Bristol, UK

From Clifton’s iconic suspension bridge to Brunel’s groundbreaking SS Great Britain, via steam boats and trains, Bristol is a city awash with the past. And it’s engagingly exhibited too. Here history goes beyond being ‘hands-on’ – it’s ‘climb on’ and ‘ride in’. Clamber up the rigging of a mighty ship, have a trip in a massive crane, don a hard hat to scramble beneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge, chug about in a tug. Then there’s the M Shed museum’s insightful approach to learning which cleverly juxtaposes past with near-present and gets us thinking about the links between the two.