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Take the kids to … Story Museum, Oxford

This museum is in thrall to the wonder of words with its Narnia and other themed rooms, and a new ‘Animal’ exhibition should boost its magical appeal

In a nutshell
When I was a kid, my fantasy was to step inside the pages of the books I loved: climb up the Magic Faraway Tree or sit on Anne of Green Gables’ bed. This museum is perhaps the closest you’ll get to that. It’s in a huge former Royal Mail depot and the stories are brought to life through imaginatively staged rooms allowing visitors, for example, to step through a wardrobe into the snowy, magical forest of Narnia.

Fun fact
The museum has been unable to unlock two old Post Office strongrooms and likes to speculate that when staff finally drill their way in they will find gold.

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