Flights across the pond might only be about a hundred dollars, but virtual tours of the United Kingdom are free. Here are some fantastic tours from London and all around Briton, including some personal favorites. Now with intermittent food pairing choices! We’ll get through this.
Walk the halls, study the exhibits, and generally immerse yourself in one of London’s finest museums. Their fantastic scones? You’ll have to make your own. Plus, the entire Asian wing won’t be closed every time you go. I’m not bitter. Plan ahead for this one, because clotted cream takes TIME.
In other VERY cool things (and also at the British Museum), use this interactive timeline to browse historical artifacts by continent and date. Take a journey through centuries of design in Oceania, or see what everyone was doing in 1020 AD. Color coded and intuitive, I can’t wait to lose a whole day here.
Not only can you wander the halls of the National Gallery, but you can click on paintings from the tour, for an immersive experience, and see close up images and information. Afterward, sit on your stoop and take this tour of Trafalgar Square. It looks sunny, but I wouldn’t rely on it.
These tours are going to include many museums I love, but goodness do I love the Tate Modern. It’s controversial, but I would save the Start Display for last. It’s kind of the greatest hits, and it’ll leave you starstruck, rather than starting with their most famous exhibits, and then wandering listless through the rest. I recommend a gunpowder green tea, and ending by a river, if you can find one.
Get up close and personal with dinosaurs and gorgeous architecture at the Natural History Museum in London. I mean it about the architecture, too. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something beautiful and fascinating. If you’re still feeling energized, pop around the corner to the Victoria and Albert Museum for heaps more virtual collections.
Just LOOK at that mezzanine. The National Museum of Scotland has absolutely everything, trains, ancient jawbones, washed out British sunlight. This place is at the top of my list as soon as we’re allowed to go outside again. I’m an absolute sucker for rain and vaulted ceilings.
Do you like famous historical dogs? Because I think I have a new obsession. Everything here looks fascinating and hard to pronounce. Add to the experience by pretending you got there by boat, listen to some Irish sea ambiance, aim some fans directly at your face, and splash brine everywhere if you’ve got it. If you can’t get to the heart of Belfast by boat, that’s knowledge I’m better off without.
Claustrophobic, but want to learn the history of coal in Wales? This is the tour for you. One of the best coal mining museums in the UK, according to their website. For the authentic experience, put on some noise cancelling headphones and close yourself in a closet. The live tour is 300 feet underground, and as fascinating as it sounds, I could literally NEVER.
I confess, I just wanted to know if it was possible to tour the Tower of London without becoming so waterlogged and cold that I have to dry my jacket under the hand driers. At least I can say I suffered. The answer is no, not really – you can’t tour specific sites, as far as I can tell, but you can view extensive galleries of gorgeous, detailed pictures.
Do you like beautiful architecture and places that can’t be filmed for satire? I guess this needs to go on my list. Look at the tiles, with the lions of Anjou. And all the reliefs, I guess monarchs or saints. I definitely want to know more.
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Featured image via the BBC