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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All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip on the world’s most popular heritage railway line, spotting film locations and amazing scenery on the way.

Location: Pickering to Whitby via North York Moors National Park

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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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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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Experience an 18th century watermill in action

Experience an 18th century watermill in action

Make your way to Cogglesford Watermill to see the River Slea flowing through the mill producing organic flour.

Location: Sleaford, Lincolnshire

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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Spend the day on the North Devon coastline in the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoying a taste of their industrial heritage.

Location: Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon

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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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Meet Santa on a steam train

Meet Santa on a steam train

Take a trip on Swanage Railway in the run up to Christmas and get the chance to meet Santa. Fun for all the family with each child getting a present.

Location: Swanage, Dorset

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Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

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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

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Get to grips with 19th-century silk weaving

Get to grips with 19th-century silk weaving

Can you tell your taffetas from your twills? At Whitchurch Silk Mill you’ll learn everything there is to know about silk weaving.

Location: Whitchurch, Hampshire

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Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Journey back to the days of train whistles and locomotives as the Severn Valley Railway celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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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

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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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Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Uncover London’s industrial heritage at The Brunel Museum

Discover how the world's first underwater tunnel was built on a visit to the Brunel Museum.

Location: London, Greater London

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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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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

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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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Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

Visit the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

By 1860, Lancashire was producing half of the world's cotton via its mills, hills and waterways, which you can now explore.

Location: Pennine Lancashire

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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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