Ten incredible places to see this Easter

  • 14 April 2014

Round-up the family! Our pick of 10 incredible places to visit over the long weekend.

1. British Museum, London

50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

Can't decide between Norse history and Egyptian antiquities? With seven million objects spanning two million years of world culture, the British Museum has something to please everyone in your warring brood. The seven permanent galleries house everything from a Moche warrior pot to an Inca gold llama, as well as an unparalleled collection of mummies and coffins and the Rosetta Stone – key to contemporary understanding of hieroglyphs. You can also see the remains of a 37-metre-long Viking warship – the longest ever found – in the museum's current Life and Legend exhibition.

2. The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood

50% off entry with National Art Pass

Wander through this 26-acre spread of ancient woodland, located in the Sussex Downs, and see if you can spot a Tony Cragg, a Thomas Heatherwick or an Antony Gormley. There are over 400 sculptural works from Britain's leading 21st-century artists – each set within their own space in the landscape – as well as an assortment of pavilions and seating areas scattered among the trees.

3. Kettle's Yard, Cambridge ​

Free entry to all

Nose around the former home of Jim Ede, a curator at the Tate Gallery who gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and Joan Mirö, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. There are plenty of interesting stories to discover, like how Ede used to host 'open house' sessions every afternoon for students at Cambridge University and even allowed some of them to borrow works on loan. 

4. Jeremy Deller: English Magic, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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Some 350,000 people went to see Jeremy Deller's Venice Biennale exhibition at the Giardini, in which the artist casts his critical eye over contemporary life in England. If you couldn't make it to Italy you'll be relieved to hear that – for the first time in history – the English pavilion show is touring the UK. See it for yourself this Easter at its display in Bristol, for which the artist has picked out paintings of the city riots in 1831 and items of taxidermy to complement his own murals, videos and installations.

5. Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

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This museum of archaeological and ethnographic history was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers gave his collection of more than 18,000 objects to the University. There are now over half a million. See if you can seek out the Tahitian mourner's costume collected during Captain Cook's Second Voyage in 1773-74, the Japanese masks that were worn during performances of Noh dramas and the collection of amulets and charms that are claimed to have magical powers.

6. MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry), Manchester

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From the world's first industrial city to a 24-hour party capital, Manchester's heritage is unravelled through 4D theatre, live experiments and even a walk-through Victorian sewer. Among the exciting exhibits to discover are a replica of the 'Baby', the world's first stored-program computer and a digital sculpture that uses personalised barcodes to send your photographs travelling back in time.

7. Tar Tunnel, Telford

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Be prepared to don a hard hat if you want to visit the eerie underground tar tunnel. Over 200 years after miners first struck a spring of natural bitumen, the black treacle substance still oozes through the walls and wells up in puddles. Along the path, you will be invited to crouch and peer inside miniature caverns to see the thick pools of liquid tar. A visit to the tunnel will also explain how the early industrialists of the Gorge overcame these natural obstacles.

8. ​Seven Stories, Newcastle

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Do your bookshelves bulge with Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Jones, Philip Pullman and Quentin Blake? Then take a trip to this seven-storey, Grade II listed Victorian warehouse – home to a national collection of manuscripts and original illustrations by some of the UK's finest authors and children's illustrators. Among the highlights is the largest archive of Enid Blyton's work in the world. Over the Easter holidays there will also be special craft and storytelling events. See the website for information.

9. National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

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Want to know how people lived, fought, worshipped and died in the very farthest outpost of the mighty Roman Empire? The fortress at Caerleon was first built in AD 75 – one of only three permanent fortifications in Roman Britain and a key military base. Today, these are the only remains of a Roman legionary barracks anywhere in Europe. Visit the museum, where you can explore ancient life in both Caerleon (Isca) and Usk (Burrium) before checking out the ruins of the most complete amphitheatre in Britain.

10. Mammoths of the Ice Age, National Museum Scotland, Edinburgh

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Skull casts and fossil jaws, teeth and tusks, as well as a replica model of Lyuba, the 40,000-year old baby mammoth discovered in 2007, this exhibition reveals what life was like for the elephant's Ice Age ancestors. For example, did you know that, similar to rings on a tree, mammoth tusks grew in layers, year by year?

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