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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Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Be prepared for the horrors of the deep, as you discover what life on board wartime submarines at the Submarine Museum.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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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

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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

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Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

Catch up at the Royal West of England Academy

The only Royal Academy outside of London, the RWA hosts a varied exhibition programme celebrating outstanding artists.

Location: Bristol

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Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Once the world's largest woollen mill, Armley Mills is now home to Leeds Industrial Museum, which explores the city’s industrial history.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Dig into history at the British Museum

Dig into history at the British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.

Location: Bloomsbury, London

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Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Browse the bookshelves at the Medieval and Wren Libraries

Take your seat at one of the oak reading desks and lose yourself in an ancient manuscript dating from the 15th century.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Visit the new Harley Gallery on a cultural break

Visit the new Harley Gallery on a cultural break

Visit the new Harley Gallery, a permanent home for the Portland Collection on the Welbeck Estate.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Encounter wildlife on the UK's first boating ring

Set sail on a narrow boat trip on the historic Droitwich Canals to the River Severn and beyond, the Mid Worcestershire boating ring now offers a perfect weekend getaway.

Location: Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

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Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Explore William Morris's Cotswolds as you relive the area's arts and crafts movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

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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

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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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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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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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Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North

Get an insight into the wars and conflicts that have shaped both England and the world at the Imperial War Museum North.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales

Barnard Castle in the Durham Dales

A walking architectural history lesson.

Location: Barnard Castle, Durham Dales

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Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Learn about the first Military Air Academy in the world and discover its aviation history dating back to World War 1.

Location: Cranwell, Lincolnshire

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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

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Enjoy family cycle rides at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Enjoy family cycle rides at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Go for a bike ride along the new inclusive cycle trail that has opened at the award winning family-friendly Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

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