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AIR RAID SHELTER TOURS

Tel: 0161 474 1940
61, Chestergate, Stockport

By car - M60 (Junction 1)

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First-hand experience of daily life in 1940s, war-torn Britain. A labyrinth of tunnels under part of the town centre provided shelter - and a way of life - for Stockport and Manchester families through the dark days of the Blitz. Take time to wonder how everyone managed with those bunks & benches; lights & sounds; toilet arrangements & Red Cross facilities. Explore authentic reconstructions in a core area of sandstone tunnels. Sense the immense network of structure; the thousands of people; their concern and determination. Audio-experience the sounds of 1940 - the historical context, the songs and the reminiscences. Reflect on the complexities of conflict in the 'Web of War' exhibition. Admire the contributions of Wardens, WVS and other volunteers, experience the atmosphere and respect the memories as you stroll through the tunnels. Stockport Air Raid Shelters are one of the few ARP tunnel-systems built specifically for civilians in Britain and often accommodated over 7,000 people nightly. Anderson Shelters were also popular locally: a reconstruction of one of these is on display, complete with bunks and table.

ANSON ENGINE MUSEUM

Tel: 01625 874426
Anson Road , Poynton, Cheshire
Follow the brown signs from Poynton traffic lights

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As featured on TV, this multi award winning museum has a great deal to offer visitors. Over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognised as one of the Country’s leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? Engines run most days the museum is open (please check if travelling long distances). As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has an varying display of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementoes and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. It also has a small Craft centre where demonstrations of Bodging and Smithy work are given throughout the season.

CATALYST SCIENCE DISCOVERY CENTRE

Tel: 0151 420 1121
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 ODF
Close to Runcorn Bridge, M62 J7: M56 J12 follow Widnes and then brown signs.

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Visit Catalyst and see science and technology really come to life in our three award winning galleries. Scientrific on the ground floor is a hands-on, interactive gallery for the whole family and Birth of an Industry on the first floor houses an amazing collection of archive material and life-like reconstructions. The rooftop Observatory gallery affords stunning views from the Welsh hills to the Pennines and is accessed by the scenic glass lift which reaches 30 metres above the River Mersey. With holiday workshops, an interactive theatre, car parking, gift shop, cafe and playground, science has never been so much fun! "

CONGLETON MUSEUM

Tel: 01260 276360
Market Square, Congleton

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See the historic log boat found at Astbury, find out how a Congleton man played a significant role in England's Civil War Discover what life was like for workers in Congeton's mills over a hundred years ago, share the experiences of people in Congleton during the Second World War.

DEWA ROMAN EXPERIENCE

Tel: 01244 343407

Off Bridge Street, City Centre Chester

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Step aboard a Roman Galley and stroll through reconstructed streets of Roman Chester. Explore the Roman fortress in 3 metre deep excavations and handle 'dig' discoveries in the 'Finds' room.

ENGLESEA BROOK CHAPEL AND MUSEUM

Tel: 01270 820836
Englesea Brook, Crewe

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The museum occupies the former Sunday School room, built in 1914 to the memory of Hugh Bourne, who started many Sunday Schools and whose life-long concern was to bring children to God. Outside, on the front wall, a series of foundations stones commemorate the major contributors. The collection of books, memorabilia and artefacts from the early days of the denomination complements the chapel in portraying this new force in English religious life

GROSVENOR MUSEUM

Tel: 01244 402008
27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire CH1 2DD

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Learn about 2000 years of Chester's history from the Dinosaur to the present day. See a Roman graveyard, paintings by local artists past and present, silver from Chester silversmiths, and period rooms which bring history to life. They also have a programme of exciting temporary exhibitions.

HACK GREEN NUCLEAR BUNKER

Tel: 01270 629219
PO Box 127, Nantwich, Cheshire
From J16 on M6 motorway take the signs to Nantwich then Whitchurch on the A530.

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For over 40 years this inconspicuous utility building on the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town kept its secret. Now declassified, the underground labyrinth of passages and rooms reveals what would have been the nerve centre of regional government had World War 3 broken out. RAF Hack Green was a WW2 operational radar station. Experience a real 'four minute warning'. Many interactive and educational displays for children to discover. Younger children can follow the Soviet Spy Mouse Trail. Regardless of what age group you fall into you will likely want to walk the entire facility. With this in mind, be sure to wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots so you can enjoy the entire experience as you follow the passages.

LION SALT WORKS

Tel: 01606 41823
Ollershaw Lane, Marston, CW9 6ES

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Only surviving open-pan saltworks in Britain. Site open most afternoons by volunteers of the Lion Saltworks Trust. Groups by prior booking.

MILITARY MUSEUM
Tel: 01244 327617

The Castle Grosvenor Street, Chester
Chester City Centre

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In this museum we remember: The Cheshire Regiment The Cheshire Yeomanry The 3rd Carabiniers The 5th Royal Iniskilling Dragoon Guards Eaton Hall Officer Cadet School And several other small Cheshire units - some now long retired (often from bigger corps of the Army). We also remember the important role of the women of the Regiments and the lives of those who were left behind when the men left home to fight.

MOULDSWORTH MOTOR MUSEUM

Tel: 01928 731781
Smithy Lane, Mouldsworth, Chester, Cheshire CH3 8ARE

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Away from the urban jungle, deep in the green heart of the Cheshire countryside, where enterprise and enthusiasm has fashioned the UK's friendliest motor museum. From the amazing 1930's Art Deco building to the fine detail of the exhibits, this is four-wheel heaven. A historical haven storing a century or more of motoring memorabilia, motors and memories. Imbibe a rich motoring and transport heritage as told through a fascinating, and ever-changing, display of vehicles, motoring art, artefacts and set pieces.

NANTWICH MUSEUM

Tel: 01270 627104
Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5BQ

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THE fascinating history of one of Cheshire's most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. The museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages - Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich's Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries. Beyond the galleries lie two extensions. The first with its cheese-making exhibition and useful Joseph Heler meeting room, is dedicated to demonstrating how the county's famous cheese has traditionally been made and sold around the floral market town of Nantwich. Next is the magnificent, prize-winning Millennium Gallery which provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions.

In 2006, the museum added a new exhibit: a section of a salt ship, a wooden storage vessel made from the trunk of an oak tree, used in the town's medieval salt-producing industry. It is one of only two found in the country (and both in Nantwich). The excavation, preservation process and display took four years in all. As well as seeing the salt ship, visitors can also smell the mud in which the salt ship lay hidden over the centuries.

NORTON PRIORY MUSEUM AND GARDENS

Tel: 01928 569895
Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire
J11 from M56, turn for Warrington and follow the Norton Priory signs. From all other directions follow the "All other Runcorn Traffic" and then the Norton Priory signs.

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800 years ago Norton Priory was home for a community of Augustinian canons whose purpose was to centre their lives on God. The canons were supported by wealthy local families who made gifts of land, enabling the priory to flourish for four centuries. Stone masons and tile makers were commissioned to decorate the most important building, the priory church. The Museum displays examples of their work as well as recalling the 400 years when Norton Priory was home to the Brooke family. They developed the tranquil woodland gardens, whose pathways are still in use.

PENNY FARTHING BICYCLE COLLECTION

Tel: 01565 653974
Knutsford

Open: Every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday. Weekdays 9.30 am - 4.30 pm. Sat & Sun 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

In a quaint cobbled yard in Knutsford, the Courtyard Coffee House displays the largest collection of English-made penny-farthing bicycles in the world and memorabilia. There is a bonus of a working model American train which surprises everyone.

QUARRY BANK MILL

Tel:01625 527468
Styal, Cheshire
Signposted from all major routes.

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A unique experience and a great day out - with an array of major tourism awards to prove it. From Cottage Industry to Industrial Revolution, Quarry Bank Mill demonstrates in a fascinating and practical way how cotton became King. Discover what daily life was like to the hundreds of mill workers through a series of dramatic reconstructions, live demonstrations and hands-on displays.

SILK INDUSTRY MUSEUM, SILK HERITAGE MUSEUM & PARADISE MILL

Tel: 01625 612045

Park Lane, Macclesfield

The Heritage Centre is situated in the centre of Macclesfield. The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill and West Park Museum are situated within easy walking distance of the Heritage Centre.

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Enter the world of the student and discover how the designers and weavers were trained. Based in what was the Macclesfield School of Art and the Technical School the museum explores how the school worked. Investigate how silk worms are raised, we even our own silk worms which you can see going through the different stages of growth. Delve into the properties of silk, dyeing and weaving along with the concepts of design. Look at student designs, drafts, samples and prizes, try your hand at weaving, designing and look through the microscope at silk, cotton, linen and wool to see the difference between the fibres.

Paradise Mill, Park Lane -situated a short distance from the Silk Museum, was a working silk mill until 1981. Today, Paradise Mill is a living museum. The jacquard handlooms have been restored and knowledgeable and entertaining guides demonstrate the intricate production processes. Because of the working machinery all visits to the mill must be on a guided tour.

WARRINGTON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 01925 442392/442398
Bold Street, Warrington, Cheshire WA1 1JG (near shopping centre)

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Collections of natural history, geology, ethnology and Egyptology, Local history is also on display in the Prehistory, Roman and Medieval periods. Refurbished art galleries now house special exhibitions and a selection of the town's fine collection of oil paintings and watercolours.

WEAVER HALL MUSEUM AND WORKHOUSE

Tel: 01606 271640
162 London Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8AB

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A visit to the Weaver Hall Museum begins with a short introductory film in our mini cinema, 'The Regalette', which seats the scene for the galleries. You will walk through our ever changing Special Exhibitions Gallery. We have two other galleries to explore on the ground floor - our Victorian Workhouse Schoolroom which explores school life in the Workhouse. This is in the very room where school lessons were once delivered. Visitors to the museum at weekends and school holidays can also explore the magnificent Board of Guardians' Meeting Room where the guardians of the workhouse used to meet to conduct the affairs of this institution. This room is often used by school groups during the week so may not be open to general visitors during these times.

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ASTLEY GREEN COLLIERY MUSEUM

Higher Green Lane, Astley Green, Tyldesley, Lancashire
Off A580 East Lancashire Road

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The Colliery had an active life from the first coal being wound in 1910 until closure in April 1970. The former Mine Manager's office has many displays relating to the geology, mine operations, safety and history of the pit itself. There are also exhibits outside in the former pit yard and the Red Rose Steam Society has the largest preserved collection of former colliery under-ground locomotives in the country, which eventually will be included as part of a narrow gauge passenger-carrying railway around the site. A visit to Astley Green can never be complete until the magnificient steam winding engine is seen. This giant, all 3,300 horsepower, is being restored to full operational condition.

ASTLEY HALL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 01257 515927

Astley Park, Chorley
J8 of the M61 signposted from A565 Chorley/Southport Road

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Astley Hall is a charming country house, built around a timber-framed courtyard, dating back to the 16th century. The history of the Hall itself is full of intrigue, with stories of plotting and religious turmoil. It dates back to Elizabethan times with changes and additions over the centuries, all helping make a visit to the Hall a fascinating and enjoyable experience. This grade 1 listed building is the jewel in Chorley's crown, with stunning plaster work and architectural features. As the town's museum and art gallery it is also home to items of local historical interest .

BACUP NATURAL HISTORY FOLK MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 873042

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The Museum contains collections of domestic, industrial, religious and military artifacts. There is so much to be seen that only a visit can adequately describe it. The Library has a collection of around 2000 books and copies of Bacup newspapers from 1863. Maps of Bacup are also available for research. A collection of some 4000 photographs of 'old' Bacup and it's mills, houses, farms, churches etc. are filed in the library.

BLACKBURN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 01254 667130
Museum Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB1 7AJ

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Set in an Arts and Crafts style Grade II listed building in the centre of Blackburn. The museum houses displays of local history, militaria, early textile machinery, paintings, manuscripts, books, icons, coins and south Asian culture. There are changing exhibitions throughout the year.

BRITISH COMMERCIAL VEHICLE MUSEUM

Tel: 01772 451011
King Street, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire PR5 1LE

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The British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland Lancashire has for the past twenty years been dedicated to preserving the history of the road transport industry in the United Kingdom. Its exhibits and archives contain not just examples of the vehicles themselves, but evidence of their interaction with a century of daily life. This is one of Britains most important heritage collections - a unique display of historic commercial vehicles and buses spanning a Century of truck and bus building. Visitors can view an imaginative display of vehicles, which use sound and lighting special effects to give a virtual reality tour for all the exhibits, creating a spectacular and fascinating exhibition.

