Nerdy Day Trips: plan your geeky adventure

Hats off to Ben Goldacre and his diligent team who've put together this crowd-sourced map of nerdy places to visit in the British Isles and beyond.

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I once tried to convince some civil servants to support a similar idea (marginally less nerdy, more family-orientated), so I'm thrilled to see this bloom. The database is still being populated, so be sure to add your nerdy day trip destinations. As you might expect, Industrial Revolution nostalgia and eccentric museums feature heavily, two things that Britain does very well. My own contribution: the hamlet of Venn, in Devon, which may or may not be related to the man and his diagram.

As yet, the site is big on destinations, but short on details: no opening times, prices, parking info and so forth for most the places featured, but it's an improvement on the underwhelming Geek Atlas, mainly because the suggestions come from people who've actually visited the locations.

The venerable Roadside America is one of my favourite websites in the world (I even tried to convince a TV company to send me in a car across America to visit geeky tourist spots) so it's wonderful to finally have a British incarnation. Go, visit, plan your weekend accordingly.

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