11 attractions to visit while on a British staycation this summer
Explore the United Kingdom in brand new ways this summer with a ‘staycation’ and holiday close to home. From some of the country’s biggest attractions offering new experiences at night time, rollercoaster thrills and unique exhibitions throughout the season, see what you can discover on the British Isles this summer with us.
British attractions to visit this summer
The Painted Hall
Located in the heart of the Old Royal Naval College, step into the Tudor era at the Painted Hall. The birthplace of Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, walk around a royal home with over 500 years of history. Throughout your guided tour, you’ll be able to see treasure chests filled with historical memorabilia and wander around the grounds and courtyards once home to extravagant events. Filled with artefacts from historical periods across the world, try on King William’s Crown and clock, dare yourself to stare into Medusa’s face on Athena’s shield, or hold up King Louis XIV’s broken sword. Whether you’re wanting to brush up on your historical knowledge, or you’re keen to see centuries-old artwork, the Painted Hall is a hidden gem in London attractions.
Summer Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Academy
The 251st summer exhibition at the Royal Academy will take place throughout the season. Around 1,200 pieces of art will be put on display for the first time, as film, painting, sculptures and architectures are showcased in the heart of London. Get up close to artwork by some of the country’s well-known artists, as well as pieces by up and coming designers in an exhibition that celebrates visual art that can break the boundaries.
Countryfile Live 2019
Looking to experience the great British outdoors all in one place? Why not head to Countryfile Live, celebrating the countryside and wildlife that call it home. In the grounds of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, get stuck into outdoor activities and pet rare breeds of livestock, with birds of prey shows throughout the day. While you’re walking around, shop at the farmer’s market featuring hundreds of exhibits at this family-friendly event transforming the factual TV programme into an unforgettable live experience.
ZSL London Zoo Nights
Take an even wilder walk at ZSL London Zoo this summer at one of their zoo nights. With live after-hours events led by the guides and zookeepers, see the animal kingdom come to life at night, and with no children in sight, you’ll be able to ask questions about ‘grown-up’ topics. Boasting street entertainers and stilt walkers, as well as a world food market, see the zoo transform before your very eyes throughout the season.
Cool off this summer with a drink at Belowzero Ice Bar. Serving cocktails in ice cubes at -5 degrees, you’ll receive a cloak and gloves to keep warm while you spend 40 minutes at the ice bar, with sculptures carved out of Arctic ice. Once you’ve stepped out the Ice Bar and fully thawed, you’ll be able to visit the Fire Bar and the Karve Club restaurant to sample dishes and cocktails from around the world.
Get ready for a high-octane day at Thorpe Park! With over 30 rollercoasters, rides and live events, embrace intense coaster action and make unforgettable memories on an island of entertainment. Whether it’s taking on Stealth, Nemesis Inferno and Colossus, or a super-soaking plunge on Tidal Wave, chase high-speed thrills at one of the country’s biggest theme parks this summer.
Chessington World of Adventures
Perfect for little ones looking to experience their first rides, or planning a family-friendly day out complete with thrills and spills, a trip to Chessington World of Adventures is sure to make everyone smile this summer. Make a splash on log flumes and get lost beneath the waves at the Sea Life centre, as well as seeing storybooks come to life at The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom inspired rides. With the option to stay overnight at one of the themed hotels, keep the fun going this summer at Chessington!
The Silverstone Experience
Got a need for speed? Why not head to the Silverstone Experience, newly opened in 2019. Over two and a half hours, learn all about the history of the iconic race track and British motor racing, with an opportunity to get in the driving seat for yourself and go on a lap around Silverstone. Fascinating stories of human endeavour, great sporting rivalries and engineering innovation are at the heart of thrilling, immersive attraction.
Think you know your way around the capital? See London in a new light by completing a Foxtrail tour, where you’ll be able to rediscover the city in an interactive experience. Find out about the lives of previous generations who trod the paths you’ll walk, along with clues to decipher along the way and really discover what makes London one of the greatest cities in the world.
Jeff Wayne’s War of the World’s – The Immersive Experience
Combining augmented reality at the cutting edge of technology alongside a Victorian set design, take a walk through the War of the Worlds at the newest immersive experience to hit the captial this summer. See if you’ll be able to survive the Martian Invasion of 1988 and take on ‘The Spirit of Man’ at a unique immersive production like no other.
London Bungee Jump
Chase adventure this summer with a 160 foot bungee jump by London’s O2 Arena. As you’re kitted out with the bungee rope and safety harnesses, you’ll ascend to the jumping platform where you’ll then be able to fly. In a matter of seconds, return to Earth via a thick air cushion to make your bungee jump as comfortable as possible. One of London’s newest thrillseeking activities, see the capital’s skyline from new heights (and lows) with a bungee jump.
Join the crowds this summer at the top 10 most visited attractions in London, and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime.