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Wales
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There are so many ways Wales will enchant you
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There are so many ways Wales will enchant you
From castles to coalmines, Wales is steeped in history, while the Arthurian legend also has strong links to its stunning landscape. Today’s Wales is just as fascinating. It has three national Parks, over 600 castles and more than 40 Blue Flag beaches.

The craggy Pembrokeshire coastline is home to the exhilarating activity of coasteering, and there are many opportunities for abseiling, climbing, surfing, diving, fishing and golf.

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<p><strong>Big Pit, Blaenavon</strong><br /> This is one of Britain&rsquo;s leading mining museums. Take the famous underground tour and see a section of the original workings.</p> <p><strong>National Wool Museum, Dre-fach, Felindre</strong><br /> Enjoy a fascinating tour of this old mill and discover the process from fleece to fabric, see historic machinery in action and view the textile gallery.</p> <p><strong>Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast</strong><br /> This remote stretch of soft, golden sand can only be reached via a cliff-top path and steep decent through woodlands and dunes owned by the National Trust.</p> <p><strong>Ellin's Tower RSPB Seabird Centre, Goferydd, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey</strong><br /> See thousands of breeding seabirds including peregrine falcons and chough. Displays, information and wonderful views.</p> <p><strong>Snowdon, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd</strong><br /> Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa) is the highest mountain in Wales. Choose your route to the summit, pack a picnic and, weather-allowing, enjoy a day of spectacular scenery.</p>
East of England
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A rich heritage, stunning landscapes & coastal attractions
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A rich heritage, stunning landscapes & coastal attractions

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<p><strong>Flatford &ndash; Bridge Cottage</strong><br /> This lovely 16th century cottage beside the River Stour in Suffolk inspired John Constable. It now has an exhibition about the artist.</p> <p><strong>Houghton House, Bedfordshire</strong><br /> Explore the romantic ruin of this 17th century mansion. Built for a duchess around 1615, it is said to be the inspiration for the House Beautiful in John Bunyan&rsquo;s Pilgrim&rsquo;s Progress.</p> <p><strong>Bury St Edmunds Abbey</strong><br /> Explore the extensive remains of what was the wealthiest and most powerful Benedictine monastery in England.</p> <p><strong>The Corpus Clock, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge</strong><br /> This large sculptural clock with 24-carat gold-plated face was unveiled in 2008 by physicist Stephen Hawking. Watch the &lsquo;terrifying&rsquo; Chronophage insect devour time.</p> <p><strong>RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve, Titchwell, Kings Lynn</strong><br /> This popular venue has three bird watching hides, a visitor centre and a gift shop, a servery and picnic area with toilets.</p>
Heart of England
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Escape to it all in the Heart of England
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Escape to it all in the Heart of England
This area has so many different moods – from the glorious scenery of the Malverns and tranquil settings in Shropshire to the buzz of the city of Birmingham and the industrial past of the Black Country.

This fun-loving area offers no less than 21 theme parks and when you’re ready for a little solitude, you can escape to an even bigger choice of country parks, nature reserves, trails and canalside walks.

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<p><strong>Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham</strong><br /> Watch live demonstrations of traditional jewellery making and experience the noisy, busy workshop environment. See a vast array of original tools.</p> <p><strong>Birmingham Arts Festival<br /> </strong>The UK&rsquo;s biggest free arts festival is held in the second week of September every year. Enjoy performances, special events, exhibitions &ndash; all totally free.</p> <p><strong>Malvern Hills<br /> </strong>A mountain range in miniature, it&rsquo;s an eight-mile ridge containing some of the oldest rocks in Britain. Climb to the highest point at Worcestershire Beacon or enjoying the quiet ramblings along the wooded slopes.</p> <p><strong>The Iron Bridge, Ironbridge, Shropshire<br /> </strong>Admire the first bridge in the world to be constructed of iron. Take a walk through the spectacular Ironbridge World Heritage Site and soak up the atmosphere of this historic area.</p> <p><strong>Weston&rsquo;s Cider Visitor Centre, Much Marcle, Herefordshire<br /> </strong>Weston&rsquo;s nestles on a gentle hillside amongst apple and pear orchards. Join a tour around the cider mill and museum; see one of the world&rsquo;s largest bottle collections, then relax in the Edwardian garden.</p>
Yorkshire
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The big county that offers big experiences
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The big county that offers big experiences
England’s biggest county, Yorkshire is crammed with lively cities, prettyvillages, breathtaking countryside and a stunning coastline. Every way you turn, you’ll find something to impress or fascinate you, whether it’s beautiful view or impressive architecture.

