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19 Best Places to Visit in the UK

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Jun 8, 2023

Consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) has long been one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. For most travelers, like me, the country's appeal has as much to do with its diverse scenery as it does its rich cultural heritage. In fact, the best places to visit in the UK include everything from beautifully preserved country estates and picturesque castles to its many big city art galleries and museums.

London Bridge

You'll find one of the greatest pleasures of a UK vacation, however, is just how easy it is for you to explore this fascinating, diverse, and relatively small country. The UK could easily fit into the state of Texas with room to spare, so you can base yourself in a couple of cities and simply take a train, bus, or ferry to explore other areas.

One of my favorite day trips from London , for example, is to take the 90-minute train ride to beautiful Salisbury . Once there, you're only a short bus ride or tour away from one of the country's most recognizable attractions, Stonehenge. Want to hop between the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow ? A one-hour train ride will deposit you in the heart of either city.

Sure, the UK can seem like a very busy travel destination. But plan your sightseeing adventures carefully with my list of the best places to visit in the UK and you'll have no problem making the most of your time.

1. London: The UK's All-in-One Destination

2. edinburgh: scotland's capital, 3. roman-era bath, 4. ancient stonehenge and medieval salisbury, 5. royal windsor, 6. idyllic england: the cotswolds, 7. the magical lake district, 8. medieval york and its minster, 9. the university towns of cambridge & oxford, 10. england's pilgrimage city: canterbury, 11. loch ness and inverness, 12. northern ireland's giant's causeway, 13. liverpool: home of the beatles, 14. manchester: england's football mad city, 15. cardiff: the capital of wales, 16. the channel islands, 17. glasgow & loch lomond, 18. snowdonia: wales' biggest mountains, 19. belfast.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the River Thames

While it's possible to plan a trip to the UK without actually visiting London, it's certainly not a recommendation I'd make. I typically begin my UK visits by spending a few days in the nation's sprawling capital while getting over my jet lag before venturing out to my planned final destination (or destinations).

There are plenty of attractions to keep you busy. Want to learn more about the UK's rich history? You're literally spoiled for choice here as London boasts more than 200 world-class museums and art galleries to explore.

In the City of London, the heart of the old Roman city, you'll find evidence of pretty much every period in history ever since. Some of the top attractions in London are located here, including the Tower of London .

Located beside the spectacular Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames , this former palace and prison includes highlights such as the iconic 1,000-year-old White Tower, with its fascinating displays of armor and weaponry, and the Jewel House, home to the Crown Jewels. I always make a return visit at sunrise or sunset to grab an iconic photo of the Tower of London framed by Tower Bridge.

If you're a fan of Britain's Royal Family, you'll want to head to Buckingham Palace , London's Royal home since Queen Victoria's reign. Here, you can enjoy the colorful pomp of the Changing of the Guard or even take a tour of the Palace's State Rooms. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book in advance as they're only open for a few weeks each year.

From here you can wander along the Thames to the city's Whitehall Road area. Here you'll find Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings , as well as Westminster Abbey, the scene of many a royal wedding.

Another area to visit in London is South Kensington, home to the city's best museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum , as well as the famous Harrods department store. Also check out Trafalgar Square , home to the iconic Nelson's Column and the National Portrait Gallery.

And be sure to make the most of London's excellent transport system. Whether you go by bus or by underground, the system's now so good that you can simply use a debit or credit card to tap in and out as you go. It really is very easy, and once you've mastered that famous map of the city's "Tube" network you'll be traveling like a Londoner.


One of the UK's most attractive cities, the capital city of Edinburgh is also one of the UK's most visited destinations. Popular for its many well-preserved historic buildings, Edinburgh is perhaps best known as the home of the majestic Edinburgh Castle .

Perched high above the old city on a rocky promontory, this 13th-century royal fortress includes highlights such as the famous One O'Clock Salute, held daily at Half Moon Battery, as well as the Scottish Crown Jewels in the Royal Palace . Also worth seeing are the Scottish National War Memorial and the famous Stone of Destiny , the Stone of Scone, which only returned to Scotland after being held for 700 years in London.

From the castle, I always find it easy to explore the other most important historic sites in the city. Follow your nose downhill from the castle to the Old Town via the famous Royal Mile , a delightful medieval cobbled street that's immensely fun to walk. Sure, there are plenty of the usual tacky tourist and souvenir shops, but skip these and look out for the area's fine old architecture, boutique shops, cafés, and restaurants, as well as trendy art galleries and studios.

Edinburgh Old Town is also where you'll find the splendid old Palace of Holyroodhouse . From here, I usually make my way to Princes Street and New Town before looping back around to the castle. This broad, more modern avenue was planned in the late 18th century and is extremely popular for its shopping and dining opportunities. It's also where you'll find attractions such as the Royal Botanical Garden and the National Gallery of Scotland.

Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit in Edinburgh

Roman Baths

Although one of the UK's smaller cities, Bath more than makes up for its diminutive size with a multitude of things to see and do . Named after its famous Roman Baths, this beautiful city has been luring visitors like you and me to its healing waters for more than 2,000 years.

