Days out | Top 10 museums around Bristol

Something different for a rainy day

Wookey Hole Caves and Attractions

These caves have been used by people for around 45,000 years – fossils, remains and tools have all been found in their depths. After your cave tour, visit Wookey’s handmade paper mill, the oldest in Britain!

Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB www.wookey.co.uk

Save up to 15% by booking online

Exeter’s Underground Passages

Built for medieval Exeter’s water pipes back in the 15th century, these passages are large enough to explore and make for a fascinating day out.

2 Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1GA www.exeter.gov.uk/passages

10% discount

Dartmoor Prison Museum

Prison memorabilia and weapons, stories from ‘life inside’ and other artefacts from the past 200 years are all on display in this notorious jail.

HMP Dartmoor, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6RR www.dartmoor-prison.co.uk

Concessionary rate

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum

Visit the oldest house in Bath and walk away with a full stomach – the Eating House serves up historical English dishes and takes its name from the young Huguenot baker who invented the now-famous Bath bun.

Sally Lunn’s House, 4 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX www.sallylunns.co.uk

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden

Learn about the man behind the first smallpox vaccination and other discoveries made by this pioneering doctor by visiting his birthplace in Berkeley.

The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9BN www.jennermuseum.com

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Holst Birthplace Museum Composer

Gustav Holst was born in this house in 1874 and the place has been maintained as a time capsule of Victorian life, where you can learn about 19th-century cooking, baking and living.

4 Clarence Road, Pittville, Cheltenham GL52 2AY www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Dinosaur Museum

This interactive experience involving all things dinosaur is great for kids and just a few miles from Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EW www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum

One of the oldest woollen mills in the UK, Coldharbour Mill lets visitors look back in time at the Industrial Revolution and see craftsmen and women in action making traditional textiles and hand-woven rugs.

Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3EE www.coldharbourmill.org.uk

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Geevor Tin Mine

Go inside an 18th-century tin mine and learn all about the old Cornish mining industry, and the community that surrounded it. A fun day out for the whole family.

Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW www.geevor.com

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Tetbury Police Museum & Courtroom

Visit this victorian police station, find out about Gloucestershire’s policing history and stop off in the pretty Tetbury centre for a cuppa afterwards.

The Old Courthouse, 63 Long Street, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8AA

www.tetbury.gov.uk/tourism/tetbury-police-museum-courtroom

Free entry (all exhibitions)

Header image credit: Alison Day, Flickr

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