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Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort, named Vinovia by the Romans, is located just over 1 mile outside of the town of Bishop Auckland. The fort is the largest in County Durham and dates from the 1st century AD, a time when Roman occupation was still a relatively…

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Piercebridge Roman Fort and Bridge

Visitors to the village of Piercebridge will find not one, but two Roman sites to enjoy - a Roman bridge and a Roman fort.  The first bridge to be built at Piercebridge was constructed to cross the River Tees at the point where the Roman…

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Ravenglass Roman Bath House

The impressive remains of Ravenglass Roman bath house are the tallest and most substantial to be found in northern Britain. Built around 130 AD, the bath house served the nearby fort and civilian settlement (vicus) at Ravenglass.  The fort’s location at Ravenglass harbour gave the…

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Piddington Roman Villa

Following the Roman occupation of Britain, an increasing number of rural homes were built across the province. Named ‘villas’ these complexes were in theory the Roman equivalent of farms, however a secondary, perhaps more accurate, definition would be that they were rural dwellings of some…

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Bleak House, Broadstairs

Bleak House is a four-storey Grade II listed building locating on the cliff overlooking Viking Bay in Broadstairs, Kent. Originally known as Fort House, it was built in 1801 as a residence for a captain of the nearby coastal forts. Charles Dickens spent his summer…

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Mary Anning plaque, Lyme Regis

Mary Anning (1799 –1847) was a prolific fossil collector who made important contributions to the new field of palaeontology, influencing ideas about geology and prehistoric life. She collected fossils in the cliffs near her home in Lyme Regis, Dorset, from a young age. Anning’s father…

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Darlington Railway Museum, Darlington

The world’s first steam locomotive public railway was The Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR), first opened on 27 September 1825. The North-East was a coal-mining area and from the early 1600s wagonways, made from wood and powered by horse-power, were used to convey coal along…

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South Cliff Lift, Scarborough

The first passenger funicular railway in Britain was opened in the seaside town of Scarborough in 1875 by the Scarborough South Cliff Tramway Company, linking The Spa and seafront promenade to the South Cliff. It would be the first of five cliff railways for the…

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Wilberforce House

Wilberforce House, Kingston Upon Hull

William Wilberforce (d.1833), abolitionist and social reformer, was born at Wilberforce House in 1759. As the Member of Parliament for Yorkshire, Wilberforce famously campaigned against the slave trade. Today’s building, conveniently located next to the quayside and high street, was originally on the site of…

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Sir John Soane’s Museum

Entry fee? – Free entry  Brief description of the collection? – Sir John Soane’s museum is a home to an eclectic mix of paintings, architectural pieces and antiquities collected by the famous architect himself throughout his lifetime. Aiming to bring the nature of the ‘Grand…

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William Morris Gallery

Entry Fee? – This museum is free to enter and the temporary exhibition ‘The Enchanted Garden’ is also free to visit.  Brief Description of the museum? – Located ‘Water House’ the former family home of William Morris himself in Walthamstow, the William Morris Gallery is…

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