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Tate Modern - Bankside
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Tate Modern - Bankside
Tate Modern is the the UK's national gallery of international modern art. Located in St, Ives, Liverpool and London,. The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art. Entry is free except for major exhibitions Open Sunday –...
The Golden Hinde - London Bridge
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The Golden Hinde - London Bridge
The Golden Hinde has been a unique and very popular educational resource since it arrived in Southwark in 1996. Have a swashbuckling time on the Golden Hinde, learn about its duties when in service and the stories of pirates etc. Participate in treasure hunts and costumed guides and as a pirate to win a prize! Besides a full dayu at the Hinde...
Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour - Bankside
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Shakespeares Globe Exhibition and Tour - Bankside
Imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses. Housed beneath the Globe Theatre, the Exhibition uses modern technology and traditional crafts to bring Shakespeare's world to life. Prices Adult: £12.50 Senior (60+):...
Winchester Palace
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Winchester Palace
Winchester Palace was once one of the largest and most important buildings in all of medieval London. Built in the early 13th century as a home to the powerful Bishops of Winchester, the palace was mostly destroyed by fire in 1814. Today visitors can see the impressive architecture of the remaining walls of the Great Hall, including a magnificent...
St Paul's Cathedral
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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral's awe-inspiring interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
The Monument
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The Monument
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Museum of London - Barbican
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Museum of London - Barbican
Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Roman rule, and wonder at medieval London. Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm Last admission: 5.30pm Closed: 24 to 26 December
London Fire Brigade Museum - Southwark
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London Fire Brigade Museum - Southwark
Explore our museum Come and visit the London Fire Brigade Museum. Explore the museum’s fire station, once part of the original Southwark fire station in the 1870s and home to a unique collection of historical fire engines. Learn about why the call of ‘beer-oh’ was so important for the pumping of fire engines in the...
London Eye - Westminster Bridge Road
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London Eye - Westminster Bridge Road
Discover the world of London's 21st century landmark The British Airways London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel at 135m high. Located on the banks of the River Thames it offers unrivalled views over London. Since opening at the turn of the century, the London Eye has become an iconic landmark, with a status that can be...
London Duck Tours - Waterloo
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London Duck Tours - Waterloo
A London Duck Tour is much more than a sightseeing tour; it’s the only way to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of central London by land and river without leaving the comfort of your seat. Let our entertaining and knowledgeable guides lead you around the key landmarks of the capital, before splashing down into the Thames...
London RIB Voyages - Southbank
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London RIB Voyages - Southbank
The London speed boat experience from the London Eye. The original and fastest Thames RIB experience. RIB = Rigid Inflatable Boat The London speed boat experience departs hourly from the London Eye, 7 days a week, all year round. Our Thames speed boats zoom through London at up to 35 knots the ultimate Thames cruise. Our Thames speed...
Tower of London - Tower Hill
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Tower of London - Tower Hill
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7 and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, today the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. In its time it has been a royal palace, a fortress, a prison, an armoury, a treasury and an astronomical observatory. As a result there is a lot to see, the...
London Wall
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London Wall
Set immediately north of the Tower of London, right in the heart of Tower Hill, stands one of the most substantial and impressive surviving sections of the London Wall. Built around AD 200, the Roman wall not only provided defence and security to the citizens of London, but also represented the status of the city itself. Once around two and a...
The London Dungeon
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The London Dungeon
The London Dugeon may be described as a museum of simulated horror from history, recalling events of atrocities from the past. You can journey back to the darker side of European history. With over forty exhibits it is not recommended for those of a nervous disposition or unaccompanied children. The museum has a wide variety of attractions...
Britain at War - London Bridge
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Britain at War - London Bridge
The Second World War was the most turbulent and eventful period in the history of the 20th century. It affected the lives of millions of people all over the world, advanced technology and changed political boundaries and ideas of human behaviour. But what was it really like? How did it really feel to be a British citizen during the Second World...
Tower Bridge Exhibition
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Tower Bridge Exhibition
  Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames in London since 1894 and is one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the World. At the Tower Bridge Exhibition you can enjoy breath-taking views from the high-level Walkways, and learn about how and why the Bridge was built. The Walkways boast special viewing windows...
HMS BELFAST - London
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HMS BELFAST - London
One of the most powerful large light cruisers ever built, HMS Belfast is now the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during the Second World War. Serving Britain for 32 years, she played an important role in both the Second World War and the Korean War as well as performing peacekeeping duties throughout the 1950s and...
The London Bridge Experience
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The London Bridge Experience
The London Bridge Experience and The London Tombs are two horrific and gruesome London tourist attractions not to be missed. Whether you are looking for somewhere scary to take the family, a terrifying destination for a school trip, corporate event, celebrate Halloween or a treacherous tourist attraction, you've come to the right place! ...
Imperial War Museum - London
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Imperial War Museum - London
Visit Imperial War Museum London The wars of the twentieth century have affected each and every one of us in some way, and the Imperial War Museum is here to tell all our stories, covering all aspects of life in wartime. Admission: Free (Extra charges may apply for special exhibitions)   Opening Times: Open...
London Transport Museum - Covent Garden
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London Transport Museum - Covent Garden
Discover over 370,000 objects from drawings and signs to uniforms and vehicles Museum Monday-Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15) Friday 11:00-18:00 (last admission 17:15)   Adults £13:50; Concessions* £10
The National Gallery - Trafalgar Square
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The National Gallery - Trafalgar Square
The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and entrance to see them is free. Opening Hours Daily 10am-6pm Friday 10am-9pm (Closing commences 5 mins before time stated) Closed all day 1 January and 24-26 December. Room Closures Some areas of...
Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square
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Nelson's Column - Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is home to Nelson's Column, the famous stone lions, the infamous fourth plinth and a lot of pigeons. It's a must-see destination for visitors to London. You'll often find cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains. At...
The Cartoon Museum - Russell Square
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The Cartoon Museum - Russell Square
On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. OPENING TIMES ...
Big Ben - Westminster
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Big Ben - Westminster
Climb the Clock Tower (Big Ben) The Clock Tower is the name of the famous tower of Parliament - more popularly known as Big Ben. UK residents can arrange a tour through their local MP. Overseas visitors cannot currently visit the tower. Isn’t that Big Ben? Yes. Although often referred to as Big Ben, this is...
House of Parliament Tour - Westminster
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House of Parliament Tour - Westminster
The tour takes in some of the most important areas of the Palace in which Parliament meets, and explains what Parliament is and does, what it has meant to different people at different times, and how it came to be what it is today. Most of the buildings seen on the tour were built in the mid 19th Century following a devastating fire,...
Churchill Museum and Cabinet War - London
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Churchill Museum and Cabinet War - London
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Winston Churchill visited the Cabinet War Rooms to see for himself what preparations had been made to allow him and his War Cabinet to continue working throughout the expected air raids on London. The Churchill Museum uses cutting-edge technology and multimedia displays to bring the exciting...
Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey
Kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. Every year Westminster Abbey welcomes over one million visitors who want to explore this wonderful 700-year-old building. Thousands more join us for worship at our daily services. The Abbey is in the heart of...
Jewel Tower
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Jewel Tower
 The Jewel Tower dates back almost 650 years and is an intriguing visitor attraction in the heart of Westminster. It was built around 1365 to house Edward III’s treasures and was known as the ‘King’s Privy Wardrobe’. One of only two buildings from the medieval Palace of Westminster to survive the fire of 1834, the...
Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
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Chapter House and Pyx Chamber
Built by the royal masons in 1250, the Chapter House of Westminster Abbey was originally used in the 13th century by Benedictine monks for their daily meetings. It later became a meeting place of the King's Great Council and the Commons, predecessors of today's Parliament. A beautiful octagonal building with a vaulted ceiling and delicate...
The British Museum - London
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The British Museum - London
The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. Access to the collections is free. The British Museum was...

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Tate Britain - Millbank
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Tate Britain - Millbank
The home of British art from 1500 to the present day Millbank London SW1P 4RG 020 7887 8888 visiting.britain@tate.org.uk Entry is free except for major exibitions Open every day 10.00–18.00 Last admission to exhibitions 17.15 Open until 22.00 on the...
Tate Britain - Millbank
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Tate Britain - Millbank
Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of art associated with the British Empire from the 16th century to the present day. The show raises questions about ownership, authorship and how the value and meanings of these diverse objects have changed through history Entry is free except for major exhibitions Admission & opening times ...
Buckingham Palace - St James Park
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Buckingham Palace - St James Park
Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and serves as both home and office.
Museum of Childhood - Bethnal Green
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Museum of Childhood - Bethnal Green
V&A Museum of Childhood offers drop-in activities, workshops and hands-on displays for all ages. Admission: FREE to all   Opening Times: Open everyday. Closed 25,26 December and 1 January Open:10.00 Close:17.45
The Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace
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The Royal Mews - Buckingham Palace
One of the finest working stables in existence, the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace provides a unique insight into the department of the Royal Household that provides transport by road for The Queen and other members of the Royal Family. You can visit the Royal Mews at your leisure using the complimentary audio tour, which lasts approximately 45...
Apsley House
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Apsley House
 Be amazed by the glittering interiors of the grandest address in the capital, once known as 'Number 1 London'. This beautiful Georgian building was the London home of the first Duke of Wellington and has changed very little since his great victory at Waterloo in 1815. Revel in one of the finest art collections in London, with paintings by...
Wellington Arch
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Wellington Arch
 Set in the heart of royal London, Wellington Arch was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace, later becoming a victory arch proclaiming Wellington's defeat of Napoleon. Crowned by the largest bronze sculpture in Europe, it depicts the Angel of Peace descending on the 'Quadriga' - or four-horsed chariot - of War.  Visit...
Madame Tussauds - London
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Madame Tussauds - London
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique,...
Original London Sightseeing Tour - Baker Street
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Original London Sightseeing Tour - Baker Street
Welcome to London and to The Original Tour. We provide more than just a great way to travel around the capital, The Original Tour is THE essential introduction to London. We invite you to experience the magical sights and sounds of London in a comfortable and secure environment. Founded over 60 years ago we are now the largest and...