For cycling, walking or horse riding, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has much to offer. Or to explore at a more leisurely place, take a ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railways.

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<p><strong>National Railway Museum, York<br /> </strong>This free museum is home to iconic trains like the UK steam engine record setter, the Mallard, and a Japanese Bullet train, amongst others. Even Thomas the Tank Engine pays the occasional visit here.</p> <p><strong>Yorkshire Sculpture Trail<br /> </strong>Explore these 500 acres on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales near Wakefield and you&rsquo;ll discover 20th and 21st century sculpture al fresco &ndash; by artists including Anthony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and others.</p> <p><strong>Sheffield Botanical Gardens<br /> </strong>In this tranquil retreat from the city, you&rsquo;ll find restored Grade ll listed curvilinear pavilions, as well as 15 different garden areas and plant collections from all over the world.</p> <p><strong>The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby<br /> </strong>An idyllic spot on the banks of the River Esk with views of moorland, woodland, farmland, miles of hedges and drystone walls. Loads of fun and fascinating things to see and do, inside and out.</p> <p><strong>Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar, Barnsley<br /> </strong>An exciting antique, history and craft centre hosting a range of special events, for an interesting day out. The site features the Elsecar Heritage Railway, large antiques centre and a Victorian Classroom.</p>
East Midlands
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Robin Hood is only the beginning of your adventure
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Robin Hood is only the beginning of your adventure
The East Midlands offers much to see and do at any time of year, whether you want to explore what’s probably the world’s most well-known forest – Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame – or stride out in the Peak District National Park. 

 As well as offering plenty to satisfy outdoors lovers, the area also has many stately homes, castles and gardens to explore.

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<p><strong>Belgrave Hall, Belgrave, Leicester<br /> </strong>Now a thriving museum depicting the contrasting lifestyles of an upper middle class family and domestic servants in its Victorian and Georgian Room settings and beautiful walled botanic gardens. Famous for its ghostly goings-on.</p> <p><strong>Oakham Castle and Rutland County Museum, Oakham, Rutland<br /> </strong>Two places to visit and both free, they provide a great introduction to England&rsquo;s smallest county.</p> <p><strong>The Silk Mill, Derby&rsquo;s Museum of Industry and History Derby<br /> </strong>The historic Silk Mill has become Derby's Industrial Museum. Major industrial names to which Derby owes its wealth and development are represented there.</p> <p><strong>Brewhouse Yard Museum of Nottingham Life, Nottingham<br /> </strong>Housed in a row of 17th century cottages, it presents a glimpse of Nottingham life over the last 300 years. Peer into 1920s shop windows, visit the World War II air raid shelter and more.</p> <p><strong>Green's Mill. Sneinton, Nottingham<br /> </strong>The 200-year-old Grade ll listed windmill is one of the few working inner city windmills in Britain. It was once home to the 19th century miller and mathematical genius, George Green.</p>
North West
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A lively region with stunning landscapes to retreat to
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A lively region with stunning landscapes to retreat to
Great shopping, a lively nightlife and a wide choice of pubs and restaurants are guaranteed if you visit Liverpool or Manchester.

The North West also offers a huge array of galleries and museums to visit, including Tate Modern and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the Lowry in Salford.  For a traditional seaside experience, Blackpool is a must, and there are quieter parts of the coastline to explore.

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<p><strong>International Slavery Museum, Liverpool<br /> </strong>Explores the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, the legacies of the slave trade and the stories of enslaved people.</p> <p><strong>Another Place, Crosby Beach<br /> </strong>This popular artwork consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometers of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometer out to sea.</p> <p><strong>Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick<br /> </strong>Probably the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles with its panoramic views and mountain backdrop. It dates back to about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period. 1&frac12; miles east of Keswick.</p> <p><strong>Chester Castle: Agricola Tower and Castle Walls<br /> </strong>This 12th century tower was the original gateway to Chester Castle. It contains a chapel with exceptional wall paintings. An access stair to the castle&rsquo;s wall-walk is nearby.</p> <p><strong>Wild swimming in the Lake District<br /> </strong>Enjoy spectacularly scenic wild swimming with friends. Join the Outdoor Swimming Society&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com" target="_blank">website</a> and find out about upcoming social swims.</p>
North East
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A compact area with so much to do
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A compact area with so much to do
Visit the North East and you’ll find so much to do, whether you prefer the buzz of town and city life or you’d rather escape to the countryside.

