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Anderby Drainage Museum is situated at the seaward side of the Anderby Drain at Gowts Bridge, Anderby Creek, Skegness, Lincolnshire, and is one of the original discharge points.

This diesel powered pumping station served the area well for nearly 50 years and was preserved by the Alford Drainage Board when the new electrical powered pumping station adjacent to it was opened in 1992.

Visitors to the museum will be able to see the diesel engines running as well as displays of old land drainage equipment and other bygones.

The museum is not open every day so please check to see what days it is open before viewing.  Limited free parking is available.  Shops and cafes are nearby as is Anderby Creek beach and the Coastal Reserve.

 

For full details and the latest opening times, visit the LMDB website.
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In the village of Old Bolingbroke in Lincolnshire, England there is a ruined castle which is hidden away.  When we visited on a cold November morning when there was mist in the air and frost all around.  The 13th century castle is a little gem tucked away.  It is easy to walk round and entry is free.  Parking is tight and on the road but to be honest it isn’t much of a problem as there are few visitors (especially in November).   There aren’t any facilities though as it really is just a ruin.

The Castle is now being run by English Heritage but it is still free to enter!  So, for all the latest info, check out the English Heritage Bolingbroke Castle web page.

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The People’s History Museum’s collection relates to the history of working people in Britain. The collection includes 18th and 19th century political cartoons, a significant poster collection, around 3000 badges from a variety of organisations and an important collection of political tokens and medals. In addition the museum holds the largest collection of historic trade union and political banners in the world and is the UK’s leading authority on the conservation and study of banners.

The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 10.00am until 5.00pm.

The museum is free admission as are many of the events and talks.

For more information, visit the People’s History Museum website.
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An elaborately sculptured Pictish cross-slab with an intricate cross, angels, animals, warrior, Pictish symbols and three hooded figures.

Covered by a protective enclosure.

For more information on Pictish stones, visit: Pictish stones

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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Begun for James II in 1460, the castle consists of two round towers linked by a cross range.

The west tower was the residence of James II’s widow, Queen Mary of Gueldres. Limited access.

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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The Cişmigiu Gardens (Romanian: Parcul Cişmigiu) are a public park near the center of Bucharest, Romania, spanning areas on all sides of an artificial lake. The gardens’ creation was an important moment in the history of Bucharest. They form the oldest and, at 17 hectares, the largest park in city’s central area. The main entrance is from Regina Elisabeta Boulevard, in front of the City Hall; there is another major entrance at the Ştirbei Vodă Street, near the Creţulescu Palace. The southwestern corner of the park is adjacent to the Gheorghe Lazăr High School.

For more information, visit the Cișmigiu Gardens, Bucharest Wikipedia page

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One of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland with a later, very fine, stone hall house and curtain wall.

The original seat of the Moray family.

For the latest information, visit the Abbey website.
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The west end of the great abbey church of the Tironensians, brought to Kelso in 1128 by David I.

Even in its fragmentary state, this is a superb piece of architecture.

Open all year round, free admission.

For the latest information, visit the Abbey website.
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Te Papa is New Zealand’s national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun. The collections at the museum are in five different areas: Art, History, Pacific, Māori, and Natural Environment.

Open every day of the year, including public holidays.
Hours: 10am−6pm, and 10am−9pm on Thursdays.
Free entry, though charges apply to some short-term exhibitions and activities.

For more information and latest updates, visit the Te Papa Tongarewa website

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The Royal Botanic Gardens is a place of natural beauty, where people come for peace, relaxation, education, and to learn more about plants and horticulture.

The Royal Botanic Garden is open every day of the year, except for any areas assigned for special or ticketed events. Entry is free, except there is an entry fee for the Tropical Centre.

For more information and latest updates, visit the Royal Botanic Gardens website

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Friday through Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

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South anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio of San Francisco

Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 as part of a defense system of forts planned for the protection of San Francisco Bay. It was designed at the height of the Gold Rush with the aim of protecting the Bay’s important commercial and military installations against foreign attack.  Although Fort Point never saw battle, the building has tremendous significance due to its military history, its architecture, and its association with maritime history.

After the Civil Was the Fort was rarely used, only occasionally as barracks.  When the Golden Gate Bridge was planned, the idea was also to demolish fort Point.  Luckily for the Fort the Chief Engineer recognised its architectural value and saved the Fort.  During the second world war it was once again used as barracks.  After that, the Fort’s future was uncertain until in 1970 Fort Point became a National Historic Site.

