Tales by the sea

Fall in love with the charm of our fishing villages, and discover the fascinating histories and stories that lie at the heart of the English coastline. Shiver with excitement as swash-buckling buccaneers recount gruesome tales of pirates and smugglers on a pirate walk. Take a deep lungful of sea air as you marvel at the sights of far off castle ruins in the distance, venture into smugglers caves and hunt for lost treasure; delve into England’s maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or hunt for fossils along the Jurassic coast.

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Discover the village that fell into the sea

Discover the village that fell into the sea

One dark night in 1664, while local people were attending a wake, the whole village of Runswick slipped into the sea…

Location: Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Discover the trials and tribulations of Ironstone mining

Discover the trials and tribulations of Ironstone mining

Venture into the Yorkshire mines which saw ironstone extracted for over 90 years by exploring the unique Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Location: Skinningrove, North Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Beware the boggles at Boggle Hole

Goblins, boggles, bogarts, hobs – call them what you will, they make their home in the caves and coves near the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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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Meet the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington

Meet the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington

Take a trip to discover this incredible figure situated on the South Downs, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Explore Tintagel Castle

Explore Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle is full of legend and mystery. King Arthur, anyone?

Location: Tintagel, Cornwall

Coast
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Cycle back in time along the Cinder Track

Cycle back in time along the Cinder Track

Enjoy 21 miles of off-road freedom along the Cinder Track, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a family fun day uncovering a prehistoric past on a fossil hunting walk on Charmouth Beach and take home your very own Jurassic fossil.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

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Go in search of Sherlock, smugglers and Legless Rambler

Go in search of Sherlock, smugglers and Legless Rambler

Discover the hidden secrets of East Dean at this pretty village, set in the South Downs National Park, just outside of Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Cawsand

Cawsand

This peaceful village used to be a hotbed for smugglers.

Location: Cawsand, Cornwall

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Military history
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Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour Tour

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour Tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Pick up a heritage walk for a fascinating insight into Eastbourne’s early beginnings as a Victorian seaside resort.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coast
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Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Cross the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Cross the causeway to the unique Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim across the sands to the ethereal island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland and enjoy a coastal experience with a difference.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Malham Tarn Geocaching Trail

Become a geocacher and find the treasure.

Location: Malham Tarn, Yorkshire

Low cost
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A Bamburgh Escape

A Bamburgh Escape

Plenty of sandcastles and a real one.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Coast

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