Museums, galleries and libraries

Museums, galleries and libraries

Immerse yourself in other worlds and cultures, become an expert for a day on the Egyptians or vintage aeroplanes, and stare amazed at art exhibitions the world comes to see. Museums and art galleries in England take you to faraway places. You get to peek into distant lives by travelling just a few footsteps. At the last count there were around 1,600 museums in England, catering to almost every interest you can imagine. Many of them are housed in buildings as impressive as the collections within.

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Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Be Inspired at the Ferens Art Gallery

Discover art at Hull’s award winning Ferens Art Gallery, with permanent collections spanning the medieval period to the present day.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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

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Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Discover the City of London's role in the Magna Carta

Discover the City of London's role in the Magna Carta

Uncover the City of London's unique connection with this famous document and its part in the 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015.

Location: London

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Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

See where the author of ‘Daffodils’ was inspired to write most of his work and take a guided tour of Dove Cottage, his home.

Location: Grasmere, Cumbria

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Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Take a trip up the historic Naze Tower

Explore the Naze Tower, an historic 86ft landmark situated on a stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Discover the largest national collection of Eric Ravilious’ beautiful South Downs inspired watercolours, plus touring art exhibitions at Towner.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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See a full sized whale skeleton at Hull’s Maritime Museum

See a full sized whale skeleton at Hull’s Maritime Museum

Listen to the eerie sounds of whales as they call each other above the full sized whale skeleton.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

The Darlington Head of Steam Museum provides a fascinating journey into the past, when steam ruled the railways.

Location: Darlington, North Yorkshire

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Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Bugs and bonkers inventions in Stratford-upon-Avon

Head to an exotic paradise at Stratford Butterfly Farm and go crazy with the kids at the MAD Museum.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Set sail on a narrow boat trip on the historic Droitwich Canals to the River Severn and beyond, the Mid Worcestershire boating ring now offers a perfect weekend getaway.

Location: Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

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Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Known locally as 'the jewel in Worthing's crown', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is much more than meets the eye.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Immerse yourself in modern art at Pallant House Gallery

Discover extraordinary works by modern British artists and learn more about the greats on an art course at the award-winning Pallant House Gallery.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

If it’s raining outside head to Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, home to many of the city's world-class exhibitions and a diverse range of events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Explore a living canal village

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

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Enjoy old-fashioned English charm in Harrogate

Enjoy old-fashioned English charm in Harrogate

Grand Turkish baths, exclusive shopping, gardens and old-world teashops: the elegant spa town of Harrogate is all about style and relaxation.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

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Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Explore the wonders of a Jacobean mansion, and learn about the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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