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What is it?

  • There are many other attractions, in addition to historic houses and museums and art galleries, that you can go to visit.  

  • They include gardens and parks, heritage and visitor centres, old workplace attractions, including mills and factories, railways and ships, as well as the better known theme and amusement parks.  

  • Many people go to visit such attractions as part of a day out or a holiday trip.  But others take a more serious interest in them, often as part of a wider interest like gardening, local history, or various forms of arts and crafts.  

  • Some of these are basically static attractions where you walk round and look at various exhibits.  At others, including some heritage and science centres as well as theme and amusement parks, you can be more actively involved.  Many of these other attractions are open on a year round basis.

Find out more


Association of Leading Visitor Attractions  www.alva.org.uk/
British Tourist Authority  www.visitbritain.com
Garden Visit and Travel Guide  www.gardenvisit.com/
Theme Parks of England  tpoe.virtualave.net/
Ride Guide UK  homepage.ntlworld.com/rideguideuk/
UKThemeParkPage   vzone.virgin.net/neil.mowforth/


AA Britain Guide (Annual)

The British Tourist Authority (see opposite) and Regional Tourist Boards issue guides to various types of attractions in different parts of the country.

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club that covers the type of attraction that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre or see if your local attractions offer special introductory events.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of other attractions.

  • Check in your local library/paper, attractions or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone can go to visit these attractions and many of them have at least some sections specifically designed for children. 

  • It is easy to visit these types of attraction on your own, but many people choose to go in an informal group of family or friends.  

  • For some types of attraction, particularly gardens, workplaces, railways and heritage centres, you may be able to join local groups of enthusiasts who arrange visits from time to time.

Equipment or clothing
  • You do not need any kind of special clothing or equipment to go on these types of attraction. 

  • The only necessity is access to the transport necessary to get you to the place you want to be.

A place or facilities
  • There are many different attractions of these types all over the UK and abroad.  They can be found in cities, towns and the countryside.

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