Gushing from three hot springs, the water-known to consist of 43 different minerals, hence its curative properties-travels upwards some 3,048 meters at a rate of 275,000 gallons per day, before spilling out at a consistent 46.5 degrees Celsius. It's a truly awesome sight, and also a little eerie to think that you're standing just feet away from the very hot springs that Romans and early Britons enjoyed some 2,000 years before you got here.

While it's not possible to bathe in the original Roman Baths (try it and you'll be arrested!), a number of nearby spas, most notably the modern Thermae Bath Spa , offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the city's famous waters. This must-do experience features a stunning rooftop pool using the same waters as the Roman Baths, and all with incredible views of city landmarks such as Bath Abbey .


In addition to its ancient history, Bath is also famous for its lovely Georgian architecture. The best examples can be seen along the magnificent, curved Royal Crescent, with its palatial townhomes. One of them, No.1 Royal Crescent , is now a museum that offers a fascinating peek into life during Georgian times.

While Bath is served by the same London rail service as the neighboring port city of Bristol , it's one of those increasingly forward-thinking cities that makes it easy for car drivers, too. My most recent visit in the summer of 2022 was via car, and I avoided traffic and hassle by parking at the extremely affordable Landsdowne Park and Ride facility on the outskirts of the city. Not only is it inexpensive with plenty of availability, but regular bus services will also whisk you away to the heart of the city in just 10 minutes.

Read More: From London to Bath: Best Ways to Get There


One of the planet's oldest World Heritage Sites , Stonehenge has been a place of pilgrimage for more than 4,500 years. It was believed to have been erected as a place of worship, but these days, the crowds consist of tourists drawn by the sheer scale of this magnificent monument to mankind's ingenuity.

It's a sprawling site, covering an area of more than 20 square kilometers and boasting a state-of-the-art visitor center. Here, you can catch a fascinating glimpse not only into the construction of Stonehenge but also its history since then.

But it does get busy, so be sure to plan well ahead and purchase a timed ticket for the day of your visit. Better still, splurge a little on one of the attraction's new VIP admission packages . This unforgettable experience guarantees your spot on a fun "Stone Circle Experience" that includes free time to wander the site on your own. The verdict? It's a must-do.

Be sure to also spend time exploring the nearby medieval city of Salisbury , located just 16 kilometers south of Stonehenge. You'll be rewarded with a chance to visit one of the country's most famous cathedrals, dating back to 1220 and home to an original Magna Carta .

Afterward, spend time wandering the old city center with its many fine churches and historic medieval architecture. Not only are there a number of first-rate places to stay here (I'm partial to the Mercure Salisbury White Hart Hotel for its central location and 4-star quality and cleanliness), but great little intimate eateries like the Cosy Club on Crane Street. The food here is home-cooked, locally sourced, tasty... and served in an extremely patriotic British setting.

Read More: From London to Stonehenge: Best Ways to Get There

Windsor Castle

The historic town of Windsor, conveniently located a short train ride west of Central London, offers plenty of fun attractions for tourists . In addition to its lovely Thames-side setting and the many medieval half-timbered buildings along its quaint old cobblestone laneways, it's also home to spectacular Windsor Castle , the most famous of the UK's royal castles.

This grand old castle has served as the summer residence of British royalty for more than a millennium. It was started by William the Conqueror in 1078 and is the world's largest inhabited castle. Highlights include the splendid State Apartments containing the Queen's Gallery and dining hall, each with magnificently painted ceilings and woodcarvings, and St. George's Chapel, famous as the home of the Knights and Ladies of the ancient Order of the Garter.

When you've had your fill of these historic buildings, be sure to also spend time exploring the castle's large and beautiful grounds, almost 10 kilometers long. You'll enjoy some truly memorable panoramic views over Windsor and its castle, and a number of picnic areas, some with barbecue grills, are available if you want to stop awhile.

Traveling with kids? Another area attraction worth visiting is Legoland Windsor . This fun family resort, set on 150 acres of parkland and just a short bus ride from Windsor town center, even boats a modern Lego-themed hotel if you're looking to make a weekend of it.

Also worth seeing is Royal Ascot , the UK's most famous horse-racing venue. While you might want to try to time your trip to coincide with the Royal Meeting held each June, you'll find yourself fighting often huge crowds, all dressed to the nines, here for what is after all one of the most important events on the country's social calendar.

Read More: From London to Windsor: Best Ways to Get There

Village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds

Covering almost 1,287 square kilometers of charming countryside, the beautiful Cotswolds is undoubtedly one of the most photographed corners of England. Its unrivaled pastoral scenery has earned it a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the UK, ranking highly on many a traveler's bucket list.

Easy to get to from London and close to the popular tourist attractions of Bath and Bristol , the Cotswolds includes some of the best parts of the counties of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.

Why visit? Well, if you're anything like me, you're here to experience a true taste of rural English life and explore its many quaint villages . You'll want to include the idyllic village of Bourton-on-the-Water on your Cotswolds itinerary. Nicknamed the "Venice of the Cotswolds," this popular vacation spot boasts a charming river setting and countless well-preserved cottages, some dating back to the 15th century, and all just begging to be photographed.

