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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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Take a trip through an inspiring chine

Take a trip through an inspiring chine

The leafy gorge of Shanklin Chine is lined with rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls and makes for a magical walk day or night.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Coastal towns
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From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

Visit Hever Castle’s grisly Council Chamber containing collections of swords, armour and gruesome instruments of execution, torture and discipline.

Location: Hever, Kent

Price: From £15.50

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Tie the knot with beautiful sea views

Tie the knot with beautiful sea views

Located on the promenade near North Pier in Blackpool, Festival House has the impressive backdrop of The Blackpool Tower and the beach.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Wedding celebrations
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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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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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Climb the 311 steps of the Monument for views over the City

Climb the 311 steps of the Monument for views over the City

The Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of 1666, is the tallest isolated stone column in the world and offers panoramic views of London.

Location: London, Greater London

City
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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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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Treat the family to a fun-packed break in Bristol

Treat the family to a fun-packed break in Bristol

Enjoy a weekend of fun packed family fun in Bristol with Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel.

Location: Bristol

Price: From £141

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Visit England's largest travelling fair

Visit England's largest travelling fair

Hull Fair celebrated its 700th birthday in 1993 and has grown to attract over half a million visitors.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Family
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Corinium Dobunnorum: the original Roman town

Corinium Dobunnorum: the original Roman town

Travel through every era in Cirencester's history, from Stone Age to Civil War.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Budget
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Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

Dogs and dinosaurs at Belsay

You’d think you were in Jurassic Park, not at Belsay Hall. And you can explore this magnificent garden with your four-legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Price: From £8 per adult

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Exploring the North

Exploring the North

Take in some of the awe-inspiring sites of England's North Country.

Location: Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

On the edge of Nottingham but a world away, Attenborough Nature Reserve is perfect for enjoying a picnic whilst surrounded by nature’s inhabitants.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Looking for some active fun? Stop monkeying around and spend the day at Go Ape where you can fly down a zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

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Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, driving an engine and even walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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