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Great for History

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Central England

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of Britain's leading working farm museums and is situated in the 18th century Home Farm of the Acton Scott Estate. Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since. Today, the farm specialises in practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines. You can see farm life unfold on the land, around the farm yard and in the cottage with each day being rounded off with milking by hand.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Alcester

Central England

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Set amid the gently rolling hills of the Shakespeare Country, just eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon is the ancient market town of Alcester. It has a fine selection of historic buildings, pubs and tearooms.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Aldeburgh Seaside Town

Central England

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Aldeburgh encapsulates a typical British seaside town with its pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas lining the impressive promenade Inland, the High Street offers charming shops to browse through each offering an array of antiques and arts, an independent book shops. The town also has much variety when it comes to culinary temptations, from the renowned fish and chip shops, to fine dining and of course ice cream. You can visit the town's lifeboat station with museum and shop, and also visit the 16th century Moot Hall, which houses a museum taking you through the town's history from its Roman beginnings to present day.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts

Ashmolean Museum

Central England

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Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean museum displays art and archaeology spanning civilisations of east and west from the Neolithic era to the present. It houses the largest group of Raphael drawings, and the best collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Relaxing, Family

Avon River Cruise

Central England

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This 40-minute cruise on the River Avon aboard a traditional Edwardian passenger launch is a great and relaxing way to explore Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 40 minutes   More information

Great for British

Bakewell

Central England

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Bakewell, situated on the river Wye has attractive courtyards, independent shops and cafés. The famous Bakewell tart came about by mistake, when the cook at what is now the Rutland Arms Hotel was making a strawberry tart with a rich egg pastry. She assembled the ingredients incorrectly and poured the egg mixture on top of the strawberry jam, ending up with a barely set gelatinous pudding. Bakewell's three pudding shops all claim to possess the original (and supposedly secret) recipe!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Banbury

Central England

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Banbury is a small historic town close to Oxford and a great base for visitors to the area. The centre has the famous monument 'Banbury Cross' Banbury has a market, some nice independent shops and a museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Bicester Village

Central England

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A huge favourite with many visitors, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping centre for all of Britain's designer labels. With instant tax refunds available on site for overseas shoppers and brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci and Hobbs, the centre is an essential visit for all lovers of designer brands.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Birmingham

Central England

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Warwick is on the doorstep of Birmingham, Britain's 2nd largest city. The city has a number of attractions including its famous 'Jewellery Quarter' with a visitor centre telling the quarter's 200 year history and handmade jewellery to buy. The city has good shopping too, at the Bullring.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Blenheim Palace

Central England

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Only 20 minutes away from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room - both are included in the Palace tour. Surrounding the Palace are over 2000 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens including the recently restored 'Secret Garden', the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Grand Cascade.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Blue John Cavern

Central England

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Situated in the Peak District near Castleton, the Blue John Cavern is a series of caverns, some of them being the finest in Western Europe. Discover how caverns are formed with fantastic tour which takes you through the various caverns such as the Stalactite Cavern, the Waterfall Cavern with its stalagmitic formations and the Bull Beef Cavern where you can see the largest pieces of Blue John Stones ever mined.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, British

British Motor Museum

Central England

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Located 20 minutes south of Warwick, the British Motor Museum houses informative and interactive exhibitions charting the history of British motoring from the 1890s to present day.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Bury St Edmunds

Central England

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The market town of Bury St Edmunds is truly a historic gem. At one time the settlement was home to one of the most powerful monasteries in mediaeval Europe. The town remains a beautiful and picturesque place with plenty to explore. There is traditional street market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday where almost 100 stalls offer everything from ethnic clothing to fresh fruit and vegetables. The Theatre Royal – a Grade 1 listed Georgian building is full of history and is a must see for serious culture lovers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Cadbury World

Central England

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Kids and chocoholics alike will love Cadbury World, south of Birmingham, which takes you through a journey of chocolate from its origins to manufacture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Chatsworth House

Central England

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Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of Britain's best loved historic houses and estates. Set in 25sq miles of beautiful gardens with spectacular fountains and newly commissioned sculptures, the house itself includes: displays of rare treasures, art collections and a restored Georgian oak staircase.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Central England

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Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum depicts the town's life through the ages with a great selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, archaeology plus many artefacts from all over the world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British

Cheltenham Spa

Central England

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A 'town within a park', Cheltenham Spa offers beautiful parks and gardens, tree-lined avenues and colourful floral displays, plus the Pittville Pump Room the grandest of the town's many spa buildings. The town is also birthplace of the composer Gustav Holst who now has a museum dedicated to his life.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Christ Church College

