The Science Museum, London

1. Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham

Fancy experiencing a gruesome part of British History? Nottingham’s Galleries of Justice Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the bloody history of British crime and punishment. You can even witness the evil Sheriff of Nottingham sentencing innocent victims to death in a fully immersive Medieval court experience. If you’re really enthusiastic, hang around until after dark, as the museum is supposedly haunted. Galleries of Justice Museum ticket prices start at £7.50 for kids under 16 and £9.50 for adults. What’s more, the museum is super accessible by trains to Nottingham, as the train station and tram stop are within a short walking distance from the museum.

 

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2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

Though not technically a museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has boat-loads of stuff to see and experience. Climb on board Admiral Nelson’s legendary flagship HMS Victory for a 50-minute tour, visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and take a look at the remains of Henry VIII’s pride and joy, the Tudor battleship Mary Rose. You can even take a look at the Royal Navy’s steam ship HMS Warrior, dating back to 1860. Portsmouth is easily accessible by trains from London, Bristol, Cardiff and Brighton.

 

HMS Warrior sits in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the famous Spinnaker tower in the background. Image: Paul Lewin, Flickr.
HMS Warrior sits in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the famous Spinnaker tower in the background. Image: Paul Lewin, Flickr.

3. Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is located in Shropshire, and boasts an awesome collection of over 70 vintage bi-planes, world war two bombers and cold war jets. Discover the history of the Royal Air Force through the ages, and get the younger kids learning with the hands on ‘Fun and Flight’ centre. The RAF Museum, Cosford is a 1/2 mile walk from Cosford Station. If you’re located closer to London, the Royal Air Force Museum London offers an equally impressive selection of aircraft, and is easily accessed by trains to Colindale Underground station.

 

The Avro Vulcan bomber forms a centrepiece of a hangar at the RAF Museum Cosford. Image: Shropshirelive.
The Avro Vulcan forms a centrepiece of a hangar at the RAF Museum Cosford. Image: Shropshirelive.

4. Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight

Dinosaur Isle is Britain’s first purpose built Dinosaur museum, taking advantage of the numerous bones and fossils discovered on the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is internationally famous for its dinosaur remains. Many different types of dinosaurs have been identified already, and more mysterious remains are yet to be determined. It’s the perfect place to discover 120 billion years of history. Dinosaur Isle ticket prices start from £4.00. From trains to Southampton, Red Isle Ferry service operates a car ferry to the Isle of Wight, docking at East Cowes.

 

Dinosaur Isle. Image: wightpod.co.uk
Dinosaur Isle. Image: wightpod.co.uk

5. The Science Museum, London

The Science Museum offers interactive insights into the history of everything scientific, from Faraday to flushing toilets. South Kensington is a real hive of museums, and the Science Museum is conveniently located next door to the Natural History Museum, and a short walk from the Victoria & Albert Museum. The nearest London Underground Station to the museum is South Kensington. Trains to London run from hundreds of locations across the UK.

 

The Energy Gallery at the Science Museum, London. Image: Ewen Roberts, Flickr.
The Energy Gallery at the Science Museum, London. Image: Ewen Roberts, Flickr.

 

Contributor: Chris Lomas

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