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Batchworth Lock Canal Centre
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
99 Church Street, Rickmansworth
Tel. 0 1923 778 382
Open: Wed-Fri, 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm Beside the Grand Junction Canal; narrowboat; shop; boat trips on weekends
Web: Rickmansworth Waterway Trust

Battle of Hasting Battlefield and Abbey
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Battle, East Sussex
Tel. 01424 773792
Open: April-end Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-end March, 10am-4pm
English Heritage property; site of the 1066 battle between the Normans under William the Conqueror and the Saxons and their king Harold; visitor experience opened 2007 with interactive displays and film; ruined abbey, museum, AV battlefield tours; cafe serving local produce; special events in spring and summer; parking

Blue John Cavern
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Castleton, Hope Valley
Tel. 01433 620638/620642
Open: daily except Christmas, 9.30am-5.30pm in summer; 9.30am-dusk in winter
Underground tours of Blue John mine
Website: Blue John Cavern

Bluebell Railway
East and West Sussex
South-east Counties
Sheffield Park, West Sussex
Tel. 0 1825 720 825 (timetable); 0 1825 720 800 (enquiries)
Open: daily, mid March-Oct and winter weekends
Preserved steam railway 9 miles long; runs between Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes, and Kingscote with bus link to East Grinstead; largest collection of southern railway steam locomotives in UK; tea and dinner trains by reservation; shop
Web: Bluebell Railway

Bodleian Library
Oxfordshire
South-east Counties
Broad Street, Oxford
Tel: 01865 277224
Open: Divinity School, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4.30pm; audio tours available from shop; by guided tour, must phone ahead to reserve space
Famous research library occupies several historic buildings; home to 7,428,000 volumes and 1,241,000 maps
For more see our feature and photos at
Bodleian Library

Broogh Fort
Isle of Man
Near Santon
Concentric banks and ditches dating from Celtic times and 11th century

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
Quainton Road Station, Quainton, near Aylesbury
Tel. 0 1296 655 450
Open: Wed-Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm, until 5.30 on weekends
Web: Bucks Rail Centre

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Colne Valley Railway
Essex
Eastern Counties
Yeldham Rd, Castle Hedingham
Tel. 01787 461174
Open: daily 10am-5pm, March-Dec
Steam railway rides; for ride times see website
Web: Colne Valley Railway

Cutty Sark Sailing Ship
London
Greater London
2 Greenwich Church St, Greenwich
Tel. 020 8858 2698
Open: reopening spring 2012 contact by phone or check website for full details
1869 sailing ship used to haul tea, then wool; shop
Web: Cutty Sark

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Gondola—Steam Yacht
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Coniston Pier, Lake Rd, Coniston
Tel. 0 153 94 32 733
Open: April-end Oct, daily, 11am-2.30pm; sailing times and routes vary and are subject to weather conditons—check by phone
Victorian steam yacht from 1859 rebuilt by National Trust; sails from Coniston pier to Monk Coniston jetty on north side of lake near Brantwood (John Ruskin home)

Great Central Railway Loughborough
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Loughborough.
Tel. 01509 230726
Open: Jan-Dec, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm, except in June-Aug when it is open daily from 9am-6pm
Steam railway rides; trains times vary; check website for full details; dinner trains some days
Website: Great Central Railway

Groudle Glen Railway
Isle of Man
Groudle Glen, Onchan
Tel. 01624 622 138
Open: Easter; Sun May-end Sep, 11am-4.30pm; Tue some days in Aug and Wed some weeks in July and Aug, 7-9pm.
Narrow gauge steam railway reached by footpath; journeys at regular intervals; travels through the glen out along the headland to Sea Lion Rocks and back.

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Hell Fire Caves
Buckinghamshire
South-east Counties
West Wycombe
Tel. 01494 533739
Open: March-Oct, daily, 11am-5.30pm
Web: Hellfire Caves

Honister Slate Mine
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Honister Pass, Borrowdale
Tel. 0 1768 777 230 for mine tour reservations
Open: year round, 9am-5pm; underground tours at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm; pre-book on website during busy months
Working slate mine and heritage site; displays; historical information; underground mine tours; free parking; tea-room; shop sells slate souvenirs
Web: Honister Slate Mine

Horse Trams
Isle of Man
Douglas promenade, town of Douglas
Tel. 01624 675 222
Open: May-3rd week Sep, daily from 9am
Municipal owned Victorian horse-drawn passenger transport tramway system along Douglas promenade; closed and open trams, double-decker tramcar.

