Travel: Are we nearly there? Industrious days out for kids

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New Lanark World Heritage Village, Strathclyde (01555 661345). Two hundred years ago, the enlightened entrepreneur Robert Owen created a model village for his mill workers. The location of the handsome community, surrounded by woodland on the banks of the Clyde, is superb - which is why some of the cottages are still occupied, even though the mill has long since closed. Industrial relics are mostly well preserved, while the "Annie McLeod Experience" is a throwback to 1820 through the eyes of a 10-year-old mill-girl. The adjacent Falls of Clyde nature reserve add to what is one of Scotland's finest days out.

Daily 11am-5pm. Adults pounds 3.75, concessions pounds 2.50, family (2+2) pounds 9.95 (2+4) pounds 12.50.

Wigan Pier (01942 323666). Working-class history comes to life as children can experience for themselves a Victorian classroom, complete with authentically dressed staff and ensuing discipline. Discover how cotton was made in the Cotton Machinery Hall, see the world's largest steam engine, then recover from such diligence by cruising around the pier, or enjoying the special events such as steam fairs and brass bands.

Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adults pounds 4.95, concessions pounds 3.95.

Black Country Living Museum, Dudley (0121-557 9643). Join the life of a traditional industrial village, famous for its coal mining and iron- working. See craftsmen at work, take a trip underground to see a mine from the 1850s, visit a silent cinema. Yet after all that the children will probably love the canal tunnel trip and the electric tramcar ride more.

Open during the summer 10am-5pm. Adults pounds 6.95, OAPs pounds 5.95, children 5-17 pounds 4.50, family (2 + 3) pounds 19.50.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Cumbria (01539 531087). A visit to this mill takes you into the world of the early 1900s, when Lancashire cotton mills were flourishing. You can see how the mill worked, and take a close look at the water-powered machines and the engine (in operation Tues/Wed/Thurs). Access to the mill is by guided tour only.

Daily until October 10am-5pm. Adults pounds 2.70, concessions pounds 2, children pounds 1.40.