For more information and latest updates, visit the Fort Point website

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Intercultural Museum is a department of the Oslo City Museum (OM). IKM works to promote understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

For the latest information visit the Armed Forces Museum (Forsvarsmuseet) website.
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The museum shows Norwegian military history from Viking times until the 1950s through unique objects, models and dioramas.

For the latest information visit the Armed Forces Museum (Forsvarsmuseet) website.
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Akershus Fortress, located in the city centre by the Oslo Fjord, is a great place to discover Oslo’s history and a beautiful place to enjoy a summer day.

Address:
Akershus festning
Postal code:
0015 Oslo

For the latest information visit the Akershus Fortress website.

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The Forbes Galleries, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, are tucked within the lobby of
Forbes Magazine’s headquarters in New York City.

The Forbes Galleries include:

  • Picture Gallery
  • Jewellery Gallery
  • Carrère Gallery
  • Hastings Gallery
  • Lobby Gallery

The Galleries are open free to the public 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays – Saturdays.

For the latest information visit the Forbes Galleries website.
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Dating from 1864 this former forge/blacksmith’s served the local community of farmers and tradesmen.

It is now an exhibition of old memorabilia and a restored earth privy.

The forge is fired on the first Saturday of each month.

For the most up-to-date information on admissions, visit the Welbourn Forge website.

 

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The National Air and Space Museum has the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. In addition it is a vital centre for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

National Mall Building

Washington, D.C.

Address:

Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
202-633-2214

Hours:
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Extended Summer Hours:
March 25 – September 4
10:00 am – 7:30 pm
See early closures during this period.

Open every day except December 25.

Admission: Free

Parking: No Museum parking. Public lots located nearby, fees vary.

 

For more information visit the National Air & Space Museum website

 

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Brandsbutt Symbol Stone – an early Pictish symbol stone, with an ogham inscription.

For more information on Pictish stones, visit: Pictish stones

For more information on access visit the Historic Scotland website.
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Beauly Priory, the ruined church of a Valliscaulian priory, one of three founded in 1230. Part of the building was later rebuilt in the 1530s.

Access: Please visit the Historic Scotland website (link below) for more information about opening times and availability.

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A handsome tower house on an L plan, built in 1581 and still retaining its iron gate or yett.

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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Within Holyrood Park is a wealth of history and archaeology spanning thousands of years. Arthur’s Seat is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago.

The park is a scheduled ancient monument and a site of special scientific interest due to its archaeology, geology and wildlife.

The Park offers walks, solace, wildlife, volcanic geology and unparalleled views of the city from its many vantage points.

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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A fine example of a motte castle in a part of Scotland where this type of early timber castle proliferated in the 12th and 13th centuries.

A very steep climb.

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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Kilchurn has a four-storey tower built in the mid 15th century by Sir Colin Campbell, 1st of Glenorchy. Much enlarged in 1693, it incorporates the first purpose-built barracks in Scotland.

The substantial ruins are some of the most picturesque in the country with spectacular views down Loch Awe. The loch is important for waterfowl and a large pike.

Access: The castle is open in the summer only (April to September)

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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Cambuskenneth Abbey was founded around 1140 by canons of the Arrouaisian order, but subsequently passed to the Augustinians. The founder was David I. Cambuskenneth served Stirling Castle, one of David’s favoured residences, which lay a short distance to the west. The abbey was the scene of Robert Bruce’s parliament in 1326, and the burial place of James III and his queen, Margaret of Denmark, in the 1480s.

Access: Open in the summer only (1 April – 30 September).

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.
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This is one of the earliest castles in Scotland, dating to the 12th century. Later towers were built in addition to now vanished wooden structures.

For more information visit the Historic Scotland website.

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Open: Mon to Sat, 10am – 4pm (closed public holidays)
Admission: Free
Transport: Bike rack, parking and buses: 1, 45, 47, 61, 63, x62, x64

Martineau Gardens is a beautiful community garden and a charity, located two miles from Birmingham City Centre. An oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquility or simply a great destination for an outdoor adventure, there are two and a half acres of organically managed landscape for you to explore.

