Things to do

The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

Discover the true spirit of Ironbridge

At Jackfield Tile Museum and the Enginuity centre unleash the design engineer in you and let your creative juices flow!

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Become a zookeeper for a day

Become a zookeeper for a day

Meet the animals at London Zoo and learn how to take care of penguins, meerkats and more.

Location: London

City
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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is the leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy a stroll within the tranquil gardens of Houghton Lodge

Enjoy a stroll within the tranquil gardens of Houghton Lodge

Pay three very special alpacas a friendly visit in the gardens of Houghton Lodge.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Let the wardens at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre show you the best way to find your own fossils on the beach.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

World heritage sites
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Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Inhale the scent of Dorset’s glorious gardens

Inhale the scent of Dorset’s glorious gardens

Dorset’s mild and bright climate is home to some magical gardens and horticultural masterpieces.

Location: Dorset

Gardens and Parks
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Wander Blackpool’s small but perfectly formed Model Village

Wander Blackpool’s small but perfectly formed Model Village

See English rural life through a microscope and marvel at the exquisite detail of these handmade figurines, at Blackpool’s Model Village.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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Family-friendly cycle trails in The National Forest

Family-friendly cycle trails in The National Forest

Hicks Lodge is a fantastic day out in the heart of The National Forest for the whole family - from budding cyclists to the more confident.

Location: Moira, Leicestershire

Cycling
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Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

Visit the Jacobean splendor of Temple Newsam

There’s plenty to keep you amused at Temple Newsam, including the country’s greatest collections of decorative arts and a rare breeds farm.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Posh Boats on The Broads

Posh Boats on The Broads

Take a well-earned break from life.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Boating
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Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Canal cruise through Staffordshire’s Peak District

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by hiring a canal boat and leisurely cruising through picturesque scenery.

Location: Peak District, Staffordshire

Boating
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Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Try your hand at kite surfing with power kites and full instruction at the Isle of Portland’s Paracademy.

Location: Portland, Dorset

Watersports
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Take a trip back to where the Industrial Revolution began

Take a trip back to where the Industrial Revolution began

Ironbridge Gorge has World Heritage status for its unique contribution to the birth of the global Industrial Revolution in the 18th century.

Location: Ironbridge, Shropshire

World heritage sites
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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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Dinner at SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant

Dinner at SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant

Enjoy British modern cuisine alongside breathtaking panoramic views of NewcastleGateshead’s spectacular quayside.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Eating out
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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

Culture
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Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Summer’s in the air at Castle Howard

Intoxicating roses, ornamental vegetables and wild hydrangeas – it’s a riot of colour and fragrance at one of England’s most imposing stately homes.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Since opening in 1990, the Playhouse has become one of Leeds' premiere events venue.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Performing arts

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