If your days are currently being filled up by looking at Tiger King memes or making banana bread and you fancy doing something a little different while in lockdown, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best virtual tours in the UK and beyond so you can also enjoy a spot of culture and sight-seeing from your sofa. Zoos, museums and more are offering up the opportunity for people to take a virtual stroll through their grounds and exhibitions. Here are some of the best to help keep boredom at bay:
Following on from the success of its first virtual tour, Chester Zoo hosted a second tour which – if you missed it – is now available to watch in full on its YouTube page. We wouldn’t be surprised if they make it a regular thing, so make sure you bookmark their channel and also the Chester Zoo Facebook page to stay updated. You’ll get to see the zoo’s giraffes, pandas, elephants, penguins and more.
The Natural History Museum
Explore the Wildlife Photographer of The Year exhibition or join narrator Sir David Attenborough as he takes you on a tour of the grand Hintze Hall, which features the famous 25-metre blue whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Head to the Natural History Museum’s website to see the full list of their amazing virtual tours.
Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern
The Andy Warhol exhibition was open for just six days before lockdown measures meant it had to be closed, but now you can check out more than 100 works from Warhol’s career via the London museum’s website. Once you’ve finished, why not also take a look at some of the virtual tours the Tate Britain has to offer?
If you fancy a virtual trip to Disneyland Paris, we’ve got you covered. While Disney doesn’t offer any free tours, Disney fans from around the world have been sharing lots of incredible footage on YouTube that’ll make you feel like you’re riding Big Thunder Mountain from the front seat.
Ever wanted to have a little peek inside Buckingham Palace? Well, now’s the time thanks to this virtual tour. Check out the Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.
The British Library’s Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition
Harry Potter fans can immerse themselves in books, manuscripts and magical objects from the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition, which first opened at the British Library in 2017. Head over to Google Arts & Culture to experience a sprinkling of HP magic from home.
The British Museum
Thanks to Google Street View, you can go on a virtual visit to more than 60 galleries inside the British Museum. Check out highlights like the Parthenon sculptures and the Rosetta Stone in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery or browse the museum’s rich collection of French Impressionist prints.
If you’ve not yet had a chance to visit the World Heritage Site, why not enjoy an interactive tour of Stonehenge with this 360 degree view from inside the prehistoric monument from your sofa?
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.
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