Explore places with Victorian history

‘This is a great place to come. It’s the second time I’ve been here and it’s still my favourite museum,’ says Jack, a young visitor to The Workhouse in Nottinghamshire.

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire 

Try on mob caps and aprons and imagine yourself as a servant in one of Britain's best surviving Victorian kitchens. There’s also a collection of vintage carriages, each with its own story to tell.

The Dunster Castle Express train

Dunster Castle, Somerset 

Arrive at the historic castle in true Victorian style – by steam train. The castle has been standing since the Norman times, but there are hints of a Victorian past inside. See if you can spot them.

Children play with traditional Victorian games at Florence Court National Trust

Florence Court, County Fermanagh 

Ever wondered what school life was like 100 years ago? Find out at Florence Court through role play and fun Victorian-themed activities.

Lanhydrock Cornwall, young visitor in the gallery

Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

Practise your handwriting on slates and play with Victorian toys like the children of the Agar-Robartes family once did here. Discover what life was like for the servants ‘below-stairs’ who kept Lanhydrock running smoothly.

A child inspecting the Fire Queen at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd 

See the one-ton slate bed made especially for Queen Victoria or visit Penrhyn Castle’s Railway museum and see rare locomotives built in the Victorian era.

Children in costume sit outside the Mill

Quarry Bank, Cheshire 

Used as the set for Channel 4’s historical drama The Mill, Quarry Bank offers an insight into life as a factory worker during the Industrial Revolution. Dress up as a young apprentice and discover how cloth is made on the working machinery.

Children with a costumed interpreter in the kitchen at Speke Hall, Liverpool, at Christmas

Speke Hall, Liverpool 

Dress up and imagine yourself as a real Victorian at Speke Hall. Discover how the rooms were used and compare how things used to be to how they are now. How many can you spot?

Young boy dressed in clothes from Victorian times

Castle Ward, County Down 

Play Victorian games in the Stableyard and learn what life was like for a servant at Castle Ward.

Victorian servants

Tyntesfield, North Somerset 

Transport yourself back to the Victorian times at Tyntesfield. Discover the photographs, costumes and artefacts of the estate. Or try some of the jobs the servants would have done to find out what life was really like.

Volunteer costumed interpreters with visitors at The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

The Workhouse, Nottinghamshire 

Join one of our interactive family tours, try Victorian crafts or pick up one of our Mary Mouse pauper guides to learn more about what life was like at The Workhouse, Nottinghamshire.