Attractions

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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Stand in the docks at the Galleries of Justice

Stand in the docks at the Galleries of Justice

The Galleries of Justice museum is the only one of its kind in Europe and the only venue where you can discover Nottingham’s horrible history.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Climb aboard the safari truck and head off to Chessington World of Adventures in search of flamingos, giraffes and white rhinos.

Location: Surrey, Greater London

Theme Parks
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Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Go ghost hunting in the garden at Tatton Park

Chase ghastly ghouls and creepy critters around the garden at Tatton Park in Knutsford. Then visit the Old Hall, the estate’s oldest and most haunted building.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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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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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Discover why Henry VIII had a soft spot for this place.

Location: London, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Connect with your inner monkey as you swing through the trees at Go Ape in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

The tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham set the landscape for discovering and watching wildlife at its best.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s best kept secret, this impressive heritage site is now a fascinating visitor attraction.

Location: Bletchley, Buckinghamshire

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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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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

At Jackfield Tile Museum and the Enginuity centre unleash the design engineer in you and let your creative juices flow!

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

Tour the Black Friars Gin Distillery

The oldest working gin distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Breweries and distilleries
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Explore Orford Ness

Explore Orford Ness

Discover a strange and secretive past in Suffolk.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Military history
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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Going underground
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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Military history
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Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Culture

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