Museum of London Docklands - West India Quay
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Museum of London Docklands - West India Quay
From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, Museum of London Docklands reveals the long history of London as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. With archaeological finds, unusual objects, fascinating tours, films, and events, this is one of the capital’s real hidden gems. Admission: 2010 prices: Adult...
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour - Highbury
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Arsenal Emirates Stadium Tour - Highbury
Follow in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes by joining the Emirates Stadium Tour and taking a look behind the stunning Emirates Stadium. On this amazing day out, you will have the opportunity to see all the areas which are crucial to the team on a matchday - from a walk down the players' tunnel to a seat in the first team dressing room. On...
The National Army Museum - Chelsea
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The National Army Museum - Chelsea
Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britain's past has helped to shape our present and our future. Discover the impact our Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many. Admission: 2007 prices: FREE ENTRY   Opening Times: ...
London Waterbus Canal - Maida Vale
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London Waterbus Canal - Maida Vale
Cruises along the historic Regents Canal as it slips quietly along the green and leafy fringes of Regents Park.  Trips from Brownings Pool at Little Venice, where the island is surrounded by the elegant graciousness of regency architecture, through the  damp dark mysteriousness of the Maida Hill tunnel, to the lively bustle of Camden...
The Victoria and Albert Museum - Kensington
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The Victoria and Albert Museum - Kensington
There's never been a better time to be involved with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world's greatest museum of art and design. Over the next few years we are undergoing an exciting transformation. Our vision is to open up the Museum, making our beautiful building and world-class collections accessible and inspiring for everyone. We need you...
The Science Museum - Kensington
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The Science Museum - Kensington
The Science Museum was founded in 1857 with objects shown at the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. Open from 10.00 - 18.00 every day except 24 to 26 December. Last entry 17.15. We are...
Natural History Museum - London
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Natural History Museum - London
'Welcome to the Natural History Museum. We promote the discovery, understanding, enjoyment, and responsible use of the natural world. Explore our world-class collections, fantastic exhibitions and cutting-edge research online, or visit our landmark buildings.' Dr Michael Dixon - Director Entry is free (there is a charge for temporary...
Kensington Palace
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Kensington Palace
Adapted by Sir Christopher Wren for Royal occupancy in 1689. Discover for yourself some of Kensington’s sights and stories, whether you’re planning your visit or just wanting to learn more about this beautiful palace and its history. The last debutantes 1958. Season of change A temporary exhibition exploring the glamorous and alluring...
Ranger's House - The Wernher Collection
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Ranger's House - The Wernher Collection
 Ranger’s House is an elegant Georgian villa in Greenwich Park which houses The Wernher Collection, a remarkable collection of works of art amassed by diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher (1850-1912). Arranged within the panelled interiors of this graceful mansion is a glittering spectacle – a sumptuous arrangement of silver and...
National Maritime Museum - Greenwich
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National Maritime Museum - Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum (NMM) was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1934 and opened to the public by King George VI on 27 April 1937. It includes the 17th-century Queen's House and, from the 1950s, the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. There is also a small museum at Cotehele Quay on the Tamar, Cornwall, with the NMM/National...
Planetarium & Royal Observatory - Greenwich
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Planetarium & Royal Observatory - Greenwich
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World, making it the official starting point for each new day and year. It is also home to London's only planetarium and features state-of-the-art HD projection technology, visualisations based on real scientific data and real astronomers., the...
Kenwood
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Kenwood
 On the edge of Hampstead Heath surrounded by tranquil landscaped gardens, Kenwood is one of London's hidden gems. The breathtaking interiors and stunning world-class art collection are free for everyone to enjoy. With children’s activities, a café to relax in and acres of grounds to stretch your legs, there are treats in store...
CBBC Tour - White City
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CBBC Tour - White City
The Children's Tour of Television Centre is fantastic for children aged between 6 and 11 years. The tour is truly interactive, giving the chance to have a go at making some of their very own TV. Children could play our very own version of the CBBC show Copycats where two teams battle it out in a range of hilarious games, or take part...
Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre - Woolwich
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Thames Barrier Info and Learning Centre - Woolwich
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. It protects 125 square kilometres of central London. That’s 1.25 million people, historic buildings including the Houses of Parliament, offices, power supplies, tube lines and hospitals to name a few. Visiting The Environment Agency...
Chiswick House and Gardens
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Chiswick House and Gardens
 Chiswick House is among the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture and makes a fascinating day out in West London. The third Earl of Burlington, who designed this noble Roman-style Palladian villa, drew inspiration from his Grand Tours of Italy. The Gardens - birthplace of the English Landscape Movement - are open...
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The all-new Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, located at the home of the Wimbledon Championships, is set to be the newest star of world tennis when the attraction is officially opened today by HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the All England Club and Patron of the Museum, after a multi-million pound transformation. The new Museum combines...
Eltham Palace
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Eltham Palace
Combining Art Deco and ocean liner style, Eltham Palace and Gardens is a stunning masterpiece of twentieth-century design. Textile magnates Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their glamorous Art Deco London showpiece in 1936, next to the remains of a medieval royal palace which was originally Henry VIII’s boyhood home. The dining room...
