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
Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.
Location: Chatham, Kent
Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway
Hop on board and enjoy a ride on England's oldest electric railway.
Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex
Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail
Take a voyage of discovery around the old port of Harwich and discover a wealth of maritime history.
Location: Harwich, Essex
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
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.
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
Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history
Home to the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Army, Plymouth boasts an inspiring rich maritime heritage and is steeped in military history.
Location: Plymouth, Devon
Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience
Head to the delightful seaside 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
Make the journey count on a trip to Scilly
Planning your journey to Scilly is where your adventure begins, because the only thing better than the destination is the journey.
Location: Isles of Scilly
September events: Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Get on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this autumn with a varied diary of events offering a great way to spend time with family and friends.
Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire