These are the best museums in England:
British MuseumLondonThe British Museum is home to one of the largest collections of works and artefacts coming from all over the world. The museum was opened in 1759 and is dedicated to human history, art, and culture. The museum has ten departments with various collections, including artefacts dedicated to indigenous
Tower of LondonLondonAlso known as Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress, The Tower of London was one of the many castles built as part of the Norman Conquest of England. It has been extended several times in the past and has always played a major role in English history. For some time, the Tower was used as a prison.
National GalleryLondonThe National Gallery is an art gallery that is housed in a neoclassical building built in 1838. The gallery holds an art collection of over 2.600 pieces which contains European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The highlights include paintings by El Greco, Jan van Eyck, Rembrandt, Ruben
Victoria and Albert MuseumLondonThe Victoria and Albert Museum holds the largest design and decorative art collection in the world, with over 2.27 million objects. The museum houses collections that span 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day. Through these collections, visitors explore historical and contempora
Buckingham PalaceLondonBuckingham Palace is the official residence of British monarchs. Originally built as a townhouse, Buckingham Palace was turned into a private residence for Queen Charlotte in 1761. The palace was reconstructed and enlarged during the 19th century and it has been used as a residence of the British mo
Tower BridgeLondonLocated in both of the twin towers, the exhibition is dedicated to the history and construction of the well-known suspension bridge the Tower Bridge. Apart from various short films and interactive displays, visitors can also see some of the original designs of the bridge and visit the Victorian engi
Churchill War RoomsLondonIn the Churchill War Rooms visitors can discover the original Cabinet War Rooms, the wartime bunker that sheltered Churchill and his government during the Blitz. Explore the historic rooms to experience the secret history that lives on underground. Discover the stories of those who worked undergroun
National Railway MuseumYorkThe National Railway Museum (NRM) is devoted to telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. The museum holds the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles and collections of other artefacts and written and pictorial records, of social, technical,
Chester ZooUptonWe’re on a conservation mission at Chester Zoo. And education is vital to that mission. We want everyone to know more about Earth’s incredible wildlife – and the dangers it faces. That’s the key to inspiring more of us to look after the planet’s precious biodiversity.
York Castle MuseumYorkThe York Castle Museum is located on the site of York Castle, housed in prison buildings, built in the 18th century. The castle itself was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068. In the York Castle Museum interactive galleries hold thousands of historic objects that bring the past to life
Shakespeare's GlobeLondonShakespeare's Globe is a modern replica of the theatre where some of Shakespeare's plays were staged for the first time. The original theatre was built in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, Shakespeare's playing company. It was located roughly 250 metres from where the Globe Theatre stands now. The
Chatsworth HouseBakewellChatsworth House is a museum in Bakewell. The museum features exhibits related to: architecture and fine art. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: jorge lewinski, nancy mitford, gainsborough, rembrandt, van dyck and freud.
Natural History MuseumLondonThe Natural History Museum in London is divided into four zones, each with a common theme. Follow the Red Zone if you're interested in geology. Learn about the history of the Earth and the forces that change it. The Green Zone focuses on birds and fossils, while the Blue Zone is devoted to human bio
Bath AbbeyBathBath Abbey is a museum in Bath. The museum features exhibits related to: costume and textiles, archaeology, archives, decorative and applied art, fine art and religion.
Hampton Court PalaceEast MoleseyHampton Court Palace was home to some of England's most famous kings and queens from Henry VIII (1509-47), its first royal resident, to George II (1727-60), its last. Hampton Court Palace features exhibits related to: fine art and architecture. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include:
Blenheim PalaceWoodstockBlenheim Palace is a museum in Woodstock. The museum features exhibits related to: architecture and personalities. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: sir winston churchill.
Museum of LiverpoolLiverpoolThe Museum of Liverpool is housed in a modern building with a large glass window and tells the story of Liverpool and its people, reflecting Liverpool's global significance. In the museum, visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped Liverpool. Divid
The Liverpool FC StoryLiverpoolIn The Liverpool FC Story, visitors can discover the 120 years of history of the Liverpool Football Club and see various artifacts and documents related to it. The museum holds the The Steven Gerrard Collection, a personal collection of footballing memorabilia and has all 5 European Trophies on disp
Royal Botanic Gardens, KewRichmondAt the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew visitors can explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history. Climb to the treetops on the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, delve into rainforest inside the iconic Palm House or discover more on a guided tour. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew features exhibits related to
National Portrait GalleryLondonThe National Portrait Gallery (NPG) was the first portrait gallery in the world when it opened in 1856. The gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and well known British people. Works in the National Portrait Gallery include photographs, caricatures, paintings, drawings a
Dover CastleDoverDover Castle is a museum in Dover. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, weapons and war and social history.
Shakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare CentreStratford-upon-AvonShakespeare's Birthplace and the Shakespeare Centre is a museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. The museum features exhibits related to: costume and textiles, decorative and applied art, archives, fine art, coins and medals, social history, medicine, personalities and archaeology. Key themes, people and exh
Alnwick CastleAlnwickAlnwick Castle is a museum in Alnwick. The museum features exhibits related to Weapons and War, Architecture, Fine Art and Film and Media. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Harry Potter, Canaletto, Van Dyck and Titian.
Osborne HouseEast CowesOsborne House is a museum in East Cowes, Isle of Wight. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, personalities, decorative and applied art, costume and textiles, weapons and war, fine art, natural sciences and world cultures.
The Roman BathsBathThe Roman Baths is a museum in Bath. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, decorative and applied art, social history, archives and coins and medals. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection and beau nash.
Castle HowardYorkBuilt in 1699, Castle Howard is one of the country's finest historic houses and is still the private residence of the Howard family. Castle Howard features exhibits related to Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History and Architecture. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include
Anne Hathaway's CottageStratford-upon-AvonAnne Hathaway's Cottage is a museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. The museum features exhibits related to Fine Art, Literature, Social History, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities and Costume and Textiles.
Waddesdon ManorWaddesdonWaddesdon Manor is a museum in Nr Aylesbury. The museum features exhibits related to: decorative and applied art, fine art and architecture.
Imperial War Museum LondonLondonThe Imperial War Museum London was founded in 1917 to show the impact war had on Britain and to show the progress in war-related technology the humanity has created. It tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. The museum has both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Them
HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic DockyardPortsmouthHMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is a museum in Portsmouth. The museum features exhibits related to: maritime, personalities, weapons and war and social history. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: history of the georgian navy, the battle of trafalgar and admiral lord h
Museum of Science and IndustryManchesterMuseum of Science and Industry is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: industry, social history, costume and textiles, photography, archives, science and technology, aviation, land transport, trade and commerce, decorative and applied art and personalities. Key themes, pe
Royal PavilionBrightonRoyal Pavilion is a museum in Brighton & Hove. The museum features exhibits related to: architecture, social history, music, personalities, archives, fine art, costume and textiles and decorative and applied art. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection.
Brunel's SS Great BritainBristolBrunel's ss Great Britain is a museum in Bristol. The museum features exhibits related to: trade and commerce, land transport, science and technology, maritime, industry and social history.
The Wallace CollectionLondonThe Wallace Collection is an art collection that is housed in the Hertford House, the former townhouse of the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford. The collection consists of of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Especially the holdings in the collection of 18th-century
Beamish - The Living Museum of the NorthBeamishBeamish - The Living Museum of the North is a museum in Beamish. The museum features exhibits related to: land transport, agriculture, social history, costume and textiles, industry, architecture and archives. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection, masonic hall
The Arsenal MuseumLondonThe Arsenal Museum is situated opposite turnstile E in the Northern Triangle Building. The museum holds many exhibits that were donated by former players who hold a special place in Arsenal’s history. Highlights include Jens Lehmann’s goalkeeper gloves that he wore in the season 2003/4, Michael Thom
Bletchley ParkBletchleyBletchley Park is a museum in Milton Keynes. The museum features exhibits related to Archives, Science and Technology, Architecture, War, Personalities and Social History. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include The Road to Bletchley Park, Espionage, spies & spying, Codes and codebreak
Historic Dockyard ChathamChathamHistoric Dockyard Chatham is a museum in Chatham. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, social history, weapons and war, personalities, science and technology, archives, maritime, fine art and land transport.
Manchester United MuseumStretfordManchester United Museum is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: sport. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: football.
StonehengeAmesburyStonehenge is a museum in Amesbury. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology.
Merseyside Maritime MuseumLiverpoolThe Merseyside Maritime Museum is a museum about the seafaring importance of Liverpool as a gateway to the world. The city’s seafaring heritage is brought to life within the historic Albert Dock. The collections held by the museum include objects associated with the social and commercial history of
Museum of LondonLondonThe Museum of London documents the history of London since prehistory to modern times, focusing on the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout time. The Museum of London holds the most extensive urban history collection in the world, with over six million objects. These objects that
Brooklands MuseumWeybridgeBrooklands Museum features exhibits related to Land Transport, Design, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Social History, Sport, Archives, Aviation, Weapons and War, Industry, Science and Technology and Personalities. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include The Duller/Straight Duesenberg,
The Lost Gardens of HeliganPentewanHeligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for the explorer, wildlife, plant lover and g
The National Motor MuseumBeaulieuThe National Motor Museum is a museum in Brockenhurst. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, costume and textiles, land transport, archives and personalities. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection.
