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Museums You Shouldn't Miss on a UK City Break

Dreaming of your next city break? The chances are you might have left visiting museums off the agenda. While many of us love the peace and majesty of history, it isn’t something which appeals to everyone. If you find yourself struggling to engage with conventional exhibitions, do a little research before you rule out museums altogether – you never know what you might discover!

If you’re looking for a museum with a little more colour, you’ll be pleased to find that the UK is now home to many which are contemporary, interactive, and cover a whole range of subjects. So, before you finalise your plans, make sure you check out what’s on offer nearby.
International Slavery Museum
Where – Albert Dock, Liverpool
Opening times – 10:00-17:00 daily
Ticket Price – Free 
Suitable for – the whole family
A visit to the International Slavery Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon in Liverpool. It’s perfectly situated in the iconic Albert Dock, with views overlooking the River Mersey and plenty of nearby activities.
For groups with young children, this museum has an ever-changing timetable of exciting, hands-on activities and workshops. Get to grips with tribal traditions in the African mask making class, or explore music and movement in the Katumba Rainforest Composition. These sessions are free and very popular, so it’s recommended that you book your place in advance to avoid disappointment.
If you’re planning a trip to Liverpool and are looking for a hotel in the heart of the maritime city, the ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock is a great option. It’s conveniently set in the trendy Baltic Triangle, overlooking the Albert Dock and it’s many thriving bars, restaurants and art-shops, so you can enjoy the best of what the area offers without any extra travel.

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery
Where – Queen Street, Exeter
Opening times – 10:00-17:00 daily
Ticket Price – free
Suitable for – the whole family
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) is set in the very heart of Exeter city centre. Here, you can make your way between exhibitions at leisure and find hours of amusement, or head directly to whichever specialist display captures your attention. 
The RAMM boasts a diverse collection which includes over one-million individual objects and rare specimens from around the world. Whether you’re interested in botany, fine art, geology, archaeology, zoology, history or culture, with so much on display here, your whole group is sure to find something of interest.
If you’re planning a trip to Exeter and are looking for a place to stay, the Mercure Exeter Rougemont is conveniently situated in the city centre. Close to Exeter Central Station and the popular shopping and entertainment district, this luxurious hotel promises a perfect night’s rest, so you’ll be ready for another day full of exploration.

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London Transport Museum
Where – Covent Garden Piazza, London
Opening times – 10:00-18:00 daily
Ticket Price – adult £17.50, concession £15
Suitable for – the whole family
If you’re planning a trip to the capital, you’ll probably want to visit Covent Garden Piazza in the West End. If you do, don’t hesitate to stop by London Transport Museum, which is set inside the old, grade II-listed Flower Market Building in the iconic Piazza.
This museum is a great place to take children who are overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city, but it’s popular among big kids, too! You can discover the history of London’s transport, as well as ideas about what the future might hold as the city’s population grows. See old trains, trams and busses and learn about how far we’ve come in the past century; you’ll leave with a greater appreciation for what’s happening on the streets around you. 
If you’re visiting London and you have Covent Garden Piazza on your agenda, you’ll love staying at the Mercure London Bloomsbury. This hotel is just a 15-minute walk from Covent Garden, and is similarly close to popular shops, entertainment venues and the main tourist attractions of the city centre. So you can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, then step out into the vibrancy of the capital without wasting any time.
Wherever you’re heading on your next UK city break, be sure to check out the museums and galleries the area offers – you never know what you might find! Head to Accor Hotels and discover your perfect stay today. 

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