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - Richmond
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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - Richmond
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is widely recognised as one of the leading centres for advice and action on aspects of plant and fungal conservation. Conservation programmes are undertaken on a wide range of endangered and threatened plants and their habitats. An advanced range of techniques, including storage and cryopreservation of seeds, embryos...
Wembley Stadium
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Wembley Stadium
Stroll into the dressing room like a superstar. Limber up in the world's most exclusive warm-up zone. Stride through the tunnel towards the hallowed turf. Climb 107 steps, stand triumphantly in front of the Royal Box to the roar of the crowd. Until your dream of playing at Wembley Stadium comes true, there's only one way to experience all this...
Valentines Mansion and Gardens
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Valentines Mansion and Gardens
Great Days Out at Valentines Come and enjoy our exhibitions, special events and creative workshops, step back in time and explore the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, join us for guided tours and walks, bring the family along for games, activities and discovery trails or simply unwind in our charming Gardener’s Cottage...
Little Steps Gym - London
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Little Steps Gym - London
CAll the Little Steps Gym classes have a set format and the class theme changes every week. Themes can be anything from a space adventure to a walk in the park. We aim to encourage children to join into the activity by making every class lots of fun. Every week we cover many different skills including co-ordination and balance. Every class...
Royal Air Force Museum London - Hendon
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Royal Air Force Museum London - Hendon
Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty the Queen and situated on the historic site of London Aerodrome at Hendon, our North London Museum is the only London attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft. With free admission plus free...
The Tropical Zoo - Brentford
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The Tropical Zoo - Brentford
The Tropical Zoo, based in London is a zoo that offers an indoor children's zoo experience. They have a great range of animals including crocodiles, tarantulas, piranahs and snakes. Monkeys: Bolivian Squirrel Monkey, Common Marmoset Monkey. Birds: Bengalese Eagle Owl, Congo African Grey Parrot, Green Wing Macaw, Military Macaw and more. You...
Syon Park - Brentford
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Syon Park - Brentford
Described by Sir John Betjeman as 'the Grand Architectural Walk', Syon House and its 200 acre park is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family have lived here for over 400 years. Originally the site of a medieval abbey, Syon was named after Mount Zion in the Holy Land. The abbey was dedicated to the Bridgettine Order,...
Ham House & Garden - Richmond-upon-Thames
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Ham House & Garden - Richmond-upon-Thames
Unique 17th-century house with sumptuous interiors, original collections and restored formal gardens Fine Stuart mansion on the banks of the River Thames Lavish 17th-century interiors with important collections of textiles, furniture and paintings Formal gardens with famous lavender parterres, known as the Cherry Garden, and maze-like...
Marble Hill House
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Marble Hill House
 A day out at Marble Hill is a real treat as this beautiful Palladian villa is set in 66 acres of outstanding riverside parkland near Richmond in West London.   Marble Hill was built for the remarkable Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II when he was Prince of Wales, and friend and confidante of some of the cleverest men in...
Coombe Conduit
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Coombe Conduit
For 350 years Coombe Conduit formed part of a system which collected water from nearby springs and channelled it to Hampton Court Palace. One of three such conduits that supplied the palace, the remaining structure represents an intriguing survival of the ingenious Tudor waterworks system. Managed by the Kingston upon Thames Society in...
Twickenham Stadium Tour and Museum
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Twickenham Stadium Tour and Museum
The World Rugby Museum and Stadium Tours The World Rugby Museum is the ultimate visitor experience for the world rugby enthusiast. Twickenham is the home of England rugby and also the World Rugby Museum, the finest collection of rugby memorabilia in the world. The Museum opened in 1996 and takes visitors through the...
HOME OF CHARLES DARWIN - DOWN HOUSE
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HOME OF CHARLES DARWIN - DOWN HOUSE
NEW FOR 2016 - Discover the newly recreated bedroom of Charles and Emma Darwin more than 100 years after it was last seen. With its unique place in the history of science and evolution, Down House, the family home of world-renowned scientist Charles Darwin, is a must-see. Stand in the study where Darwin wrote 'On the Origin of Species', stroll...
Waltham Abbey Gardens
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Waltham Abbey Gardens
Waltham Abbey Gardens offer relaxing surroundings rich in history. It’s the reputed burial site of King Harold, after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Some of the remains visible today, including the cloister entry, Abbey gateway, precinct and chapter house walls, and the stone bridge over the Cornmill Stream, give an...
Royal Gunpowder Mills
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Royal Gunpowder Mills
The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a great place for families to spend days out exploring the secret history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants through our engaging interactive Exhibitions, Science Shows and Children's Activities. Admission: Adults (16 to 60 years) £9.75 Children (3 to 15 years, under 3 Free) £7.75...
Hampton Court Palace - East Molesey
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Hampton Court Palace - East Molesey
Henry VIII's Great Hall    The Great Hall is England’s greatest medieval hall and one of Britain’s oldest theatres. William Shakespeare’s company performed there in 1603-4. Young Henry VIII exhibition Meet the 'pin-up' prince, before he became fat old Henry VIII, at our...
