Industrial, maritime and transport

Industrial heritage in England

Rides on steam railways can take you to the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. As the thrilling shriek of the steam engine whisks you back through the decades, stunning countryside streaks past your window. Next, explore our industrial heritage at a perfectly preserved mill town or a fascinating mining village. Discover what made our island nation great at dockyards and maritime museums, as the kids clamber over 18th-century steam ships and 19th-century tea clippers resplendent in their restored glory. Don’t miss the transport museums and military air shows that showcase staggering feats of automotive and aeronautical engineering.

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Learn about the poorest textile workers of Victorian Britain

Learn about the poorest textile workers of Victorian Britain

See the history of the knitting industry come to life at the Framework Knitters Museum.

Location: Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

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Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Delightful villages, dramatic views and gentle country walks – do it all by train on a ride through the delightful Esk Valley, near Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

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Step back in time on the Severn Valley Railway

Step back in time on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy magnificent views and nostalgic times of days gone by as you wind through the Severn Valley on a superb day of steam hauled splendour.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Many would love the chance to drive a steam engine, well now's your chance: become a train driver for the day at Telford Steam Railway.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

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Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Journey back to the days of train whistles and locomotives as the Severn Valley Railway celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum is a place where time slows down and history comes to life.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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Climb aboard a classic steam railway at Bolton Abbey

Climb aboard a classic steam railway at Bolton Abbey

Puffing through the Yorkshire Dales is the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway where special events take place throughout the year.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

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Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Discover how the world's first underwater tunnel was built on a visit to the Brunel Museum.

Location: London, Greater London

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Explore Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Explore Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Restored to UNESCO World Heritage status after 60 years by the Greasy Gang, a visit to the Levant Mine and Beam Engine is a fascinating trip into the past.

Location: Near St Just, Cornwall

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Visit the Papplewick Pumping Station

Visit the Papplewick Pumping Station

The pumping station was designed in the 1880s to pump gallons of clean, fresh water every day to the rapidly growing population of Industrial Britain.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Spend the day on the North Devon coastline in the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoying a taste of their industrial heritage.

Location: Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon

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Experience life as a dockyard apprentice in Portsmouth

Experience life as a dockyard apprentice in Portsmouth

Be transported back in time to 1911 and become an apprentice for a day at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

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Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

This exciting heritage steam railway runs through the picturesque Yorkshire countryside where the classic movie The Railway Children was filmed.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

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Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Sit back and relax as you explore the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Location: Toddington, Cotswolds

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Uncover the story of the Father of Flight

Uncover the story of the Father of Flight

Learn about the endeavours of Sir George Cayley, the man behind the first man-carrying glider flight, and visit the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Location: Brompton, North Yorkshire

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Get on board at the National Railway Museum

Get on board at the National Railway Museum

The world's largest railway museum is home to a staggering collection of restored locomotives, including the fastest steam engine of all time.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Stay in your own 1st Class carriage at Coalport Station in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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East Lancashire Railway

East Lancashire Railway

A train journey with a nineteenth century throwback.

Location: Bolton, Greater Manchester

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