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Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

Museums

If you haven’t been to a museum in years for fear of drab venues and broken pots in glass cases, you may be interested to hear that museums in England have been transported into the 21st century. Prepare yourself for a surprise as the South East has some of the most dynamic museums in England, with more hundreds across the region.

In place of stuffy rooms and wardens shushing for quiet, you’ll find inspirational and interactive spaces with engaging and accessible exhibits from retro cars to animatronics. Whether you’re into heritage, maritime, wildlife, or sport, you’re bound to find a museum that’s right up your street.

The South East is home to two brilliant Dockyards: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire and The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. Discover maritime history onboard some of the most famous war ships in British Naval history and find out what life was like for sailors in years gone by.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire’s New Forest. See one of the largest car collections held by any of the museums in England, with 250 cars of every age including land speed record-breakers Golden Arrow and Bluebird.

Many of Britain’s best-loved authors lived in the South East and found the region inspirational for their work. Explore the Jane Austen House Museum in Hampshire, the  house where Jane Austen wrote some of her famous novels, and visit the many locations in Kent that tell of the life and works of Charles Dickens, such as the Guildhall Museum in Rochester and the Dickens House Museum.

Other museums in the South East that will help expand your curiosity include the Ashmolean Museum and the River & Rowing Museum, both in Oxfordshire; Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey; Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight; The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire; and The Look Out Discovery Centre in Berkshire.

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Oxford Town Hall

Oxford Town Hall

A victorian building opened in 1897 and still used for local government. Original rooms such as the Court Room and Council Chambers are available to...

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  1. Add Oxford Town Hall to your Itinerary

    Oxford Town Hall

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Oxford

    A victorian building opened in 1897 and still used for local government. Original rooms such as the Court Room and Council Chambers are available to view as is the City Plate Collection. Home to the Museum of Oxford from Spring 2012.

  2. Add Claydon House to your Itinerary

    Claydon House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Buckingham

    There is plenty to do for all the family; see the beautiful interiors of the 400 year old house, roam the restored estate gardens, picnic, or simply eat, drink and shop in the 18th century courtyard.

  3. Add Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' to your Itinerary

    Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location

    Alresford

    Let off steam and travel by one of our lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

  4. Add Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum to your Itinerary

    Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Lewes

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex. in Barbican House Museum, explore the archeological history of Sussex and the changing exhibitions in the upper gallery.

  5. Add Aldershot Military Museum to your Itinerary

    Aldershot Military Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Aldershot

    A look behind the scenes at 150 years of life in home of British Army. Victorian barrack room, uniforms and equipment. Local history gallery. Military vehicle gallery.

  6. Add Pendon Museum to your Itinerary

    Pendon Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Long Wittenham

    Pendon aims to recapture, in detailed and colourful miniature, scenes showing the beauty of the English countryside as it used to be in the years around 1930.

  7. Add Isle of Wight Steam Railway to your Itinerary

    Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location

    HAVENSTREET

    Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out.

  8. Add SEARCH to your Itinerary

    SEARCH

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Gosport

    SEARCH is Hampshire Museum's Hands-on Centre for History and Natural Sciences. Normally only open to pre-booked groups, SEARCH also offers occasional family open days and holiday workshops.

  9. Add Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum  to your Itinerary

    Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Woodstock

    A museum which tells the personal lives of generations of men and women experienced through war.

  10. Add Margate Museum to your Itinerary

    Margate Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.