UK museums that are great for kids
Winning tip Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds
This museum does an incredible job of helping kids to understand things like vaccinations, antibiotics and basics such as clean water. It has a Victorian street complete with smells and highlights the horrors of cholera. You can pick a character and see whether you survived or not.
• Adult £8, 5-16 years £5, family £24.50, thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk
People’s History Museum, Manchester
There’s a very thin line between “hands-on” and “dumbed-down” but at PHM there’s a perfect balance between fun and informative. The already engaging exhibits are supported by the interactive features. As well as touchscreens, you can try on costumes, role-play in a period Co-op or play the Pank-a-Squith, a board game sold to raise funds for suffragettes.
• Free, phm.org.uk
Ripon Workhouse, North Yorkshire
Half-term is punishment week at the Ripon Workhouse museum – with finger stocks, back straighteners and a punishment trail, there’s plenty to keep the family “entertained”. This small friendly museum does a great job of providing an insight into what life would have been like at the workhouse. On a recent visit we had a lesson from the scary headmaster in the school room.
• Adult £6.50, 6-15 years £5, riponmuseums.co.uk
Hartlepool Maritime Experience
During my visit with my husband and nine-year-old son, volunteers were dressed in period costume and exuded knowledge and enthusiasm, clearly proud to show off the fantastic HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship still floating in the UK.
• Adult £9.25, 5-15 years £7, family ticket from £19 hartlepoolsmaritimeexperience.com
Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Cardiff
This place aims to “inspire and inform scientists of the future”. But all children, no matter their career aspirations, will love it. My three-yearold grandson’s favourite is the floor piano (and all the water activities). His elder siblings are spoilt for choice. Working a robot arm? Touching electricity? We’re all enthralled by the amazing planetarium. It’s open daily during school holidays, and there are loads of special events and activities.
• Adult £8, 4-15 years £6.50 techniquest.org
See the full list of tips on family-friendly museums at theguardian.com/travel