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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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Create your own ceramic masterpieces on the Ceramics Trail

Create your own ceramic masterpieces on the Ceramics Trail

Enjoy the complete ceramics experience – discover, learn, try and buy!

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Tours and trails
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Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

Enjoy great entertainment at The Spa Bridlington

This stunning Art Deco venue, The Spa Bridlington, hosts some big names in music from The Script to Kasabian.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Have a retro holiday at Butlins

Have a retro holiday at Butlins

At Butlins in Skegness you can have a good ol’ fashioned seaside holiday with a Blue Flag sandy beach on your doorstep.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

Watersports
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Acres of fun at Paultons Park

Acres of fun at Paultons Park

Home of Peppa Pig World with more than 60 family rides and attractions to get your pulses racing.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Theme Parks
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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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Punting on the River Cam

Punting on the River Cam

Find your inner rhythm as you mess about on the river.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgshire

Boating
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Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Everyone will find something old and interesting to peer at here.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free
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Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Do a spot of stargazing at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Discover the secrets of the universe and the workings of the Lovell Telescope in the gardens and exhibitions of Jodrell Bank.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Low cost
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Let off steam at Muddy Good Fun

Let off steam at Muddy Good Fun

Spend a day swinging from the trees on the ropes course, testing your skills on the quad trek course, and honing your skills as the next Robin Hood.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Attractions
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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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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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Between Bath and Bristol

Between Bath and Bristol

Combining ancient history and contemporary cool.

Location: Bath / Bristol, Somerset

Culture
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Get spooked in the dungeons

Get spooked in the dungeons

The Blackpool Tower Dungeon tells scary stories galore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Discover the history of Tower Bridge

Discover the history of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones and offers stunning panoramic views across London, and great exhibitions.

Location: London, Greater London

Walking and hiking
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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

Military history
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Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, a giant octopus and a pirate playground as you go underwater.

Location: Ellesere Port, Cheshire

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Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Uncover 900 years of gruesome history

Find out why Admiral Lord Nelson's body was bought back to England in a cask of Brandy, and why the water on the Mary Rose was best avoided.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Military history
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Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Architectural wonders

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