Enjoy an intimate and uncommercial experience by visiting NewArtCentre. This sculpture park houses an impressive collection by internationally acclaimed artists. Encouraged to ring the front door bell on arrival, visitors feel as though they are enjoying a private viewing.
sculpture.uk.com, free entry, donations to
On a beautiful 50-acre site, buildings from over 600 years have been rescued from other locations and reconstructed here. Medieval shops from
wealddown.co.uk, adults pounds 11.90, children pounds 6.50, under-4s free entry
Its 26-acre site has manned buses and a tram to help you travel around and explore, come rain or shine. Meet 50 "characters" from farms, shops, houses and factories from an epoch (the industrial revolution) that shaped the nation's history.
bclm.co.uk, Adults pounds 14.35, children pounds 7.15
Over 100 sculptures set over 180 acres. Scamper along wooden bridges keeping your eyes peeled for giant dragonflies. Mind you don't get bogged down in the Bog Garden or lost in the giant bamboo tunnels. Heed what you find in the Heather Garden,
Adults pounds 9.30, under-16s free
Shoreditch Street Art Tours,
"Dave" will take on any question hurled at him as he guides you through the ever-changing street art of east
shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk, tours from pounds 12, under-16s pounds 10
Abandoned in 1943 when the area was requisitioned for D-day training, this once idyllic coastal village remains trapped in a time warp of rural 1940s village life. The church and schoolhouse remain eerily intact, yet even the ruined cottages and manor house will awaken imaginations young and old to this bygone age.
tynehamopc.org.uk, free entry
A collection of Welsh buildings that have been taken down and rebuilt here include a manor house, schools and trader shops from different centuries. The museum also has farmyard animals and stunning gardens to roam in; or watch a blacksmith at work. The smell of peat fires and homemade Welsh cakes add to the authenticity.
museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans, free entry
Auchindrain Township, Inverarary
Lovely little museum celebrating and preserving the lifestyle of a genuine farming township, with original buildings offering a fascinating glimpse into the way poor farmers lived in this part of the Highlands in the not too distant past. It also has a lovely little cafe which serves delicious scones!
auchindrain.org.uk, adults pounds 6.30, children pounds 3.60
Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at a museum that brings it vividly to life. You meet an array of costumed characters going about their everyday lives among the thatched cottages in the Old World and the log cabins of the New. The journey is a truly memorable one: sailing aboard a full replica early 1800s ship for a re-run of the long crossing across the North Atlantic. Rich in originality.
nmni.com/uafp, adults: pounds 8, children pounds 4.50, under-4s free entry
Winning tip Grizedale Sculpture,
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