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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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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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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Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

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Ride through the North York Moors National Park in style

Ride through the North York Moors National Park in style

Step back in time on the popular heritage steam railway, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Discover how steelmaking forged its impact on the modern world

Discover how steelmaking forged its impact on the modern world

Visit Sheffield’s three unique heritage sites and museums to uncover the story behind the growth of the steel city and its impact on the world.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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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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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

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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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Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time and visit the country’s only museum that tells the story of army aviation.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award winning day out where one ticket grants access to many of the village’s attractions.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

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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

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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

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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

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Fish, ships and snails in Great Yarmouth

Fish, ships and snails in Great Yarmouth

Go aboard the last surviving steam drifter, wander medieval walls and a 12th century parish church, and enjoy retro chic at the seaside.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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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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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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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

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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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Cruise the River Exe

Cruise the River Exe

Spot wildlife on a river Exe boat trip or cruise through 250 million years of history along the Jurassic Coast.

Location: Exmouth, Devon

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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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