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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Take family breaks to new heights at Anderton Boat Lift

Take family breaks to new heights at Anderton Boat Lift

Make family time a priority this spring at one of Cheshire's top heritage attractions.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

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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

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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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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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Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, driving an engine and even walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

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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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Enjoy a seafaring adventure at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Enjoy a seafaring adventure at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

With maritime attractions that span 800 years, there's plenty to pack into a short break to this historic waterfront city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

The Darlington Head of Steam Museum provides a fascinating journey into the past, when steam ruled the railways.

Location: Darlington, North Yorkshire

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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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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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See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past at the Crofton Beam Engines

See Wiltshire's industrial past 'in steam' at the Crofton Beam Engines.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

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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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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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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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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

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Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Experience the sights, sounds and the smell of traditional train travel on The Dean Forest Railway, a rural branch railway offering rides on steam trains and some heritage diesel services.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Enjoy a scenic steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth, with a twist.

Location: Paignton, Devon

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Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Discover the story of remarkable preservation at Stow Maries

Transport yourself back in time with a visit to the most complete, almost unaltered, example of a First World War Aerodrome.

Location: Purleigh, Essex

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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

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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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