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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Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

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

Location: Ironbridge, Shropshire

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Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Enjoy free culture in Birmingham

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Tens of thousands of proud Lancastrians perished in the Great War, whose experiences in the trenches are brought to life at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

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Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

See hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

Location: South Kensington, London

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Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

Uncover the stories behind Hull’s Old Town

William Wilberforce, Civil War plotting and a fascinating maritime past make up a rich and vivid history in East Yorkshire.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Climb Broadway Tower

Climb Broadway Tower

Have a pre-Raphaelite holiday retreat in the Cotswolds.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

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Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

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Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Dip into a well of history in beautiful Dukes Wood

Dip into a well of history in beautiful Dukes Wood

Feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet as you enjoy autumnal walks in Clumber Park and uncover the past of the UK's first oilfield in Dukes Wood.

Location: Eakring, Nottinghamshire

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Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Explore the resting place of the last of Henry VIII’s six wives

Sudeley Castle’s magnificent gardens are world-renowned, providing variety and colour from spring through to autumn and the grounds are the final resting place of Katherine Parr.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Uncover the weird and wonderful at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Explore galleries featuring toys, film, craft, local history and paintings on a visit to Hove Museum and Art Gallery.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Eastern art in a Western setting

Eastern art in a Western setting

Visit one of England’s most unusual art collections, in the heart of Georgian Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

See the city that the Romans built for us - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.

Location: Wroxeter, Shropshire

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Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Celebrate 200 of the world's greatest artists at four leading cultural venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

At Milestones Living History Museum you can journey through time and see how life was as a Victorian or in the Second World War.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Experience Great Yarmouth’s colourful past

Experience Great Yarmouth’s colourful past

Visit the historic Norfolk fishing port with its unique narrow ‘Rows’ streets, proud maritime past and old penny arcade.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Discover Worthing's local art scene

Discover Worthing's local art scene

Splash Point's converted beach chalet studios put art & culture right on the beach.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Art, architecture and revolution in Birmingham

Discover the 18th century’s greatest minds, admire baroque architecture and gaze at the world’s largest collection of pre-Raphaelite art.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Chapel Gallery is a family friendly gallery which offers a visitor experience that is fun and engaging for all ages.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Uncover a jewel for art lovers in the Durham Dales

Fall for the romantic charms of The Bowes Museum’s amazing art, quirky curiosities and fabulous contemporary exhibitions.

Location: Durham Dales

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