Garden highlights include woodland, wildlife areas (with SLINC status), an orchard, vegetable plots, unusual trees and shrubs, children’s ‘shipwreck’ play, bird hide, bee hives, glass houses plus plants and jams for sale. Hot and cold drinks available (donations welcomed) and picnics welcome.

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The gardens are open every day of the year from dawn until dusk. The Gilstrap Heritage Centre is open 7 days a week, 9am-6pm (summer), 9am-5pm (winter).

Admission to the gardens and heritage centre is free.

Castle Gate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BG

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Fun and education are two things families will love at the Lion Park, Pan for Gold and Gems or learn all about nature on the Woodland Nature Trail.

Jersey Goldsmiths at Lion Park
Rue des Varvots
St Lawrence
JE3 1GX
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Constructed between 1810 and 1815 to provide accommodation for the soldiers who guarded the Bay from French invasion, the Barracks housed regiments of troops up until 1926.

Grève de Lecq Barracks is located in Grève de Lecq Bay, St. Mary.

Grève de Lecq Barracks is open from May to September each year, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm to 5 pm.

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Situated about 8km below the main town of Monchique is the little village of Caldas de Monchique (literally meaning spring of Monchique).  It was completey renovated a few years ago after particularly bad floods but is now a fantastic little gem.  There is a group of hotels which are situated there as well as restaurants and a fab bar which seems like it is built into a cave.  You can visit the spring and there is plenty of room for a picnic even if parking is a little sparce.  The spring is such good quality that there is also a bottling plant situated on the way out.

The best time to go would be just outside high season as the weather will still be fab but you might just be able to park!

 

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The museum is located in Ballygate. Open 1st April to 31st October, from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Mondays, when the museum is closed. Open on Bank Holidays during these months.

Entry is free. The museum is a charity and funding for the several thousand pound rent and running costs is obtained from grants, donations, friends’ fund raising and sales of books and shop items. All donations are gratefully received.
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Creswell Heritage Trust, Creswell Crags Visitor Centre, Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Notts. S80 3LH
Admission to the Museum and Education Centre and the Creswell Crags site is free. Charges are made for Site Tours and Events (please see the events programme for charges applied to specific tours and events.

FREE entry. Parking is £2.00 all day.

Fantastic website: Creswell Crags packed with loads more information.

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Baysgarth House Museum
Baysgarth Park
Barton upon Humber
North Lincolnshire
DN18 6AN

From the North Lincs website:
“CHAMP (Community Heritage Arts & Media Project) now manages Baysgarth House.

Opening times:
Friday, Saturday and bank holidays 12noon to 4pm

To check on opening times and current events, please call 01652 637568.

The surrounding Baysgarth Park has facilities for all the family.

New audio trails giving a guided tour of the town, with commentaries from local people, can be hired or bought from the museum.”

FREE admission and parking.
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Amoreira beach, situated about 8 km from Aljezur feels cut-off from the rest of the local beaches. It is a wide expanse of sand with the Aljezur river flowing along one side into the Atlantic. This river provides a perfect haven for swimming, kayaking or just messing about in the water. With the sea often rough here the river is an ideal relaxation spot. Amoreira does not have many facilties, there is a local cafe/restaurant which provides toilet facilities and there is plenty of parking spaces but can be quite busy in summer, however the beach itself is so large that even in the height of summer there is room for everyone.

For more information, visit the local website.
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Located in the south-west corner of Portugal near the town of Aljezur, Arrifana is a stunning Blue Flag beach hailed by surfers and sun lovers alike.

For more information, visit the local website.
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Perched high up on the top of one of the peculiar Algarvian hills that make up the town on Aljezur, the castle is now just a ruin.  The site has been occupied since the Iron Age but the castle is a Moorish fort from the 10th century.  The Moors controlled Algarve (meaning ‘the west’) and Aljezur (‘the bridges’) until it was conquered by the Portuguese in the 13th century.

The castle originally consisted of courtyard surrounded by high walls and 2 main towers.  The castle was badly damaged by the 1755 earthquake but much of the outer walls remain.
The castle has stunning panaromic views from Monchique to the east to the Altantic on the west.  Well worth the trip up the hill.

Entrance free.  Limited free parking.