One of the most popular ways to do this is via the area's extensive trail network, including the excellent 164-kilometer-long Cotswold Way. Other fun things to do include horseback riding and biking, or simply soaking up the history of popular market towns such as Castle Combe or Tetbury.

View over the Lake District

Located in the northeast of England not far from the border with Scotland , the spectacular Lake District in Cumbria covers an area of 1,448 square kilometers. Not only is it considered one of the most magical places to visit in the UK for its beautiful scenery, its reputation as a place of romance and great culture will forever be associated with its most famous former resident, Beatrix Potter.

It was Potter who in fact led the way with the conservation efforts that have preserved so much of the Lake District when she bequeathed her estate to the National Trust. Her one-time home near Sawrey, Hill Top , can and should be visited for its exhibits and artifacts.

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Her legacy also set the stage for the establishment of Lake District National Park . Encompassing 12 of the country's largest lakes including Windermere and Ullswater, the two biggest and best known, this beautiful region is another famous place in the UK that's great to explore on foot. All told the park boasts more than 3,218 kilometers of hiking and walking trails, so be sure to pack your hiking boots.

Other things to do in the Lake District include visiting Scafell Pike , at 978 meters the highest mountain in England. And, of course, there is no end of picturesque towns and villages to explore, including Grasmere .

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Medieval York and its Minster

One of northern England's most popular tourist destinations, the medieval city of York, long the ecclesiastical capital of the Church of England, boasts one of the country's most magnificent cathedrals. The country's largest medieval church, York Minster can trace its roots back to the spread of Christianity in the 3rd century, although the splendid present Gothic structure was built almost 1,000 years later.

One of the best ways to get to see this historic landmark is via an official guided tour . I recommend you book in advance, and spend a little time reviewing the available choices to find one best suited to your interests. I opted for the fascinating "Tower Trip" option, a little more expensive but well worth the cost for the magnificent city views.

Other highlights of a visit to York Minster include seeing its spectacular 14th-century stained glass windows, plus the richly decorated interiors of the choir and north transept. You'll also want to visit the crypt, which contains parts of the original 11th-century church the cathedral now stands on.

Another York landmark worth exploring is the historic City Walls . I make a point of strolling this nearly five-kilometer-long structure each and every time I visit the city. Not only is it good exercise, but it's also a fun way to circle around the old medieval city center without the crowds.

Along the way, you'll enjoy excellent views over The Shambles , a narrow 14th-century roadway that's famous for its fine old timber-framed buildings, many of which hang over the street below. It's also an area known for its many restaurants and tearooms, as well as its many boutique shops and galleries.

York also boasts a number of major museums, the most popular being the National Railway Museum . Highlights of this museum's vast collection include many fine old steam engines dating as far back as 1820, plus a unique collection of Royal Trains. The museum also offers an excellent afternoon tea experience in the historic Countess of York railway carriage, bookable in advance.

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The UK has long been a center of learning, with two of its most famous university towns also ranking highly as tourist destinations. An easy commute north of London and just 128 kilometers apart, Cambridge and Oxford have for centuries been rivals for the title of the country's top academic establishment, a rivalry celebrated during the famous rowing event, The Boat Race , which takes place each spring on the River Thames .

Despite this generally good-spirited rivalry, each location offers plenty of attractions to make them worthwhile additions to your UK travel itinerary. Highlights of a visit to Cambridge include the chance to wander the UK's largest collection of preserved historic buildings, many of them located within an easy walk of Cambridge University ' s 31 colleges, the oldest of which was founded in 1284.

In addition to touring the stunning college grounds (only a handful of the university's buildings offer tours), you should also take a punt along the River Cam. This must-do activity is something of a Cambridge ritual, and chances are you'll even be "punted" along by a university student willing to share a little of their college experiences.

As with most popular tourist destinations, however, a little advance planning will ensure you find a reputable company for your punting tour. Licensed operators to consider include Cambridge Punt Company , which also offers a private romantic evening tour; and Scholars Punting , which features a fun picnic hamper package worth considering. In both cases, you can keep the cost down by joining a shared tour.

Oxford University's 38 colleges are equally fun to explore. These historic old places of learning are each set around a quadrangle and several inner courtyards along with chapels, dining halls, libraries, and student residences, some of which offer unique tourist accommodation packages, too. Like most UK tourist sites, they do get extremely busy in summer so be sure to book your visit in advance if you can to avoid disappointment.

Other Oxford highlights include the Carfax Tower, with its fine views over the city center, and the many fine old buildings of the town's High Street .


Pay a visit to historic Canterbury in Kent, and you'll soon discover why this beautiful city continues to be such a draw for visitors to the UK.

An easy hour's train ride from central London, Canterbury has been a draw for visitors for centuries. The first visitors were religious pilgrims who have in fact been visiting for more than 1,500 years, ever since St. Augustine first started converting pagan Anglo-Saxons to Christianity here in AD 597.

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The city's most famous attraction is Canterbury Cathedral , the home church of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning cathedral offers plenty to see, from the intricately carved masonry of its exterior to its magnificent interior, a highlight of which is the beautiful choir with its statues of six English kings. Also of note are the exquisite Miracle Windows, dating from the 12th century and depicting scenes from the life of murdered Archbishop Thomas Becket .

