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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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Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Get up-close and personal with some formidable feathered predators.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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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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Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Discover the secrets of the universe and the workings of the Lovell Telescope in the gardens and exhibitions of Jodrell Bank.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Low cost
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Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Bronze Age living at Flag Fen Archaeology Park

Travel back 3,500 years to discover a prehistoric causeway at one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological site in Northern Europe, discovered 1982.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Archaeological sites
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Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, driving an engine and even walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Restored to UNESCO World Heritage status after 60 years by the Greasy Gang.

Location: Near St Just, Cornwall

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Let imaginations run riot at the Roman Baths

Let imaginations run riot at the Roman Baths

Get interactive at the Roman Baths and discover the gory details about curses, witchcraft and horrible hygiene in ancient times.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Historic sites and icons
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Balloon ride over Bath

Balloon ride over Bath

For a unique perspective on Bath's Georgian architecture, take a hot air balloon trip over the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Architectural wonders
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Imperial War Museum Duxford

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Experience the world of aerial warfare at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Military history
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Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Find out why Admiral Lord Nelson's body was bought back to England in a cask of Brandy, and why the water on the Mary Rose was best avoided.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Military history
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Liverpool Beatles Tour

Liverpool Beatles Tour

A musical - and magical - mystery bonanza.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Tours and trails
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Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham

Country park and caverns set in 60 acres of woodland.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

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Hang out with penguins, elephants & rhinos at Chester Zoo

Hang out with penguins, elephants & rhinos at Chester Zoo

Spend the day at Chester Zoo hanging out with more than 11,000 amazing animals in the award-winning enclosures and gardens.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Are you brave enough to tackle high wire bridges and navigate rope ladders whilst hovering 10 metres above the sea at Clarence Pier?

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Extreme Sports
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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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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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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

Attractions
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Escape the clutches of Jack the Ripper at London Dungeon

Escape the clutches of Jack the Ripper at London Dungeon

You're lost in the streets of East London where Jack the Ripper is on the prowl. Will you make it out alive? Head to London Dungeon to find out.

Location: London Bridge, Greater London

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Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

Experience the Blitz spirit at Stockport Air Raid Shelters

See how Britain survived the Blitz as you negotiate this dark labyrinth of tunnels at Stockport Air Raid Shelters.

Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester

Military history

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