For more information, visit the local website.
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The British Museum is an amazing place that grabs the visitor as soon as you enter the building. The grandeur of the building immediately lets you know you are somewhere special. It would be impossible for us to list all the amazing exhibits that the Museum has but our highlights were the ancient civilization sections and the stunning reading room. For any visitor we would definitely suggest a visit to see the Elgin marbles which for all we know could eventually go back to Athens. Other highlights include the Celtic gold torc found at Snettisham and the fragments of the colossal horses from Halikarnassos.

The British Museum is free entry but asks for optional donations and being in the middle of London using public transport is probably best.

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Open daily 10am – 6pm. Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9pm. Last admission to paying exhibitions is 45 minutes before the Gallery closes. Closing commences 10 minutes prior to the stated time. The Gallery is closed 24-26 December.

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Mon to Sun: 10am-6pm. Last admission: 5.30pm. Closed: 24 to 26 December.

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Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London, Greater London, England, NW1

All year, Daily, Open dawn to dusk

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10.00 to 17.45 daily, 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00. ).Closed 24, 25 & 26 December

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The Science Museum, London is open 7 days a week from 10.00 to 18.00 except 24 to 26 December.

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Open all the time. Daily from 10am – 5.45pm

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1 mile NE of Ampthill off A421, 8 miles S of Bedford

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In Berkhamsted, next to railway station

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Takeley, nr Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire CM22 6NE Telephone: 01279 874040 (Infoline)

Entry to the park is free, there is a charge for parking.

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Fairlands Valley Park, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts. SG2 0BL. Telephone: 01438 353241

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The Park and Farm is open every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Eve,Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Entry to the park is free, there is a charge for parking.

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The Museum is easily accessible by public transport and has a free car park.

Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00. Sunday 14.00-17.00. The Museum is open every day except 24-26 December.

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Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ.

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27 Grosvenor Street, Chester. CH1 2DD

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Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire. CH3 9NE

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Free entry to all areas of Windsor Great Park, except for the Savill Garden. Free car parking areas on the A332. Chargeable parking at gates around the Great Park. Open year round from 7am to dusk.

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Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays

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Open Wed – Sat (11:30 – 4pm)

Slough Museum, 278/286 High Street, Slough, SL1 1NB

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The Museum is open every day (including Bank Holidays) 10am – 3pm Winter (1 Oct – 31 March) 10am – 6pm Summer (1 April – 30 Sept) For details please telephone 0118 939 9800.

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Museum of Reading
Tuesday – Saturday ~ 10am – 4pm
Sunday ~ 11am – 4pm
Closed Mondays except: Bank Holiday Mondays ~ 11am – 4pm
The Museum is also closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday

Museum Surgery is between 12pm and 4pm every Thursday, see the News & Events page for more details

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Bunyan Museum, Mill Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU. Tel / Fax: (01234) 213722.

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Bromham Mill, Bridge End, Bromham, Bedford, MK43 8LP. Telephone: (01234) 824330.

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Bedford Museum, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD. Telephone No. 01234 353323

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Castle Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire. MK40 3XD. Tel: +44(0)1234 353323.

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Open from Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm. Sunday 7.20am – 5pm. Guided tours on Saturdays, or as arranged through the Chapter Clerk

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Open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00 – 17.00. Tours available for booked groups.

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Road Directions – 2 miles from the M32. Public car parks nearby, the nearest being West End Car Park. Public Transport Directions – Bus service numbers 1, 8, 9, 41, 43, 54, 55 & 99 from the City centre and Temple Meads train station.

Open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00 to 17.00. All groups must be booked.

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The Tower is free to enter and situated in Brandon Hill park, just off Park Street. It’s open daily from 08.00 – dusk (16.00 winter and 19.00 summer). Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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Road Directions – By car: 2miles from the M32. Public car parks nearby (pay). Public Transport Directions – Bus service numbers 1,8,9,41,43,54,55 & 99. By train: to Temple Meads station, then bus to the City Centre

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Dreamspace Gallery

Dreamspace Gallery

Set up by Adrem in 2007, the dreamspace gallery is a design, arts and architecture gallery that showcases some of the best talent in architecture, arts and design. As well as exhibiting the work of established names, the gallery exhibits a nu-breed of passionate and creative talent in the UK: discovering fresh faces on the cusp of breakthrough. The dreamspace gallery aims to channel the creative energy from the art and design community into worthy social causes and provides a stimulating forum for architects, designers and enthusiasts alike.

