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Memorable days out, and the virtuous feeling of having opened your mind a bit. Museums. The word used to strike dread into many hearts, but these days they generally go beyond poorly labelled stuff in glass cases. Britain of course has some of the great museums – perhaps the world's greatest in The British Museum in Great Russell Street, London. Newer but with a fantastic reputation is Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield. With a worldwide reputation in contrast to its small size, The Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage in Grasmere has the hordes nodding approval. But the choice goes way beyond the historic and the conventional. Our history is linked to the water, so there are loads of museums dealing with boats. For example The Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire, which houses the Holland I, the first British submarine. Or World of Boats on the docks in Eyemouth, with the friendliest staff who bring the collection of boats from around the world to life. Inland boating is covered at Stoke Bruerne (formerly the Canal Museum) in Northamptonshire, with boats going past to bring the subject to life. Of course some museums are a bit more esoteric – eccentric even – than that. Surely Southport’s British Lawnmower Museum fits neatly in this category. The Orkney Faerie Museum in Westray is decidedly specialised. Keswick’s Pencil Museum might sound anoraky, but it is a brilliant way to spend a rainy hour or two in the Lakes, and kids love it. The Bramah Museum near London Bridge Station is dedicated to the fascinating story of Tea and Coffee, but maybe The Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire is more to your taste. You pays your money (or not, some museums are free) and takes your choice.

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