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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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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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Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Birmingham’s Museum of the Jewellery Quarter is a veritable friend factory.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Oxford Malmaison

Oxford Malmaison

Chocolate dipped strawberries in a converted prison?

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Unique Experiences
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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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Visit Stonehenge

Visit Stonehenge

Some 5,000 years old, and partially constructed from rare bluestones found 160 miles away.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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

Attractions
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Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

The Deep transports you to an underwater world where you can walk through Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Price: From £37.60 (family of 4)

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London's South Bank and Bankside

London's South Bank and Bankside

Browse the riverside book and art stalls and hit Tate Modern.

Location: London, Greater London

City
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Prepare to be thrilled at Thorpe Park

Prepare to be thrilled at Thorpe Park

Adrenaline-seekers will not want to miss this adventure park which has 25 thrills and attractions so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Location: Chertsey, Surrey

Theme Parks
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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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Explore Orford Ness

Explore Orford Ness

A strange and secretive past in Suffolk.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Military history
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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 slopes in Dorset

Take to the slopes in Dorset

The Snowtrax alpine activity centre will transport you to the mountains for the day.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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Durham Cathedral Tower

Durham Cathedral Tower

Be warned: it's a breath-taking 355 steps to the top but well worth the spectacular views.

Location: Durham City

Price: Five star accommodation from £90 per room, per night

Military history

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