Central England

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Oxford University has 38 colleges, the most famous and largest being Christ Church College. As well as 13 British Prime ministers being educated here, it has recently gained fame as a location for the Harry Potter films. Magdalen College with its strangely carved gargoyles is one of Oxford's most beautiful.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Church of St Peter and St Paul

Central England

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Lavenham's Church of St Peter and St Paul is probably the last of the great Suffolk 'wool churches' to have been completed by 1530 just before the reformation.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, History

City Sightseeing Bus

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Cambridge.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the town can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Oxford.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Collection Museum

Central England

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An interesting archaeology museum, the Collection offers many historic exhibitions from the Stone Age to the Medieval era, as well as multimedia tour guides with images, audio clips and games to learn about the city and its history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Coventry Cathedral

Central England

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Coventry Cathedral is a striking 20th-century building, with stunning 1950s art & architecture, rising above the desolate ruins of the medieval Cathedral destroyed by the air raids of German Luftwaffe in 1940.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Coventry Transport Museum

Central England

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Coventry was the birth place of the British cycle and motor industry and the Coventry Transport Museum houses a collection of over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, plus numerous motorcycles.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Creswell Crags

Central England

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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge with caves. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists plus Britain's only known Ice Age Cave Art, provide a glimpse into life during the last Ice Age.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Crich Tramway Village

Central England

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Crich Tramway Village is a wonderful day out for families and transport history lovers. With plenty to do and see for all the family, visitors can enjoy fascinating exhibitions, watch trams being restored in the workshop and take a ride on vintage trams as a unique way to see the spectacular surroundings.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Doddington Hall

Central England

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Built between 1593 and 1600 by Robert Smythson and located in the West of Lincoln, Doddington Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion with walled courtyards where many events for children and adults are celebrated. There you can also enjoy a cup of tea or a homemade plate of fresh lunch in its restaurants and find the hidden ghost in its walls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Eastnor Castle

Central England

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Eastnor Castle is a fairytale Georgian Castle set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Malvern Hills. It is also surrounded by a deer park, arboretum and lake.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Ely

Central England

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Ely, 12 miles north of Cambridge makes for a great day trip. The stunning cathedral is the city's main attraction, but a splendid array of medieval buildings, along with a beautiful waterside area and great selection of antique shops and fine cafes make it a pleasant place to stroll.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Eyam

Central England

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Eyam is the infamous small historic village known as the 'plague village'. During the Plague or 'Black Death' in the mid -17th century, a piece of material was carried from London to the Eyam tailor which brought the deadly disease with it. The village was quarantined and its fascinating story has lived on through centuries...
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Fitzwilliam Museum

Central England

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The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world class exhibits from many great civilisations including Greek, Roman and Egyptian, including paintings, sculpture, armour, furniture, pottery and glass, oriental art, manuscripts, coins and medals from the 14th century to present.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Framlingham Castle

Central England

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Just 30 minutes north of Ipswich, Framlingham Castle is a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past, making it a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. The castle now hosts the 'From Powerhouse to Poorhouse', covering over 800 years of life at Framlingham Castle.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Gainsborough Old Hall

Central England

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Built in 1460 by Sir Thomas Burgh, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England, a hidden gem in Lincolnshire. Inside the many wonders include the impressive Great Hall, its original medieval kitchen, its different rooms and ghost corridor and original brick built tower.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Galleries of Justice

Central England

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Nottingham's Lace Market district is renowned for its opulence, breath-taking architecture and hotels, and restaurants and bars of outstanding quality. The Shire Hall building is home to The Galleries of Justice, which give a history of the judicial system in medieval times – when it was the only place in the UK where you could be tried, incarcerated and hanged on the front steps.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Gloucester Cathedral

Central England

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Gloucester Cathedral was built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century and lies at the heart of the city. Its fine craftsmanship with the peculiar fan-vaulted cloisters and beautiful wood, stone and glass was one of the locations in the movies 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Great Malvern Priory Church

Central England

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Great Malvern Priory Church was founded as a Benedictine priory in 1085. It contains some fine gothic architecture, medieval stained glass and wall tiles.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Greene King Brewery Tour

Central England

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For those into their beer, the Greene King Brewery tour at the brewery in the town offers a 90-minute tour where you can get the best view of the town from the brewhouse, plus the chance to sample some beers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Haddon Hall

Central England

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Described as the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages, Haddon Hall has been used countless times as a backdrop for Hollywood period dramas. The beautifully preserved house tells the history of the ages and is well worth a visit for history lovers.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Heights of Abraham

