For family breaks, a weekend away or as a destination on a gap year ‘to-do’ list, London has a foot firmly on the tourist trail. So cover your tracks with backpackers travel insurance and set your sights on this spectacular city. With plenty to satisfy culture vultures and globe-trotting tourists alike, experience a taste of London’s history and heritage at some of its most popular tourist attractions.
Like many of London’s popular places to visit, the British Museum is free to enter. Some special exhibitions may require an entry fee, but with an array of world treasures spanning over two million years of human history, there’s more than enough to occupy visitors with the permanent collection alone. The British Museum showcases and compares world cultures in an astounding display, featuring such highlights as the ancient Rosetta Stone and intriguing Egyptian mummies.
From history to contemporary culture, a trip to London wouldn’t be complete without taking in the Tate Modern. This iconic gallery sits on the banks of the River Thames and houses an incredible collection of contemporary and modern art from around the world. Marvel at Matisse and delight in Dali in the awe-inspiring setting of a disused power station.
From the contemporary to the classic, the National Gallery displays artwork ranging from the middle ages to the 20th century. Featuring paintings from such masters as Botticelli and Van Gogh, the National Gallery showcases Western European art throughout the ages.
Natural History Museum
From the legendary Diplodocus skeleton to the life-sized model of a blue whale, the Natural History Museum is a firm favourite with children. Set in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings, the Museum’s interactive displays occupy inquisitive minds and entertain with a variety of exciting exhibitions.
From history to heritage, experience the feat of engineering that is the London Eye. Offering unrivalled views of the capital, this is London’s most popular fee-paying attraction. The addition of a cinematic experience that showcases aerial footage of the city brings London’s iconic landmarks to life.
Enjoy Europe’s most visited science and technology museum, which houses the awe-inspiring Apollo 10 command capsule. Interactive galleries inspire interested minds and showcase the first scientific principles alongside modern day points of debate.
The world-renowned, waxwork wonder of Madame Tussauds combines history and heritage with the wonderful world of entertainment. Filled with interactive displays, this unique attraction allows you to mingle with stars of stage and screen, hobnob with historical figures and relax in the company of royalty. A firm favourite with overseas visitors, Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most unique tourist hot spots.