BRITISH IN INDIA MUSEUM, COLNE

Tel: 01282 613129
Hendon Mill, Hallam Road Nelson Lancashire BB9 8AD

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On display are pictures, photographs, uniforms, coins picture postcards and many unique items relating to the British rule in India.

CARNFORTH STATION AND VISITOR CENTRE

Tel: 01524 735165
Carnforth Station

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The “Brief Encounter” exhibition is dedicated to the classic film, the actors and the film’s famous connection with Carnforth Station. The Albert Halton Room commemorates Carnforth’s contribution to the First and Second World Wars. There are also a number of other exhibitions which explore the social history of Carnforth residents as well as the railway itself. Take a welcome break in the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, which has been faithfully restored to resemble the set used in the film where Laura and Alec first met. Enjoy a snack or a light bite as you soak up the atmosphere in the unique surroundings. Your visit would not be complete without seeing the famous Carnforth Station clock made by Joyce of Whitchurch in the late 19th century, which featured in Brief Encounter.

CHURCH COTTAGE MUSEUM

Tel: 01772 719394 or 01772 862017
Church Lane. Broughton. Preston. Lancashire. PR3 5HB

From the city centre follow the A6 north towards Garstang/Lancaster. After approximately 3 miles you will come to a large roundabout signed for the M55 left and the M6 right. Carry straight on the A6 for approximately 200yds, Church Lane is the 2nd road on the right.

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Church Cottage Museum offers the opportunity for people of all ages to become historical detectives. The restored cottage tells the story of its life since original construction of the building in the 16th Century as a Tudor dwelling within an agricultural community, as an Inn during the 17th Century, Victorian School Room and finally a family home once again during the 20th Century. In a restoration supervised by architects and engineers, with a fine attention to authenticity and simplicity, and advised by local historian Paul Cross, you can see how ordinary people - you and I - lived 400 years ago.

CLITHEROE CASTLE MUSEUM

Tel: 01200 424635
Castle Hill, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1BA

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The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our new look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area. Younger hearts may take an adventure kitted out with rucksack, map and magnifying glass! Experience super family friendly displays and exhibitions which will provide you with reasons to come back again and again.

COTTAGE MUSEUM

Tel: 01524 64637
15 Castle Hill, Lancaster

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Intriguing museum housed in a tiny 18th Century cottage offers an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life. Meet our Victorian housekeeper.

FLEETWOOD MARITIME MUSEUM

Tel: 01253 876621 01253 876621
Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6BT - Nr Fleetwood market

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Voyage of Discovery ... Located in the old Customs House designed by famous 19th century architect Decimus Burton. Brings the story of Fleetwood and the surrounding coast to life Find out about a Fisherman's life and the harsh conditions he endured in order to bring back the prize catch. Visit Netting the Bay our hi-tech gallery and website Discover the surprising marine life in the nearby waters, surf through hundreds of wonderful images and guide a roof top camera to zoom in on Morecambe Bay

HARRIS MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 01772 258248
Market Square, Preston

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Magnificent Greek Revival listed building. Displays include many fine examples of painting and water-colours including the Devis and Beattie collections. Also features the story of Preston and a costume gallery, plus temporary exhibitions.

HELMSHORE TEXTILE MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 226459
Holcombe Road, Helmshore, Rossendale, Lancashire BB4 4NP

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Nestling side by side in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two of Lancashire's original textile mills: Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill which, together, form Helmshore Mills Textile Museum. A great British ancient momument and powerhouse. Today Helmshore marks the birthplace of an Industrial Revolution that inspired the world. Discover Lancashire’s textile industry story, a story built upon the back of great Lancastrian inventors James Hargreaves, Richard Arkwright and Samuel Crompton. View their inventions such as Arkwright’s Water Frame from the 1780s, today recognised as national and international treasures.

Other museum highlights Trace how cloth production, first wool, then cotton, become Lancashire’s main export throughout the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Follow a journey to discover how raw wool and cotton were transformed into yarn ready to be woven into cloth. Experience the Revolution gallery were you can follow the story of Lancashire's unique role in the industrial revolution. Feel the grand and mighty waterwheel powering the stocks as they thump the wet woollen cloth. Enjoy our upgraded buildings which mean you can now explore more of the Museum. New additions include a contemporary reception and shop area. Museum cafe and shop

JUDGES LODGINGS, LANCASTER

Tel: 01524 32808
Town Centre, Lancaster

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Discover the Treasures of Lancaster's Oldest Town House Lancaster's oldest town house, dating from the 17th century. Originally home to witch hunter Thomas Covell Displays a wealth of furniture, porcelain, silver and paintings. Stunning collection of Gillow furniture displayed in period rooms Impressive recreation of an Edwardian schoolroom. Enchanting childhood collection of dolls, toys and games from the 18th century to the present day

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LAMBERT'S MILL FOOTWEAR MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 215417
Gaghills mill, off Burnley Road East, Waterfoot.

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During the Victorian era, Rossendale's shoe industry dominated the world. The Footwear Museum has a fascinating collection of designs and displays from the industry's past, from cardboard shoes to 1970's platforms, outlandish Victorian slippers to the equally bizarre fashions of the present day.

LANCASTER CITY MUSEUM

Tel: 01524 64637

Open: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00
Admission: Free

Lancaster City Museum and The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum Situated in the heart of this historic city in an elegant Georgian building. Discover more about Lancasters past from the Romans to the present day Trace the pedigree of Lancaster's regiment from 1680 onwards. Wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes Changing programme of temporary exhibition

LYTHAM WINDMILL

Tel: 01253 794879

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The windmill is situated on Lytham green overlooking the Ribble estuary and houses an exhibition of windmill history and workings

MARITIME MUSEUM, LANCASTER

Tel: 01524 382264
St George's Quay, Lancaster

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Discover more about the City's golden age and maritime past Located within two fine Georgian quayside buildings. Uses sounds, smells and reconstructions to tell the story of the port of Lancaster Changing exhibitions and events. A great starting point for the river's Millenium Park

MEMORABLIA MUSEUM

Tel: 01253 344478
Opposite New Promenade Headland on the corner of Waterloo Rd/Promenade, Blackpool

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Brooks Collectables is a small family run business in Blackpool celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The shop famous for its eclectic mix of seaside memorabilia and classic toys has always been a favourite amongst visitors and locals. To celebrate this, Mr Brooks has put his impressive private collection of memorabilia including mint condition Dinky, Corgi and Hornby models on display to the public for the first time, amongst other items of interest he has collected over the last 60 years. The museum will also include a scale model moving tramway representing the newly opened redesigned seafront and defences. Since the opening of Brooks Gifts which later became Brooks Collectables on Good Friday in 1949 (the first year of the illuminations after the War). The Brooks name has become synonymous in the collectors world, with customers ranging from Scotland to Ex-pats in Canada and a regular client in Tennessee. Mr Brooks now an octogenarian is still heavily involved in the running of the business and is delighted to give something back to the community that he has been a part of for so long. The collection which boasts both rare and priceless pieces has been gathering dust in Mr Brooks loft for many years and the museum is using the shops original 1950's display cases for most of the exhibits.

MUSEUM OF LANCASHIRE

Tel: 01772 534075
Stanley Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 4YP (A59 runs in front of building)

Museum of Lancashire

Situated within a Grade ll listed building. Love Lancashire! Whatever you love about Lancashire, the Museum of Lancashire has something for you! Lancashire is full of vibrant and talented people, world class scenery and a rich history just waiting to be explored. The Museum of Lancashire gives visitors a taste of all things Lancashire, told through the objects and stories of real Lancashire people.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL MUSEUM

Tel: 01772 908442
National Football Museum, Sir Tom Finney Way, Deepdale, Preston, PR1 6RU

Two miles from Junction 31 on the M6 and the same distance from Junction 1 on the M55, adjacent to Preston North End Football Stadium

THE MUSEUM IS MOVING TO MANCHESTER - DUE TO OPEN AUTUMN 2011

Find out how the game came to be invented. Discover the individuals and teams who have helped to shape the game that we know today, explore the time capsule, the length of a football pitch etc. Share the fans' experience throughout the period in which football has been played. Second half is a themed, hands-on experience, examining different facets of the world of football. Visions of Football: An Art gallery dedicated to the world of football. Final Whistle: Museum shop or treat yourself to refreshments in the cafe .

QUEEN STREET MILL MUSEUM

Tel: 01282 412555
Harle Syke, Burnley

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Bringing Steam Powered Weaving to Life An experience you won't forget! Whether you're interested in local or social history, textiles and textile machinery or just looking for an afternoon out with a difference, the sights, sounds and smells of Queen Street help to bring history alive. There's something to delight and intrigue visitors of all ages. The worlds only surviving 19th century steam powered weaving mill.

ROMAN BATH HOUSE

Tel: 01524 64637/01524 328788
Off St George's Quay, Lancaster LA1 1YZ

Open: No designated opening times, this attraction is not manned and can be visited at all times.

The Wery Wall is an interesting surviving fragment of Roman walling on the east slope of Castle Hill and represents a section of a bastion of the last Roman fort on the site. Adjacent to the wall are the excavated remains of a small Roman bathhouse.

ROSSENDALE MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 244682
Whittaker Park, Haslingden Road, Rossendale

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An intriguing museum housed within an early Victorian country house Set within tranquil Whitaker Park. Displays include a late Victorian drawing room, fine arts and furniture. Wonderful natural history collection. Discover more about the local and social history of the area Constantly changing exhibition programme

SOUTH RIBBLE MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION CENTRE

Tel: 01772 422041
The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland, Preston, Lancashire, PR5 1EJ(next door to the ‘Eagle and Child/ public house and Sandy Lane Surgery)

Open: Tuesday and Friday 10 am - 4 pm Thursday 1 pm - 4 pm Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Admission free

Museum housed in a timber framed Tudor Grammar School with a collection of local history and archaeology.

THE WHITTAKER

Tel: 01254 878261
Ribchester

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The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire, UK. The displays in the museum include interesting local history anda Victorian natural history collection. There is also a very active contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions. Our main galleries have been newly refurbished by The Whitaker Group, who have exciting plans for the future of the gallery, the collection, and the park.

TOWNELEY HALL ART GALLERY AND MUSEUMS

Tel: 01282 424213
Towneley Park, Burnley Lancashire BB11 3RQ

1 1/2 miles south east of Burnley Town Centre, approx. 1 mile from park entrance on Todmorden Road (A671)

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A 14th century house contains the museum and features oil paintings, furniture, ceramics, English watercolours, 18th century glassware and natural history exhibits. The Museum of Local Crafts and Industries includes displays on Burnley's recent social and industrial history.

WEAVER'S TRIANGLE VISITOR CENTRE

Tel: 01282 452403
85 Manchester Road, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 1JZ
Situated in the town centre, 200 yards from the Town Hall

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Discover what it was like to live in a 19th century mill town. Take a walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath through the Weavers' Triangle - a well preserved Victorian industrial townscape. Examine buildings from the days when Burnley led the world in weaving cotton cloth - weaving-sheds, spinning-mills, warehouses, foundries, domestic buildings and a school.

WOODEND MINING MUSEUM

Tel: 01282 420701
Smithson Farm Woodend Road Burnley BB12 9DR

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Woodend Colliery was a small pit in the Burnley Coalfield, it opened in 1912 and closed completely in 1959 and it was in fact the last vertical pit shaft to be sunk in the area. Although there were a lot of pits in this area there is unfortunately little left on the surface to see and so when Harry and Carole Johnson bought the site little did they know of the history it held. As the site was cleared small artefacts were discovered and as the saying goes “from little acorns do mighty oak trees grow” in this case from a few rusty tools has a small museum grown. The site is now home once again to all manner of mining equipment dating from Victorian Britain to the recent past. Also in the collection are Social History items which serve to remind us all of the hardships endured by families not that long ago in fact well within living memory for a lot of people. Although most of the Museum is dedicated to the Burnley mines there are also artefacts from other mining areas and any donations of information or memorabilia will always be gratefully received.

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BOLTON MUSEUM, ART GALLERY AND AQUARIUM

Tel: 01204 3332211
Le Mans Crescent, Bolton

The Museum, Art Gallery & Aquarium are situated behind the Town Hall from Victoria Square on Le Mans Crescent to the Left

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A fascinating museum with a renowned collection of Egyptian antiquities, a wildlife gallery with activity centre and fine collections including natural history, social history, archaelogy and local history. Includes an extensive temporary exhibition programme. The Art Gallery has a changing programme of exhibitions and a collection of British art from the 18th century onwards. Also in the building are the tropical and temperatic aquarium, library and gift shop.

