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ACORN BANK

Acorn Bank offers an 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 and culinary herbs, pretty formal area, traditional orchard, woodland walks and industrial past complete with restored working watermill dating from the 16th century.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Temple Sowerby
Nr Penrith
County
Cumbria
Post Code
CA10 1SP
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Tip/Nearby
Brougham Castle
Primary Management
National Trust
ALBERT DOCK

Albert Dock is Liverpool's famous 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 and handy for the lively Cavern Quarter.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool
County
Merseyside
Post Code
L3 4AA
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
5 minutes from Mathew Street and the Cavern Quarter
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
BEAMISH Museum

Beamish is an astonishing open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.  It was the vision of Dr Frank Atkinson, the museum’s founder and first director, who could see the industrial heritage of the north east fading away and set out to preserve it.  So, in 300 acres on the site of a Durham coalfield, you will find a town from the 1900s, a pit village, colliery, Edwardian railway, 1940s farm – and more.  Many of the buildings have been painstakingly relocated from their original sites and rebuilt; others are faithful replicas.  There are thousands of exhibits, many of them working, and the museum is further brought to life with the help of costumed re-enactors.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Beamish
County
Co Durham
Post Code
DH9 0RG
Main Historic Period
Edwardian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Washington
Primary Management
Other
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.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Legges Way
Madeley
County
Shropshire
Post Code
TF7 5UD
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Ironbridge and various other museums
Primary Management
Independent
CRAVEN and MURGATROYD LIME WORKS

The Craven and Murgatroyd Limeworks, better known locally as the Hoffmann Lime Kiln, is just north of Langcliffe between the Settle-Carlisle railway and Stainforth Scar. It is a disused Victorian industrial complex that includes the remains of two separate but adjacent limeworks - the Murgatroyd and the Craven Lime Company works. The remains of the huge Hoffmann kiln (it had 22 chambers) are astonishing – it’s like being inside a cathedral, but without the religion. The Craven Lime works lasted until 1931, though were used again briefly during WW2 before being abandoned and left to decay. The nearby quarry was used as a refuse tip by the local authority between 1967 and 1990, but the whole site has now been preserved. Plans to open it as a major tourist attraction were shelved; there is now a self-guided walk with information boards, some of which incorporate recorded commentary. In addition to the Hoffmann kiln, there are the remains of other types of kiln, ancillary buildings, an inclined plane, railway tracks etc. Once so busy and noisy, parts of the surviving complex now attract wildlife and it's a peaceful spot.

From the B6479 between Langcliffe and Stainforth, take a minor road east under a low railway arch and follow it to a small car park.

Location/Address
Langcliffe
Settle
County
North Yorkshire
Post Code
BD24 9NU
Main Historic Period
Victorian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Settle, Pen-y-Ghent
Primary Management
National Park
DEVIL’S PORRIDGE MUSEUM

The Devil's Porridge Museum tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth and the lives of the people who worked there. HM Factory Gretna opened in 1916 in response to the Shells Crisis of 1915 and manufactured RDB Cordite.  Cordite was (or is) a powerful explosive, whose ingredients include a mixture of guncotton and nitro-glycerine, which was said by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be the Devil's Porridge.  HM Factory Gretna stretched over 9 miles between England and Scotland and at its height employed 30,000 people, about 70% of them women.  It included two planned towns, Eastriggs and Gretna.  Now, little remains except the towns.  The museum also includes displays relating to Quintinshill Railway Disaster and how the area contributed to the country's defence through World War Two and beyond.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Stanfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
County
Dumfries & Galloway
Post Code
DG12 6TF
Main Historic Period
Modern
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Caerlaverock Castle, Hadrian's Wall
Primary Management
Independent
ESKDALE MILL

Eskdale Mill is a rare survival of a traditional watermill and drying kiln and the last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park. The title deeds for the mill go back to 1737, when Edward Stanley of Haile sold it to Edward Hartley of Miterdale Head and many original features and working parts survive. It is located on the moorside edge of the tiny village of Boot, across a stone packhorse bridge over the fast-flowing Whilan Beck "at the centre of an intimate huddle of buildings" (Eskdale Mill's website). There is no vehicular access - park at Dalegarth Railway Station.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Boot
Holmrook
County
Cumbria
Post Code
CA19 1TG
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Eskdale, Scafell, Hardknott Roman Fort
Primary Management
Other
FALKIRK WHEEL

The Falkirk Wheel is 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.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Lime Road
Tamfourhill
Falkirk
County
Stirlingshire
Post Code
FK1 4RS
Main Historic Period
Modern
Tip/Nearby
The Kelpies (Helix Park), Rough Castle
Primary Management
HM Government
GLENMORANGIE Distillery

They say whisky was distilled at Morangie Farm since at least 1703. Glenmorangie's best selling malts, include The Original and the rich Quinta Ruban, are matured in white oak casks from Missouri and used to mature bourbon for 4 years before being shipped to Scotland. Glenmorangie is famous for its products allegedly being 'Perfected by the Sixteen Men of Tain' and its logo is based on a design from Pictish stone, the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, discovered nearby on the Tarbet Peninsula, Easter Ross. Various tours of the distillery are available and it is always advisable to book.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Tain
County
Ross-shire
Post Code
IV19 1PZ
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Dornoch Cathedral
Primary Management
Private - open to the public
IRONBRIDGE

Ironbridge, named for the world's first cast-iron bridge, built in 1779, that spans the River Severn and its beautiful gorge, is a charming, colourful and now relatively peaceful Shropshire town.  You would hardly know that it had been at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, century iron bridge. Part of a World Heritage Site, there are many museums in the town and nearby, as well as walks.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Ironbridge
County
Shropshire
Post Code
TF8
Main Historic Period
Georgian
Link to featured article
Useful Website Address
Primary Management
Local Authority

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