5 attractions and events in Britain to visit that are outside London
Even though there’s plenty to see and do while you’re in London, everyone needs a chance to escape from the Big Smoke. As well as exploring in the capital city, why not go further afield and visit some of the biggest attractions and exhibitions. Cultural institutions in their own right, take a look at our selection of regional attractions and see where your next British adventure will take you…
Attractions outside of London
Shakespeare’s Family Homes
Take a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to learn all about the life of William Shakespeare, one of the world’s greatest playwrights and dramatists. With a Shakespeare’s Family Homes ticket, you’ll be able to visit five cultural attractions in one, stepping into important locations throughout Shakespeare’s life. Start in the Famous Beyond Words exhibition to find about the Bard’s legacy, before stepping into Anne Hathaway’s cottage, as well as a nine-acre garden complete with woodland and orchards. With sculptures surrounding the gardens, as well as guided workshops and actors bringing Shakespeare’s work to life, Shakespeare’s Family Homes makes for an unforgettable day out like no other.
People from around the world take a visit to Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument that archaeologists believe has stood for over 5000 years. Made of 75 stones in total, Stonehenge is a British landmark that is particularly important for Pagans, as well as summer solstices with people watching the sunrise to bring in the changing seasons. On a guided tour of Stonehenge, you’ll be able to ask all the questions you have about the stones that weigh up to 25 tonnes each. A jaw-dropping feat of engineering and sublime design, you’ll have never seen anything like Stonehenge before.
An official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, a day out to Windsor Castle is a must for those who follow the Royal Family. Since William the Conqueror established the castle in the 11th century, it has been a vital part of British history, serving as a residence for Charles II and George IV. Walking around the castle, you’ll be able to take in works at the Royal Collection, including sculptures, tapestries and armour worn in combat. In a nod to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s marriage, an exhibition is on display showcasing the wedding. From Meghan Markle’s wedding dress to the uniform worn by Prince Harry, Windsor Castle is an established royal location, with tourists from around the world going to the castle each year.
Built in 1068, Warwick Castle is a fantastic day out for history lovers and families who want to uncover more about British history. While walking through the grounds, you’ll see birds of prey soaring above your head and cutting through the high turrets which you can climb up to get an unparalleled look over Warwick and neighbouring towns. Little ones will love the interactive features in the Horrible Histories Maze, taking those who navigate the maze back through time in an epic adventure. With live entertainment and a trebuchet show dramatising the War of the Roses, Warwick Castle is an exhilarating attraction that will bring the past to life.
British Music Experience
Home to legendary British band The Beatles, take a nostalgic trip down memory lane at the British Music Experience in Liverpool, a museum dedicated to popular music in Britain. As you walk around the attractions, you’ll be able to listen to iconic tracks from British recording history, as well as record a music demo or dance video to impress your friends! In the Gibson interactive room, you’ll be able to play guitars, drums and keyboards and get up close to cultural outfits and instruments. You’ll even be able to take a slice of the action home by creating a unique souvenir ticket along the way.
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