Afterward, be sure to spend time wandering the pedestrianized area of Old City Canterbury with its many preserved, historic timber-framed buildings, particularly along Mercery Lane. Be sure to include the excellent Canterbury Roman Museum on your itinerary. It was built around the remains of an original Roman townhouse and its unique mosaic.

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The ruins of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness

Despite the fact that the legends of mythical monsters have largely been debunked (just don't tell the locals), spectacular Loch Ness remains an extremely popular tourist attraction for travelers heading to Scotland. While it's unlikely you'll encounter any monsters, you will, however, be rewarded with seeing some of the UK's most beautiful scenery.

Highlights of Loch Ness include the ruins of Urquhart Castle . Set overlooking the loch, it's one of Scotland's largest fortifications, with the current structure dating from the 14th century. For those wanting to learn more about the area's many legends, the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition recounts its history, along with that of its monster, including details of ongoing searches for the elusive creature.

A little farther north is Inverness. This lovely city boasts numerous excellent attractions, including Inverness Castle, the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, and the late 19th-century St. Andrew's Cathedral.

History buffs should also check out the Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre . It was in Culloden in 1746 that the English and Scots fought their last battle and where the fate of Scotland as a British dominion was determined. Also of interest are the gravestones of warriors from the Scottish clans, as well as the six-meter-high Memorial Cairn erected in 1881 to commemorate the battle.

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Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

It's sometimes a little too easy to forget that the UK includes a tiny little piece of Ireland . Northern Ireland, consisting of the northeast corner of the "Emerald Isle," can easily be included on a trip to either country and is well worth taking the time to explore.

My favorite among the many Northern Ireland attractions worth visiting is the magnificent Giant's Causeway, a stunningly beautiful natural feature that looks anything but natural. Just a short drive from the capital of Belfast , this UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of unusual columns of layered basalt that jut upwards out of the sea and shoreline like some giant's staircase, hence their name.

All told, there are some 4,000 of these polygonal-shaped steps to see and clamber over. Formed over 60 million years ago during a period of intense volcanic activity, it's a truly impressive sight, and easy to see how local legends of giants could so easily have sprung up as a result.

A modern visitor center has been opened here and provides fascinating details about the reality and the myths behind this bucket-list attraction. Guided tours can be arranged, and be sure to make use of the audio guides that are provided with admission. Tickets can be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment.

Address: 44 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Liverpool , under three hours away from London by rail, offers plenty of cultural excitement for the curious traveler. It's also well-known for its role in giving rise to the English music legacy, not least because of its association with the Beatles .

Music fans are drawn here first and foremost for "Fab Four"-related attractions, such as The Beatles Story located in the renovated Albert Docks area. Also worth seeing are the famous Cavern Club, where the band made its debut in 1961, as well as the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Numerous walking tours and bus tours of Beatles sites are also readily available.

Other great reasons to visit Liverpool include its many historic buildings, lovely gardens, and parks, as well as great museums such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum , the Museum of Liverpool , and world-class art galleries like the Walker Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery . These are all located in the city's revitalized Royal Albert Dock area, an historic area enjoyed exploring on foot.

Manchester Town Hall

Thanks to its international airport, Manchester is often the first stop for many visitors from North America planning to explore northern England, Scotland, or Wales. It's especially popular for fans of the sport of football (that's soccer to those from the US, including Ted Lasso!).

Manchester is, in fact, home to two top football clubs: Manchester United and Manchester City. Both are well represented in the must-visit National Football Museum , as are other popular teams from around the UK. Along with displays of memorabilia, trophies, and clothing, fun short movies explain the history of the sport and capture many of its defining moments.

Be sure to also visit at least one Manchester club's stadium, too. The best known is Manchester United's Old Trafford grounds, though Manchester City's Etihad Stadium is also worth seeing. Both offer fascinating tours and behind-the-scenes access. Better still, try to visit when there's a game on!

Other notable places to visit in Manchester include Castlefield , popular for its well-preserved Victorian houses, canals, and Roman ruins. It's also popular to explore on foot for its many old warehouses now serving as trendy shops, hotels, and restaurants.

If you've got time left in your Manchester itinerary, be sure to include Manchester Cathedral and the historic Town Hall. There's also a rich cultural scene that includes museums (Museum of Science and Industry), galleries (Manchester Art Gallery), and entertainment (Chinatown).

Cardiff: The Capital of Wales

Despite being much smaller than both Scotland and England, Wales is home to some of the UK's top attractions. Interesting things to do here range from exploring the breathtaking scenery and enjoying outdoor adventures in its national parks to visiting its historic castles.

One of the best places to sample a little of everything that Wales has to offer is the country's capital, Cardiff , with most travelers beginning their visit at Cardiff Castle . Located in the middle of the city and built on the ruins of an ancient Roman fort, parts of the current structure date as far back as 1090, with much of it restored in the 1800s. Highlights include the State Apartments, the Clock Tower, the Chapel, and a spectacular Banqueting Hall with its fine murals.

