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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Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Travel at the speed of sound at Coventry's thrilling transport museum, and be one of the first to see some of the newly redeveloped galleries.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

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Explore the past at Elsecar village

Explore the past at Elsecar village

Set within the attractive conservation village of Elsecar is Elsecar Heritage Centre, a unique attraction and a working hub of industry to explore.

Location: Elsecar, South Yorkshire

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Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Venture aboard the Cutty Sark

Explore above and beneath the decks of the world’s sole surviving tea clipper.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Unearth the past at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Unearth the past at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Catch a glimpse of what life was like at home and work for the people of Sheffield at this unique 18th century industrial works.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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Experience an 18th century watermill in action

Experience an 18th century watermill in action

Make your way to Cogglesford Watermill to see the River Slea flowing through the mill producing organic flour.

Location: Sleaford, Lincolnshire

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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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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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Take a Derby Roundhouse Tour in the footsteps of George Stephenson

Take a Derby Roundhouse Tour in the footsteps of George Stephenson

Join us on a journey to explore the oldest turning shed in the world where the golden age of steam railways once ruled.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Mill your own flour at Winchester City Mill

Be thrilled by the sights and sounds of a rare surviving urban working corn mill, powered by the fast-flowing River Itchen underneath.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Take your pick from Liverpool’s rich cultural gems

Liverpool is a thriving capital of culture with museums and galleries for every taste, many of which are free to explore. Dip in and emerge inspired.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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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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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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Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Setting off from Kidderminster, dine in style on a steam-hauled restaurant car train, along 16 miles of Shropshire’s beautiful Severn Valley.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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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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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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Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this autumn with a varied diary of events offering a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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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

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All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.

Location: Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park

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