5 STEM Related Places To Visit In The UK

As lock down is slowly lifting in the UK, more and more attractions and museums are reopening. We love visiting new places and learning about new things! With London’s Science Museum reopening tomorrow we thought this would be the perfect time to share some lesser known science-y attractions that we have visited or hope to visit soon! There are so many interesting and varied places to visit relating to science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK and around the world! Read on for some of our top picks!

Bletchley Park – Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park is now open to visit (but you will need to pre-book a timed entry slot). We both visited a few years ago and absolutely loved it! The site is quite large and you get to really explore and immerse yourself in the incredible stories of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers! As the real life setting of the film the ‘Imitation Game’ you may be familiar with the story of Bletchley Park. It was here that Alan Turing’s created the Bombe: a machine used to crack Germany’s Enigma encoder, enabling Britain to tap Nazi communications.

It is so fascinating to see the place where it all happened and to really appreciate the scale of the Bombe machines, you can even see one in action and witness the whirring and the clunking in person!

Find out more here.

The National Museum of Computing

Right next door to Bletchley Park is The National Museum of Computing which is re-opening on the 8th September 2020. Lily – ‘I would love to visit and learn more about the history of computing, the more I learn the more I want to find out!’

Find out more here.

National Space Centre – Leicester

The National Space Centre is an incredible place to visit whatever age you are. It is home to the UK’s largest planetarium and six space galleries. The centre is now open but you must book in advance to get a spot!

Maisie – ‘I visited the National Space Centre in Leicester when I was at secondary school. During the day we were able to attend a talk about growing plants and food in space and how conditions in space craft affect the growth of biological organisms. The rocket tower was an especially memorable part of the centre, it is home to the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets. You are able to stand underneath a real rocket and it is truly awe inspiring, the tower is 42 meters in height it can be seen as you enter Leicester. I really loved my visit and can absolutely say that the trip added to my interest in aerospace engineering and also space in general.’

Find out more here.

Wellcome Collection – London

The Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library for ‘the incurably curious’ and it is reopening on the 7th October 2020.

Visit to explore the connections between science, medicine, life and art through the various galleries and exhibitions. The Medicine Man exhibition is amazing with all sorts of artifacts and items on display collected by Sir Henry Wellcome an enthusiastic traveller and collector. He amassed well over a million books, paintings and objects from around the world during his lifetime, and the most unique and incredible can be found on display!

Whilst it remains closed, you can still enjoy and explore their collections online, wherever you are.

Find out more here.

Science and Industry Museum – Manchester

We have heard great things about the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and really want to visit! It’s exhibits explore recent and historic breakthroughs in science and industry.

Highlights include the industrial history of Manchester, featuring a walk-through Victorian sewer, a gallery of classic transportation and The Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), nicknamed the ‘Baby’ computer, which was the world’s first computer to store and run a program.

The museum is now open Wed–Sun 10:00–17:00, all visitors are required to book a free ticket in advance.

Find out more here.

The Spaceguard Centre – Powys

The Spaceguard Centre is definitely on my STEM bucket list & will hopefully be reopening to the public soon! It is a working observatory and is part of a global effort to track Near Earth Objects (NEOs). 150 tonnes of material hits the Earth’s atmosphere every day, most of it harmless dust, but some are a much bigger deal!

Spaceguard houses two large, robotically controlled telescopes, used to confirm other people’s NEO spots. A tour of this one-man outpost high in Powys, takes in telescopes, fragments and all things asteroid and meteorite related!

Find out more here.

What are some of your favourite science, technology, engineering and maths related places to visit around the UK and the world? We would love to add them to our travel bucket list for the future – let us know in a comment down below!

Lily & Maisie

2 Sisters In STEM

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