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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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

 
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

 
Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
Read all about family breaks at Seven Stories

Read all about family breaks at Seven Stories

Explore The National Centre for Children’s Books before getting stuck in down the farm.

Location: Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

 
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

 
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

 
Industry meets art at Salts Mill

Industry meets art at Salts Mill

Packed to its Victorian rafters with independent traders and the largest collection of David Hockney’s work.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

 
Retrace the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts movement

Retrace the Cotswolds Arts and Crafts movement

Relive the rich Cotswolds’ arts and crafts traditions in Chipping Campden and Broadway and be inspired to be a modern day William Morris.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 
Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Your little ones can take the wheel of a boat before being steered through Lymington’s history of smugglers and sailors at the St. Barbe Museum.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

 
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

 
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

 
Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain at Eden Camp

Relive the sights and sounds of wartime Britain at Eden Camp

Be transported back through time from an ex-POW camp in Malton, North Yorkshire, to life in wartime Britain on both the home front and on the front line.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
Climb Broadway Tower

Climb Broadway Tower

Have a pre-Raphaelite holiday retreat in the Cotswolds.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

 
Be inspired at Leeds Art Gallery

Be inspired at Leeds Art Gallery

This collection of 20th century British art is regarded as the best outside London. It includes many awe-inspiring masterpieces.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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