BOLTON STEAM MUSEUM

Tel: 01204 846490 or 01257 265003
Mornington Road, off Chorley Old Road, Bolton BL1 4EU

Situated 1.5 miles north-west of Bolton town centre on Morrison's Supermarket site (next to the petrol station)

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The Bolton Steam Museum was established by the Northern Mill Engine Society whose volunteers have been working since 1966 to preserve some of the stationary steam engines which used to drive the mills of the textile industy. It is the largest collection of working mill steam engines in the country.

BURY ART GALLERY, MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Tel: 0161 253 5878
Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DR

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At Bury Art Gallery, Museum and Archives you'll find world-famous Victorian paintings, challenging contemporary art, mysterious objects and fascinating documents from Bury's past in a distinctive Edwardian building that is a work of art in itself. The art gallery was specially built to house the Wrigley Collection, over two hundred oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. His three children gave them to the town in 1897 to be enjoyed by all.

ELLENROAD ENGINE HOUSE

Tel: 07789 802632
Elizabethan Way, Milnrow, Rochdale.

The engine house is situated beside junction 21 of the M62

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See one of the finest examples of a giant steam Mill Engine in the country. The engines, Alexandra and Victoria, were used to power the Ellenroad Cotton Spinning Mill. The mill has gone now but the Engine House, complete with its steam-raising plant and 220 foot chimney, is in preservation. See the 3000hp Mill Engines Victoria and Alexandra, Whiteless Beam Engine - built in 1842, Steam Electrical Generator, Lancashire Boiler- coal fired, Picnic Area - free parking, Engine House, cafe, books and souvenirs. Often there are other attractions on steam days.

FAIRFIELD MORAVIAN SETTLEMENT

Tel: 0161 370 0132
Fairfield Church, Fairfield Square, Droylsden

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Fairfield is a Settlement congregation which was opened in 1785. It was planned and built by its own people, with its inn, shop, bakery, farm, laundry, fire-engine, night-watchman, inspector of weights and measures, an overseer of roads, and even its physician. There were community houses for sisters and brethren, who applied themselves to the varied work of the Settlement. With the passing of time have come changes. The boarding schools of Fairfield have gone. That for boys, started in 1790, was discontinued in 1891; and the girls' school, begun in 1796, has passed into the care of the local authority as Fairfield High School for Girls. The work of the Moravian Theological College was transferred to Fairfield in 1875 and continued there in the original Sisters' House until 1958. Fairfield is no longer a self contained village; no longer does the watchman make his nightly rounds, and in the farm meadows are now streets and houses. Despite the many changes in the life of the Settlement over the past 200 years, the Church, with its worshipping and serving congregation, remains its focus and heart.

FUSILIER MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 7638950
Moss Street, Bury BL9 0DF

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The Fusilier Museum is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Together they record over 300 years of history and heritage. In addition to the modern and interactive permanent displays, there are temporary exhibitions to highlight the extensive collection and its significance to those associated with the Regiment's past, present and future, and special events are held throught the year.

GALLERY OF COSTUME

Tel: 0161 224 5217
Platt Hall, Wilmslow Road, Platt Fields Park, Manchester, Stockport M14 5LL
J1 of the m56, follow signs

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This gallery has one of the most comprehensive collections of costumes in Great Britain and makes captivating viewing. It is housed in a fine Georgian mansion and the displays focus on the changing styles of everyday fashion and accessories looking back over 400 years.

GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE SERVICE MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 901227 (Answerphone)
Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum, Maclure Road, Rochdale. OL11 1DN

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This unusual museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the fascinating history of fire fighting. Includes many and varied exhibits, including fire appliances in period settings such as a Victorian street, fire station and 1940 Blitz scene.

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 856 3287
Newton Street, Manchester

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Imagine stepping back in time to a Victorian Manchester, not the city of commerce and corporate splendour but a hidden city of gas lamps and narrow alleys, of slums and unruly alehouses. Now imagine a busy police station in the heart of that city from where police officers arrested criminals and upheld the law. History is brought back to life at the Greater Manchester Police Museum. Venture into the original Victorian cells with their wooden pillows and the Charge office of Newton Street Police Station where time has stood still for over 120 years. Explore the galleries containing historic police equipment and uniforms from the region. Uncover the fascinating world of forgery and forensic science. Admire the polished wood panels and stained glass of our genuine 1895 Magistrates' Court. The transport gallery contains a variety of vehicles used by the police from the 1950s to the modern day.

HAT WORKS

Tel: 0845 8330975
Wellington Mill, Wellington Road South, Stockport
SK3 0EU
Located on the A6 Wellington Road South, opposite the bus station, close to the railway station.

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The UK's first and only museum dedicated to the exciting world of hats and hat making. Hatting history, interactive demonstrations - watch the hatting demonstrators, top hats to baseball caps - enjoy the stunning display of hats through the centuries, family fun - Explore the journey of feltmaking from central Asia to Stockport's hatting industry, hands on hats - dress up as a hatter's apprentice or try your hand at feltmaking as part of a pre-booked session, other things to see and do with exhibitions and special events. Level 2 Cafe

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH

Tel: 0161 836 4000
The Quays, a waterfront destination 2 miles from Manchester city centre.

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One of the most talked about Museums in Britain today, Imperial War Museum North is about people and their stories, about how lives have been and still are shaped by war and conflict. The award-winning building by international architect Daniel Libeskind is a symbol of our world torn apart by conflict

JEWISH MUSEUM, MANCHESTER

Tel: 0161 834 9879
Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 8LW (on A665 0.50m from City Centre)

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Manchester Jewish Museum is located in the premises of the former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road. The building, completed in 1874, is a listed building of historical importance. It is, indeed, a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments. Since the building became redundant through the movement of the Jewish population away from the area, it has been completely restored, returned to its former glory and listed Grade II*. It re-opened as a museum in March 1984.

MANCHESTER MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 275 2634
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

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Explore 600 million years of life, and discover ancient civilisations all in the space of one visit. Live reptiles and crocodilians in the vivarium, collections of mammals and fossils and 2000 year old mummies from Egypt.