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Isle of Man Steam Railway
Isle of Man
Douglas, Castletown, Port Erin
Tel. 01624 663 366
Open: Douglas to Castletown route: 1st week April-end April; Douglas to Port Erin route until end Oct.
Victorian steam railway runs through countryside from Douglas to Port Erin via Castletown and Port St. Mary.

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Kent and East Sussex Railway
Kent
South-east Counties
Station Rd, Tenterden station, Tenterden
Tel. 0 1580 762 943 (timetable); 0 1580 765 155 (general enquiries)
Open: timetable on website
10.5 mile countryside ride on Victorian steam trains from Tenterden to Bodiam; hop-on, hop-off allows day stopovers along the way; railway museum; buffet car on some trains; special events; parking; refreshments; shop; children’s play area
Web: Kent and East Sussex Railway

Kerroogarroo Fort
Isle of Man
Near St Judes, with long walk across farmland
Dates from 1640; large fort of earth walls

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Lake District Coast Aquarium
Cumbria
North-west Counties
The Quay, Maryport
Tel. 0 1900 817 760
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm, closed Dec. 25 and 26
Natural history of the Solway; Cumbrian and other sea creatures include manta rays, tub gurnards, sharks, eels, and 2000 other specimens (150 species) in 35 tanks; shop; café; car park
Web: Lake District Coast Aquarium

London Monument to the 1666 Great Fire
London
Greater London
London Monument to the 1666 Great Fire
Junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill
Tel. 020 7626 2717
Open: April – Sep, 9:30am-6:00pm daily (last admission 5:30pm; Oct-March, 9:30am – 5:30pm daily (last admission 5:00pm); closed 24 – 26 Dec
Portland stone monument; 202 ft high, 311 steps to climb each way; 360 degree views of London from top; built by Sir Christopher Wren and Dr Robert Hooke; height is the distance from it to Pudding Lane where fire supposedly started; at the top the golden orb is a symbol of the fire; 61 metres from where the Great Fire of London started in 1666; to get to the monument by bus use numbers 17, 521, 21, 43, 133, 141, 48, 149 (all routes through London Bridge); by train use London Bridge, Fenchurch Street or Tower Gateway DLR stations; by tube use Monument on the District and Circle lines or London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines
Web: London Monument to 1666 Fire

London Silver Vaults
London
Greater London
Chancery Lane, WC2A 1QS
By tube: Chancery Lane or Holborn
Tel. 020 7242 3844
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; Sat, 9am-1pm; closed some Christmas holidays
World’s largest retail collection of antique silver; silver vaults in existence since 1876; modern silver, antique watches, and jewelry also on sale
Web: London Silver Vaults

London Wetland Centre
London
Greater London
Queen Elizabeth Walk
Barnes, SW13 9SA
Less than one mile from the South Circular (A205) at Roehampton and the A4 at Hammersmith; plenty of parking available at the centre; nearest underground: Hammersmith tube; from Hammersmith Tube take the 283, the specially branded Duck Bus from stand C, which will bring you directly to the centre (more details in our article)
Tel. 020 8409 4400
Open: winter, 9.30am-5pm (last admission 4pm); summer (from April), 9.30am-6pm (last admission 5pm); late night opening every Thu from May until mid Sep; admission half price from 6pm, last entry 8pm
40 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI); supports nationally important numbers of gadwall and shoveler duck; 14 habitats; hides; observatory; bat house; special events, exhibits and activities; AV presentation; café; picnic area; parking
For photos and more details see our article London Wetland Centre

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Manx Electric Railway
Isle of Man
Tel. 01624 663 366
Open: year round, check with railway re timetable
100 year old electric tramway system runs between Douglas and Ramsey via Laxey; open and closed tramscars offer views of Manx countryside and the east coast

Monk’s Packhorse Bridge
Isle of Man
Near Rushen abbey at the end of Abbey Close, Ballasalla, signed.
Built AD1350; used by the monks of Rushen Abbey

Mother Shipton’s Cave
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Knaresborough, on A59
Tel. 0 1423 864 600
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-5.30pm; closed Nov, Dec, Jan; Feb, weekends only, 10am-4.30pm; March, weekends only, 10am-5.30pm
Legendary birthplace of Mother Shipton, England’s most famous prophetess who lived c500 years ago during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I; children’s play area; picnic area; riverside park; walks; refreshments; parking; museum; castle ruins; wishing well; cave; shop; tea-room
Web: Mother Shipton’s Cave

Moulton Packhorse Bridge
Suffolk
Eastern Counties
Moulton, off the B1085
4 miles east of Newmarket
English Heritage property; medieval four-arched bridge spanning the river Kennett

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
12 Park St, Pickering
Tel. 0 1751 472 508
Open: see website for train timetables
18 mile steam railway from Pickering to Goathland (Heartbeat TV village) to Grosmont; beyond to Whitby in summer; special events including dining trains
Web: North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Origins Norwich
Norfolk
Eastern Counties
The Forum, Norwich
Tel. 01603 727922
Open: daily, except 25/26 Dec; times vary, call information line on 01603 727920 for full details
Heritage/Visitor Centre; AV presentation on Norwich

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Peak Cavern
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Castleton
Tel: 01433 620285
Open: daily April-Oct, 10am-5pm; other months on weekends only
Limestone cavern with chambers, halls, and galleries; village of rope makers once lived in the entrance
Web: Peak Cavern

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Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and Museum
Cumbria
North-west Counties
entertaining rail rides
Ravenglass/Dalegarth (Catch train at either railway station car park)
Tel. 0 1229 717 171
Open: railway rides year round: check website for timetables as these vary greatly depending on which station you catch the train from, the day and the month of the year; railway museum open: daily, in winter from 9am-4pm; other seasons until 5pm; please call to verify times
Heritage miniature steam rail line seven miles long, runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth; museum at Ravenglass has history and importance the railroad played in local life using photographs, an AV show, and railway models; Dalegarth station has shop, eatery, playground, mountain bike hire, and Romans in Eskdale exhibition; car park at both stations; special events listed on the website
Web: Ravenglass Railway

Rheged Discovery Centre
Cumbria
North-west Counties
Redhills, Penrith, just off junction 40 of M6
Tel. 0 1768 898 000
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5.30pm; closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan
Changing exhibitions and films; tourist information centre; restaurant; café; shop selling Cumbrian goods; parking; free entry to building
Web: Rheged

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Kent
South-east Counties
New Romney (train boardable at 7 stations—see map on website)
Tel. 0 1797 362 353
Open: Sun in Jan; weekends in Feb, March, and Oct; daily Easter-Sep; check website for exact train times
Tourist railway runs for 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness lighthouse via Dymchurch and New Romney; 1/3 full size steam and diesel locomotives; cafes at Dungeness and New Romney; model railway exhibition at New Romney
Web: Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Royston Cave
Hertfordshire
Eastern Counties
Katherine's Yard
Melbourn St, Royston
Tel. 01763 245484
Open: April-Sep, Sat, Sun and BH Mon, guided tours 2:30, 3.10, 3.50-4.39pm
Showcave; medieval carvings on wall
Web: Royston Cave

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Shackerstone Battlefield Line Railway
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Shackerstone Station
Shackerstone, Nuneaton
Tel. 0 1827 880 754
Open: Easter-end of Oct, weekends only
Steam and diesel trains run to site of 1485 Bosworth battlefield at Shenton. The Shackerstone stations houses a museum, shop, and café
Web: Battlefield Line Railway

Snaefell Mountain Railway
Isle of Man
Laxey Station
Tel. 01624 675 222
Open: daily from late April-end Sep
100 year old electric mountain railway from Laxey to summit of Snaefell; café at top.

