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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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Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

Price: From £16

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Grab a bargain with a Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break

Grab a bargain with a Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break

Experience the perfect getaway on a Stay Play Explore Family Fun break for two adults and two children.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Price: From £109

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Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Price: From £11.25 per adult

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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 York's top attractions at a great price with a York pass

Visit York's top attractions at a great price with a York pass

Buy a York Pass and you can experience all the city of York has to offer without breaking the bank.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Price: From £36 for one day

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Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Explore the working trawler Arctic Corsair

Journey back to the stormy waters of the North Sea at the height of the Cod Wars on the only trawler accessible to the public.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Meet a 500 year old dog at the Mary Rose Museum

Meet a 500 year old dog at the Mary Rose Museum

When you visit the Mary Rose Museum, make sure you don't miss meeting 'Hatch', the Mary Rose's dog, who's nearly half a millennium old!

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: From £17 for adults and £12.50 for kids

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Gaze in wonder at the historic Tower of London

Gaze in wonder at the historic Tower of London

Explore the quirks of this historical fortress and its colourful history. Once inside, marvel at the Crown Jewels.

Location: London, 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

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The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

View from the Shard

Location: London, Greater London

City
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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

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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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Get a bird's-eye view from the roof of Exeter Cathedral

Get a bird's-eye view from the roof of Exeter Cathedral

Climb the narrow staircase up to the lofty heights of Exeter Cathedral's rooftop.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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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

Price: From £38

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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Test your metal at Bodyflight Bedford

Test your metal at Bodyflight Bedford

Bodyflight is Europe's most exciting adventure centre, featuring Indoor Skydiving, Surfing, Climbing, Racing and a simulated BASE jump.

Location: Bedford, Bedfordshire

Extreme Sports
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Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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