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.

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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Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Take a tour of the Devonshire Collection at Chatsworth

Admire historical artworks in a grand setting at Chatsworth.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Dip into modern art at the Tate St Ives

Rainy Day Activities: Dip into modern art at the Tate St Ives

With clean air and shimmering waters, St Ives is a true English beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of seaside living and stop by this idyllic indoor attraction.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

 
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

 
Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Rainy Day Activities: Step into history in the Churchill War Rooms

Delve underground into Churchill’s War Cabinet Rooms and uncover the secret location which housed the Prime Minister during WWII.

Location: Westminster, London

 
Celebrate 300 years of grace & elegance in Bath

Celebrate 300 years of grace & elegance in Bath

Bath invites you to discover its marvellous museums and enjoy the exquisite taste of the Georgians.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Visit Coventry's thrilling transport museum, and be one of the first to see some of the newly redeveloped galleries.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

 
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

 
Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

 
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

 
Delve into the life and loves of Sir Edward Elgar

Delve into the life and loves of Sir Edward Elgar

Worcestershire really is 'Land of Hope and Glory' with the music and talent of Sir Edward Elgar engrained into the county's cultural heritage.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 
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

 
Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Explore the works of Plymouth's legendary artists – Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as today's talented young artists.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Rainy Day Activities: See famous works in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

With numerous famous artworks and historical artefacts on display, the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a must-see indoor attraction in the heart of Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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