East Midlands

  • Banham Zoo
The banham zoo wildlife spectacular will take you on a journey to experience at close quarters some of the world's most exotic, rare and endangered animals. Set in over 35 acres of magnificent parkland, banham zoo houses over 1,000 animals from around the world including tigers, fur seals, penguins, leopards and zebra. A free Safari road-train and all-weather activities centre, Tarzan Adventure Play Area and much more.

    Banham Zoo (Norfolk, England)

    Banham Zoo The banham zoo wildlife spectacular will take you on a journey to experience at close quarters ...

  • Whipsnade Zoo
For a family day out visit the zoo at Whipsnade, not far from Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Whipsnade Park Zoo family attraction was renamed Whipsnade Wild Animal Park and, more recently, has become ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (run by the Zoological Society Of London). Pack your kit bag and get on your boots and see if you’re big enough to find the big 5 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Come to the zoo to see some of the biggest and best stars of the animal kingdom - lions, giraffes, elephants, bears and rhinos.

    Whipsnade Zoo

    Whipsnade Zoo For a family day out visit the zoo at Whipsnade, not far from Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Whipsnade ...

  • Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo is primarily a primate centre but has over 1,000 animals and is the most comprehensive collection of primate species and subspecies in the western world.  Twycross have over 200 species many of which are enrolled in captive breeding programmes and we contribute to conservation in the wild through our Conservation Welfare Fund.

    Twycross Zoo (Leicestershire, East Midlands)

    Twycross Zoo Twycross Zoo is primarily a primate centre but has over 1,000 animals and is the most ...

  • Visit Berkhamsted Castle and learn how the substantial remains of a strong and important motte and bailey castle dating from the 11th to 13th centuries, with surrounding walls, ditches and earthworks. A palace complex was added in the 13th century.

    Berkhamsted Castle

    Visit Berkhamsted Castle and learn how the substantial remains of a strong and important motte and bailey ...

  • Hadleigh Castle

    Hadleigh Castle

    Hadleigh Castle

  • Castle Acre Castle in The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is a very rare and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, town, parish church and associated monastery.  The castle was founded soon after the Conquest by the first William de Warenne and you can still view an immense system of ditched earthworks.

    Castle Acre Castle (Norfolk)

    Castle Acre Castle in The delightful village of Castle Acre boasts an extraordinary wealth of history and is ...

  • Hedingham Castle
Hedingham Castles Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere - A visit to the castle and its beautiful grounds is ideal for a family outing, and during the summer there are a variety of special events which bring its colourful history alive.  Hedingham Castle overlooks beautiful wooded grounds, parkland and gardens but as you pass through the valley walk, the steep slopes of the Motte can tower 40ft above. In 1719, when the house was built, formal gardens were created.

    Hedingham Castle (Essex)

    Hedingham Castle Hedingham Castles Norman keep, 110 feet high, was built c.1140 by Aubrey de Vere - A ...

  • Castle Rising Castle
Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in  England.  One of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in  England, surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks. Begun in 1138 by  William d'Albini for his new wife, the widow of Henry I, in the 14th  century it became the luxurious exile-place of Queen Isabella.  Castle Rising lies in the County of Norfolk, 5 miles to the northeast of King's Lynn, near the Norfolk coast of the Wash, just off the A149. The site is suitable for people with disabilities but access inside could cause problems because of stairs and low ceilings in places. Dogs are allowed ...

    Castle Rising Castle (Norkfolk, England)

    Castle Rising Castle Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England.  ...

  • Orford Castle
Oxford castle was originally built in 1071 for William the Conqueror, to  enable the Normans to control the area. A prison was built within the  castle, which continued to be in use until 1996.  Oxford Castle is located in the city centre, preserved in the buildings of a prison.

    Orford Castle (Oxford, England)

    Orford Castle Oxford castle was originally built in 1071 for William the Conqueror, to enable the Normans ...

  • Colchester Castle
Colchester Castle is undeniably one of the most important historic buildings in the country.  Colchester was the first capital of Roman Britain and beneath the Castle are the remains of the most famous Roman buildings, the Temple of Claudius. Today if you lay your hand on the stonework of the temple it can be said that you are touching the very foundation of Roman Britain.  The Castle first opened to the public as a museum in 1860. Today it is still a living vibrant place.  It is not only the town's flagship museum, but it is also in a real sense a symbol of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.
A visit to Colchester Castle Museum takes you ...

