From trying out penalty shootouts to exploring the iconic Titanic, these museums are a must on your UK itinerary.
We travel around the world for many reasons, not the least of which is to broaden our minds. And a great way to do? Visit a museum.
Sure, some travellers may have the perception that museums are boring and a colossal waste of time. But if you go with an open mind and allow yourself to be immersed in your surroundings, you’ll find that museums are anything but! Below, British Airways has put together a list of the top five museums to visit when you’re in London, Manchester, and Northern Ireland.
British Museum, London
The “grand old dame” of museums, the British Museum is world-renowned for its extensive collection of artefacts and art spanning across centuries and cultures. With the exception of two World Wars, the museum has remained open since 1759. It has over eight million objects in its extensive collections spread out over one million square feet of space. Amongst its more high-profile collections are the Rosetta Stone, the Townley collection of classical sculpture and the Parthenon sculptures. You will be amazed at how time flies and history comes alive at the British Museum.
Admission is free and the museum is open daily from 10am till 5.30pm
Tate Modern, London
Tate has four major sites – Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate Modern is the mecca for contemporary art enthusiasts. Housed in a de-commissioned power station, the gallery itself is a work of modern art with its beautiful brickwork, and concrete and rough wooden staircases. Tate Modern occupies seven floors of gallery space with collections dating from the 1900s to the present day. Level 5 is a must-see with its works of art from Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Admission to Tate Modern is free except for special exhibitions. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm (Saturday – Thursday), 10am to 10pm (Friday – Saturday)
London Transport Museum
Head to the heart of popular Covent Garden to visit the London Transport Museum and learn more about the transport heritage of London from the last 200 years, from the iconic red double-decker buses to the complex network of London Underground. Highlights of the museum include the Jubilee Line simulator, which allows visitors to become a conductor for the day and experience driving one of the London Underground trains. The museum also has a family play zone with a fleet of mini vehicles for children to climb into and play on. The Upper Deck Café is a convenient place to stop and enjoy a selection of food and drinks.
Admission to the London Transport Museum is £17.00 each for adults. The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm
The National Football Museum, Manchester
Home to two renowned English Premier League clubs, Manchester is the place to visit for football fans. The National Football Museum, originally situated in Preston, relocated to the bustling city centre of Manchester in 2012. It has the largest collection of football memorabilia available including balls, boots and jerseys including the prestigious FIFA collection. Over 2, 500 objects are on display and the museum has interactive games for visitors to try, including the notorious penalty shootout!
Admission into the museum is free and it is open daily from 10am to 5pm
Titanic Museum Belfast, Northern Ireland
Located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built, Titanic Museum Belfast is also a memorial to the city’s maritime heritage. The iconic building, shaped like a ship’s bows, is a sight to behold. As you walk through the doors you are transported back in time as the story of RMS Titanic is re-told – from her conception to her launch and her tragic fate. The galleries are innovative and interactive and the Titanic story is told in a fresh and insightful way.
Admission fee starts from £7.25 per child and £17.00 per adult. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily
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