Museums and Galleries

Is culture your thing?

With so many museums and galleries, here are just a small selection to inspire you...


1. Ashmolean Museum

7. National Gallery 13. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
2. BALTIC 8. National Museum Cardiff 14. Science Museum
3. York Castle Museum 9. National Museum of Scotland 15. Tate Galleries
4. Historic Dockyard Chatham 10. National Railway Museum 16. The Beatles Story
5. Jorvik Viking Centre 11. Natural History Museum 17. The Lowry
6. National Football Museum 12. No.1 Royal Crescent  


Details of these locations are below. For full BritRail Map click here.

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Britain's first museum was initially a collection of miscelaneous manmade and natural specimens and curiosities from around the world presented to Oxford Univeristy by Elias Ashmole in 1683.
In the late-nineteenth century the University's art collection was brought together in the building that is the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology today.
Housing Egyptian mummies and works by Raphael, Turner and Van Gogh the Ashmolean museum is open year-round.
Nearest station: Oxford
Based in a former flour mill on the banks of Newcastle's River Tyne, BALTIC is a contemorary art gallery with no permanent collection. Its trend setting exhibitions and events constantly change throughout the year.
Amazing art and stunning views, good food and an amazing view are all on offer here.
Nearest station: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - plus approx. 10 minute bus ride (Nos. Q1/Q2) to location

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York Castle Museum stores an amazing collection of social history through the last 400 years.
See how it was like to be in an 18th century prison, walk down the reconstructed Victorian street, Kirkgate (which has been hugely influential in museum displays worldwide) and reminisce of the Sixties through fashion and toys.
Nearest station: York

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Bringing British Naval history to life, Chatham's historic dockyard is a great place to get hands on with Naval vessels of many kinds and see what it was like to operate one.
View real war ships, a submarine, a Victorian ropery and of course the histroy behind the dockyards all in one 80 acre site.

Nearest station: Chatham - plus approx. 15 minute bus ride (Nos. 190/191) to location

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Jorvik was the Viking name for York and it was the capital of the Viking territory of Britain.
The Jorvik Viking centre captures how life was like in 9th century York around the Viking times. Experience how it was to live years ago through sight, sound and even smell!
Nearest station: York
Immerse yourself in the great game. Find out all about the history of football, the clubs, the stars and the passion of the game. You can even try spot kicks and various interactive exhibits yourself in the world's largest and best football museum.
Drama, History, Skill, Art, Faith, Style, Passion the National Football Museum has it all!

Nearest station: Manchester Piccadilly - plus approx: 0.5 mile by Metroshuttle bus (Nos.1/2) or Metrolink Tram (Route D) to location

Some of Europe's most loved paintings from the 13th to 19th Centuries are located here.
Housing the National collection of paintings, typically in the Western European tradition, the National Gallery has on display a fine selection of must-see paintings and portraits for any appreciater of fine art.

Nearest station: This location is within London

Witness the history of Wales from the beginning of time to the present day. With everything from the dinosaurs to the diverse natural history of Wales on display.

Experience some of the unique environments that make Wales home to over 900 Sites of Special Scientific Interest. You can also get to grips with some of the items on display in the Clore Discovery Centre from insects and fossils to Bronze Age weapons.

Nearest station: Cathays

With galleries from the pre-historic to art and design, from the natural world to world cultures, the National Museum of Scotland has a lot to offer.

The Earth in Space section helps you understand our place while the Restless Earth section allows you to investigate the geological processes that constantly shapes and reshapes the planet.

Get hands on with history and see many items such as dinosuars reconstructions 

Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley

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Explore how Britain pioneered rail travel and built the National Rail network you travel on today. See some of the most famous trains in Britain and from around the world, you can even have a ride in the sidings on open days. 

With over a million objects from 300 years of history, if you have an interest in the railways of Britain, then look no further than the National Railway Museum.

Nearest station: York

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The history of nearly everything on earth can be found here at the Natural History Museum. From dinosaur reconstructions to examples of extinct animals and a life size reconstruction of a blue whale. Get up close to the rocks which make our planet in the geology area and marvel at the colours of the precious stones.

Nearest station: This location is within London

This charming house has been decorated and furnished just as it would have been between 1776-1796.
Set in a wonderful crescent shape of Gerogian houses No.1 Royal Crescent is one of the best preserved examples of Gerogian architecture in Britain.

Come visit and feel what it may have been like to live in the Georgian era.

Nearest station: Bath Spa

Walk along the decks of HMS Victory, learn about the Mary Rose or even enter a submarine. The history of the Royal Navy is on display here at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards.

With many themed cafes and places to eat plus a harbour boat tour included in the "all attraction" ticket, this really is a day out for everyone.

Nearest station: Portsmouth Harbour

Renown for its historic collections, inspirational exhibitions and awe inspiring galleries, the Science Museum shows the progression of innovation and technology through the ages.

See galleries on flight and space as well as on everyone's favourite subject, themselves, in the Who am I? gallery, where you can find out what your voice would sound like if you were the opposite sex or what you may look like when you're older.

Nearest station: This location is within London

The Tate Gallery in London first opened its doors to the public in 1897 and now it has four sites across the country with 70,000 artworks.
The Tate galleries focus on British paintings and artworks from 1500 to the present and host some of the most well loved pieces of Britsh art both old and modern. With the Tate Britain alongside the Tate Modern located in London and Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives located around Britain, the Tate galleries are popular with tourists showing British life expressed through artworks over the ages.
Nearest stations:
Tate and Tate Modern - These locations are within London
Tate Liverpool - Liverpool James Street
Tate St Ives - St Ives

See the story of how four young lads who lived in Liverpool were thrust into public fame in the early 1960's with their band The Beatles.

The Beatles Story walks you through the life and sounds of The Beatles along with many authentically replicated scenes from their youth, such as the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern Club.

With audio guides in ten lanugauges explaining the living history and memorabilia on display, if you are a Beatles fan, come and visit the museum and city where it all began.

Nearest station: Liverpool James Street

The Lowry is a modern and dynamic building set on the banks of the Salford Quays. Opened in April 2000 The Lowry brings together visual and performings arts under one roof together with visiting exhibitions and of course the one static exhibition on L.S Lowry himself.
Walking around the theatre foyers and gallery areas gives a sense of festivity and of anticipation. The Lowry is a must see tourist attraction. 

Nearest station: Manchester Piccadilly - plus approx. 25 minute Metrolink Tram ride (Route E) to location