Central England

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The Heights of Abraham is a cliff top Cable Car which transports passengers over a river valley which the spa town of Matlock sits in beautifully. Providing spectacular views of the area, the cable car is a must for visitors to the delightful town of Matlock.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Holst Birthplace Museum

Central England

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The Holst Birthplace Museum has photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia all appertaining to the composer's life and a small exhibition space showing items from the Holst Collection.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Holy Trinity Church

Central England

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Holy Trinity Church, possibly the most visited church in Britain is where Shakespeare is buried.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Central England

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The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, 9 miles north of Cambridge, has an outstanding Aviation museum, with a an aircraft hall containing over 30 historic British and Commonwealth aircraft.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Ipswich

Central England

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Ipswich is England's oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town. It has a long and proud history dating back more than 1,500 years. The town was awarded its Royal Charter by King John in 1200 and for centuries Ipswich was a major port and built fighting ships for the Crown. The town enjoys a stunning surrounding countryside and many historic buildings representing 800 years of heritage line the streets and include twelve medieval churches, the Unitarian Meeting House, Wolsey's Gate and the Ancient House. Stroll along its historic Waterfront and enjoy a leisurely drink or meal while soaking up the unique atmosphere.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ipswich Museum

Central England

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This museum gives a fascinating insight into the town and surrounding area's intriguing past. Explore Ipswich's past, wonderful curiosities from the natural world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ipswich Transport Museum

Central England

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Ipswich Transport Museum boasts a fantastic collection of veteran buses, commercial vehicles, prams and bicycles, all located in an old trolleybus depot.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ironbridge Gorge

Central England

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Make sure you visit the Ironbridge Gorge, one of Shropshire's top attractions, known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has reclaimed most of the former industrial sites, leaving the gorge with a unique and beautiful wooded valley. The gorge is now a maze of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. Built by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution, the remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the small town that bears its name. A visit to the Blists Hill Victorian Town is not to me missed! There you'll be able to meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces, see all the animals, enjoy a horse and cart ride or a cone of traditional Fish and Chips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Kenilworth Castle

Central England

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Kenilworth Castle is not as popular as nearby Warwick, but it is no less grand and fascinating. More of a ruin than it's perfectly kept neighbour Warwick, this castle also has a beautiful garden and stunning views. A great audio tour enables you to wander through the dramatic ruins at your own pace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

King's College

Central England

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Cambridge University contains 31 colleges, some of which can be visited. Kings College, famous because of its chapel, has beautiful stained glass windows and a gravity defying vaulted roof. St John's College has a replica of Venice's bridge of Sighs.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Lincoln Castle

Central England

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This well-preserved Norman castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068, after the Battle of Hastings. It was used as a court and a prison and nowadays it houses one of the original Magna Carta copies.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Lincoln Cathedral

Central England

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The seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England, this cathedral was the tallest building in the world for 238 years, until the fall of its main spire in 1549. It played a significant role in English history and houses one of the earliest surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Little Hall

Central England

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Little Hall is well worth a visit, this late 14th century Hall House on the main square mirrors the history of Lavenham over the centuries.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Long Melford

Central England

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If you are interested in historic buildings, antiques, lifestyle shopping and good food, then theisformer medieval wool town is the place to visit. Long Melford's wide, tree-lined village street is Britain's longest. It also has numerous fine buildings housing antique shops, art galleries and designer boutiques. The 16th Century Melford Hall and stunning church dominate the large green in the town, whilst the nearby Kentwell Hall is renowned for its Tudor re-creations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Lord Leycester Hospital

Central England

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Lord Leycester Hospital was founded in 1571 by Robert Dudley. Its timber-framed buildings which date back to the 14th century are clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Ludlow Castle

Central England

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Ludlow Castle is one of the finest and most interesting of medieval ruined castles in England. Its construction started around 1085, with many later additions in the following two centuries. Set in the heart of Ludlow, it enjoys a dominant and imposing position high above the River Teme.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ludlow Museum

Central England

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Ludlow Museum tells the story of the town and includes some of the important events and the people who have lived and worked here; from Bronze Age farmers, through to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Lyme Park

Central England

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Lyme Park is similar in many ways to Chatsworth House but has a unique feel and is delightful in its own right. Used as Darcy's House in Pride and Prejudice, the house is wonderful for a visit, a walk or a picnic.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Central England

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Located in an older barrack built in 1857 for the Royal North Lincoln Militia, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life's collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. In addition, it houses a real World War One tank named "Flirt" and offers different exhibitions and interactive galleries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Newstead Abbey

