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Take yourself on a virtual tour

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Are you bored at home?

Then why not take yourself on a virtual holiday during self-isolation.


Below are listed just some of the many.



While you can’t physically leave your country due to tight restrictions ordered by the governments, you can take a tour through museums and galleries from the comfort and safety of your own home. The bonus – you don’t have to get dressed up or do your hair, just sit back and wander through the places you’ve always dreamed of visiting for free!


The Louvre


When you think of France, The Louvre no doubt springs to mind. The Parisian museum is home to some of the most famous artwork ever created, including the Mona Lisa.

Here you’ll see current exhibitions, Egyptian antiques and remains of the Louvre’s moat which was the original perimeter of the museum when it was built as a fortress by French king Phillippe Auguste. If you’re a lover of arts then it’s definitely something to add to the to-do list.


The Palace of Versailles 


A truly magnificent building the Palace of Versailles is yours to enjoy with this private virtual tour of the former home of French Royalty.


Buckingham Palace


While you’re cooped up at home self-isolating you can take a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace.

On the virtual tour you can explore the grand staircase, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room – all of which are equally beautiful and elegant.


Vatican museums


Visit the Vatican museums, including the Sistine Chapel where you will get a 360º view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

Meanwhile, other virtual tours will take you through Pio Clementino Museum, Chiaramonti Museum, New Wing, Raphael’s Rooms, Niccoline Chapel and the Room of the Chiaroscuri. All offer breathtaking views of the beautiful structures and artworks.


Anne Frank House


A tour of Anne Frank House the virtual reality tours you can explore the house where Anne Frank and her family lived before they escaped and went into hiding in the Secret Annex, with all rooms furnished like they were all those years ago.




Take a tour of NASA‘s headquarters. There are 10 virtual tours on offer all showing you different parts of the Glenn Research Centre’s facilities.

Here you’ll be able to see everything from flight simulations to supersonic wind tunnels. Even if you’re not a mad science fan you’re bound to find it fascinating!


Jocelyns' Choice


Others you may find of interest:


National Galleries


The National Gallery, in collaboration with Google Street View, Take an online tour, visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours.


The Royal Academy of Arts' online drawing class


If you want to brush up on your art skills, The Royal Academy of Arts' website has an online life drawing tutorial.

The anatomy class was originally broadcast in February 2019 and features a male model as well as a miniature horse.

To have a go at the class, visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/watch-life-drawing-live-anatomy-class. And have some paper and a pencil to hand!!


Tate Britain


The works on display at the Tate Britain can be explored thanks to the gallery's collaboration with Google Street View.

Visit artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain


British Museum


Google Street View allows you to look inside the British Museum's vast collections. Step inside a digital version of the museum visit artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum


Edinburgh Zoo 


To keep up to date with the creatures, log on to www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams and be patient!


Hidcote Manor Gardens


The Red Borders garden at Hidcote Manor Gardens, located in a Gloucestershire village, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/features/hidcote-virtual-tours.


Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens


To explore, visit www.royalparks.org.uk/learn/learn-in-hyde-park-and-kensington-gardens/planning-your-visit/our-facilities/virtual-tour


Lake District National Park


To check them out, visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/webcams-videos-and-photos/webcams


Sissinghurst Castle


To see more, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden/features/sissinghurst-castle-virtual-tours


Anglesey Abbey


To start exploring, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill/features/anglesey-abbey-virtual-tours


A la Ronde


To take a look, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/a-la-ronde/features/a-la-ronde-virtual-tours


Palace of Holyroodhouse


To see the rooms, visit www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-palace-holyroodhouse


Royal Pavilion, Brighton


visit brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/virtual-tour/.



Houses of Parliament


Step inside, visit www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour/


Canterbury Cathedral


To start a tour, visit www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/information/tour/


Natural History Museum


visit artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum




To explore, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history-and-stories/stonehenge360/


RAF Museum 


log on to www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/things-to-see-and-do/virtual-tours.aspx


Giant's Causeway


visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/features/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-giants-causeway and remember it comes complete with the sounds of crashing waves and birds.



Anns' choice  April 2020 


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