Chessington SEA LIFE centre
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Chessington SEA LIFE centre
The 250,000-litre aquarium located within Chessington Zoo houses over 20 marine displays, allowing you to come nose to nose with a wide range of sea creatures ranging from tiny shrimps and colourful clownfish, to majestic sharks and magnificent stingrays. Packed full of fun exhibitions, including interactive rockpools, daily talks and feeding...

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Upminster Windmill
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Upminster Windmill
Upminster Windmill was built by James Nokes, a local farmer, in 1803. It is a Grade II* listed building and in terms of quality, completeness and significance it is widely considered to be amongst the very best remaining English smock mills.It is now preserved and staffed by volunteers so as to keep it open to the public, and it is our ultimate...
Hill Hall
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Hill Hall
 This fine Elizabethan mansion features some of the earliest external Renaissance architectural detail in the country, and two rare and outstanding sets of 16th century wall paintings of mythical and Biblical subjects. Hill Hall has now been divided into private houses, but parts remain open to the public by prior arrangement. Opening Times...
Harmondsworth Barn
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Harmondsworth Barn
Rescued by English Heritage after years of neglect, this Grade I listed barn ranks alongside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for its exceptional architectural and historic interest. It was dubbed the "Cathedral of Middlesex" by Sir John Betjeman. Built in 1426 by Winchester College as part of its manor farm at...
Lullingstone Castle
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Lullingstone Castle
Lullingstone Castle is an historic family mansion dating back to the time of Domesday. Frequented by Henry VIII and Queen Anne, the Manor House and Garden, set within the beautiful Darent Valley close to Sevenoaks, are open to the public from the 1st of April to the end of September. The UK’s first ever ‘World Garden of...
Lullingstone Roman Villa
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Lullingstone Roman Villa
Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain and provides a unique all weather family day out in the attractive Darent Valley in Kent. The villa was created around AD 100 and adapted to suit the tastes and beliefs of its successive wealthy owners eventually reaching its peak of luxury in the middle of the 4th...
EYNSFORD CASTLE
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EYNSFORD CASTLE
Standing within a picturesque village, Eynsford Castle is a rare example of an early Norman 'enclosure castle'. Built by the Eynsford family, the castle became the subject of a disputed inheritance. It culminated in an act of vandalism in 1312. From that point, the castle was abandoned. Rather than having a keep or motte, like most Norman...
Cassiobury Park
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Cassiobury Park
Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford comprising of over 190 acres (77 hectares) of green space stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside to the west of the town. The park contains a wide variety of sports facilities, attractions for children and parts of the park are designated as...
Chartwell Home of Churchill
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Chartwell Home of Churchill
Chartwell was the Churchill family home and is a fascinating resource for personal information on him. Ideal for school age kids and interested sorts, with a few peripheral attractions to soften the blow to those who just wanted to play today! The rooms which Churchill frequented remain much as they were when he did, with personal pictures,...
Rye House Gatehouse
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Rye House Gatehouse
Rye House Gatehouse was one of the first brick built buildings in the country. The house formed the hub of what was a large estate for its time. Rye House is also known as one of the finest medieval moated sites in Hertfordshire.  It is also an important place in the country's history, the Rye House Plot – the...
Mill Green Museum & Mill
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Mill Green Museum & Mill
This local history museum for the Welwyn Hatfield District is housed in what was for centuries the home of the millers who worked in the adjoining watermill. The watermill is fully restored and operational. It probably stands on the site of one of four Hatfield mills listed in the Domesday Book. You can watch milling of organic flour every week...
Hatfield House and Park
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Hatfield House and Park
Lord and Lady Salisbury are delighted to welcome you to their home and hope that you enjoy your visit. The 2011 visitor season runs from Saturday 23rd April until the end of September. For full details please see our Opening Times & Prices page. There is a ‘free flow arrangement’ where visitors are able to view the ...

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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker
Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government HQ. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of...
Verulamium Museum
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Verulamium Museum
The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain. Verulamium Museum is on the site of one of the major cities in Roman Britain, now an attractive park. Inside you will find: recreated Roman rooms hands-on Discovery Areas video presentations touch screen databases some of the finest Roman mosaics and wall plasters outside the...
Tilbury Fort
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Tilbury Fort
The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to World War II. Henry VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth famously rallied her army nearby to face the threat of the Armada. The present fort was begun in 1672 under Charles II: it is much the best example of...
Celtic Harmony Camp - Brickendon
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Celtic Harmony Camp - Brickendon
Step into Celtic times for a great day out at Celtic Harmony Camp, an Iron Age village near Hertford. You can try your hand at Longbow Archery, Celtic cookery in the Chieftain Roundhouse, then leaving your food to bake over the hearth, explore the rest of the camp on a woodland trail or listen to a Story around the fire. Make sure you...
Hertford Museum
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Hertford Museum
Hertford Museum aims to collect, preserve and interpret evidence of the history of the county town and surrounding parishes in the district of East Hertfordshire for the interest, enjoyment and understanding of the local community and other visitors. Since 1903 Hertford Museum has been a much loved local museum, with fascinating objects that tell...
