Museums & Art Galleries Wiltshire

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Wiltshire Heritage Museum - Devizes
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Wiltshire Heritage Museum - Devizes
The Wiltshire Heritage Museum has an international reputation and attracts visitors from all over the world. The archaeology collections, which are among the finest in Britain, trace the history of people living in Wiltshire in a series of galleries - Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, and Medieval. The collections on display...
Atwell Wilson Motor Museum - Caine
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Atwell Wilson Motor Museum - Caine
We are a small friendly museum situated in the heart of Wiltshire. The majority of our exhibits are cars from the 1920’s onwards. We also have a collection of motorcycles, mopeds and push bikes as well as interesting motoring memorabilia and a reconstructed 1930’s style garage complete with cars The...
Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
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Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
Our museum and heritage centre tells the story of the people and history of Chippenham and the surrounding villages from prehistoric times up until the present day. As well as being able to explore the collections on display you are welcome to use our research room, using the collection for work, school or to explore the past (please call in...
Alexander Keiller Museum - Avebury
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Alexander Keiller Museum - Avebury
One of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain, housed in the Stables Gallery, and including many artefacts from the World Heritage Site (WHS) monuments. The admission fee includes access to both the Stables and Barn Galleries. The Barn Gallery (belonging to the National Trust) tells the story of the WHS, its ...
Trowbridge Museum - Trowbridge
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Trowbridge Museum - Trowbridge
Our award-winning museum is one of Wiltshire's finest history museums and the county's only specialist textile museum. We have come a long way since opening in 1990, and now have nearly 19,000 objects including over 5,000 photographs in our collection and welcome 22,000 visitors and 3,000 schoolchildren a year. As a result of our success we need...
Fox Talbot Museum - Chippenham
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Fox Talbot Museum - Chippenham
Lacock Abbey was founded as a nunnery in 1232. After the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the Abbey was closed and in 1539 sold to landowner William Sharington who converted the Abbey into a family home. Although he destroyed the church and added an octagonal tower and courtyard, he did retain the monastic cloisters which were used as...

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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection - Salisbury
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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection - Salisbury
The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) was formally opened by Air Commodore Colin Cruickshanks on 1st April 1999, but was behind the ‘wire’ until it moved to Old Sarum and opened to the public on the 1st of July 2012.  It became a Private Not For Profit Company limited by guarantee in May 2007, and then a registered Charity...
Museum of the Great Western Railway - Swindon
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Museum of the Great Western Railway - Swindon
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the...
STEAM - Museum of the GWR
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STEAM - Museum of the GWR
STEAM is a great day out for the whole family. STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. Situated right opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet, the museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the...
The American Museum in Britain - Bath
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The American Museum in Britain - Bath
Discover the American way of life from colonial times, the joys and hardships of American children. Set in 30 acres of beautiful parkland. Regular events, Gift shop, tearoom, picnic area. Educational programme for schools. Tuesday to  Sunday, 12noon – 5pm ...
Museum of Computing - Swindon
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Museum of Computing - Swindon
The Museum of Computing is devoted to the history of computing and digital development. It was the first physical museum of its kind in the UK dedicated to the history of computing. The Museum is not simply a repository of artefacts, but has active displays as well as providing a forum for the provision of lectures. There is a mixture of...
Bath Postal Museum
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Bath Postal Museum
From clay mail to email Bath Postal Museum tells the history of writing from its earliest incarnation. With something for everyone from colourful and frequently changing exhibitions to dressing up and arts and crafts activities. We all love a good story and Bath Postal Museum is full of them. Monday to Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm (Summer)  ...
Bath Abbey Vaults Museum
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Bath Abbey Vaults Museum
Pilgrims and visitors have been made welcome at Bath Abbey for hundreds of years. As one of the most visited places in the South West, we welcome over 350,000 people through our doors each year, but are fully aware that every visitor comes with their own expectations, beliefs and purpose. Summer Opening Times: 01 April to 31 October ...