MANCHESTER REGIMENT MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 342 2254
Ashton Town Hall, Market Square, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6DL

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The collection covers the history of the Regiment from the raising of the 2nd Bn 8th Foot in 1756, through the formation of the Manchester Regiment in 1881 to that Regiment’s amalgamation to form The King’s Regiment in 1958. Its history is illustrated in the context of the local community from which it stemmed and the social history section covers topics such as Women in Wartime, War Poets, The Spanish Civil War, the Home Guard and National Service. There are displays of uniforms, weapons, medals, badges and regimental memorabilia related to its major campaigns in the American War of Independence, the Crimea, South Africa, both World wars, Palestine and Malaya.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

Tel: 0161 832 2244
Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP

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Endless fascination for adults and children is offered at this museum - see colourful displays and hands-on exhibitions from steam to space, history to Hi-tech. Located in the buildings of the world's oldest passenger railway station the fun-filled galleries amaze, amuse and entertain. You can take off to the Air and Space Gallery which is packed with the plans that made flying history. Visit the textile exhibition - Fibres, Fabrics and Fashion.

MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT

Tel: 0161 205 2122
Boyle Street, Cheetham, Manchester

The Museum of Transport is located approximately one mile north of Manchester City Centre, at the junction of the A665 (Cheetham Hill Road) and the A6010 (Queens Road). It is at the north end of Boyle Street, adjoining First Manchester's bus garage.

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The Museum reflects over 100 years of public road transport history in Greater Manchester from the horse bus to Metrolink. Annual Vintage Vehicle Rally and other special events.

MUSEUM OF WIGAN LIFE

Tel: 01942 828128
Library Street, Wigan

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Exhibition on Wigan Life, including the Romans, your family history and where you live, objects and documents from the past, fun acitvities for all the family, a shop with local gifts.

OLDHAM ART GALLERY MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 770 4653
Greaves Street, Oldham

Behind the Central Library and a ten minute walk from Oldham Mumps railway station.

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Admission: Free

Exhibitions changed frequently and displays of permanent collections of 19th, 20th century and contemporary art, craft, photography, the natural and human history of Oldham from pre history to the present.

ORDSALL HALL MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 872 0251
322 Ordsall Lane, Ordsall, Salford M5 3AN

The hall is situated in the Ordsall District of Salford on Ordsall Lane, near to Salford Quays.

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Ordsall Hall – Salford’s Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house – was first recorded in 1210. Since then, it has been home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, Catholics loyal to the crown, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill workers, cows and several ghosts! A major restoration of the building from 2009-2011 means that on a visit to the Hall you can: - Wander back through time and soak up the atmosphere in our re-created room settings. - Discover the story of the Hall and the people who lived here in our hands-on family friendly exhibitions. - Find out what was cooked in a Tudor kitchen. - Explore and enjoy nationally significant features. - Relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens. - Enjoy a coffee in our new refreshment area

PANKHURST CENTRE

Tel: 0161 273 5673
60-62 Nelson Street, Manchester

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The birthplace of the Suffragette movement is now the Pankhurst Centre, a women’s community centre. This historically significant building was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and family who led the Suffragette campaign for Votes for Women. Heritage area Within the Centre there is a small heritage area with information about the Pankhursts and the Suffragette movement. This is open to the general public. A women’s community centre As a women’s community centre it provides and offers space for activities and events run by women for women. It offers a unique place in which women can learn together, work on projects and socialise. This vibrant centre plays host to a number of women’s organisations and projects that support women.

PARK BRIDGE INDUSTRIAL HAMLET

Tel: 0161 330 9613
Medlock Valley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester

Signposted from the A627, Oldham Road.

Admission: Free

A fascinating early industrial settlement founded to supply the cotton industry over 200 years ago. Surrounded by lovely countryside, including an industrial Heritage Trail and a Visitor Centre.

PEOPLE'S HISTORY MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 839 6061
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
From motorways, follow brown signs to Castlefield, then signs to Salford Central Station or Gartside Street car park.

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The People’s History Museum’s collection relates to the history of working people in Britain. Details on the website.

PORTLAND BASIN MUSEUM

Tel: 0161 343 2878
Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne

By car, there are signs from A635 Ashton By-pass (Park Parade). Drivers will need to locate the roundabout halfway along the Ashton by-pass (near Asda), drive westwards towards Manchester and turn second left into Welbeck Street, following this straight ahead and the museum is on the left.

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Housed within the restored nineteenth century Ashton Canal Warehouse the museum combines a lively modern interior with a peaceful canal side setting. Portland Basin Museum is an exciting family friendly museum, with something for all the family! Step back in time on our 1920s street, as the sights and sounds of bygone Tameside are brought to life. Take a look into our kitchen and parlour to find out how we used to live.

ROCHDALE PIONEERS MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 524920
31 Toad Lane, Rochdale
Rear of Rochdale Exchange Shopping Precinct on Hunters Lane

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This is a fascinating insight into how our ancestors did their shopping 150 years ago and houses the original store of the Rochdale Pioneers containing documents, pictures and other material of British and international co-operative interest.

SADDLEWORTH MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 01457 874093

High Street, Uppermill, Oldham
Main road through Uppermill (A670).

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The story of Saddleworth - a Yorkshire community on the Lancashire side of the Pennines is brought to life in an old canalside mill. Explore the area's traditions, textile industry, transport and people. Family-friendly with activity boxes and 'Get your Hands on This' gallery. Art Gallery with varied exhibition programme. Museum Shop and Tourist Information Centre.

SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Tel: 0161 778 0800
Peel Park, Salford

The Museum is located next to Salford University and is approximately a 20 minute walk from central Manchester, via Chapel Street to the Crescent.

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Admission: Free

With the popular permanent attractions of The Victorian Gallery and Lark Hill Place, as well as the ever changing temporary exhibitions, there is always something for everyone at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, from hands-on activities to modern art!

STAIRCASE HOUSE

Tel: 0161 480 1460
30/31 Market Place . Stockport . England . SK1 1ES

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When visiting Staircase House you will journey from 1460 to WWII and experience every century in between. Learn how people used to live and how society and our attitudes have changed over time. The audio tour can take between one and two hours depending on how much of the audio guide you choose to listen to along the way. Once your journey is complete you can browse in the Staircase House gift shop and enjoy a relaxing hot drink in Blackshaw’s Café.

