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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
Finding the best things to see and do on a day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the historic and heritage links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next UK and Ireland activity.
- The Town Hall is a listed building and built in banded pink and buff sandstone with a grey-green slate roof. The building is open on weekdays to the public when events are not being held, also run monthly tours and have annual open days. Today the council don’t use the building but it can be hired for functions and weddings.
- Worthing Museum and Art Gallery collections are very diverse. With one of the largest costume collections in England as well as a stunning collection of toys and dolls. A Local History Archive is very extensive as are the Archaeology Collections. The Fine Art and Decorative Art Collections cover different styles and centuries. Please note that not all of these items will be on display at any one time and if you want to see something particular when you visit it is a good idea to contact the museum in advance.
- Christchurch Mansion is a stately home within Christchurch Park. A Grade I listed building, the mansion houses a collection of pottery and glass, a contemporary art gallery and a collection of paintings by artists including John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. There are rooms preserved as past inhabitants would have known them, complete with original items of fine clothing. The house sits within a 70 acres (280,000 m2) public park which features many beautiful trees, rolling lawns and ponds.
- Torosay Castle was designed in the Scottish Baronial style by architect David Bryce for John Campbell of Possil, and completed in 1858. Torosay is surrounded by 12 acres (4.9 ha) of spectacular gardens including formal terraces laid out at the turn of the 20th century and attributed to Sir Robert Lorimer. The castle and gardens used to be open to the public.
- The Queenstown Story is a self-guided tour relaying the tales of Emigration to North America, transportation of Convicts to Australia, the story of the Irish slaves in the West Indies and, of course, the Titanic and the Lusitania disasters. The exhibition is full of stories and history and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the rich historic past and engage with the stories told.
- Penlee House Gallery and Museum is a small museum and art gallery contains many paintings by the ‘Newlyn School’ (c.1880 – c.1940) including Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Walter Langley, Harold Harvey and Laura Knight. Set in an elegant Victorian house and park, Penlee House also covers West Cornwall’s archaeology and social history, and offers a cafe and shop.
- The British Commercial Vehicle Museum exhibits antiquarian buses, early Fire engines and other historical and commercial vehicles produced by the British manufacturing industry. The museum is located on a site previously occupied by the Leyland Motors factory, the source of many exhibits.
- Fort Hommet is a fortification on Vazon Bay headland, built on the site of fortifications that date back to 1680, and consists of a Martello tower from 1804, later additions during the Victorian Era, and bunkers and casemates that the Germans constructed during World War II. Open to visitors, though with restrictive hours.
- Cathcart Square was the heart of Greenock back in the day for commercial, civic and religious activities:The church, known locally as the ‘Toon Kirk’ was built in 1760 with its 146-foot high steeple added in 1787 The ornate Lyle central fountain was gifted to the town by Provost Abram Lyle in 1880 The Clydesdale Bank building, now known as The Square was built in 1899 by architect James Thomson
- Amberley Working Museum is a 36 acre open-air museum. This large site is dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east of England. The Museum contains a wide range of exhibits, ranging from transport-based collections, such as the Southdown bus collection & the village garage, to industry-based collections, such as the Print Workshop & Wheelwrights. The Museum is also home to a number of resident craftspeople, who work to traditional methods. Is easy to reach by car (free car and coach parking) or train, with a railway station immediately outside the Museum’s grounds and is served by frequent train services from London Victoria and the South Coast.