OLD SOAR MANOR
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OLD SOAR MANOR
Old Soar Manor is a small but complete portion of a stone manor house built in about 1290.  Lying in a remote part of the Kent countryside, on the edge of the North Downs, this rare survival of 13th century domestic architecture gives an illuminating insight into the life of a rich medieval household.  The manor originally belonged to...
Coalhouse Fort
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Coalhouse Fort
The Coalhouse Fort Project was set up in 1983 by a dedicated team of volunteers.  Leased from Thurrock Council, with the aim of restoring the fort.  The Fort is set within several acres of Green Flag parkland next to the River Thames and is currently undergoing refurbishment. Constructed between 1861 and 1874, the Fort cost an estimated...
Juniper Hall Field Centre
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Juniper Hall Field Centre
Get up close to your local wildlife at our Surrey Wildlife Festival. Join the fun with activities including meet the animals, face painting, games, food & drink and much much more. Limited parking for disabled. Cost: Adults £4, under 16’s £3, under 3’s FREE, family ticket £10 Start date: 08 June 2013,...
MILTON CHANTRY
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MILTON CHANTRY
The oldest building in Gravesend, Kent, Milton Chantry is all that remains of a leper hospital built in 1322 by Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke. It has served in turn as a hospital, Tudor chantry chapel, public house, and Georgian barracks, and its basement was converted for use as a gas decontamination chamber during the Second World War....
Shaws Corner
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Shaws Corner
Home to George Bernard Shaw for over 40 years, Shaw's Corner is a 1902 Arts and Crafts house set in a quintessentially English garden. It feels like Shaw has just left the room – his clothes are still in his wardrobe and his typewriter and glasses sit on his study desk. Note : access roads are very narrow. Don't miss Discover...
Welwyn Roman Baths
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Welwyn Roman Baths
Welwyn Roman Baths Tunnel through time to the world of the Romans - with a visit to Welwyn Roman Baths. You can't take a hot bath any more - the boiler went out about 1,800 years ago when the Romans left! Roman Baths Entrance Tunnel Roman Baths Entrance TunnelBut you can see some fascinating remains which have survived from their time. Learn...
Chiltern Open Air Museum
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Chiltern Open Air Museum
Ever wondered how a toll gate keeper lived or what type of jobs you might have done in the past? What about how a building was built? With homes, workshops, a farm and even a little tin chapel they rescue and rebuild buildings from the past to show how life used to be in the Chilterns long ago. The traditional farmstead is a very special place...
History on Wheels Museum
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History on Wheels Museum
The History on Wheels Museum was first opened to the public in 1980, and as the name implies, within this Museum can be found a truly unique collection of Motors, both Military and Civilian, Militaria, from 1900 to the 1950s, from all conflicting Nations, and Memories, illustrating artefacts of all types from both the civilian and wartime home...
Windsor Castle
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Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castle's dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and the homes and workplaces of a large number of people. ...
Hever Castle and Gardens
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Hever Castle and Gardens
The spectacular gardens at Hever Castle were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Son, turning marshland into the spectacular gardens you see today. Mazes are part of the Renaissance garden tradition, becoming part of formal garden design throughout Europe.  This became unpopular in the eighteenth century and was revived in...
Chiddingstone Castle - Edenbridge
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Chiddingstone Castle - Edenbridge
Come and visit us on Sundays to Wednesdays from 11am to 5pm and enjoy the Castle and Tea Rooms - or visit any day of the week (apart from Saturdays) to have a stroll in the Gardens and Grounds.  The Season : The Castle and Tea Rooms are now open until Sunday, 30th October inclusive.* The Gardens and...
The Henry Moore Foundation
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The Henry Moore Foundation
At Perry Green you will find Henry Moore’s former house and studios, as well as outdoor sculpture displays and galleries.  Opening times Sculpture grounds and house Tuesday to Friday 10am - 5pm (studios and gallery from 1pm) All open Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 5pm Pre-booking is needed...
Amersham Museum - Old Amersham
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Amersham Museum - Old Amersham
Amersham Museum tells the story of local events, places and people. Do you know about?     Amersham’s medieval martyrs     Wall paintings     Straw plait     Lace making     Sausage factory     Perfume makers To find out more come and see for...
Knebworth House - Gardens & Park
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Knebworth House - Gardens & Park
One of England's most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House is famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton - author of the words "The pen is mightier than the sword" - this beautiful gothic mansion is situated 29 miles north of London off the A1(M) at Stevenage. Park,...
Bekonscot Model Village - Beaconsfield
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Bekonscot Model Village - Beaconsfield
Welcome to Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, the world's oldest model village. We are located in Beaconsfield, Bucks, just off the M40 and M25 motorways and minutes by car or train from Central London. This unique piece of England's heritage continues to delight and fascinate both children and adults – there’s so much to see! Bekonscot is...
ST LEONARD'S TOWER
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ST LEONARD'S TOWER
This early and well-preserved example of a small free-standing Norman tower keep is located on a natural sandstone ledge near the head of a narrow valley. Rising almost to its original height, the tower takes its name from a chapel of St Leonard which once stood nearby. Very little is known about the history of the building or its intended...
