Historical Days Out For All The Family

Raby Castle

From railways to quirky museums and Georgian houses your little historians will love these ideas for great days out in the North West of England with one foot in the past. What are you waiting for?

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Greater Manchester Police Museum

57a Newton St., Manchester (map)

Step back in time to Victorian Manchester at the Police Museum. Find out how the 'new' Bobbies on the beat upheld the law over all the narrow alleys, slums and unruly alehouse of this hidden city.  

Discover how the great city played its part in shaping the nation. With interactive technology and a programme of events, the Museum of Liverpool is anything but boring. It's a must-visit.
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West Lancashire Light Railway
2-48 Station Rd, Hesketh-with-Becconsall (map)

Fun for all the family as you experience steam locomotives in their full glory and take a short train trip around a flooded clay at the West Lancashire Light Railway. 
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Lytham Hall
Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham, FY8 4TQ  (map)

Explore the splendour of the finest Georgian house in Lancashire and the history of its owners, the colourful Clifton family. With over 78 acres of parkland and a range of outdoor activities held throughout the week, it's a fun and varied day out. 
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Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Harle Syke, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 2HX (map)

Visit the last surviving and operational steam-powered weaving mill in the world, watch the weavers turn cotton into cloth and experience what it was like to work in a mill. 

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Speke Hall, Garden and Estate
The Walk, Liverpool (map)

Visit this beautiful manor house on the banks of the River Mersey to find out the history behind the mix Tudor architecture and the Victorian arts and craft movement. Once you've taken a tour of the house, get lost in the maze and surrounding gardens and then treat yourself to homemade cakes and scones in the new Stable Tea Room. 

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Runway Visitor Park
Sunbank Lane, Manchester (map)

Take a front row seat to watch planes take-off and explore real aircraft including the famous Concorde and decommissioned Nimrod patrol and attack aircraft. The Runway Visitor Park of Manchester Airport offers everything for those fascinated by flight.

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Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Chapel Ln., Beeston (map)


Climb to the top of this magnificent castle for incredible views over eight counties. With over 40 acres of trails to explore in the Woodland Park and a museum featuring local history reaching back to the Neolithic age, you're guaranteed to find something for all the family. 
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Manchester United Museum & Trophy Room
Old Trafford, Manchester (map)

Go behind the scenes of one of the greatest football teams of all time and discover why over 200,000 people visit the Manchester United Museum every year.


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Houghton Tower
Houghton Tower, Houghton, Preston, PR5 0SH, (map)

Take a tour of this historic castle and grounds to learn about the Knighting of the Loin. With several dungeons, a witch's kitchen, a doll house collection, walled gardens and turrets, there's plenty to fire up the imagination. 
Bring history to life at the National Waterways Museum located on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. Take a boat trip, explore the historic buildings and learn stories about the people who brought the locks and canals to life. 
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