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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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Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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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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Make a huge splash at Robin Hood’s Water Park

Make a huge splash at Robin Hood’s Water Park

Make a splash at Nottinghamshire's newest family attraction - Robin Hood's Water Park at Wheelgate Theme Park.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Theme Parks
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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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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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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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Monkeying around in the New Forest

Monkeying around in the New Forest

Bond with your tribe at the Go Ape course in Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood for a thrilling forest adventure.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Free family fun at Blakemere Village

Free family fun at Blakemere Village

If you a day trip that’s not only family-friendly, but purse-friendly, why not head to Blakemere Village?

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Free
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Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Sabotage and subversion in the heart of the New Forest

Shhh! Your mission is to head to the Second World War Secret Army ‘finishing school’ in the serene New Forest village of Beaulieu.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Cadbury World

Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

A family favourite and the best place in England to see more than 200,000 sea birds between April and August.

Location: RSPB Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Visit the Diamond Isle

Visit the Diamond Isle

Enjoy a 10 min trip on the Needles Park Chairlift and go dinosaur hunting.

Location: Isle of Wight

Archaeological sites
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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Just when you thought Manchester couldn’t get any cooler, they build Chill Factore, the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Extreme Sports
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Admire the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

Admire the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

Royal
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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Follow in the footsteps of Dumbledore and Robin Hood.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society's flagship property.

Location: Woking, Surrey

Gardens and Parks
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Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Unleash your wild side at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Port Lympne is home to over 700 rare and endangered animals, including western lowland gorillas, the largest herd of black rhino in the UK and more.

Location: Lympne, Kent

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks

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