TEMPLE MANOR
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TEMPLE MANOR
Temple Manor was built in the 13th century by the Knights Templar, a military and religious order founded during the Crusades. Located to the west of the River Medway, the hall was designed to provide lodging for dignitaries travelling between Dover and London. Now standing in an industrial estate, the manor is a fine example of a medieval...
UPNOR CASTLE
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UPNOR CASTLE
Set in tranquil grounds adjoining a riverside village, this rare example of an Elizabethan artillery fort was begun in 1559 and redeveloped in 1599-1601, to protect warships moored at Chatham dockyards. Despite a brave attempt, it entirely failed to do so in 1667, when the Dutch sailed past it to burn or capture the English fleet at anchor. ...
Berkhamsted Castle
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Berkhamsted Castle
Opening Times 29 April 2017 - 24 March 2018 Open summer, daily 10:00 - 18:00, winter 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Penshurst Place and Gardens
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Penshurst Place and Gardens
Penshurst Place and Gardens have something to offer all the family with the lively recreation of interesting historic events, staff led craft activities, seasonal children's gardens trails around the labrynthine gardens and nearly seven centuries of history all in one place! Their traditional Adventure Playground has swings, balancing bars,...
ROCHESTER CASTLE
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ROCHESTER CASTLE
Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Today it stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester along with the cathedral and cobbled streets. Its Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built about...
Tonbridge Castle
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Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge boasts Kent's best example of a Motte-and-Bailey Gatehouse, and its mighty gatehouse is among the finest in England. Yet its glory lies not only in what can be seen. Its story is interwoven with that of kings and archbishops, tyrants and heroes, murderers and mercenaries who, on this ancient site and inside these weathered stone...

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Dapdune Wharf
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Dapdune Wharf
The award-winning visitor centre at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford tells the story of the navigations and the people who lived and worked on this 360 year old waterway. Visitors can see where the huge Wey barges were built and climb aboard 'Reliance', one of three surviving barges, so there’s plenty of educational scope here!  There is...
Guildford House Gallery
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Guildford House Gallery
Guildford House is a fascinating 17th century town house at the top of Guildford High Street. From April 2005 to March 2006 a record 122,622 visitors came through the doors of Guildford House.
Fort Amherst - Chatham
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Fort Amherst - Chatham
Britain’s largest Napoleonic Fortress: come and discover how the dockyard would have been defended   Over 300 years of military history with an amazing network of underground passageways, historic buildings and gun emplacements all set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland   Take a tour of the incredible tunnel...
Stockwood Discovery Centre
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Stockwood Discovery Centre
The Centre is designed with environmentally green and sustainable principles in mind. It tells the stories of real people behind the collections, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate. The display collections include: ...
Wycombe Museum - High Wycombe
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Wycombe Museum - High Wycombe
Set in beautiful grounds, and with exciting hands-on activities, Wycombe Museum is a great place to discover the fascinating and varied history of the district and the famous collection of Windsor chairs. Opening times Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm Sunday: 2pm to 5pm Bank holidays: closed Admission to the Museum is free.
KIT'S COTY HOUSE AND LITTLE KIT'S COTY HOUSE
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KIT'S COTY HOUSE AND LITTLE KIT'S COTY HOUSE
Kit's Coty House and its neighbour, Little Kit's Coty House, are the remains of two megalithic 'dolmen' burial chambers. Kit's Coty is the larger of the two monuments, with three uprights and a massive capstone, while the smaller, Little Kit's Coty (also known as the Countless Stones), is now a jumble of sarsens. Although the origins of their...
The Lookout Discovery Centre - Bracknell
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The Lookout Discovery Centre - Bracknell
The Look Out Discovery Centre is open 7 days a week from 10am - 5pm. Whether you're planning a family trip, group visit or even a birthday party, this hands-on science exhibition makes learning fun for everyone. With its 2,600 acres of Crown Estate woodland, nature trails, children's adventure play park, coffee shop and gift shop, you'll be sure...
Mountfitchet Castle
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Mountfitchet Castle
Mountfitchet Castle is a unique time capsule. With its commanding position overlooking the Stort Valley, Mountfitchet Castle is situated on its original site which is steeped in history. Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by the...

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Hellfire Caves
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Hellfire Caves
We invite you to venture 300 feet underground through a series of hand carved tunnels that tell a fascinating story. Steeped in history and the subject of much innuendo and folklore. Discover the secrets of the notorious “Hell-Fire Club” Learn about of the sad fate of Suki our resident ghost bride, and discover why the ghost of Paul...
Wardown Park Museum
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Wardown Park Museum
Discover displays, objects and old photographs about the history of Luton and its people as well as activities, events and exhibitions for all ages and interests     Free entry*     A good display of Luton history     A history of the development of Luton industries     Ever...
Southend Planetarium
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Southend Planetarium
The Southend Planetarium is the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east, outside of London. It presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult. Programmes...
Museum of Berkshire Aviation - Reading
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Museum of Berkshire Aviation - Reading
Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with...
