From military to toys, engineering to photography, our diverse culture and history is showcased all across the country. We’ve handpicked some of our top museums and galleries to visit over the South of England – perfect to explore on a lovely long weekend!
1. Hove Museum and Art Gallery in Hove, West Sussex
A great day out with the kids, Hove Museum houses a fantastic collection of toys, crafts, films and fine art for the whole family to enjoy.
What’s On: Daydreams and Diaries: the story of Jacqueline Wilson. This exhibition is dedicated to the best-selling author famous for creating Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and The Illustrated Mum. Nick Sharratt’s colourful display of illustrations are also on show – be inspired to create your own stories and let your imaginations flow with a visit to this fascinating display.
This luxurious Georgian holiday home sleeping 4 + 1 is situated in nearby Brighton – plenty spacious for a family holiday.
STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway – Swindon
Housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building, STEAM is located right in the centre of the Swindon railway works. Step back in time and discover all about the people who built and travelled on The Great Western Railway. Have a go at being an engine driver aboard the locomotives and walk under the tremendous 80 ton Caerphilly Castle!
What’s On: Stop, Look and Listen Trail – learn about the lives of extraordinary people, discover fun facts, drive your own simulator locomotive and become a signalman for the day!
A short drive away, The Coach House in Chittoe, Wiltshire is conveniently located for you explore the wealth of attractions this area has to offer.
The Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent
Located right on the edge of Margate seafront, the Turner is striking in appearance. Inspired by the great artist JMW Turner, the gallery is built on the same site where he stayed when visiting the town! This fantastic space is filled with contemporary works of art, exhibitions and fascinating connections to East Kent area dating back from 1750!
What’s On: Juan Muñoz: Conversation Piece III 2001 – Juan Muñoz (1953 – 2001) intriguing bronze sculptures are on display, arranged as though they are frozen in mid conversation. Set against the window looking out into the dramatic North Sea, the pieces are scaled a little smaller than life size but still, none the less dramatic.
Opt for a stay in your very own castle apartment with stunning sea views! Sleeping 4 + 1, this delightful holiday home is within a pleasant 10 minute drive from the gallery.
Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin, Cornwall
Situated in a Grade II listed building called ‘the keep,’ Cornwall’s Regimental Museum houses uniforms, archives, medals and collections as far back as 1702! Educational as well as entertaining, this makes for an enjoyable day out!
Situated within Bodmin, The Counting House Cottage something from a fairytale. With its thatched roof and olde world charm, enjoy Cornwall at your own pace staying in this relaxing holiday cottage.