    Colchester Castle (Colchester, England)

    Colchester Castle Colchester Castle is undeniably one of the most important historic buildings in the country. Colchester ...

  • Tilbury Fort
The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London's  seaward approach from the 16th century through to World War II. Henry  VIII built the first fort here, and Queen Elizabeth famously rallied her  army nearby to face the threat of the Armada.  Tilbury Fort is on the north, Essex, bank of the River Thames in England and was built to defend London from attack from the sea, particularly during the Spanish Armada and the Anglo-Dutch Wars. The site is now cared for by English Heritage and opened to the public.

    Tilbury Fort (Essex, On The Thames)

    Tilbury Fort The artillery fort at Tilbury on the Thames estuary protected London's seaward approach from the ...

  • Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is a magnificent specimin of a late 12th-century castle.  Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, one of the most influential  people at the court of the Plantagenet kings, the castle was designed both as a stronghold and a proclamation  of power and status. Architecturally, the fortress is notable for its  curtain wall with regular mural towers, being an early example of this  style. 
Visitors can explore over 800 years of life at Framlingham Castle in an  introductory exhibition in the Poorhouse.

    Framlingham Castle (Suffolk, England)

    Framlingham Castle Framlingham Castle is a magnificent specimin of a late 12th-century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, ...

  • Walden Castle
Located in the grounds of the museum at Saffron Walden are the ruins          of a 12th century Norman keep.

    Walden Castle (Saffron Walden, Essex)

    Walden Castle Located in the grounds of the museum at Saffron Walden are the ruins ...

  • Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is perfect for a family day out you’ll never forget. Typically English, full of big model trains and crammed with thousands of little model people, houses and moving stuff, it will be a definite hit with the children.  Bekonscot Model Village is famed for our little model houses, moving models and incredible Gauge 1 model railway. Theres also a playground, a super 7.25” gauge ride-on railway, walkway and model boats.

    Bekonscot Model Village and Railway (Buckinghamshire)

    Bekonscot Model Village and Railway is perfect for a family day out you’ll never forget. Typically English, full ...

  • Hell Fire Caves On entering the Caves, long winding passages lead deep underground for over half a mile, through the great Banqueting Hall and past several chambers. The final destination is the Inner Temple which is reached by crossing the River Styx. You are now three hundred feet below the Church on top of the hill. There is also a courtyard Café which sells gifts, postcards and refreshments.
Special halloween events - see the caves at their best, where ¼ mile of underground tunnels come alive at the scariest time of the year.

    Hell Fire Caves (Wycombe, Bucks)

    Hell Fire Caves On entering the Caves, long winding passages lead deep underground for over half a mile, ...

  • Tucked away on the Suffolk coast, Dunwich Heath offers you peace and quiet and a true sense of being at one with nature. A rare and precious habitat, the heath is home to special species such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, ant-lion, adder and much more. Quiet and serene, wild and dramatic, this is an inspiring visit, whatever the time of year. From July to September, the heath is alive with colour; a patchwork of pink and purple heather and coconut-scented yellow gorse is an unmissable experience.

    Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre and Beach (Suffolk)

    Tucked away on the Suffolk coast, Dunwich Heath offers you peace and quiet and a true sense ...

  • The Whipple Museum holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present.  The Whipple Museum was founded in 1944 when Robert Stewart Whipple presented his collection of scientific instruments to the University of Cambridg
The Whipple Museum's collection includes scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and other material related to the history of science.
The Museums Collection
The museum's holdings are particularly strong in material dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries, especially objects produced by English instrument makers, although the collection contains objects dating from the medieval period to the present day. Instruments of astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating are well represented, as are sundials, mathematical instruments and early ...

    Whipple Museum of the History of Science (Cambridge)

    The Whipple Museum holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle ...

  • Linton Zoo
Linton Zoo, Cambridgeshire’s Wildlife Breeding Centre is the perfect place for a family outing whatever your age.  Plenty to see including big cats (tigers, lions), exotic birds and reptiles.
Set in 18 Acres of Gardens

    Linton Zoo (Cambridgeshire)

    Linton Zoo Linton Zoo, Cambridgeshire’s Wildlife Breeding Centre is the perfect place for a family outing whatever your ...