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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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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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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From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

From the cocoon to the catwalk, discover the history of silk

At Macclesfield Silk Museum you can travel along a silk road and follow the story of the silk industry from its humble button beginnings.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers an inspiring mix of the very old and the very now and is just one of many cultural delights in Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Discover Manchester’s cultural charms

Discover Manchester’s cultural charms

Immerse yourself in contemporary commissions and historic collections on a cultural city break in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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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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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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Learn about Captain Cook’s extraordinary adventures

Learn about Captain Cook’s extraordinary adventures

James Cook was Britain’s greatest explorer. See where he trained, understand what made him and read letters detailing his world voyages in Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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A unique and thought-provoking experience

A unique and thought-provoking experience

The International Slavery Museum explores the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring impact.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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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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Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Experience the ghastly world of the Tudors

Delve into Tudor life at this interactive museum in England's most haunted building.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Step back in time at Dr Johnson's House

Dr Samuel Johnson was a highly distinguished ‘man of letters’, and best-known for his comprehensive English Dictionary of 1755.

Location: London, Greater London

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Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Watch the River Thames flow beneath your feet at a breath-taking height of 42 metres on the walkways between the two iconic towers.

Location: London

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Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire

Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire

From fabulous stained-glass windows in his father’s church to sumptuous Mad Hatter’s tea parties, delight in Cheshire’s Carroll connections.

Location: Daresbury, Cheshire

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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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Get creative after hours at one of London's top museums

Get creative after hours at one of London's top museums

For one night a month, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London’s Kensington becomes a creative after-hours hub for music and hands-on events.

Location: London

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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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Take a step back in time in Southsea

Take a step back in time in Southsea

From the Tudor ramparts of Henry VIII's Castle to the D-Day and Royal Marines Museums, there's plenty of Portsmouth’s heritage for you to explore.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Learn about the poorest textile workers of Victorian Britain

Learn about the poorest textile workers of Victorian Britain

See the history of the knitting industry come to life at the Framework Knitters Museum.

Location: Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

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