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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Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain

One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.

Location: Bristol

 

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

 

Kingston Lacy: an Italian palace in Dorset

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

 

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

 

Visit the world’s best collection of tanks

Heroes big or small can find fun at The Tank Museum.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

Get to the heart of the crafty Cotswolds

Allow yourself to be dazzled – and perhaps, learn to dazzle yourself – at a place where art comes to life.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From Egyptian relics and biplanes, to works of art and stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Bristol

 

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

 

Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover the incredible and diverse collection of museums, galleries and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of one another, on a rainy day in Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Enjoy panoramic views on the Bath Skyline Walk

Enjoy a family break in Bath with some outdoor fun at Bath Skyline’s woodland play area before enjoying sweeping views across the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
The Matthew in Bristol Harbour

Discover new worlds on The Matthew

A replica of John Cabot's ship that discovered America in 1497, The Matthew sailed the Atlantic in 1997 and now offers trips around the harbour.

Location: Bristol

 

Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

From its rich maritime and wartime history to Otto Overbeck’s ‘electrical rejuvenator’, Salcombe is filled with historic gems.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

 
The last ever concorde to fly, in a hangar at Aerospace Bristol

Step aboard a supersonic Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Visit the true home of the Concorde at Aerospace Bristol, which tells the story of Bristol’s amazing aviation achievements.

Location: Bristol

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