Some things are just made to go together: salt & pepper, gin & tonic and long walks & bank holiday Mondays. And this year, you can walk with purpose by celebrating World Heritage Day with Beyond Storage on 18th April 2022. 

From picturesque palaces to the industrial Ironbridge, take a step back in time and watch history come alive with four of the UK’s most spectacular sites (all located within 90 minutes of our various Beyond Storage locations). Each of these sites has played a pivotal role in shaping society as we know it today, so join the global celebration and help preserve these magnificent locations for generations to come. Let’s explore what’s Beyond the storage! 

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Explore the valleys that changed the world at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. Whether you’re looking to work off some of that Easter chocolate with a picturesque walk or cycle through the site or take a step back in time with the help of exclusive virtual reality films, there’s something for the whole family at this unique industrial site. And of course, time travel is thirsty work, so be sure to head to Blaenavon Heritage Town to explore how a small rural settlement became an industrial town whilst refuelling in one of the welcoming eateries or specialist shops.

If you’re keen to explore Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and surrounding sites, you’re in luck: you can reach the site within 45 minutes if you’re driving from the Beyond Ross-on-Wye site and within an hour if you’re travelling from our Hereford location. 

Discover the range of activities on offer and plan your visit now over on the Blaenavon website.

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Visiting the site between 12th – 21st April? You’ll be in for an egg-stra special Easter treat with a range of free activities available for the kids to enjoy, including Easter craft workshops and an Easter Egg hunt (entry for this is £1, but we’d say that’s a cracking deal for chocolate). 

Blenheim Palace

If you are looking to explore exquisite architecture, magnificent interiors and breathtaking grounds, Blenheim Palace is the place for you. This stunning site is located in the heart of Oxfordshire, just 40 minutes away from our Stratford site, and has played host to over 300 years of history. 

Whilst this location may be fit for a Queen, it’s actually the UK’s only non-royal palace – but it’s by no means overlooked. This perfectly preserved 18th-century stately home is not only the birthplace of Winston Churchill, but it is now home to one of Europe’s finest portrait collections and is the backdrop for numerous blockbuster films, including Harry Potter, James Bond and, unsurprisingly, Cinderella. And if that isn’t enough to entice you to this one of a kind palace, there is plenty more on offer, including: 

  • Marlborough Maze
  • The Walled Garden & Adventure Playground
  • The Miniature Train
  • The Butterfly House
  • Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
  • Exclusive 1st Duke of Marlborough Experience
  • And a range of wonderful walks

Explore the Blenheim Palace event calendar and book your visit now over on their website.

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From 11th – 18th April, Blenheim Palace will be hosting an array of Easter activities every bunny will love, ranging from bubble performances and bungee trampolines to Easter Egg hunts and appearances from the Easter Bunny himself. 

Ironbridge Gorge

One of the UK’s first designated World Heritage Sites, the Ironbridge Gorge is recognised for its unparalleled contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution. This historical site is home to multiple award-winning attractions, so whether you want to rocket yourself back in time with a visit to the Blists Hill Victorian Town, step foot on a magnificent piece of history with The Ironbridge, venture into the unknown with a trip down the Tar Tunnel or engage your mind with a range of interactive activities and experiments at Enginuity, you can rest assured that the whole family will have an unforgettable day out. 

With a number of different museums located on the site, you may find one day simply isn’t enough. But not to worry, this doorstep wonder is located at the heart of Beyond Storage, accessible within 90 minutes of our Hereford, Leicester and Stratford sites so you can visit with ease again and again!  

To explore the range of award-winning attractions and plan your visit, head to the Ironbridge Gorge website now.

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Be sure to head down to Ironbridge Gorge between the 9th – 24th of April to experience a range of egg-cellent Easter events, including a historical Easter Egg trail, traditional egg dancing classes and a range of traditional Easter craft activities. With an array of egg-citing prizes up for grabs and fun for all ages, you won’t want to miss this. 

Derwent Valley Mills

Take a step back in time with the Derwent Valley Mills: the birthplace of the factory system. This stunning site will take you back to an age when Britain held centre-stage as the world’s most powerful industrial nation and bring history to life as you explore the remarkable early industrial buildings and their communities in an unspoilt landscape setting. Visitors can explore a number of mills and communities, each with its own exciting story to tell. From the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mills to beautiful River Gardens and outstanding ​​walking routes, you’ll be sure to leave this World Heritage Site with a wealth of knowledge and an enlightened mind.

You can reach this enchanting industrial site within an hour if you’re driving from our Leicester site, so get cracking and plan your trip here



If you visit any of the above sites, be sure to share your experience using #BeyondTheStorage or drop us a message via any of our socials. Your story could be featured on our website, Instagram & Facebook pages