Industrial heritage in England

Industrial, maritime and transport

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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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

 
Midland Railway- Butterley

Midland Railway- Butterley

The Railway’s Footplate Experience provides big kids with all the necessary know-how to drive a steam train.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Discover 2,000 years of history in Gloucester

Discover 2,000 years of history in Gloucester

Roman ruins, an Anglo-Saxon princess, a murdered king's tomb, one of the world's most majestic cathedrals and the UK's best preserved Victorian Docks.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

 
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

 
Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly

Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly

Planning your journey to Scilly is where your adventure begins, because the only thing better than the destination is the journey.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 
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

 
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

 
Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Take a guided tour through a Cumbrian mine

Explore the relationship between the geology of the Lake District area and the quarrying of local limestone, sandstone, granite and slate in Cumbria.

Location: Threlkeld, Cumbria

 
Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Venture back to 1912 and immerse yourself in the story of RMS Titanic at Southampton’s interactive, state-of-the-art SeaCity Museum.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

 
Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

 
Full steam ahead on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Full steam ahead on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Bring out your inner Casey Jones by stepping onto the footplate and heading out across the stunning Kent countryside.

Location: Tenterden, Kent

 
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

 
December events: Meet Santa on a steam train

December events: Meet Santa on a steam train

Take a trip on Swanage Railway in the run up to Christmas and get the chance to meet Santa. It's fun for all the family and each child gets their own present!

Location: Swanage, Dorset

 
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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