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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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From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

Brighton & Hove is an artistic hub with a wide variety of art galleries,the biggest of which is the city itself.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

As well as history galore, there’s the chance to experience a pony sale at the New Forest Centre – you just won’t be able to take one home with you.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Budget
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Where the spirit of Brooklands lives on

Where the spirit of Brooklands lives on

Fun for all the family at Brooklands Museum - the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation.

Location: Weybridge, Surrey

Budget
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Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a ride on the Great Western Railway

Enjoy a trip to the Great Western Railway, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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See science come to life at The Time Machine

See science come to life at The Time Machine

Explore the hands on galleries featuring over 50 exhibits, or take part in the workshops with plenty of bangs, explosions and smelly effects.

Location: Harlow, Essex

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Enter a maximum security prison taken over by evil inmates

Enter a maximum security prison taken over by evil inmates

Unhinged prisoners have taken control of the building. Are you brave enough to enter Madame Tussauds London’s live action Chamber of Horrors?

Location: London

Rainy day ideas
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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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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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Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Explore Arundel’s rich history and heritage with re-enactments and family fun-days at Arundel Castle.

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Peak District Mining Museum

Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Going underground
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Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford Castle Unlocked

Do you believe in ghosts? You might do after experiencing the dark, eerie atmosphere of Oxford Castle unlocked.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Historic sites and icons
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Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Witness Nature’s best at the North York Moors National Park

Discover heather adorned moorland in the summer sunshine and wild flora flourishing in the woodlands.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Free
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Feel the sea breeze in Portsmouth Harbour

Feel the sea breeze in Portsmouth Harbour

Find your sea legs and obtain an unrivalled view of Portsmouth’s naval heritage with a bracing harbour tour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Dress like a Roman at the City Museum

Can you hear the medieval moot horn? Travel through 2,000 years of history with the sights and sounds of Winchester from the Iron Age to the present.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Osborne House

Osborne House

The perfect place to spend a warm summer's day.

Location: Isle of Wight

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover fine art in the Durham countryside at The Bowes Museum

Discover internationally significant collections of art at a magnificent French-style château nestled amongst the breathtaking countryside of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Train yourself to the peak of physical fitness at an outdoor assault course and see if you've got what it takes, at the Royal Marines Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Military history
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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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