Ashmolean MuseumOxfordThe Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many riches we have the world’s gr
Science MuseumLondonThe Science Museum in London was founded in 1857 and currently holds over 300 000 exhibits, including famous exhibits as the first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now, documentation of the first typewriter, the oldest surviving steam locomotive, a working example of Charles Babbage's
World MuseumLiverpoolWorld Museum is the largest and oldest of the National Museums Liverpool, founded in 1851 when the 13th Earl of Derby left his substantial natural history collection to the city. Here you can discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures. The collections of th
SEA LIFE LondonLondon
Whitby AbbeyWhitbyHigh on a cliff above the seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt remains of Whitby Abbey. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, a home of saints and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. In the interactive visitor centr
Black Country Living MuseumDudleyBlack Country Living Museum is a museum in Dudley. The museum features exhibits related to: archives, land transport, industry, costume and textiles, social history, science and technology, personalities and inland waterways. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: historic buildings,
RHS Garden WisleyWisleyThe flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden. In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are
Kenilworth CastleKenilworthKenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden features ruins that are best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley created an ornate palace here to impress his Queen in 1575. Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I in the authentically recreated Elizabethan Ga
Lincoln CastleLincolnBy Norman times, Lincoln was the third city of the realm in prosperity and importance. In 1068, two years after the Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror began building Lincoln Castle on a site occupied since Roman times. For 900 years the castle was used as a court and prison with many being
Leeds CastleMaidstoneLeeds Castle is a museum in Maidstone. The museum features exhibits related to Social History and Weapons and War.
Royal ArmouriesLeedsRoyal Armouries is a museum in Leeds. The museum features exhibits related to: weapons and war and archives.
The Mary RosePortsmouthThe Mary Rose is a museum in Portsmouth. The museum features exhibits related to: personalities, medicine, weapons and war, social history, decorative and applied art, science and technology, coins and medals, music, maritime, costume and textiles and archaeology. Key themes, people and exhibits in
St Michael's MountMarazionSt Michael's Mount is a museum in Penzance. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology, fine art, weapons and war, costume and textiles, maritime and decorative and applied art.
The Courtauld GalleryLondonThe Courtauld Gallery is situated in Somerset House and houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The collection contains over 500 paintings, over 25,000 drawings and prints, various sculptures and other objects from medieval to modern times. The most famous pieces in the collect
IWM DuxfordDuxfordIWM Duxford is Europe’s largest air museum with over 300 aircraft and objects on display. Get up close to Spitfires and Hurricanes; see a portion of the original Wright Brother plane; walk through Concorde, feel dwarfed by the size of a B-52 and stand in awe of Europe’s only SR-71 Blackbird – the fa
Coventry Transport MuseumCoventryCoventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world, and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. Get within touching distance of some of the most amazing vehicles ever invented.
Royal Air Force Museum, LondonEdgwareRoyal Air Force Museum, London is a museum in London. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, archives, personalities, costume and textiles, weapons and war, science and technology and aviation.
Bolton AbbeyBolton AbbeyBolton Abbey is in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. With just under 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside, over 80 miles of footpaths and ample space to run around and enjoy the fresh air, there is something for all ages. Explore the ruins of the Priory and discover
Treasurer's House, YorkYorkThe Treasurer's House in York was bought by the grandson of a wealthy industrialist, Frank Green, in 1897 who made it a lavish show home out of it. He built a large collection of fine antiques, art and furniture. The house along with the complete collection and the garden is now owned and managed by
Blists Hill Victorian TownMadeleyBlists Hill Victorian Town is a museum in Telford. The museum features exhibits related to: social history, archives, costume and textiles, medicine, land transport and science and technology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: designated collection.
Birmingham Museum and Art GalleryBirminghamThe Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds a collection of Pre-Raphaelite art that includes around 2000 fine and decorative pieces, from oil paintings, tapestries, drawings, sketchbooks, stained glass and related cartoons, to prints, illustrated books, watercolours, ceramics, and archive material.
The Manchester City F.C Museum and Stadium TourManchesterThe Manchester City F.C Museum and Stadium Tour is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: personalities, sport and social history. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: history of manchester city football club.
HMS BelfastLondonThe HMS Belfas is a light cruiser that has been converted into a museum permanently moored on the Thames. Visitors are invited to explore the warship and learn what it was like to live on board from the Second World War to 1963. Visitors can explore all 9 decks of the ship and the museum includes in
Warwick CastleWarwickWarwick Castle is a museum in Warwick. The museum features exhibits related to Social History, Architecture and Weapons and War.
