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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Experience steam-age travel on the Nene Valley Railway

Visit one of England’s leading steam engine and locomotive attractions, based in Northamptonshire's Nene Valley.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

 

Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Spend your weekend exploring Cheshire’s incredible waterways, at Anderton Boat Lift and the National Waterways Museum.

Location: Anderton, Cheshire

 

See Churchill's carriage at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum with one of the UK’s largest collections of locomotives, rolling stock and railway memorabilia.

Location: Quainton, Buckinghamshire

 

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

 

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

 

All aboard heritage steam trains at the Epping Ongar Railway

Pay a visit to Epping Ongar Railway, and ride on running steam and diesel engines between period stations, through countryside and forest.

Location: Chipping Ongar, Essex

 

Travel across Hampshire’s countryside on the Watercress Line

Witness the sights, sounds, smells and magic of steam travel from a bygone age and journey through Hampshire’s countryside on a restored steam train.

Location: Alresford, Hampshire

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, drive a model steam engine and walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

 

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

 

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

 

Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

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

Location: Ironbridge, Shropshire

 

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

 

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Many would love the chance to drive a steam engine, well now's your chance: become a train driver for the day at Telford Steam Railway.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Enjoy a tranquil break in a renovated railway carriage

Stay in your own 1st Class carriage at Coalport Station in the stunning Ironbridge Gorge.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

 

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

 

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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