, taste, smell, see and hear history.

Location: Vale of Durham

Price: Four star hotel from £70 per room, per night

Historic sites and icons
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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's internationally famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Go on a safari adventure at Woburn Safari Park

Go on a safari adventure at Woburn Safari Park

At Whipsnade Zoo you can stay in a Lookout Lodge right beside the rhino enclosure.

Location: Woburn, Bedfordshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a trip to the Great Western Railway, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Delve into Tudor life at this interactive museum in England's most haunted building.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Historic Norwich

Historic Norwich

Take a walk through Britain's most complete medieval city.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Historic sites and icons
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Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Fly a helicopter at Action Stations

Pilot a Merlin helicopter nicknamed the "frigate in the sky" through true-life scenarios in a full-scale replica cockpit at Action Stations.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Rainy day ideas
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Walk on air at the Spinnaker Tower

Walk on air at the Spinnaker Tower

Experience the remarkable feeling of walking across the Sky Walk, the Spinnaker Tower's large glass floor - 100 metres above sea level.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: From £7.60 for adults and £5.90 for kids

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Lose yourself in the ancient and enchanting site of Puzzlewood

Lose yourself in the ancient and enchanting site of Puzzlewood

Mazes of winding pathways, acres of ancient mossy woodland and animals hiding out are just a few reasons why visitors and film makers head into Puzzlewood.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Price: From £6.50

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See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

A family favourite and the best place in England to see more than 200,000 sea birds between April and August.

Location: RSPB Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

Family
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Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Looking for some active fun? Stop monkeying around and spend the day at Go Ape where you can fly down a zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

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Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Visit the 17th Century at Little Woodham

Discover what life would have really been like in 17th Century England.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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The National Stud

The National Stud

Spot future thoroughbred champions at The National Stud.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

Low cost
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Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Visit the newly regenerated site at Middleport Pottery, famed for its production of Burleighware pottery since the 18th century.

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire

Tours and trails
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Make your own adventure at Tatton Park

Make your own adventure at Tatton Park

There’s plenty to do in your day at Tatton Park with the stunning mansion, landscaped gardens, rare-breed farm and 1,000-acre deer park.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks

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