Central England

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Newstead Abbey was once home to the great poet Lord Byron. The beautiful house is set in landscaped gardens containing lakes, ponds and waterfalls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Central England

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The Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery house historical and contemporary collections of silver, glass, ceramics and fine art. Set in beautiful Victorian gardens, you can see the old castle ruins and many man-made caves and tunnels under the castle, some of which date back to medieval times. Visitors can take a guided-tour into the caves, visit King David's dungeon and the old wine cellar.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Oliver Cromwell's House

Central England

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Ely's most famous resident was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England who lived here for 10 years. Today his house has an English Civil War exhibition.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Peak Cavern (Devil's Arse)

Central England

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You can find the Peak Cavern – locally named Devil's Arse in Castleton. This cavern offers a more natural setting compared to the other show caves in Castleton and has the largest cave entrance of the country, at an impressive 60 feet high and 100 feet wide! You can also enjoy the stunning surroundings with centuries old miner's cottages and a breathtaking limestone ravine through the lovely riverside walk leading to the cavern.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Peveril Castle

Central England

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he village of Castleton is overlooked by medieval Peveril Castle. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176 and a climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Pittville Pump Room

Central England

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The Pittville Pump Room is the grandest of the town's many spa buildings. Built in 1825, it overlooks the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park. The spa waters can still be tasted today from the original marble and scagliola pump, although now they are pumped electronically from the well, 80 feet below, rather than by the traditional hand pump method. The unpleasant tasting liquid supposedly had the power to cure all ills!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Family

Punting in Cambridge

Central England

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Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a 45-minute guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 45 minutes   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Essential, Family

Punting in Oxford

Central England

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Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Quarry Park

Central England

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Quarry Park in Shrewsbury is a beautiful 29-acre parkland that used to be a rough place, where tanneries were sited and stone was dug and the local women used to do their washing. The good gentlefolk of Shrewsbury decided to transform it and create a riverside promenade for their refined Regency ladies. The Quarry is still use it for precisely the same purpose nowadays!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Central England

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The Royal Shakespeare Company have been performing his works in his home town since the 19th century. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre have performances here daily which enable audiences and performers to participate in his work in a 1000 seat space Shakespeare would have approved of.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Scott Polar Research Institute

Central England

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The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, clothing equipment, paintings, photographs, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Relaxing, Family

Severn Valley Steam Railway

Central England

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A good way to discover the scenic Shropshire countryside is to take a ride on a steam-hauled passenger train. You can have a wonderful day out travelling down the beautiful Severn valley from Bridgnorth to Bewdley then Kidderminster.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Essential

Shakespeare's Houses

Central England

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The Shakespeare's properties include his birthplace at Henley Street where he also grew up, which also includes an exhibition on his life; Anne Hathaway's Cottage – where he courted his wife; his mother Mary Arden's Farm, Hall's Croft – where his daughter lived; and New Place – where Shakespeare ended his days. They are open all the year round and feature rare period furnishings and domestic items of the day.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Shipston-on-Stour

Central England

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Shipston-on-Stour was once an important centre of the wool trade. Today the market town is very attractive for browsing around and has many houses dating back to the 17th century.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Shrewsbury Abbey

Central England

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Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1083 by the Norman Roger de Montgomery. The abbey was firmly put on the tourist map because of the famous monastic detective Brother Cadfael in the medieval mystery series Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters. Inside, the Abbey retains four of the massive drum-shaped columns from the original Norman church, and fragments of the shrine of St. Winifred, the 7th century Welsh martyr.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Shrewsbury Castle

Central England

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Shrewsbury Castle as it can be seen today is a Norman red sandstone construction originally built in 1070. Today Shrewsbury Castle houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum including spectacular collections of pictures, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia from the 1700s to the present. If you head up to Laura's Tower on the motte, you'll be standing on the site of the first Norman castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Southwold Pier

Central England

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Spend a day out at Suffolk's most popular attraction, Southwold Pier. It has been awarded the prestigious title of 'Best Tourism Experience' and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The pier's amusement arcade, is home to a Whack-a-Banker machine (hit their bald heads with a mallet), and the Quantum Tunnelling Telescope enables you to see mermaids, shark attacks and explosions out to sea.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Central England

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Pilgrims and tourists have been visiting the site of St Edmundsbury Cathedral for over a thousand years, and you should do too!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

St Laurence's Church

Central England

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St Laurence's Church is one of the largest churches in the country. In its present form, the church has stood in the centre of Ludlow for some 550 years! The tower of St Laurence's contains one of the finest rings of 10 bells in England.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Stokesay Castle