Afterward, be sure to spend time wandering the city's many old Victorian shopping arcades, the best of which can be found around The Hayes. You'll find everything from second-hand record stores to boutique clothing shops and custom jewelers to browse.

Also worth checking out is Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's largest redevelopment projects, this vast area is now home to numerous fine restaurants, theaters, galleries, and shopping opportunities, many of them housed in former warehouses on lovely Mermaid Quay.

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Although just 14 miles away from mainland France , the Channel Islands have been a British territory since 1066. One of the most picture-perfect destinations in the country, these attractive small islands not only boast a milder climate but offer great places to visit that don't get the large crowds like other parts of the country.

The Channel Islands comprise Jersey (the largest island), Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm (the smallest), along with numerous even tinier islands. The intrepid traveler will also be rewarded with everything from quaint seaside towns and villages to explore, historic castles and ruins (sometimes one and the same), as well as outdoor adventures and wildlife spotting.

As for getting here, the Channel Islands are well served by ferries from mainland England, as well as short flights from most major British airports.

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Aerial view of Balmaha village on Loch Lomond

The Scottish city of Glasgow is a great place to visit for those who enjoy a mix of cultural attractions and the great outdoors. Once you've had your fix of historic sites such as Glasgow Cathedral and the museums of the University of Glasgow, among others, head out to explore nearby Loch Lomond .

Loch Lomond was dubbed "The Queen of Scottish Lakes" by famed writer Walter Scott, and it's here you'll see Ben Lomond and the beautiful Trossachs countryside. Trossachs National Park now includes Loch Lomond itself and covers some 720 square miles of prime hiking and biking country.

It's also popular for its fishing and boating, including sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. For true outdoor enthusiasts, Loch Lomond is the perfect spot for a "wild camping" adventure. Not only is it safe, you're never too far away from people if you need them. And, of course, you'll agree that the scenery here is even more beautiful when you have it all to yourself.

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Snowden Mountain Railway

Not only does the Snowdonia region of Wales boast some of the country's most remarkable scenery — and that's saying something, as it really is a beautiful country — it's also home to the UK's second largest national park: Snowdonia National Park. Spread across nearly 830 square miles, the park is as big a draw for adventurers as it is for those seeking a pleasant and not-too-exhausting day trip.

If you're a hiker you can choose from a variety of trails that wind their way up (and down) Mount Snowdon itself, spending a full day tackling as difficult a route to the top as you desire. And those like me who want to see the spectacular views from the top without all the hard work can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway .

Considered one of the world's top scenic railways, the journey starts in Llanberis before tackling steep inclines up to the "Eryri" visitor center at the top of Snowdon.

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City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Once omitted from the itineraries of most travelers to the UK, Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, has in recent years become something of a must-see destination. Not only are there numerous historic attractions and cultural experiences to enjoy, but the city's people have the same welcoming attitude that the European nation of Ireland to the south is known for.

One of the city's top claims to fame was its role in the building of the ill-fated ocean liner, RMS Titanic . This connection is celebrated and memorialized in the city's Titanic Quarter , home to the impressive Titanic Belfast attraction. Here, you can explore interactive exhibits that deal not only with the vessel, but the thousands of people involved in its construction and, ultimately, its sinking.

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Why we love London

An unmissable destination for travellers, London is a melting pot of history, culture, green spaces and an international crowd that spills into every delicious corner of its cuisine.  From the unique vintage markets of Portobello Road or Camden to the huge highstreet shops of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Westfield, food lovers will be spoilt for every kind of cuisine - check out trendy trendy Shoreditch and Brick Lane to colourful Chinatown.

Hike up its iconic landmarks and sip a cocktail in tallest building, The Shard, or take in the view from one of its many rooftop bars. Immense yourself in a leading cultural scene with no fewer than four international orchestras, a plethora of West End theatres and live gigs from Wembley to the O2 (Millennium Dome). And discover world-leading museums and galleries, from the Natural History Museum to London’s two Tates. And for some downtime, soak up some rays in one of the city’s Royal Parks or the green lungs of Hampstead Health or Greenwich. Britain’s biggest city has it all – and then some more!

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The mother of all food markets in London. Dating back from the thirteenth century, Borough Market  is an institution. From gourmet and sustainable to butchers, bakers and cheese makers and all things food.

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Art but not as you know it

On the bank of the Thames, in a sort of trendier more modern sister of Pimlico’s  Tate Britain , is Tate Modern . Free to enter, you can take in 360 views of London and eat and drink here too.

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Hit up London’s Southbank

A giant of culture,  Southbank Centre is made up a few places that house London’s most desired events from music to poetry. There’s books, cafes and multiple venues hosting some of London’s most sought-after events.

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Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city from the top of the London Eye, The Shard or Sky Garden, or venture Up at the O2.

Experience royal life at Buckingham Palace, relive 1,000 years of history at the Tower of London or watch a performance in one of the city’s eight Royal Parks.

Marvel at the Houses of Parliament and hear Big Ben chime, climb the 528 steps inside the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral or catch a theatre show in the West End.

Discover world-leading museums and galleries, from the Natural History Museum and National Portrait Gallery, to Tate Modern and British Museum.

