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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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

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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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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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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

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Travel in style on the Settle to Carlisle railway

Travel in style on the Settle to Carlisle railway

Take an unforgettable ride on one of the world's great railway journeys, which takes in stunning country landscapes, 20 viaducts and 14 tunnels.

Location: Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Setting off from Kidderminster, dine in style on a steam-hauled restaurant car train, along 16 miles of Shropshire’s beautiful Severn Valley.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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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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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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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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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 life as a Victorian Mill Worker

Experience life as a Victorian Mill Worker

Be transported back to the 1800s and experience Bradford when it was the ‘Wool Capital of the World’.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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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

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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

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Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Experience steam age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based at Peterborough’s Nene Valley Station - a living heritage railway.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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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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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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Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take your seat and enjoy a ride on the country’s oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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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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

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Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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