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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
BUCKLER’S HARD

Show village, built in the 18th century, on the Beaulieu river with a pub, hotel and museum. There is also a riverside walk to Beaulieu village. Buckler's Hard was at one time a port and shipbuilding community, where many of the Royal Navy's ships began life. It is part of the Beaulieu Estate.

Beaulieu
Hampshire
SO42 7XB
Georgian
Buckler's Hard's website
You can easily walk to Buckler's Hard from Beaulieu village, but it's easier to drive and pay for a ticket which includes museum entry.
Private - open to the public
CUTTY SARK

Famous 19th century sailing ship, built in Dumbarton in 1869, which was the fastest ship of her time and is the world's only surviving tea-clipper. Carefully restored after a disastrous fire, Cutty Sark has been raised about 10 feet (3+ metres) so that you can walk right underneath her copper-bottomed hull. On deck and below are fascinating displays and accounts of the ship's history and life on board.

Managed by Royal Museums Greenwich, who are also responsible for the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and Royal Observatory.

King William Walk
Greenwich
London
SE10 9HT
Victorian
National Maritime Museum, Queen's House, Royal Observatory, Greenwich Park, Greenwich market. Travel by Docklands Light Railway.
Royal Museums Greenwich
FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY

The famous ferry 'cross the Mersey runs between Liverpool's Pier Head, Birkenhead (Woodside) and Wallasey (Seacombe). The company also offers cruises - eg up the Manchester Ship Canal and other excursions. In 2014, one of the ferries was painted in 'razzle-dazzle' style, designed by Sir Peter Blake, to mark the centenary of the First World War.

There has been a ferry across the Mersey since the 11th century, at least.  These days, passengers include commuters as well as tourists.

Pier Head
Georges Parade
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 1DP
Modern
Razzle Dazzle Ferry Cross the Mersey
Mersey Ferries' website
All Liverpool attractions
Local Authority
GLENLEE

Berthed by Glasgow's Riverside Museum is the SV (sailing vessel) Glenlee, launched in 1896. Known locally as “The Tall Ship”, this is one of the last steel-hulled bulk cargo carriers in existence, one of only 5 Clyde-built sailing ships still afloat – and the only one in Britain. Extensively and lovingly restored, Glenlee can be seen at the same time as visiting the Riverside Museum and is also hired out for events (so check before making a special trip).

150 Pointhouse Place
Glasgow
G3 8RS
Edwardian
Glenlee
Glenlee's website
Riverside Museum
Other
HMS BELFAST

HMS Belfast is one of London's landmarks, a World War Two Royal Navy cruiser permanently moored by London Bridge and now a museum operated by the Imperial War Museum. Belfast saw service on the Arctic Convoys, during D-Day and the Korean War. Exploring the ship gives a unique insight into life on board during those dark days and up to 1963.

The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 2JH
Modern
A bit about HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast website
Right by London Bridge station
Imperial War Museum
HMS VICTORY

Launched at Chatham in 1765, HMS Victory served in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War. She is most famous as the flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when the Royal Navy defeated a larger combined French and Spanish force. Nelson died on board. Victory has been in dry dock since 1922 and is still a commissioned warship. Learn the origin of 'a square meal' and 'not enough room to swing a cat'.  Be amazed at the conditions in which sailors lived and fought in the early 19thC.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3LJ
Georgian
HMS Victory website
Military
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

The National Maritime Museum is allegedly the world’s largest maritime museum with a collection that includes artwork, maps and charts, models, memorabilia and thousands of other objects - such as an impressive number of figureheads and items relating to Horatio Nelson and Captain Cook. The museum opened in 1937 and is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Romney Road
Greenwich
London
SE10 9NF
All
National Maritime Museum website
Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Cutty Sark, Greenwich Park
Royal Museums Greenwich
RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

The Riverside Museum is Glasgow's transport museum, home to classic cars, ship models, trams, locos and the tall ship, SV Glenlee. There is also a walk-through recreated Edwardian/Victorian Glasgow street scene.

100 Pointhouse Place
Glasgow
G3 8RS
Modern
Riverside Museum website
Local Authority
ROYAL OBSERVATORY

The Royal Observatory was established by Charles II in 1675 for the purpose of observing the motion of the heavens and to help perfect navigation. It is the location of the Prime Meridian (dividing the world into east and west) and the source of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) - a time ball still drops at precisely 1pm each day to help sailors and others set their time pieces correctly. The Royal Observatory moved to Herstmonceaux Castle in Sussex in 1957 - what remains is essentially a fascinating museum. Also on site is the Peter Harrison Planetarium.

Part of Royal Museums Greenwich, which includes the National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House. It's about a 20 minute walk from the nearest railway station (Cutty Sark DLR or Blackheath main line) and the museum is located in the middle of Greenwich Park on a steep hill with no parking; check the website for more details.

Blackheath Avenue
Greenwich
London
SE10 8XJ
Stuart
Website for the Royal Observatory
National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark, Queen's House.
Royal Museums Greenwich