Newcastle and Gateshead is rich in the arts, while Durham has its magnificent cathedral and castle. The coastline offers endless opportunities for clip-top walks and all kinds of watersports.

The area has its fare share of landmarks too, such as the Gateshead Millennium bridge, Hadrian’s Wall and Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North.

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<p><strong>The Great North Museum, Newcastle<br /> </strong>Houses a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, planetarium, objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies form Ancient Egypt. There&rsquo;s also an interactive model of Hadrian&rsquo;s Wall.</p> <p><strong>Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Hexham<br /> </strong>Enjoy stunning gorge and river scenery when you take your pick from miles of tranquil, way-marked walks through ornamental and ancient woods.</p> <p><strong>Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields<br /> </strong>The fort was originally built to house a garrison. Today its excavated remains and stunning reconstructions of original buildings give unique insights into life in Roman Britain.</p> <p><strong>Cauldron Snout, Middleton-in-Teessdale (7miles), County Durham<br /> </strong>A cascade of falls frothing down a total drop of 200 feet. To get there, walk 1&frac12; miles along a maintained path to the top of the falls enjoying a wide moorland landscape.</p> <p><strong>The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Tyne &amp; Wear<br /> </strong>The Baltic is the major international centre for contemporary art. On the south bank of the River Tyne, it offers much to see and do for adults and children.</p>
South East
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Entertainment is everywhere you turn
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Entertainment everywhere you turn

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<p><strong>Chart Gunpowder Mills, Faversham</strong><br /> The oldest of its kind in the world &ndash; powder from here was used in the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo. Experience glimpses into the past art of making gunpowder, and enjoy pretty woodland and waterside trails.</p> <p><strong>Runnymede, Old Windsor</strong><br /> There&rsquo;s much to see at this riverside site of the sealing of the Magna Carta. Memorials to John F. Kennedy and the Commonwealth Air Force are also sited here. Stroll in tranquil riverside meadows and broadleaved woodland.</p> <p><strong>Royal Windsor Heritage Trail Walk</strong><br /> This is a self-guided free trail that takes you from Windsor Castle, across the Thames to Eton College. <a href="http://www.windsor.gov.uk/discover-the-area/heritage-trail" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download a free map of the Royal Windsor Heritage Trail Walk.</p> <p><strong>Royal Armouries, Fareham</strong><br /> Fort Nelson is a restored Victorian Artillery Fort overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. There&rsquo;s live firing every day and free, guided tours are available on this 19-acre site. Home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery.</p> <p><strong>Biddenden Vineyards and Cider Works, Biddenden, Kent</strong><br /> Explore 22 acres of vines and see the presses and bottling line in action.<br /> Enjoy free samples of wines, ciders and apple juices. There&rsquo;s even a picnic area.</p>
South West
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One visit is never enough
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One visit is never enough
The South West is a large area with a varied landscape and offers all kinds of experiences including family breaks, country breaks and outdoor adventures – or you could mix things up and do a bit of everything.

Must-sees include Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol, the Roman Baths and Pump Rooms in Bath, Wells Cathedral, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Tate at St Ives.

Take your pick of family-friendly beaches and if you’re looking for surf, you’re in one of the best places.

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<p><strong>Laycock Village </strong><br /> This time capsule of a village in Wiltshire is often used as a shooting location for films including Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Cranford amongst others. It&rsquo;s free to wander round, though some buildings have entrance fees.</p> <p><strong>Kynance Cove, Cornwall</strong><br /> Managed by the National Trust, this stunning sandy beach only appears when the tide goes out. Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset Huge outline of an amorous, naked, club-wielding giant sculpted into a chalk hillside above the village of Cerne Abbas.</p> <p><strong>Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Taunton Somerset </strong><br /> Situated in the heart of the Somerset levels, it&rsquo;s an internationally recognised wetland area. You may browse in the Levels and Moors Exhibition, Basketry Museum and video room.</p> <p><strong>Croyde Bay, Devon </strong><br /> West-facing and probably Devon's best-known surfing beach. It&rsquo;s a pretty stretch of sand backing on to sand dunes and is about a half-mile walk from the village.</p> <p><strong>South West Coast Path</strong><br /> At 630 miles, The South West Coast Path is the longest waymarked national trail in England. From start to finish, Mindhead to Poole Harbour, you'll experience nothing but stunning views and breathtaking vistas.&nbsp;</p>

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