STOCKPORT STORY

Tel: 0161 480 1460
30/31 Market Place . Stockport . SK1 1ES

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Admission: FREE

Stockport Story Museum houses a fascinating collection stretching back 10,000 years and its all FREE to explore! Delve into Stockport’s rich history and time travel from Palaeolithic to present day Stockport. On your journey you will discover five fascinating galleries . . . Origins Gallery - Stockport's hidden archaeological treasures The Making of the Town Gallery - Medieval Stockport and the Industrial Revolution Work and Play Gallery - Explore Victorian Stockport Changing Lives Gallery - Stockport during the last 100 years Exhibitions Gallery - Programme of changing exhibitions.

TOUCHSTONES

Tel: 01706 924492
The Esplanade, Rochdale

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Newly restored art gallery and museum, Tourist Information Centre and shop, local studies centre, education and performance venue. Explore Rochdale's Pioneering Spirit with the extensive Borough collection and archives.

WHITWORTH MUSEUM

Tel: 01706 343231
North Street, Whitworth
Opposite the Rawstrons Arms

Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-4pm
Admittance: Free

A fascinating collection of local memorabilia, built up over many years. The mines, the moors, the wars and the chores - the lives of ordinary Lancashire folk seen through the objects, tools and clothes of their everyday existence.

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THE BEATLES STORY

Tel: 0151 709 1963
Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AA

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Imagine experiencing the most sensational story the pop world has ever known - in the City where it all began. Relive the sights and sounds of the sixties. Take a trip to Hamburg 'feel' the cavern beat, 'tune in' to flower power, board the yellow submarine. The Beatles Story is the ultimate tribute to the City's most famous sons - John, Paul, George and Ringo. A magical tour for all the family.

BEATLES HOMES - 20 FORTHLIN ROAD AND MENDIPS

MENDIPS
Tel: 0870 900 0256 (Infoline)

20 Forthlin Road - "Mum and Dad would have been dead chuffed to think our little council house would end up with The National Trust. It's a fantastic honour for me and our family" Sir Paul McCartney

Mendips - "Now everyone who loves John's music and his message of peace can see for themselves where it all began." Yoko

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HOOTON PARK

Tel: 0151 327 3565
The Hangars, South Road, Hooton Park Airfield, Ellesmere Port, CH65 1BQ

Just off the M53 motorway (Junction 6) in Cheshire, south of Liverpool.

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An Aerodrome with history. Guided tours and special events. Aero memorabilia and vehicle exhibits from 1940.

HM CUSTOMS AND EXCISE NATIONAL MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 207 0001
Merseyside Maritime Museum Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AQ

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Experience the activities of customs officers today through interactive, hands-on displays.Spot the suspect traveller and help search for contraband. Explore the age old battle between the revenue men and the smugglers. Learn about the latest technology used by Customs and Excise officers today Wide range of confiscated goods displayed, sniffer dog demonstrations and an exhibition on 18th century smuggling.

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 478 4499
Albert Dock, Liverpool

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The museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery. The museum addresses the many legacies of the slave trade and tells stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. These are stories which have been largely untold.

LAWNMOWER MUSEUM

Tel: 01704 501336
106-114 Shakespeare Street, Southport

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See the following - Some of the fastest Lawnmowers in the world as seen on TV. The Unique Cordless Electric Ride on Mower. Lawnmowers being used before the time of Custers Last Stand. The water cooled 'Egg Boiler' Lawnmower. A genuine 2" Lawnmower. Some of the most expensive Lawnmowers in the world. A snow scooter & outboard motor powered by Lawnmower engines. Some of the first Atco & Ransome Lawnmowers. The Mower Great Granddad used. The first Solar Powered ROBOT mowers, Lawnmowers of the rich and famous.

LIVERPOOL WORLD MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM

Tel: 0151 207 0001
William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside
City Centre

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Liverpool Museum is an encyclopaedia brought to life where you can discover the wonders of Time and Space, Dazzling fish in the Aquarium, the fascinating hands-on Natural History Centre, Egyptian mummies, wonderful African carvings, sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome and much much more.

MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

Tel: 0151 207 0001
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AA

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The Museum of Liverpool reflects the city's global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. Visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city. Find out more about the galleries and displays inside in the Your visit section. The museum opened on 19 July 2011 in a purpose-built landmark building on Liverpool's famous waterfront.

MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 207 0001
Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 4AQ

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The Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the history of one of the world's greatest ports and the people who used it. For many it was a gateway to a new life in other countries. For others, its importance to the slave trade had less happy consequences. From slavers to luxury liners, submarine hunters to passenger ferries, discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea.

PRESCOT MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 430 7787
The Prescot Centre', Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot, Knowsley, L34 5GA

Open: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 10am - 3.30pm.
Admission - Free

The Prescot Museum sees a contemporary space merge with a traditional museum. Following its relocation from Georgian premises to an indoor shopping centre, the museum has retained and enhanced many of its most popular and historically significant displays, giving them a new lease of life and a wider audience within a multi-coloured setting, sharing the venue with Prescot library and the One Stop Shop. We seek to provide an exciting user-friendly self-led museum that reflects the huge historical significance of Prescot and the cultural identity of its community. It is a flexible space that will constantly change, with elements that will be taken out to other venues across the borough, for example our galleries, leisure centres and centres for learning. The key idea behind the museum was ‘having a conversation with…’, whether this be between objects, visitors or even through structured workshop activities; we want it to be a kaleidoscope of colours, artefacts, eras and subjects, to illustrate the rich heritage of the Prescotian community. The collection is made up of a range of objects, mainly related to local businesses, industries (BICC cable makers, coal mining, watch making, pottery manufacture), and people, so can be described as a social and industrial collection. A large percentage of the collection, approximately 11,000 objects, is made up of paper based items including ephemera and photographs. The ‘three dimensional’ objects in the collection are varied, and include items such as glass bottles, ceramics, tools, costume, domestic items, coins, badges, trophies, architectural fragments, and militaria.

