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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Explore Hartlepool’s exciting maritime history

Explore Hartlepool’s exciting maritime history

Seafaring types, don’t miss Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, where you can explore the world’s oldest floating warship and much more.

Location: Hartlepool, North Yorkshire

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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the stunning Plymouth coastline from the water to reach this cultural hotspot.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

The ‘Steel City’s’ unique industrial story is brought to life through interactive galleries at this captivating museum.

Location: Kelham Island, South 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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Marvel at a working 17th-century water mill

Marvel at a working 17th-century water mill

Worsbrough Mill in Northern England is an amazing place to watch wildlife and see history come alive in a beautiful setting.

Location: Worsbrough, South Yorkshire

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Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Relax in the Maritime History of The Hoe

Relax in the Maritime History of The Hoe

Take in the spectacular Plymouth Hoe, one of the largest natural harbours in the world and home to a wealth of historic monuments.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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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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Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Explore England’s industrial past on a Manchester city break

Discover Greater Manchester’s historic canals, the world’s first railway station and picturesque countryside on a city break.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Explore Lancashire’s rich industrial history

Explore Lancashire’s rich industrial history

From the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in Europe to the world’s last surviving steam powered mill, Lancashire museums offer a riveting day out.

Location: Lancashire

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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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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

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Visit England's oldest Smock Windmill at Lacey Green

Visit England's oldest Smock Windmill at Lacey Green

Restored to working order by The Chiltern Society, Lacey Green Windmill is England's oldest smock mill with wooden machinery dating from around 1650.

Location: Lacey Green, Buckinghamshire

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Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore this unique 18th century village which had an important role in British maritime history.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

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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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Uncover England's maritime history in Greenwich

Uncover England's maritime history in Greenwich

Journey back into London’s seafaring history and come up close and personal with Britain’s most famous sailor, Lord Nelson.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Travel through the history of British motoring

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the British Motor Museum, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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Grab the wheel and drive your own steam engine

Grab the wheel and drive your own steam engine

Bring history to life and drive a traditional steam engine at the Avon Valley Railway for a day.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Travel back through the centuries on a coastal break in Dorset

Travel back through the centuries on a coastal break in Dorset

Explore Dorset’s eclectic range of castles, country houses and forts and journey back in time on a steam train.

Location: Dorset

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