Scotney Castle - Tunbridge Wells
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Scotney Castle - Tunbridge Wells
Scotney is not one but two houses. At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the ‘Picturesque’ style as his inspiration. At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the...
BAYHAM OLD ABBEY
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BAYHAM OLD ABBEY
Bayham Abbey makes a fascinating day out on the Kent Sussex border.  The impressive ruins, built from golden local sandstone, include much  of the 13th to 15th-century church, the chapter house, and a picturesque  14th-century gatehouse. Bayham Abbey is now set in grounds designed  by famous landscape gardener Humphry...
Rural Life Centre - Farnham
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Rural Life Centre - Farnham
The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, assembled by the late Mr & Mrs Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust. It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are...
FARNHAM CASTLE KEEP
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FARNHAM CASTLE KEEP
PRICES ENTRY TITLE WITHOUT GIFT AID WITH GIFT AID Member - Join now Free Free Adult Free Free Child (5-15 years) Free Free Concession tool-tip Free Free Family Free Free OPENING TIMES 1 APRIL - 24 DECEMBER 2017 Monday 9:00 - 17:00 Tuesday 9:00 - 17:00 Wednesday 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 9:00 - 17:00 Friday 9:00 - 17:00 Saturday 10:00 -...
SUTTON VALENCE CASTLE
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SUTTON VALENCE CASTLE
The ruins of this small Norman keep, built in the second half of the 12th century, are all that remains of what was once a strongly defended castle. It was owned from 1238 by Simon de Montfort, who led the baronial rebellion against Henry IIII and was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265.  Henry III then gave the castle to his...
WAVERLEY ABBEY
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WAVERLEY ABBEY
Waverley Abbey in Surrey was the very first monastery founded in Britain by the reforming Cistercian religious order. A small group of monks from France settled in this quiet spot by the River Wey in 1128, and Waverley soon became the springboard for Cistercian settlement in southern England. The impressive remains include the fine 13th century...
Reme Museum of Technology - Arborfield
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Reme Museum of Technology - Arborfield
Museum of the history of REME, a full day out for the kids and family. Opening Times & Prices Opening times Monday to Thursday: 9.00am till 4.30pm, Friday: 9.00am till 4.00pm, Sundays: 11.00am till 4.00pm Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day Bank holidays – check in...

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Buckinghamshire County Museum - Aylesbury
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Buckinghamshire County Museum - Aylesbury
The County Museum was founded by the Bucks Archaeological Society in the mid 19thc and was operated by the County Council from 1957. In 2014 we started a new existence as the Bucks County Museum Trust which receives regular revenue support from the County Council and Milton Keynes City Council and is governed by an independent  Board of...
De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton
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De Grey Mausoleum, Flitton
Among the largest sepulchral chapels attached to any English church, this cruciform mausoleum houses a remarkable sequence of 17 sculpted and effigied monuments, spanning nearly two and a half centuries (1614-1859), to the De Grey family of Wrest Park. Read more about the history of the mausoleum. Before You Go Opening Times: The mausoleum is...
Royston Cave
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Royston Cave
Royston Cave is unique in Europe. Believed to date from the 14th Century, it is a man-made cavern in the shape of a beehive, with a small aperture at the top for ventilation. It's most remarkable feature is an extensive range of wall carvings representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints, among them St Katherine, St...
Museum of English Rural Life
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Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) houses thousands of fascinating objects related to life and work in the countryside. We have a programme of temporary exhibitions, family activities, holiday events, guided tours and much more.  MERL is open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Closed bank holidays. Admission is free.
Leeds Castle - Maidstone
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Leeds Castle - Maidstone
Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for over 1000 years. Open all year round, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Tickets to Leeds Castle are valid for one year from the date of purchase, so you can visit the castle and grounds as many times as you like. Visitors...
Audley End House and Gardens
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Audley End House and Gardens
King Henry VIII gave Walden Abbey to Sir Thomas Audley, who transformed it into his mansion, Audley End. Despite ups and downs in its fortunes, Audley End remains one of England’s grandest country homes with over 30 lavishly decorated rooms to enjoy and explore. The sumptuous interior is largely due to the third Baron Braybrooke who...
WREST PARK
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WREST PARK
Explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park. From dazzling parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and woodland walks, Wrest Park is a real treat for the senses. Zip along to the children's play area, take tea in the café and explore the hidden treasures in...
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
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Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome was established in September 1916 as a base for 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, which also operated from aerodromes at Rochford (today London Southend International Airport) and Goldhanger (long since disappeared). For two years it played a pivotal role in helping to defend the British mainland from...
The Cressing Temple Barns
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The Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple takes its unusual name from the medieval monks of the Knights Templar who founded the two vast wooden barns, which form the centrepiece of this delightful rural estate. Nestled to one side of the barns is the Walled Garden. Inspired by an age when gardens combined beauty and functionality, it is the result of painstaking...
HOUGHTON HOUSE
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HOUGHTON HOUSE
Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th-century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the ‘House Beautiful’ in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. It was built around 1615 for Mary, Dowager Countess of Pembroke, in a mixture of Jacobean and Classical styles: the ground floors of two...
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