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.

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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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

 
Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Welcome aboard the longest Essex heritage railway

Pay a visit to Epping Ongar Railway, and ride on running steam and diesel engines between period stations, through countryside and forest.

Location: Chipping Ongar, Essex

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

Location: Vale of Durham

 
Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Once the world's largest woollen mill, Armley Mills is now home to Leeds Industrial Museum, which explores the city’s industrial history.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore mining history at Woodhorn Museum

Explore hundreds of years of mining heritage at this unique museum in Northumberland, built from what was once the largest pit village in the world.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

 
Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Embark on a journey of revolt to explore the riots of 1831, and how a protest in a sleepy Nottinghamshire village exploded into the Luddite Movement.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
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

 
Shine a light into history at Souter Lighthouse

Shine a light into history at Souter Lighthouse

The world’s very first electric lighthouse, this iconic landmark has proudly stood guard over the northeast coastline for nearly 150 years.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Ride a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway

Ride a steam train on the East Lancashire Railway

This beautifully restored heritage railway puffs through stunning countryside, quaint villages and historic towns.

Location: Bury, Greater Manchester

 
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

 
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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