Museums, galleries and libraries

Immerse yourself in other worlds and cultures, become an expert for a day on the Egyptians or vintage aeroplanes, and stare amazed at art exhibitions the world comes to see. Museums and art galleries in England take you to faraway places. You get to peek into distant lives by travelling just a few footsteps. At the last count there were around 1,600 museums in England, catering to almost every interest you can imagine. Many of them are housed in buildings as impressive as the collections within.

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A shopping weekend in Birmingham

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Great shopping and cutting edge art in Britain's second city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Albert Dock, Liverpool

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Once the gateway to the British Empire, now the cultural centre of a cosmopolitan city.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Follow in the footsteps of prisoners at the Westgate Museum

Climb the steep stone steps, open the creaky door into the former debtor’s prison and read the graffiti etched in the wall by incarcerated miscreants.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Free
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Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Dr Samuel Johnson was a highly distinguished ‘man of letters’, and best-known for his comprehensive English Dictionary of 1755.

Location: London, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

Archaeological sites
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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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Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin.

Location: Paddington, London

Budget
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Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that drew novelist Charles Dickens back time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Literature, film and TV
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Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Learn about the first Military Air Academy in the world and discover its aviation history dating back to World War 1.

Location: Cranwell, Lincolnshire

Military history
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Old Sarum

Old Sarum

You can explore for yourself one of the earliest recorded settlements in England – Old Sarum.

Location: Wiltshire

Budget
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Visit the historic Nottingham Castle

Visit the historic Nottingham Castle

Nottingham’s magnificent 17th century ducal mansion is built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, overlooking the whole of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore Exeter and beyond in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Exeter’s world-class museum has stunning displays and galleries, fabulous exhibitions and modern amenities.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Military history
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Visit the 127ft Lighthouse in Withernsea

Visit the 127ft Lighthouse in Withernsea

Head along Withernsea’s promenade and visit the Pier Towers, the sole remains of the town’s historic 19th century pier.

Location: Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

Harbours and fishing villages
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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Military history
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Taste Tudor fare at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Taste Tudor fare at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, home to over 50 historic building exhibits, demonstrates how barley and hops are transformed into ale and beer.

Location: Singleton, Nr Chichester, West Sussex

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton’s Cottage is located in Chalfont St. Giles and is the only surviving home of the great poet and parliamentarian John Milton.

Location: Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

Heritage
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Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Journey through England’s 800 year coal mining history and experience what life was like for pitmen at Woodhorn Colliery.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Touch, taste and smell history at Durham's Beamish Museum

Touch, taste and smell history at Durham's Beamish Museum

Take an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open air museum set in 300 acres of Durham countryside.

Location: Vale of Durham

Museums, galleries and libraries
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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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