England Journals

Attractions for History Fans

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A travel journal to England by CarolineR-D

The Undercliffe Cemetery Photo, England, United Kingdom More Photos
Quote: History lessons have never been so much fun

Eden Camp

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Attraction | "An interesting museum - but chilly!"

Eden Camp Photo, York, England
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Eden Camp is a museum devoted to the experience of Britain at war. It focusses mainly on World War 2, but there are some exhibits relating to World War 1 and also post-war conflicts such as Palestine, Korea, The Falklands and The Gulf. What is unusual about this museum is that it is located in an original prisoner of war camp, which was built in 1942.We were looking for an undercover attraction that was not too expensive, as rain was forecast, and Eden Camp seemed to fit the bill. Admission is £6 for adults and £5 for children and senior citizens, so very reasonable, especially when you realise what a vast amount of information this museum has to offer. (Please note that credit or debi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2013

Eden Camp
Prisoner of War Camp No 83
York, England YO17 6RT
+44 1653 697777

Police and Prison Museum

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Attraction | "Hear the Clang of the Prison Gates"

Police and Prison Museum Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Located in a building that was once part of the ironically-named Liberty Prison, built in 1816, this museum offers a glimpse of what life was like for prisoners in the 19th century. After the prison closed in 1878, the building became home to Ripon Police station, and it sheds light on the history of policing from Anglo Saxon times to the present day.The sight of a replica police box in the courtyard as you enter the museum immediately caught my daughters’ attention. Being ‘Dr Who’ fans, they were disappointed that they couldn’t actually step inside the Tardis, but it certainly makes an eye-catching feature at the entrance to the museum. At the museum you can find out more about the imp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2013

Police and Prison Museum
27 Stmarygate, Ripon
Yorkshire, england
01765 690 799

Workhouse Museum and Garden

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Attraction | "A Grim but Fascinating Museum"

Workhouse Museum and Garden Photo, Yorkshire, England
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Many years ago my father told me how, as a boy, he had dived into the canal to rescue an old man who had tried to take his own life. This man had been terrified of going into the workhouse. Sadly, my father was too late to save him. This tragic tale has always stayed with me and fuelled a fascination for what life in the workhouse must have meant for those unfortunate enough to end up there. Ripon Workhouse Museum traces the history of the workhouse, focussing on the significant changes brought about by the Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834. Amongst the Victorians the idea prevailed that the workhouse regime should be as harsh as possible to prevent the poor from taking advan...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2013

Workhouse Museum and Garden
75 Allhallowgate
Ripon
01765 698006

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

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Attraction | "Rebuilding History"

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Photo, Chichester, England
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Located in the heart of the South Downs National Park, 7 miles north of Chichester, the Weald and Downland Museum is a collection of 50 reconstructed historical buildings dating from medieval times.All the buildings originate from the South East of England and offer a fascinating glimpse into the living and working conditions of our ancestors. Set in 45 acres, you can combine your history lesson with a very pleasant walk through winding, woodland paths (ideal on a hot summer’s day when you want some shade, or on a drizzly day when you need shelter from the rain) and there are lots of picnic tables and benches for you to stop and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. On the lake there are lots...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2013

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Singleton
Chichester PO18 0EU
01243 811363

The Undercliffe Cemetery

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Attraction | "An unusual but interesting walk"

The Undercliffe Cemetery Photo, England, United Kingdom
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It seems a little odd to refer to a cemetery as an ‘attraction’ but a wander round this hillside cemetery set in 26 acres of parkland will offer you a very interesting lesson in Victorian history as well as some lovely views over the Aire valley and the city of Bradford. I suppose many people might find this a rather creepy place to visit, but for me there is something beautiful and atmospheric about Undercliffe Cemetery. If you can get past the stigma and taboos of a place associated with death, you will find an air of poignancy, calm and mystery. I love to read the headstones and reflect on the stories they tell, the unanswered questions they lead me to ponder. I love the wistful-loo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2013

The Undercliffe Cemetery
The Lodge, 127 Undercliffe Lane
Bradford BD3
01274 642276

Thackray Medical Museum

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Attraction | "Not for the Faint Hearted"

Thackray Medical Museum Photo, Leeds, England
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This unusual museum explores key medical developments from Victorian times to the modern day. A mock-up of a Leeds street from 1842, helped us to appreciate the squalid conditions, complete with authentic smells and some gory detail. We were invited to focus on a particular character and investigate cures for their ailment. This meant looking round the druggist and chemist shops as well as finding out about bizarre quack remedies. It was a great way of making the information more meaningful and getting us to focus on the individuals behind the statistics.We learned about medical pioneers such as Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner and Alexander Fleming and the huge contributions th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2013

Thackray Medical Museum
41 Beckett Street
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 7LN
+44 113 244 4343

Lincoln Castle

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Attraction | "13th Century History Up Close"

Lincoln Castle Photo, Lincoln, England
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Lincoln Castle is currently undergoing refurbishment which will not be complete until 2015, so it is not the most inspiring place at present. The castle walls are being reconstructed and the scaffolding makes the whole place look a bit of an eyesore. Hopefully, it will be worthwhile when the work is finished as there will be a complete wall walk offering superb views of Lincoln. Once the prison buildings are refurbished, I'm sure they should also be worth seeing.Given that there wasn’t much going on when we visited, the £12 entrance fee (for 3 adults and 1 child) seemed a little expensive, but one of the things we did enjoy was the Magna Carta and Charter of the Forest Exhibition. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 2, 2013

Lincoln Castle
Castle Hill
Lincoln, England
44 (0)1522 511068