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

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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Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hop from gallery to shop in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yorkshire’s Salts Mill, near Bradford, is a hive of art galleries and indie shops, set within the culturally rich World Heritage Site of Saltaire.

Location: Saltaire, West Yorkshire

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Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

Location: Vale of Durham

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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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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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Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Dales Countryside Museum – tells the story of the Dales

Glaciers that covered the Dales, the Romans, Vikings , Normans, the miners and farmers – all have left their mark on the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

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Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Discover the story of Winchester at City Museum

Located in the heart of the historic city of Winchester, City Museum tells the story of England’s ancient capital, the seat of Alfred the Great.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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A shopping weekend in Birmingham

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Dress up as a real soldier at Eastbourne’s Napoleonic fortress

Get hands on with history at England’s leading Napoleonic fortress, with free annual exhibition and free return visit for every ticket purchased.

Location: Eastbourne, East 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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Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

Admire the vintage vehicles that defined modern history

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

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

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Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce

Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce

The Wilberforce Trail explores the politician’s fascinating past, from his early life and politics to his passionate campaign against the slave trade.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

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Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

Learn about North Yorkshire’s past in-depth

From archaeology to earrings – discover a rich and colourful history in the heart of Skipton.

Location: Skipton, North Yorkshire

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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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Celebrate 200 years of John Keats's poetry at Keats House

Celebrate 200 years of John Keats's poetry at Keats House

Enjoy a varied programme of events from guided walks, tours and poetry readings to family days and music recitals in the peaceful setting of Keats House.

Location: Hampstead, London

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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Modern art on the coast of St Ives

Modern art on the coast of St Ives

With clean air and shimmering sea, St Ives is a true English beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of modern living by stopping in this idyllic spot.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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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

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