Find unique vintage markets on Portobello Road, Camden or Spitalfields, or browse the high-street shops of Oxford, Regent and Carnaby Streets, as well as department stores Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Check out trendy Shoreditch and Brick Lane, or Borough and Camden Market, for everything from Michelin star restaurants to street food.

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The ‘City of London’ is England’s smallest city by size at just 1.12 square miles (2.9 square km) and is commonly referred to as the Square Mile.

London is the only city in the world to have hosted the Olympic Games three times, in 1908, 1948, and 2012.

London’s Underground is the oldest metro system in the world, with electric trains operating since 1890.

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The London Eye

Take a spin on this world-famous London landmark: riding high in a glass pod, you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the capital.

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ABBA Voyage

ABBA return to the stage as Abbatars for a unique performance.

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Tower of London

Get hands-on with history at this former palace and prison. It’s full of tales and treasures, including the Crown Jewels.

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iFLY at The O2

Feel the adrenaline rush as you take flight and freefall through the air at this indoor skydiving experience.

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London’s Royal Parks

London’s eight Royal Parks offer an oasis of calm in the city – as well as amazing venues for live music, festivals and theatre.

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Buckingham Palace

On selected dates, Buckingham Palace opens its doors to visitors: your chance to explore the Royal Family’s iconic London home.

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Natural History Museum

Explore the story of life on Earth at this fantastic – and free – museum. A must-visit for all animal lovers and curious thinkers!

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Theatre tour and Regency afternoon tea at The Lane

One of London's most iconic theatres, offering a decadent Regency afternoon tea and theatre tours that uncover 350 years of history.

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The Lost Estate

Five-star dining, live performance and craft cocktails. Step into an unforgettable immersive experience by master world-builders.

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Filled with original props, sets and costumes from the Harry Potter films, this is a must-visit for all fans.

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London Rock Tour

A musical journey through the sounds of rock music, from 1950s beatnik coffee houses in Soho, to Freddie Mercury and Queen’s very own playground in Kensington.

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David Bowie Walking Tour

Get to know the man behind Ziggy Stardust as you uncover the stories and sounds of a musical legend in Brixton and Soho.

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West End Silent Disco Walking Tour

Party, parade and prance through the dazzling streets of London’s West End, taking in the city’s theatres while listening to their musical sounds.

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Thames Rockets

Scream if you want to go faster! Part sightseeing cruise, part rollercoaster ride, this speedboat is an epic way to explore London.

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Secret Adventures - Kayak

Join this small-group kayaking tour on the River Thames and see London from a whole new perspective.

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The Dare Skywalk

Do you dare walk on the roof of London’s mighty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? Its London views are incredible…

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Up at the O2

The O2 is one of the capital’s top entertainment venues – but did you know you can also climb up to its roof?

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Museum of London

Full of spine-tingling stories, archive photos and curious artefacts, this museum explores the capital’s past.

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Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)

The epicentre of all-things art and design, the V&A explores everything from high-art sculptures to vintage fashions.

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Tate Modern

Discover modern art and captivating exhibitions on the bank of the River Thames.

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Somerset House

From outdoor movie screenings to vibrant art exhibitions, Somerset House is packed with fun things to do.

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Tally Ho Gin Safari

Discover the entertaining history of London’s favourite spirit on this gin-fuelled bike tour of Southwark and Bermondsey.

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Supperclub Tube

On a 1967 former Victorian Line carriage, you’ll enjoy a six-course Latin American menu in this truly unique combination.

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Taste of London

Immerse yourself in cooking masterclasses, watch live demonstrations from Michelin star chefs or tee off for a round of crazy golf.

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London in the Sky

Taking dining to new heights, this open-air table is suspended high over Greenwich: an epic spot for dinner and drinks.

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The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Step back in time to the Victorian world of one of the greatest literary detectives, Sherlock Holmes, at his ‘real life’ address.

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The British Library

From Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks to priceless artworks, Britain’s biggest library is rammed full of treasures…

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Imperial War Museum

Revealing the human side of Britain’s conflicts, the world’s largest war museum is both poignant and fascinating.

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St Paul's Cathedral

Open to visitors of all faiths and none, London’s iconic cathedral hosts guided tours, live music and art exhibitions.

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Houses of Parliament

Westminster Palace is the spectacular home of the British Government – see it for yourself on a guided tour.

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London Pride

Britain’s biggest Pride celebration takes over the capital every summer – with spin-off events year-round.

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Camden Market

This eclectic collection of punk-like fashion and clothes for every subculture, includes vintage shops and bric-a-brac emporia is firmly a favourite with visitors.

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UK Black Pride

Dive into Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Easter, Latin American and Caribbean LGBTQIA+ people in London.

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All Points East

August 2024 Big names hit up the capital for two weekends of music extravaganza from the likes of Gorillaz, Tame Impala and The Chemical Brothers.

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Wireless Festival

12 – 14 July 2024 The place to be for rap and R&B music in the UK with previous headliners including Kanye West and Jay-Z.

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DJ and clubbing royalty headline this annual fiesta of electronic music, in East London’s Victoria Park.

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Mighty Hoopla

This flamboyant festival of pop and queer culture has featured the likes of Steps, Cheryl and Chaka Khan.