The Tank MuseumBovingtonThe Tank Museum is a museum in Bovington. The museum features exhibits related to Science and Technology, Coins and Medals, Land Transport, Costume and Textiles, Photography, Social History, Personalities, Archaeology, Weapons and War, Fine Art and Archives. Key themes, people and exhibits in the mu
Fountains AbbeyRiponCistercian abbey, Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.
Tate BritainLondonTate Britain is the national gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day. Tate Britain houses an extensive collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and is known for its large holdings of the works of Turner. Other artists include David Hockney, Peter Blake and Francis B
National Football MuseumManchesterNational Football Museum is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: world cultures, design, social history and architecture.
National Memorial ArboretumAlrewas
The Fitzwilliam MuseumCambridgeThe Fitzwilliam Museum houses over half a million artefacts and art from around the world. See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces; illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance sculpture; rare coins to Asian arts. Its internationally renowned collections are complemented by majo
Mary Arden's FarmWilmcoteMary Arden's Farm is a museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. The museum features exhibits related to: decorative and applied art, social history, music, natural sciences and land transport.
Imperial War Museum NorthStretfordImperial War Museum North is a museum in Manchester. The museum features exhibits related to: aviation, social history, weapons and war and maritime.
National Coal Mining Museum for EnglandWakefieldNational Coal Mining Museum for England is a museum in Wakefield. The museum features exhibits related to: archives, fine art, industry, natural sciences, science and technology and social history.
Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads FortBardon MillHadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort is a museum in Hexham. The museum features exhibits related to: archaeology.
CragsideRothburyLord and Lady Armstrong used their wealth, art and science in a most ingenious way, and Cragside house was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Cragside features exhibits related to: costume and textiles, decorative and applied art, weapons and war, natural sciences, maritime, scien
Birmingham Back to BacksBirminghamBirmingham Back to Backs is a restored 19th-century courtyard of working people's houses. It is Birmingham's last surviving court of back to back housing. The story is told through the experiences of the people who lived and worked here and covers four different periods, from 1840 to 1977. The desig
North Yorkshire Moors RailwayPickeringNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway is a museum in Pickering. The museum features exhibits related to: coins and medals, land transport and archives.
Hever Castle and GardensHever700 years of history to be discovered at this 13th century double moated romantic castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn and housing an important collection of Tudor portraits, fine furniture, tapestries and artefacts. The natural and formal gardens include Italian Gardens with a magnificent
Wollaton Hall and ParkNottinghamWollaton Hall and Park is a museum in Nottingham. The museum features exhibits related to Archives, Science and Technology, Personalities, Decorative and Applied Art, Social History, Fine Art and Natural Sciences.
Kents Cavern Prehistoric CavesTorquayKents Cavern Prehistoric Caves is a museum in Torquay. The museum features exhibits related to Archaeology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include Geological formations and significant prehistoric finds and Palaeolithic caves.
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis MuseumLondonThe Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is the largest tennis museum in the world and is located on the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The museum contains a large collection of items and clothes, some of which date back to the 16th century. These items, ranging from many famous players from V
Pitt Rivers MuseumOxfordPitt Rivers Museum is a museum in Oxford. The museum features exhibits related to: photography, world cultures, costume and textiles, music, religion, toys and hobbies, agriculture, weapons and war and archaeology. Key themes, people and exhibits in the museum include: the museum's displays contain
Museum of Brands, Packaging and AdvertisingLondonThe Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is devoted to the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. The collection of the museum consists of over 12,000 items, including domestic everyday products, such as packaging, toys, posters, games, and more that show how bra
Swanage RailwaySwanageSwanage Railway is a six-mile heritage railway running from Swanage past Corfe Castle to a park & ride at Norden. It is primarily a steam-hauled service.
LanhydrockBodminLanhydrock is a museum in Bodmin. The museum features exhibits related to: fine art, archives, decorative and applied art and social history.
Corfe CastleCorfe CastleCorfe Castle is one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breath-taking views across Purbeck. Disc
Eden Camp Modern History Theme MuseumMaltonExperience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the Home Front and the Front Line in WW2, all set in the buildings and grounds of an original Prisoner of War camp.
No 1 Royal CrescentBathNo 1 Royal Crescent is a museum in Bath. The museum features exhibits related to: fine art, social history, decorative and applied art and costume and textiles.
JORVIK Viking CentreYorkThe Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction with lifelike mannequins and life-size dioramas depicting Viking life in York. The name of the museum is derived from the Old Norse name for the city of York. The remains of 1,000 year old houses that stood on the same grounds are revealed