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

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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Relax in the Maritime History of The Hoe

Relax in the Maritime History of The Hoe

Take in the spectacular Plymouth Hoe, one of the largest natural harbours in the world and home to a wealth of historic monuments.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Travel through the history of British motoring

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the British Motor Museum, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

 
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

 
Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Go to Ironbridge Gorge which created the spark that started the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Ironbridge, Shropshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Climb the rigging or discover traditional ship-building techniques at Boathouse 4.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Discover Portsmouth’s maritime heritage

Discover Portsmouth’s maritime heritage

From the America’s Cup World Series racing in July to the Great South Run weekend in October there’s something for everyone.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore Britain’s maritime history at Buckler's Hard

Explore this unique 18th century village which had an important role in British maritime history.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

 
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

 
Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful coastal 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

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Discover Sheffield’s story at Kelham Island Museum

Rainy Day Activities: 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 indoor museum.

Location: Kelham Island, South Yorkshire

 
Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Re-live the Age of Steam at Great Central Railway

Make your childhood dreams come true by driving a steam locomotive train, or sit back and travel in comfort.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

 
Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this summer and you'll find a new addition to its amazing maritime collection.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Steam into spring on board the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Steam into spring on board the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Jump on board the Lake District’s oldest, longest and most scenic railway.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

 
Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the stunning Plymouth coastline from the water to reach this cultural hotspot.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
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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