NORTH WEST MUSEUM OF ROAD TRANSPORT

Tel: 01744 755150
The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St.Helens WA10 1DU

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The North West Museum of Road Transport (formerly St.Helens Transport Museum) is a voluntary organisation, with members freely giving of their time work towards re-opening the Museum to the public, keen to show them the rich transport heritage of the region. The Museum houses the North West Museum of Transport Limited's collection of vehicles. It can trace its roots back over thirty years, when a group of enthusiasts from the St.Helens area got together to raise funds to preserve an ex St.Helens trolleybus which was still running in Bradford.

THE HARDMAN'S HOUSE

Tel: 0151 709 6261
59 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 9EX

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The elegent Georgian terraced house was home and workplace to one of Liverpool's best known photographers, the celebrity photographer of his day, and is now a multi-award winning attraction and the only example in the country of an intact studio of its era. It contains exhibitions of Hardman's photographs, the studio where they were taken, the darkroom where they were developed and printed, and the Hardman's living quarters, complete with all the ephemera of post-war daily life.

WESTERN APPROACHES

Tel: 0151 227 2008
1-3 Rumford Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 8SZ

Exit the M62 at jct 4, follow the city centre sign on Edge Lane (A5047). Edge Lane will change into Mount Vernon, then Pembroke Rd. Pembroke Rd will change into London Rd stay on London Rd till it ends. Turn Right onto Churchhill Way (Elevated Rd) stick to the left hand Lane. This road turns into Dale St, then Water St. Rumford St is situated on your right.

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Liverpool's World War II underground headquarters for the Battle of the Atlantic. Re-live the times of 1940s Britain. Visit the 50,000 sq ft. Labyrinth of audio linked original rooms including main operations room, Admirals office, Teleprinter station and also a re-constructed educational centre, with Anderson shelter, and bombed-out room. See the life and work of Wrens and Waafs working under constant pressure in the original area command headquarters for the battle of the Atlantic.

WORLD OF GLASS

Tel: 08700 114466
Chalon Way East, St Helens, Merseyside, WA1Q 1BX

Situated in the centre of St Helens, near the M62 (Junction 7) and the M6 (Junction 23) Motorways.

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The World of Glass takes visitors on a journey of discovery into the story of glass. State-of-the-art special effects look back at the use of glass through the ages, from its discovery by ancient civilisations to its utilisation as part of the Internet today. A fun zone features distorting mirrors, kaleidoscopes, periscopes and you will be able to see live glass-blowing displays. The exhibition is built around the Jubilee Cone Building which is a listed building and houses the oldest glass-making tank furnace in the world, which was recently discovered and excavated from beneath a concrete floor on the site.

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FORT PERCH ROCK

Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Merseyside CH45 2JU
Tel: 0797 628 2120

Fort Perch Rock was built as a coastal defence battery during the Napoleonic period to protect the Port of Liverpool. It is open all year round and features a museum, exhibitions, tea-room and is the venue for many exciting events. The Fort boasts several fine displays, most notably The Aviation Archaeology Museum which incorporates 'Luftwaffe over Merseyside'. On the Naval front there is the Titanic/Lusitania exhibition which covers the ship’s connection with the Wirral. In addition, and of great interest, is the HM Submarine Thetis exhibition, which opened on the 60th anniversary of the sinking of the submarine – resulting in the tragic loss of seamen and civilian workers.

NATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 355 5017
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port

Adjacent to J9 of the M53.

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Explore the former canal port and experience life afloat aboard the collection of canal and river boats. Discover the stories of the people who worked on our waterways through interactive displays, film and audio recordings. Step back in time at the dock workers' cottages and see how people lived from the 1840s to the 1950s.

PORT SUNLIGHT MUSEUM AND GARDEN VILLAGE

23 King George's Drive, Port Sunlight, Wirral. CH62 5DX – opposite Lady Lever Art Gallery

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Located in the heart of Port Sunlight, a world famous 19th century garden village, Sunlight Vision Museum offers a unique insight into the origins and social history of one of Britain’s finest and most intact model villages. Today the village consists of over 900 Grade II Listed buildings and has one of the largest War Memorials outside of London. Discover within Sunlight Vision Museum what it would have been like to live and work in this village during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Meet a set of characters created to represent the real people who lived and worked in Port Sunlight.

A visit to Sunlight Vision Museum is a must for those wanting to find out about Port Sunlight’s origins and social history. Pre-booked guided village tours can also be arranged for groups. The tour takes in the principal buildings in the village and further information about life in this extraordinary village is revealed.

U-BOAT STORY

Tel: 0151 330 1000
Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead

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View the amazing life on board a real German U-boat. With original film archive and interactive displays, you will witness all the dramatic action. U-boat Story is a £5m attraction telling the story of World War II German submarine U-534. You will see into the cross-sectioned submarine and discover its amazing story through a highly interactive and exciting exhibition.

WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 652 4177
Slatey Road, Birkenhead,

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This purpose built Art Gallery was opened in December 1928 and housed the vast majority of Birkenhead's collection of artistic masterpieces in a series of varied and well proportioned galleries. On permanent display are Victorian oil paintings, English watercolours, Liverpool Porcelain, DellaBir Robbia Pottery. A range of collections from local history and ship models to fine decorative arts. Part of the Merseyside Embroidery Trail. All year round programme of temporary exhibitions.

WIRRAL TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Tel: 0151 647 2128
1 Taylor Street, Birkenhead

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Birkenhead is the historic home of the first street tramway in Europe. It was here on August 29 1860 that Europe's first tramway was established, running from Woodside to Birkenhead Park. This early system was horse-drawn and was the brainchild of flamboyant American, George Francis Train, the real life character upon whom Jules Verne based his fictitious character Phileas Fogg in "Around the World in 80 days". The tramway was electrified in 1901 and continued to operate throughout the town until it's eventual closure on 17 July 1937. By this time the petrol engine bus had taken over all routes. We are extremely lucky to have one of the fine examples of one of the double decker units, which inaugurated the first electric tram service in 1901. This vehicle, Birkenhead 20 is a fine example of an Edwardian tram. this tram and many others have been restored over a number of years by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society.

The trams you will ride on may look and sound old but in fact they are fairly new! They were built in Hong Kong in 1992 with a U.K. chassis gauge specification, painted in original Birkenhead Livery and shipped to Wirral courtesy of P&O Containers. The design is a 1948 pattern and the vehicles approximate to the type common on the streets of Britain in the Forties and Fifties. They still operate in large numbers in the city of Hong Kong.

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