Birmingham Back to Backs
If you’re in the mood for a bit of time travel, consider booking a guided tour of this highly regarded National Trust attraction. So-called due to the back-to-back nature of the houses, this is one of the few remaining examples of 19th-century working-class homes.
These infamous clusters of cramped houses were built in very close proximity, surrounding a communal courtyard. As your guide steers you from house to house, you’ll step through carefully recreated moments within time. Everything you see, smell, hear and feel has been meticulously pieced together in order to capture an authentic and intimate look at what life was like for the residents here.
Beginning from the 1840s, you’ll experience all of the small, grizzly details that underpinned the lives of working-class Birmingham families, from washing and cooking, to work and entertainment. Your local guide will cover every detail as you travel right through to the 1970s – a fascinating, atmospheric adventure that will make you very grateful for the mod cons at home!
National Football Museum
For the soccer fanatics, there’s no going wrong with Manchester’s highly regarded ode to the planet’s favourite sport. Across four floors, there’s a plethora of sights, stories and activities to get stuck into.
For the footie veterans, there’s a huge display of incredible footballing artefacts, from incredible silverware, famous strips and boots, to personal letters written by greats of the game.
It’s not just exhibitions on offer here though. If you’re itching to get moving, there’s a whole floor of games and challenges to try out. Including a penalty shootout against a virtual goalkeeper, plus many other mini-games designed to test your footballing skills.
Before you leave, be sure to get your photo taken with the Premier League trophy!
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Great Orme Mines
Ever wondered what it would be like to work in a mine? The Great Orme mines North-west of the Welsh town of Llandudno, The Great Orme is a limestone headland that is home to over 5 miles of pre-historic mines. They date back to the Bronze Age and are thought to be the largest prehistoric mines ever discovered!
This sense of history makes for an incredibly exciting adventure, as you watch the introductory video, don your hard hat and descend into the cold, hard tunnels that were mined by our ancestors over 3,500 years ago.
Through the self-guided tour, you’ll uncover the story of the bronze age era. Discover how the miners turned the rock into metal at the smelting shelter, before uncovering the impact of the bronze age at the visitor centre. An experience to remember!
National Space Centre
If you’re more interested in the stars than ancient artefacts, then you’ll be right at home at Leicester’s National Space Centre. Rated in the top 10% of attractions worldwide, this astonishing collection is home to six galleries packed full of incredible sights.
You’ll see real-life rockets in the 42 metre-high rocket tower, walk through a mock-up of the Columbus Module from the International Space Station, and come face-to-face with spacesuits and meteorites.
The fun doesn’t stop there either – you’ll get opportunities to take a trip through a wormhole, watch the Big Bang and witness an alien autopsy!
The centre is also home to an award-winning, full-dome 360-degree planetarium, where you’ll be immersed in a huge variety of spell-binding shows.