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ACORN BANK

Attractive garden and partially open 17th century red sandstone manor house. The estate at Acorn Bank dates back to the medieval order of the Knights Hospitaller. The main attraction now is the 17th century walled garden, with its fascinating medicinal herbs, pretty formal area, traditional orchard, woodland walks and industrial past complete with restored working watermill dating from the 16th century.

Temple Sowerby
Nr Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1SP
Georgian
Brougham Castle
National Trust
ALBERT DOCK

Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.

Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4AA
Victorian
Albert Dock website
5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Private - open to the public
BLISTS HILL VICTORIAN TOWN

Blists Hill is an open air museum, recreating a Victorian town on an industrial site that included mines, blast furnaces and a section of the Shropshire Canal. Some of the buildings are original, others have been relocated and some are replicas. It's a 52 acre site.  There's a fascinating range of things to see, from shops, a bank and public house, to industrial premises. Costumed staff keep the whole thing themed and there are various demonstrations and events etc. It's a good day out for all ages.

Blists Hill is one of 10 museums in the area run by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

Legges Way
Madeley
Shropshire
TF7 5UD
Victorian
Blists Hill
Blists Hill website
Ironbridge and various other museums
Independent
DEVIL’S PORRIDGE MUSEUM

Tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth and the lives of the girls who worked thee. HM Factory Gretna opened in 1916 and manufactured RDB Cordite.  Cordite was (or is) a powerful explosive, a mixture of guncotton and nitro-glycerine, which was said to resemble porridge.  HM Factory Gretna stretched over 9 miles and at its height employed 30,000 people.

Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
Dumfries & Galloway
DG12 6TF
Modern
Devil's Porridge Museum website
Independent
FALKIRK WHEEL

A unique and massive boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. Completed in 2002 at a cost of £84.5 million, the Falkirk Wheel raises boats 79 feet (24 metres), though there are still a couple of locks to negotiate as well. An engineering masterpiece, there are boat trips, walks, a play park, visitor centre and other activities.

Lime Road
Tamfourhill
Falkirk
Stirlingshire
FK1 4RS
Modern
Details on Scottish Canals' website
HM Government
IRONBRIDGE

Charming and now relatively peaceful Shropshire town at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, spanning the river Severn and a beautiful gorge with its famous 18th century iron bridge. There are many museums in the town and nearby, as well as walks.

Ironbridge
Shropshire
TF8
Georgian
Ironbridge - cradle of industrialisation?
Visit Ironbridge website
Local Authority
LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM

Something for the petrol-heads - and a great rainy day option for the Lake District. 30,000 exhibits, including classic cars, bikes and what is claimed to be possibly the largest collection of motoring memorabilia in the world. There are displays, stories, a bit about South Lakeland's industrial past, period shops and a special 'Speed Kings' exhibition - a tribute to the racing Campbells, Malcolm and Donald.

It's also possible to travel to the museum via boat across Windermere and then steam train to Haverthwaite - check their website for details.

Old Blue Mill
Backbarrow
Nr Newby Bridge
Cumbria
LA12 8TA
Modern
Gleaming bodies at thev Lakeland Motor Museum
Lakeland Motor Museum website
Haverthwaite Railway, Fell Foot Country Park
Independent
LAKESIDE & HAVERTHWAITE RAILWAY

A heritage railway running steam and diesel locomotives on a former branch line of the Furness Railway. The line is just over 3 miles long, between Lakeside Station at the southern tip of Lake Windermere and Haverthwaite (journey time about 20 minutes). Steamers run to Lakeside from Windermere and Ambleside. At Haverthwaite Station are all things railway, including engine sheds where locos can be inspected. Thomas the Tank Engine has been known to visit sometimes.

Haverthwaite Station
Nr Newby Bridge
Cumbria
LA12 8AL
Modern
Lakeland Motor Museum, Aquarium of the Lakes, Holker Hall
Independent
PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage Site. It was designed by Thomas Telford and carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the river Dee. The Aqueduct is 336 yards long, 42 yards high and 4 yards wide. You can walk across (the advice is not to look down), or take a boat.

Station Rd
Trevor Basin
Wrexham
Clwyd
LL20 7TG
Georgian
Chirk Castle
Other
RAVENGLASS and ESKDALE RAILWAY

A 15 inch gauge heritage railway, affectionately known as La'al Ratty - 'little railway' in the old Cumbrian dialect. It offers a 7-mile scenic ride between Ravenglass and Boot station.

Ravenglass
Cumbria
CA18 1SW
Modern
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway website
Ravenglass Roman Bath House
Independent