Del Hossain, Director of the dreamspace gallery, says “Galleries in London usually wait until designers have an established name and a following before they entertain them as potential exhibitors. In reality the next great artist or designer might be under their very noses, just waiting for the opportunity to shine. The dreamspace gallery allows them to do this. It is at the helm of the creative community and provides opportunities to creatives before they are known”.

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13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

Sir John Soane’s Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5pm when admission is free.

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Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

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Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

The V&A Museum of Childhood is open everyday 10:00-17:45. Last admission 17:30. The Museum is closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January every year. Admission is free

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Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Open daily (except 24, 25 and 26 December) 10.00am – 6.00pm

NB: special exhibitions may charge an admission fee

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The Science Museum, London is open 7 days a week from 10.00 to 18.00 except 24 to 26 December.

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The Arts Centre provides an area for the display and sale of an endless variety of local artists’ work which includes paintings, sculptures, jewellery and pottery.

Open
Tuesday through Sunday 11 am – 4 pm
Closed Mondays.

Admission Free

Wheelchair accessible

Dockyard Bermuda

Phone: 441-234-2809

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Somerset Road, Sandys Parish

Hours: 10:00 – 16:30 (daily)

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The State House(1620) in St. George’s was the first purpose-built home of the House of Assembly, which then constituted the only chamber of the Parliament of Bermuda. Other than fortifications, it was Bermuda’s first stone building. It is the oldest surviving Bermudian building, again excepting some fortifications, and has been used since 1815 as a Masonic lodge.

Tel: 292 2480

Hours: 10:00 – 15:00 (Wed), closed public holidays

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Bus Routes: 1, 3, 10, 11 Ferry to St. George’s: Apr-Nov only, yellow route

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Located in the City Hall Arts Centre in the heart of Hamilton, the Bermuda National Gallery is the home of Bermuda’s national art collection and is at the centre of the Island’s vibrant arts scene.

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Hours: 09:30 – 17:00 (daily)

Built in the 1870s to defend against a possible attack by American forces; it offers spectacular views of the capital and the cruise ships in Hamilton Harbour.

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Quaint post office.

Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Mon – Fri), closed public holidays

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Hours: 09:30 – 15:30 (Mon – Sat), closed public holidays

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Phone: (441) 236-6483

Bus Routes: 2, 7, 8 p

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Waterville was built in 1725 by John Trimingham II. It is now The Bermuda National Trust’s headquarters set in beautifully planted gardens and a small park. One of the The Bermuda National Trust’s Museums.

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Open: Sunrise to sunset.

Tours: 1-11⁄2 hours, 10:30am, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, weather permitting.

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Overlooking the old city of Braga, this religious sanctuary is a fantastic day out. Take a picnic and enjoy sitting in the woods and looking at the stunning views over the Minho. This is the most famous building in Braga with amazing Baroque steps, which looks like a lot to climb but isn’t too bad!

As an added bonus there is also what is known as a ‘magnetic hill’ or ‘gravity hill’ as you drive out of the top of the area.  See for yourself! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_magnetic_hills#Portugal

FREE entrance to the grounds and cathedral. Limited free parking. Paid for amusements include the funicular (1 euro 10 one way) and boating lake (3 euros per person).

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The Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon houses a wide range of artefacts from two broad areas – Oriental & Classical Art and European Art. The collection includes paintings, coins, furniture, carpets, books and sculptures. There is also a separate Lalique collection. In addition, the museum also has exhibitions.

There are also various changing exhibitions such as the exhibition on the Greek Gods which includes many coins from the classical Greece.

The museum is situated close to the S. Sebastião or Praça de Espanha metro stations. The museum is free but only on a Sunday or on International Museum day. Free entry is also available for other groups.

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The Pantheon, meaning ‘all of the gods’, was originally a Roman temple built by Marcus Agrippa. It was rebuilt in around 125 AD in Hadrian’s reign. It has since been taken over by the Catholic church and contains numerous tombs including that of Raphael. It is the best preserved Roman building of its time and the dome truly is fantastic with a corbelled ceiling and an opening at the apex which lets the sun shine in.

The Pantheon is currently free to enter and as such it is very busy, but as a key Roman building it is well worth the visit.

Metro:  nearest Metro station is Spagna
For more information, visit the website.

 

 

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