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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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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Uncover the story of the Father of Flight

Uncover the story of the Father of Flight

Learn about the endeavours of Sir George Cayley, the man behind the first man-carrying glider flight, and visit the Yorkshire Air Museum.

Location: Brompton, North Yorkshire

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Explore A Different Island Every Day

Explore A Different Island Every Day

One of the greatest pleasures when staying on Scilly is to island hop and discover each island's distinct charms.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

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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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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

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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

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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

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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 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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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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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

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Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Fly high at RAF Museum Cosford

Here you can experience aviation life in wartime including the chance to see the world's oldest Spitfire.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

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