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 Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Explore Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin in his lab in Paddington.

Location: Paddington, London

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Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Learn about Hornsea’s smuggling past at its Museum, or visit Hornsea Mere which is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire.

Location: Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Discover the stories behind the Civil War

Discover the stories behind the Civil War

Find out more about some of England’s bloodiest battles at the new National Civil War Centre in Newark-upon-Trent.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Discover the history of medicine through the ages at the fascinating Thackray Medical Museum.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

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See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See living history at Bosworth battlefield

See a history lesson come to life at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire, where King Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life.

Location: Near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

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Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story

Titanic & Liverpool: the untold story tells Titanic’s story from unique Liverpool perspectives, including Captain Smith and the 120 crew with Merseyside links.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Enjoy a boutique stay in historic Helmsley

Enjoy a boutique stay in historic Helmsley

Historic yet buzzing with stylish shops, restaurants and hotels, Helmsley is a great base for a weekend away in the North York Moors National Park.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

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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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Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a Grand Tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Enjoy a glimpse of historic pieces of artwork that provide a glimpse into what the Grand Tour saw on their travels at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Heroes big or small can find fun at The Tank Museum.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

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See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

Explore the world around us, both natural and manmade in this fascinating museum.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Beware the animal mummies at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics to biplanes, and works of art to stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery – whatever your passion.

Location: Bristol

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Discover Staffordshire’s hoard of free and cheap activities and attractions

Discover Staffordshire’s hoard of free and cheap activities and attractions

Explore Stoke-on-Trent’s free attractions and activities for a cheap weekend break in the heart of England that’s filled with family fun.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Activities for all ages at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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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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Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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Visit the crème de la crème of classic and modern art

Visit the crème de la crème of classic and modern art

Follow in the footsteps of 17th and 18th century aristocrats on a grand art tour with a contemporary twist across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Location: Nottingham and Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, surrounded by beautiful neo-Gothic architecture.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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