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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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Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Oceanarium allows you to discover the secrets of the deep with a virtual Dive Cage and numerous varieties of sea life.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Low cost
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Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Want to get off terra firma onto the high seas? Join Portsmouth Watersports Centre for one of their exhilarating water-based courses and activities.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Watersports
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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Take to the trees with Goodleaf and get a different perspective of the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ryde, Isle of Wight

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover internationally significant collections of art at a magnificent French-style château nestled amongst the breathtaking countryside of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Glamping at Lookout Lodge at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Glamping at Lookout Lodge at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Enjoy the ultimate overnight experience and camp next door to the animals of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Great organic fun for mum, dad and the kids. A one-stop shop for family entertainment.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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See, hear, feel and smell science in action

See, hear, feel and smell science in action

Embrace your inner geek with a trip to MOSI’s Experiment Centre where you can stare into the mirror of infinity and watch your own skeleton ride a bike.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Discover Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era?

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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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

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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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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Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial magic at Woodhorn Museum

Industrial heritage and folk music in Northumberland.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker and meet foraging otters

Spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker and meet foraging otters

From otters to rare birds, go wildlife spotting at the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

Location: London

Family
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East meets West Yorkshire at the Royal Armouries

East meets West Yorkshire at the Royal Armouries

Travel back in time to the great civilisations of Asia inside the Royal Armouries’ Oriental gallery.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

At Old MacDonald’s Farm, you can enjoy the Essex countryside whilst getting to know the farmyard favourites and unusual animals. There are also lots of hills to climb and bridges to cross.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

Visit Hever Castle’s grisly Council Chamber containing collections of swords, armour and gruesome instruments of execution, torture and discipline.

Location: Hever, Kent

Castles and Historic Properties
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Experience living history on the Spurn Lightship

Experience living history on the Spurn Lightship

Step back more than 80 years and experience living history brought to life by this fascinating vessel.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Explore Arundel’s rich history and heritage with re-enactments and family fun-days at Arundel Castle.

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

Castles and Historic Properties
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Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Do you believe in ghosts? You might do after experiencing the dark, eerie atmosphere of Oxford Castle unlocked.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Historic sites and icons
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Cycle Through Time

Cycle Through Time

Explore the extensive grounds of Norfolk's fabulous Blickling Estate on two wheels.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties

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