As a nation with an undeniably rich history, it comes as no surprise that the UK is home to some of the most beautiful museums. Not only do they house precious and fascinating artefacts, but the buildings themselves are also incredible – from gothic architecture to contemporary wonders, you’ll want to spend some time exploring the exteriors of these breath-taking locations too.
Sitting on The Quays, The IWM North takes visitors on a trip along our timeline from the First World War, right through to present day. With over 2000 objects under one roof, there are plenty of blockbuster things to see such as the field gun that fired the opening British round in WWI, to steelwork delicately salvaged from the World Trade Center. If you’re taking your little ones be sure to help them with the free Family Trail booklet with fun activities to do on the way round.
Opening times: 10am – 5pm
Closest BOB park: Riverside Caravan Park
If you’re interested in maritime past then The Mary Rose is not to be missed, on one side, you’ll find galleries filled with amazing things to see, on the other, the real ship. You’ll be walking in the footsteps of the sailors and get to experience what it was like to live out to sea. Although it’s a common misconception that the ship sailed on her maiden voyage, The Mary Rose actually saw active service for 34 years, and was one of Henry VIII’s favourites.
Opening times: November - March 10am-5pm, April - October 10am-5:30pm
Admission: Adults £16, children (aged 5-15) £8
Closest BOB park: Concierge Camping
Whether you're a military enthusiast or simply looking for an interesting day out in Dorset, the Tank Museum is the perfect attraction to keep the whole family entertained. It is widely regarded as the best collection of military vehicles in the world, with more than 300 lovingly restored tanks, trucks and cars on display. Walking through the museum is like stepping back in time as you will have the chance to see some of the earliest examples of military engineering, including 'Little Willie', the worlds first ever tank.
Opening times: 10am - 5pm
Admission: Adults £14, children (aged 5-16) £9
A trip to the National Railway Museum is a chance to see engineering brilliance and impressive locomotives. With over 1 million items on display from medals to models, artwork to artefacts, there’s plenty to keep you going. You’ll also be able to get up close and personal with over 260 locomotives and vehicles and witness the details that helped to shape our transport today.
Opening times: 10am-6pm
There’s something for everyone at the National Museum of Scotland, whether you’re interests lie in science and technology, fashion, art or the wonders of nature, you’ll find exhibits to cover it all. With treasures gathered from across the world, and of course, Scotland itself, you’ll be able to partake in displays and activities that will delight visitors young and old. Make sure you keep an eye out for the Tyrannosaurus rex and even Dolly the sheep.
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Few museums boast views as spectacular as those from the National Maritime Museum, which is situated on the edge of Falmouth harbour overlooking the bay. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about Cornwall's rich maritime history and the importance the fishing industry plays in the local community. You will also be able admire the fleet of vesselsl on display and see how boat building princibles have changed throughout time.
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults £13.50, children (under 18) £6
An ideal day out for all the family no matter the weather, you’ll be able to delve into fantastic galleries, exhibitions and authentic experiences. If you want to see what life was like for a coal miner you’ll be fitted with a hard hat and lamp and lowered 40m underground, and hear about it from the miners themselves with the lively miner tour. Find out more about life for women during Victorian times and the evolution from pit ponies to modern coal mining machinery.
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Admission: Optional £5 donation
Set up over 20 years ago and still family run today, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is seen by some as a living memorial to those who lost their lives in WW2. Although there’s loads to see and do, the main event is most definitely one of the rarest aircrafts, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, as well as wartime Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, believed to be the last in existence!
Opening times: Summertime Monday - Saturday 9:30am-5pm, Wintertime Monday - Saturday 10am-4pm
Admission: Adults £8.50, children (6-15 years) £3