Snibston Discovery Park
Leicestershire
East Midlands
Ashby Rd, Coalville
Tel. 01530 278 444
Open: April-Sep, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm, Sat and Sun and school holidays, 10am-5pm
Guided colliery tours; train rides; events; parking (former museum on site closed)
Web: Snibston Discovery Park

Speedwell Cavern
Derbyshire
East Midlands
Winnats Pass at Castleton
Tel. 0 1433 620 512
Open: daily, April-Oct, 9:30am-5:30pm; Nov-March, 10am-5pm; closed Christmas Day Underground tours by boat require 104 steps up and down; natural cavern
Website: Speedwell Cavern

Staffordshire Enamels
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Weston Coyney Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel. 0 1782 599 948
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; tours by appointment
Makers of enamel boxes and other novelties; shop

Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Waters Road
Marsden, Huddersfield, HD7 6NQ
Tel. 0 1484 844 298 or 0 113 281 6860
Open: April-end Oct, 10am-5.30pm, Tue-Sun and BH Mon. See website for details of boat trip times.
Managed by British Waterways; At 3.25 miles long, it is the highest, longest, and deepest canal tunnel in Britain. Offers guided boat trip; trail links to Huddersfield narrow canal; café; visitor centre with displays on tunnel history and restoration of Huddersfield narrow canal. Parking next to Marsden railway station 15 minute walk away.

Stoke Potteries
Staffordshire
West Midlands
1. Moorcroft
Sandbach Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel. 0 1782 214 345
Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat 9.30am-4.30pm
Guided tours
Web: Moorcroft
2. Royal Doulton
Royal Doulton Visitor Centre, Nile Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel. 0 1782 292 434
Open: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm; factory tours Mon-Fri
Web: Royal Doulton
3. Spode
Church Street, Stoke
Tel. 0 1782 744 011
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm
Web: Spode
4. Wedgwood
Wedgwood Museum and Visitor Centre, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent
Tel. 0 1782 204 218
Open: daily Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm; closed 24 Dec-1 Jan; for factory tour contact ahead of time for availability
Thousands of archives and rarities charting the history of Wedgwood; contains 8000 historic ceramics, more than 75,000 manuscripts, and an art collection including works by Stubbs and Reynolds. Factory tours; exhibitions; film; restaurant; shop; parking
Web: Wedgwood Museum and Visitor Centre

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Tower of Refuge
Isle of Man
Far end of Douglas bay on Conister Rock
Place of refuge for shipwrecked sailors in the bay

Tutbury Georgian Crystal factory
Staffordshire
West Midlands
Silk Mill Lane, Tutbury, Burton upon Trent
Tel. 0 1283 814 534
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4pm
Crystal factory

Tynwald Craft Centre
Isle of Man
Tynwald Mills, Tynwald
Tel. 01624 801 213
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, from 10am, some open Sun afternoon.
24 specialist shops of crafts, woollen mill shop, café, picnic area

Tynwald Hill
Isle of Man
St Johns near Peel
Man-made hill where Manx laws are read on Manx National Day July 5; park and arboretum; picnic area; pond with ducks

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Victoria Tunnel Tours
Tyne and Wear (Tyneside)
North-east Counties
Ouseburn Farm, near the Cluny (bottom of Stepney Bank)
Lime St, Newcastle, NE2 1PQ
Tel. 0 191 261 6596
Open: tours on Thu, Fri, and Sat, by pre-booking only from website
Old Victorian waggonway running under the city from Town Moor to the Tyne; built between 1839-1842 to transport coal to the river; used as air raid shelter in WWII
Web: Victoria Tunnel Tours

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Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
Hawes
Tel. 0 1969 667 664
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun, 10am-4:30pm; times may vary in winter; cheese not made every day, phone to confirm
Wensleydale's cheese museum traces development of the cheese from monastic times to the present; viewing of cheese in preparation; shop; large restaurant serving many dishes with cheese
Web: Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre

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York's Sweet Story
Yorkshire
North-east Counties
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
Tel. 0 845 498 9411
Open: daily, 10am-last tour 4.30pm; shop and cafe open until 6pm; closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan
Presents the story of chocolate and confectionery in York in one hour tours running every 10-20 minutes; includes origin of chocolate, chocolate secrets, how it is prepared, opportunity to try chocolates; shop, cafe
Web: York’s Sweet Story

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