If you happen to be travelling to the UK’s capital, take a look at some of the best places to visit.
Whether your tastes lean towards museums or historical buildings, we have compiled a list of some of the best sights in London. Get a wall map of England so you can mark all the areas that you’ve seen.
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Visitors enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centered around the magnificent Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to 5.8 million visitors per year.
Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of theThames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
Trafalgar Squareis home to Nelson’s Column, the famous stone lions, the infamous fourth plinth and a lot of pigeons. It’s a must-see destination for visitors to London. You’ll often find cultural events, performances, shows and other special activities going on in the square by the fountains. At Christmas you’ll find the biggest Christmas tree in London, a gift from Norway.
The London Eye
Already offering unrivalled views ofLondon, the bespoke cinematic addition to the EDF Energy London Eye provides another magical and entertaining way to experience the capital city, further enhancing the value and the experience of a trip to theUK’s top paid for visitor attraction. You will see the first ever 3D aerial footage ofLondonas well as witness the world famousLondonNew Year’s Eve fireworks in a breathtaking journey across the city. Boasting more 4D sensory effects than any other attraction in the UK, you will feel like you are really there; with wind in your hair, snow falling at your feet, the floor shaking and even a sense of smell, your new perspective on London will be truly memorable.
Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and a brand new Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures.
The Tower of London
Despite theTowerofLondon’s grim reputation as a place of torture and death, within these walls you will also discover the history of a royal palace, an armory and a powerful fortress. Don’t miss Royal Beasts! Learn about the wild and wondrous animals that have inhabited the Tower throughout its history.
Technically, Big Ben is the massive bell inside the clock tower, which weighs more than 13 tons. Big Ben’s timekeeping is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum. Big Ben has rarely stopped. Even after a bomb destroyed the Commons chamber during the Second World War, the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours.
According toLondon visitor Sanjay: “it’s a bit of continental Europe right in the middle ofLondon, with tables from restaurants and eateries spilling out onto the piazza. Covent Garden is also where you’ll find London’s best street performers, from singers belting out arias to mime artists performing crowd-pleasing stunts. Whenever my family comes to London, this is where I take them.”
The Queen’s officialLondonresidence has a whopping 775 rooms. It is one of the few working royal palaces remaining in the world today. The lavishly decorated State Rooms of the Palace are open to visitors during the summer months, and you can visit all year round to see the famous Changing of the Guard.
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