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Forage London

These foraging tours reveal the edible herbs, flowers and berries hidden in the capital’s parks and gardens.

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Little Venice

Though it’s just steps from Paddington, this waterside area is famed for its tranquil walks and charming pubs.

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Skuna Boats

Hop on board a floating hot tub or barbecue boat, for a tour of Canary Wharf you’ll never forget.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Connect with nature at London’s 300-acre Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, founded by King George III’s mother in 1759.

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Richmond Park

One of London’s eight royal parks, this wildlife-filled nature reserve is a haven for solitude-seekers.

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At this state-of-the-art spa, Eastern traditions meet Western technologies, for an exhilarating full-body experience.

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Kensington Palace, London

The home to many a royal, from Queen Victoria, William III, to Queen Anne.

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Westminster Abbey, London

Step into more than 1,000 years of history at the setting of every coronation since 1066.

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Hampton Court Palace

Once the home of King Henry VIII, it now hosts vibrant festivals, outdoor movies, historic tours – and the odd ghost.

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Oxford Street

This retail heaven boasts almost 1.5 miles (2.4km) of flagship boutiques – for fashion, beauty, souvenirs and more.

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Portobello Road

Find the world-famous antiques market spilling over with fascinating wares.

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This East London street is famous for its vintage fashions, bustling stalls and authentic Bangladeshi cuisine.

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Gauthier Soho

One of the world’s first fine-dining restaurants to go 100% vegan, this acclaimed spot is inspired by fine French cuisine.

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Silo, Hackney

A zero waste restaurant choosing local ingredients that generate no waste.

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Learn about street art through AlternativeLDN’s London tour, then have a go yourself.

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The Culpeper, Shoreditch

Housed in Shoreditch, surround yourself with colourful flora, indulge in homegrown veggies, and take in the impressive London skyline from this rooftop oasis.

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Explore a Great British icon of luxury at Harrods, and discover more than 330 departments over seven floors.

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Battersea Power Station

A one stop destination for shopping, food and drink, entertainment and views over the River Thames.

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Vogue Fabrics

With film screenings, stand-up comedy, club nights and cabaret, this Dalston venue celebrates all things LGBTQIA+.

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Colours Hoxton

Located in vibrant Shoreditch, this cocktail bar and live music venue hosts a fun-filled ‘drag brunch’ every Saturday.

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The Crown Tour of London

You’ve admired London’s royal landmarks on screen – now explore them in person on this Crown-based walking tour.

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Leave the real world behind, and immerse yourself in a mind-clearing, tension-soothing soak in a weightlessness pool.

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A sleepover at London Zoo

Stay overnight with the animals, get a private evening tour of your favourite wild beasts, eat dinner within a whisker of a lion and sleep among the cacophony of baboons and parrots.

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Discover London’s Pride festival as it retraces its original route from 1972 through Hyde Park, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square.

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Kayak the Thames by moonlight

Kayak on the Thames and see London’s iconic landmarks - quite literally in a different light. See landmarks like the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s, Bank Side and Tower Bridge all light up.

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Christmas festivities

London glows with twinkling Christmas lights, bustling shops, ice rinks and seasonal theatre performances each Christmas. Visit the capital city to get a taste for the festivities.

Places to stay in London

Notting hill.

Stroll along the brightly painted houses, the buzzing cafés and pubs and visit its famous market in this, the home to one of the world’s most iconic festivals - The Notting Hill Carnival.

Explore the super central, trendy, all night buzz to Soho, find cafes, bars, restaurants and ice cream parlour here. It’s a playful and buzzing spot all the time, and shoulders China Town.

Stay in this leafy and affluent part of London that has a great bars and delis, restaurants and its home to London’s green lungs - Hampstead Heath. And of course, you can grab one of best views here - Primrose Hill.

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From ice-cream parlours to sea food festivals, the ‘Garden of England’ is meant for discovery.


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South Downs

Discover epic trails, rivers to kayak, castles to conquer and wild woods to explore.

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A quirky seaside city filled with diverse cuisine, vintage shopping and adrenaline fuelled adventure.


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Just an hour by train from London and you’re in the city of dreaming spires.

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Lovers of The Crown can wrap themselves in royalty as this town is about as regal as it gets.

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Getting to London

The capital is served by six international airports , including London Heathrow and Gatwick, with direct and connecting routes to destinations all over the world (shop for Heathrow Express tickets and Stansted Express tickets here). Travelling by train is an eco-friendlier option and the capital offers 12 major stations , including Waterloo, Euston and Paddington. St Pancras International is the city’s Eurostar hub, with multiple direct connections to Europe.

Getting around

London is incredibly well served by public transport, much of which runs late and through the night. Take your pick from the Tube  (shop for a London visitor Oyster card , London Day Travelcard or a Group Day London Travelcard ), trams , buses and boats, or the IFS Cloud Cable Car  for a different perspective of London’s skyline. All services and numerous stations are wheelchair accessible. Alternatively, grab a Santander Cycle from one of hundreds of docking stations around the capital – you can bike around the city from as little as £2.

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The British Museum

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Immerse yourself in two million years of human history, art and culture.