Roman Baths and Museum - Bath
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Roman Baths and Museum - Bath
Walk where Romans walked on 2000 year-old pavements beside the steaming pool. Opening Hours January - February 09:30 - 16:30, exit 17:30 March - June 09:00 - 17:00, exit 18:00 July - August 09:00 - 21:00, exit 22:00 ...
The Holburne Museum Of Art - Bath
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The Holburne Museum Of Art - Bath
One of the country's great small museums, the Holburne houses a wondefully rich collection of fine and decorative art including paintings by Breughel, Gainsborough, Stubbs & Turner, astonishing silver, beautiful porcelain and Renaissance bronzes. The Holburne runs a programme of art for all ages with events, lectures, workshops &...
Fashion Museum - Bath
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Fashion Museum - Bath
We look forward to welcoming you to the Fashion Museum Study Facilities at the Assembly Rooms. The Fashion Museum is open every day except 25 & 26 December. January - February  10.30 - 16.00 March - October  10.30 - 17.00 November - December  10.30 - 16.00 Exit 1 hour after these times...
The Jane Austen Centre - Bath
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The Jane Austen Centre - Bath
The exhibition at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath has been created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society and authorities on Jane Austen. Open all year Summer 2nd April to 30th October Open every day 9.45am to 5.30pm Late opening July and August – Thursday to Saturday until 7pm Winter 1 November...
Athelstan Museum - Malmesbury
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Athelstan Museum - Malmesbury
Come on in. How are you? Sit down, make yourself comfortable. We had better introduce ourselves. I know you are probably an interesting person with an inquiring mind and enjoy history and heritage. Me? Well, I’m a small local museum, but not just any old small local museum you understand, because I live in Malmesbury. Malmesbury is a...
Mompesson House - Salisbury
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Mompesson House - Salisbury
Elegant and spacious 18th-century house in the Cathedral Close. The house, featured in the award-winning film 'Sense and Sensibility', has magnificent plasterwork, period furniture and a fine oak staircase. Children's trail and activities. Outside, the delightful walled garden has a pergola and traditional herbaceous borders arranged around a...
The Wardrobe Military Museum - Salisbury
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The Wardrobe Military Museum - Salisbury
The Royal Berkshire Regiment, with its Museum in Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, and The Wiltshire Regiment whose Museum was in Le Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, merged in 1959 to become the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment. However the 2 Museums continued on their separate sites for a number of years before the...
Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
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Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
Welcome to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum You can find Salisbury Museum in the glorious setting of the Cathedral Close. The Museum houses extensive collections relating to the history of Salisbury, and the archaeology of south Wiltshire, including Old Sarum. You will be able to view the popular award-winning Stonehenge Gallery. You can also...
Andover Museum
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Andover Museum
Andover Museum can be found in a former town house c1750, visited by Jane Austen and has permanent exhibitions the stem from prehistoric times to the present day. Enjoy an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, including art, craft, photography, history and relax in the coffee shop. During term-time the Natural History Gallery has tables...
Museum of the Iron Age
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Museum of the Iron Age
Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of Danebury hill fort which lies to the south west of Andover and can also be visited. The hill fort was excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988 and is one of the best studied sites of the British Iron Age. The museum uses real objects from Danebury alongside life size models,...
Radstock Museum
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Radstock Museum
Radstock Museum is home to the collection of the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Museum Society and celebrates the history and heritage of the former Somerset Coalfield. Dedicated areas demonstrate the coalface and the miners hard, dangerous working conditions. Shop at the Co-op as miners wives did over 70 years ago, re-live the...
Museum of Army Flying - Stockbridge
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Museum of Army Flying - Stockbridge
The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique collection of aviation history one of both international and national importance. Come and see over 35 historic fixed and rotary wing aircraft on display which along with detailed dioramas, artifacts, trophies and models serve as a profound and inspiring tribute to men and their...
Gold Hill Museum and Garden
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Gold Hill Museum and Garden
Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Marvel at the intricate Dorset buttons on display, and the ‘Byzant’, a gold-coloured festival totem that played a central role in the town’s water...