Central England

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A visit to Stokesay Castle is not to be missed. It is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. It is one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Sutton Hoo

Central England

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If it's archaeology you are into, then a little detour inland from the coast will bring you to one of Britain's most important archaeological sites - Sutton Hoo. The site contains the burial chamber and funeral ship of the early Anglo-Saxon warrior king, Raedwald.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Tewkesbury Abbey

Central England

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Tewkesbury Abbey is larger than many cathedrals. Features include the exquisitely sculptured tombs and chantry chapels and the 17th century Milton Organ.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Tewkesbury Heritage Centre

Central England

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Tewkesbury Heritage Centre is an award-winning museum telling the story of the town through Mr Bartholomew Read, a hatter from the 17th century who used to live in the building.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

The Attenborough Nature Centre

Central England

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The Attenborough Nature Centre opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2005, is an award-winning and eco-friendly visitor attraction. An intricate network of habitats provides food, shelter and freedom from disturbance for many important wildlife species. Friendly and knowledgeable staff plus an audio trail provide you with plenty of information about the flora and fauna of this beautiful place.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

The Commandery

Central England

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The Commandery is a splendid 15th century timber-framed building, which was once the headquarters of King Charles II's army during the battle of Worcester in 1651. Today it houses the only museum on the English Civil War.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British, Essential

The Cotswolds

Central England

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The Cotswolds are in easy reach from Tewkesbury, with the closest Cotswold town being Winchcombe, home to St Peter's church, famous for the 40 gargoyles outside, said to represent local town characters from the 1460's. Further north and east Broadway's narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years, while neighbouring Chipping Campden's fine 17th century market hall with elaborate timber roof is worth a visit.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

The Elgar Birthplace Museum and Visitor Centre

Central England

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The Elgar Birthplace Museum gives a fascinating insight into the life and works of one of Britain's greatest composers.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

The Guildhall of Corpus Christi

Central England

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One of the finest buildings is the Guildhall of Corpus Christi. Inside, you can follow the changing fortunes of Lavenham's cloth industry, local families, as well as its farming heritage and agricultural roots.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Great for History

The John Moore Museum

Central England

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The John Moore Countryside Museum is housed in a 15th century timber-framed building near Tewkesbury Abbey, and has natural history exhibits displaying British wetland and woodland wildlife. Next door to the museum, you will find the Merchant's House, a lovingly restored two-storey shop and dwelling, just as it was in the 15th century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

The Round Church

Central England

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The Round Church dating back to 1130 features two cylindrical levels with round-arched windows and a conical roof. Inside 8 massive cylindrical pillars feature Norman carvings. The church also houses an exhibition on Christian Heritage in the area.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, Beauty

The Suffolk Coast

Central England

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The Suffolk Coast and Heaths, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is one of Britain's finest landscapes. Located on the coast of East Anglia, it covers 150 square miles and includes wildlife-rich wetlands, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

The Tewkesbury Museum

Central England

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The Tewkesbury Museum houses attractive displays in a 17th-century half-timbered building. Highlights in the collection include a model of the battle of Tewkesbury, a Roman skeleton and large-scale fairground models.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Arts

Usher Gallery

Central England

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One of the most important, curious and instructive art museums in Lincoln; the Usher Gallery is located within the Collection Museum and hosts different collections of watches, miniatures, porcelain and silver, originally created by James Ward Usher. This museum was officially opened in 1927 with a solid gold key by the Prince of Wales.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Warwick Castle

Central England

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Warwick Castle is an extremely well preserved medieval castle set atop a grassy embankment, with huge towers and ramparts. The sense of history and informative displays make it a real highlight for many Great British Trips passengers and a huge favourite with families and history lovers alike.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Whisby Natural World Centre

Central England

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Located just 5 miles from Lincoln, Whisby Nature Park is a Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Here you can find lots of activities for all the family, enjoy nature walks by a lake or in the woodland and mewdows, different exhibitions from local artists, workshops, and an exciting adventure area for the kids.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Wollaton Hall

Central England

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3 miles west of the city centre, Wollaton Hall is one of the most ornate Tudor buildings in Britain. The hall dates back to 1558 and contains Nottingham's free Natural History and Industrial Museums within its grounds which also include a 500-acre deer park.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Worcester Cathedral

Central England

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Worcester Cathedral was begun in 1084. A magnificent sight, it rises majestically above the River Severn and has been the seat of a bishopric since the Seventh Century, where it was served by monks until the Reformation.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Central England

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Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is arguably Britain's oldest pub dating back over 800 years. The atmospheric pub is carved into the rock on which Nottingham Castle stood.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information