Kingswood Heritage Museum - Warmley
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Kingswood Heritage Museum - Warmley
William Champion's 18th Century brass works at Warmley represent an important milestone in industrial history. It was here that he developed the first commercial production of zinc in Europe. Housed within the main building, this "Museum for Kingswood " holds a variety of enjoyable displays of local industries and social...
Breamore House and Museum
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Breamore House and Museum
Breamore House and Museum  Life in a typical village like Breamore can be relived in the Breamore Countryside Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self sufficient. There are full size replicas of a farm worker’s cottage before the advent of electricity, a blacksmith’s smithy, a...
Corinium Museum - Cirencester
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Corinium Museum - Cirencester
Step through a triumphal arch to arrive in Corinium; second largest city in Roman Britain, population c. 15, 000. Experience life as a Roman. Marvel at the stunning mosaics.  Dress as a Roman soldier. Explore their engineering and artistry. Admission Charges Adults £4.80 Senior Citizens (age...
Brunel's ss Great Britain - Bristol
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Brunel's ss Great Britain - Bristol
Welcome to Brunel's ss Great Britain Winner of 10 major awards in 2006 including the Gulbenkian Prize for UK Museum of the Year and shortlisted for major awards in 2007. Step back in time on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain – the world’s first great ocean liner. Explore the beautifully recreated First Class Dining Saloon,...
British Empire & Commonwealth Museum - Bristol
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British Empire & Commonwealth Museum - Bristol
The award-winning galleries of the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum have been created with children firmly in mind. Numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits tell the story of the biggest empire the world has ever known. Sample exotic spices, learn morse code, dress up in period clothes and find out how our lives are shaped by this shared...
M Shed
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M Shed
M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the history of the city of Bristol in both war and peace time, with additional bonuses like buried treasure to dig up, a Thecodontosaurus to marvel at, plus their working exhibits of cranes, trains and boats can be ridden by guests! Their 3 galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city...
The Georgian House Museum
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The Georgian House Museum
The Georgian House Museum is set out as it might have looked in the 18th century, and gives an insight into life above and below stairs. Imagine the busy kitchen where servants prepared meals, taking a dip in the cold-water plunge pool and relaxing in the elegant upstairs rooms. There are 11 rooms spread over four floors to explore. There is...
Bristol City Museum Under 7s Gallery
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Bristol City Museum Under 7s Gallery
Younger visitors can tell stories in our crystal cave, act out a performance on stage, bring stories to life using puppets, make a pot or try the animuddle game- just some of the activities for you and your child to enjoy in their own mini-museum. The under 7s area is part of a larger gallery which invites visitors to explore...
The Clifton Observatory - Bristol
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The Clifton Observatory - Bristol
The Observatory stands on the site formerly occupied by a snuff grinding mill that was burnt out in 1777 through having been over-driven in a gale. In 1828 the site was rented to Mr. West, an artist. He constructed the Camera Obscura and cut the underground passage to St. Vincents Cave. Both remain and are open to visitors. The cave's visiting...
Haynes International Motor Museum - Yeovil
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Haynes International Motor Museum - Yeovil
The UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220. Opening Times 2nd March to 31st October Monday - Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm (6:00pm in summer school holidays) 1st...
Blaise Castle House Museum - Bristol
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Blaise Castle House Museum - Bristol
Situated in the beautiful parkland of the Blaise Estate at Henbury, the Museum is housed in a late eighteenth century mansion, and contains most of the Museums Service's social history collections. Here you can see all sorts of familiar - and not so familiar - items from homes through history, treasured...
Wookey Hole Caves - Wells
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Wookey Hole Caves - Wells
Wookey Hole Caves  is a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset. Wookey Hole cave was formed by the action of the River Axe on the limestone hills. Before emerging at Wookey Hole the water enters underground streams and passes through other caves such as...
Burcott Mill
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Burcott Mill
Burcott Mill is one of only 50 water powered flour mills that are still operating in the UK today. The origins of Burcott Mill date back over 1000 years to a recording in the Doomsday Book (1086)! The mill sells the flour it makes, meaning that is a commercial business as well as a museum. The flour that they produce is handcrafted, using the...
INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium - Winchester
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INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium - Winchester
The South of England's hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Plus the UK's largest capacity digital Planetarium! A family day out and school visit destination near Winchester, Hampshire. Featuring 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting...
Winchester Museums
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Winchester Museums
Winchester Museums Service is part of Winchester City Council's Cultural Services Division, running four sites in the city and providing a wide range of associated services
Winchester Discovery Centre
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Winchester Discovery Centre
Winchester Discovery Centre is an Gallery, Theatre, Library and Social space that offers family friendly live performances and theatre on their Family Sundays and a Gallery space for contemporary exhibitions. There are Arts and Crafts activities for younger children and a large library with lots of space to browse, work and you can relax in the...
Edward Jenner Museum - Berkeley
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Edward Jenner Museum - Berkeley
The museum celebrates the life and work of Dr Edward Jenner, whose discovery of vaccination has saved more lives than the work of any other man. Housed in the beautiful Queen Anne house where Jenner lived, worked and died, the museum details Jenner's many other interests in the natural world and has interactive displays in the Immunology section.

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Ringwood Town and Country Experience
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Ringwood Town and Country Experience
Ringwood Town & Country Experience is over 30,000 sq ft of exhibitions, including a full size railway station, olde shops, vintage cars and motorcycles. We have a 100 seater function room with stage and dancefloor. Our Tearooms are open for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. We also run events and entertainment days and we...
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Ilchester
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Fleet Air Arm Museum - Ilchester
The Royal Navy operates on the sea, under the sea, on the land and in the air. Welcome to the Fleet Air Arm Museum - representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy. Opening Hours ...
Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways - Abingdon
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Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways - Abingdon
At Pendon we recapture scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it was in the Inter-War years. We do this through the medium of detailed, accurate and colourful models constructed to the most exacting standards. A visit to Pendon provides: a warm welcome for individuals, family groups and clubs a...
Tyntesfield - Wraxall
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Tyntesfield - Wraxall
Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland A fine Victorian country house created by one of England’s richest commoners, William Gibbs, who built his fortune on fertiliser. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, ornate stone carvings and church-like windows complete the Gothic look, giving...
Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum - Basingstoke
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Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum - Basingstoke
Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum Imagine an open-air museum inside a massive modern building… a network of streets with shops, a village green and even a pub... dating from Victorian times and the 1930s… it's fun... a surprise around every corner! Open Tue to Fri, and Bank Holidays,...
Model Town at Wimbourne Minster
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Model Town at Wimbourne Minster
Built well over 50 years ago, the magnificent 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors from all over the world with their superb quality and realism. Re-creating the historic market town of Wimborne Minster exactly as it was during the 1950s, you can get really close up and even touch the buildings,...
Somerset Rural Life Museum - Glastonbury
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Somerset Rural Life Museum - Glastonbury
The Somerset Rural Life Museum is based in Glastonbury.  In the Abbey Farmhouse the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and there is a lively events programme as well as regular temporary exhibitions.  There is also a tea room and museum shop.   The magnificent...
Oakham Treasures - Bristol
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Oakham Treasures - Bristol
Oakham Treasures is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in the UK. Opened to the public for the very first time since July 2008, it has already become an award winning major attraction, and guarantees to give you an amazing and uplifting trip down memory lane. Whether you are 8 or 80, you'll...
SeaCity Museum - Southampton
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SeaCity Museum - Southampton
Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. We suggest that you allow between...
Cogges Manor Farm - Witney
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Cogges Manor Farm - Witney
Cogges is a unique, working museum depicting Oxfordshire rural life in Victorian times set in an historic manor house and Cotswold stone farm buildings. Explore the beautiful farmstead, original Cotswold buildings and displays about farming in years gone by. Meet traditional breeds of farm animals, talk to farm hands and dairy maids and watch...
kingston lacy - wimborne
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kingston lacy - wimborne
The House contains an outstanding collection of pictures, egyptian artefacts, sculptures in wood, marble and bronze. Laundry gives glimpse of life "below stairs". 30 acres of Garden, two formal areas, a Victorian fernerey and restored Japanese Gardens. 250 acre landscaped Park with woodland walk approximately 2.5 miles long with three...
Solent Sky Museum - Southampton
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Solent Sky Museum - Southampton
The "Birthplace" and  "Home" of The Spitfire - Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton and Solent area. Geographically this area was the most important area in the country, if not the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s, the most famous being the...
Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Christchurch
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Bournemouth Aviation Museum - Christchurch
Bournemouth Aviation Museum is a registered charity operated entirely by volunteers. Our aim is to provide an interesting and informative visit for people of all ages and to share the enjoyment of the exciting world of aviation. Admission Prices £4 for adults, £2 5-16 yrs old, £1.50 3-4yrs old and free for...
Cotswold Motoring Museum - Bourton-on-the-Water
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Cotswold Motoring Museum - Bourton-on-the-Water
Located in the picturesque village of Bourton-on-the-Water which makes a great day out or break in the Cotswolds, the Cotswold Motoring Museum is a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century. Overflowing with vintage and classic cars and caravans, precarious looking motorcycles, original enamel signs and an intriguing...
Bourton Model Railway - Bourton-on-the-Water
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Bourton Model Railway - Bourton-on-the-Water
Enter the world of your childhood dreams with some of the finest operating indoor model railway layouts in the country, covering over 500 feet and featuring: Unique Vistor Control | Over 40 British and Continental trains Railway memorabilia | Working fun fair models Opening Times JUNE- AUGUST Exhibition open daily including Sundays, 11.00am -...
The Old New Inn Model Village - Cheltenham
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The Old New Inn Model Village - Cheltenham
The Model Village is a one-ninth scale replica of the heart of the beautiful Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water, containing all the buildings from the Old Water Mill (now the Car Museum) down to the Old New Inn and the ford. The village was created by a previous landlord of the Old New Inn, taking local craftsmen five years to build,...
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
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Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Unique Collections An impressive range of Roman artefacts including the Rufus Sita tombstone; the amazing Iron Age Birdlip Mirror; one of the earliest backgammon sets in the world; dinosaur fossils; and paintings by famous artists such as Turner and Gainsborough. Something for everyone Full sized dinosaurs; wildlife from the City and...
Gloucester Waterways Museum
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Gloucester Waterways Museum
A hands-on learning experience that is full of fun for schools and families. Housed in a stunning Grade II listed warehouse on the side of the UK's most complete Victorian dock, we offer a time-travel opportunity to visit Victorian Gloucester. See how and why the canals were built and test your own skills with our indoor working lock system. ...
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
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Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is well laid out and full of interactive exhibits and displays that will really grab the attention of your kids. The layout has been designed to lead you through the history of war from past to present. Admission: Adult £4.75 Senior citizen or Student £3.75 Child £2.75    ...
Caldicot Castle and Country Park
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Caldicot Castle and Country Park
Visit Caldicot Castle in its beautiful setting of tranquil gardens and a wooded country park. Founded by the Normans, developed in royal hands as a stronghold in the Middle Ages and restored as a Victorian family home, the castle has a romantic and colourful history. Find out about its past with an audio tour, explore the medieval towers and take...
Nature in Art Museum - Gloucester
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Nature in Art Museum - Gloucester
Welcome to Nature in Art, the world’s first museum and art gallery dedicated to fine, decorative and applied art inspired by nature.   Tuesday - Sunday  10am - 5pm And Bank Holiday Mondays   Closed December 24th - 26th and Mondays Adults Concessions* Under 8s   Family   ...
Jet Age Museum
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Jet Age Museum
Jet Age Museum is a really interesting place to visit, even if you aren’t a budding pilot or petrol head, and it’s free. There are a number of planes to investigate, plus several cockpits (including that of a Vulcan bomber!), that have been adapted so you can try out the pilot’s seat and experience what it would have been like...
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