Book your free ticket  for Museum entry in advance to receive key information and updates before your visit and priority entry during busy periods. In our galleries come face-to-face with objects from the  Sutton Hoo  ship burial, explore the wonderful collection of the  Islamic world  and learn more about  Egyptian mummies . Please see the  list of available galleries  to visit.

Exhibition tickets are available to book for  Legion: life in the Roman army (1 February – 23 June 2024) and Michelangelo: the last decades (2 May 2024 – 28 July 2024).

In line with current government and NHS guidance, face masks are not mandatory but visitors are welcome to wear them if they wish. The Museum maintains a robust cleaning schedule and hand sanitiser stations are available across the site. 

Occasionally we may need to close galleries at short notice. We regret that we are not always able to alert visitors in advance of their visit.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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Ticket information

How to book.

  • We're limiting numbers of people in the Museum to ensure there's room for you to safely enjoy your visit. You're advised to book a free ticket in advance to receive key information and updates before your visit and priority entry during busy periods.
  • To book simply pick the date and time you'd like to visit.
  • If the date or time you wish to visit has no availability, please note that walk-up visits are available each day for those who arrive at the Montague Place entrance of the Museum, without advance bookings. But this does depend on capacity, as walk-up entry cannot be guaranteed. If visitor numbers are very high, for safety reasons we may need to limit entry and in those circumstances only ticket holders will be admitted. 
  • To book tickets for exhibitions, visit our exhibition pages . Your exhibition ticket also gives you access to the permanent collection.
  • If you need any access assistance, please see our Accessibility page .

Important information about your ticket booking

  • Tickets to the permanent collection are free.
  • You can book tickets up to a maximum of nine people in your group.
  • Your ticket(s) will be emailed to you.
  • Tickets will be released on a regular basis, so if there's no availability showing then please check again soon.
  • You'll be able to enter the Museum any time after your selected timeslot.
  • Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest updates.
  • Legion: life in the Roman army (1 February – 23 June 2024)
  • Michelangelo: the last decades (2 May 2024 – 28 July 2024)
  • You'll need to show your Membership card to gain entry.
  • If you can't find your card, please contact  [email protected]  or visit the Membership Desk in the Great Court. 
  • Visit our Membership page for enquiries or to find out about becoming a Member.

Groups of 10 or more people

Self-led groups of 10 or more people will need to book a group ticket . Please see the Group visits page for more details. 

School groups

School groups should contact the Box Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8181 to book their visit to the Museum. More information can be found on our School visits page. 

10% off for Members

Become a Member and enjoy a 10% discount at all of the Museum's cafés, restaurants and shops. 

Gallery information

Make the most of your visit.

Explore world cultures from the Mediterranean to the Middle East and from the Americas to Africa.

  • View a map of the Museum .
  • Explore more of the Museum with our object trails  or try a selection of our Museum Missions . 
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Museum using our Audio app (available in six languages including British Sign Language). Download via the  App Store  or  Google Play Store . Please bring your headphones with you or purchase earbuds from the Guide Desk or British Museum Shop.

List of available galleries

See the list of available galleries for you to enjoy (please note this list is subject to change):

Lower floor

  • Room 25: Africa ( The Sainsbury Galleries )  

Ground floor

  • Great Court
  • Room 1: Enlightenment
  • Room 2: Collecting the world
  • Room 2a: The Waddesdon Bequest (funded by The Rothschild Foundation )
  • Room 4: Egyptian sculpture
  • Room 6: Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates
  • Rooms 7–8: Assyria: Nimrud *
  • Room 9: Assyria: Nineveh *
  • Room 10: Assyria: Lion hunts, Siege of Lachish and Khorsabad *
  • Room 12: Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans ( The Arthur I Fleischman Gallery )
  • Room 13: Greece 1050–520 BC
  • Room 14: Greek vases
  • Room 15: Athens and Lycia
  • Room 16: Bassai sculptures
  • Room 17: Nereid Monument
  • Room 18: Greece: Parthenon
  • Room 19: Greece: Athens
  • Room 20: Greeks and Lycians 400–325 BC
  • Room 21: Mausoleum of Halikarnassos
  • Room 22: The world of Alexander
  • Room 24: Living and Dying ( The Wellcome Trust Gallery )
  • Room 26: North America
  • Room 27: Mexico

Upper floors

  • Room 33: China and South Asia ( Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery )
  • Room 33a: India: Amaravati ( The Asahi Shimbun Gallery )
  • Room 33b: Chinese jade ( The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery )
  • Room 40: Medieval Europe, 1050–1500 ( The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery )
  • Room 41: Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300–1100 ( The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery )
  • Rooms 42–43: The Islamic world ( The Albukhary Foundation Gallery )
  • Room 46: Europe 1400–1800
  • Room 47: Europe 1800–1900
  • Room 48: Europe 1900 to the present
  • Room 49: Roman Britain ( The Weston Gallery )
  • Room 50: Britain and Europe 800 BC–AD43
  • Room 51: Europe and Middle East, 10,000–800 BC ( The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Gallery )
  • Room 52: Ancient Iran ( The Rahim Irvani Gallery )
  • Room 53: Ancient South Arabia
  • Room 54: Anatolia and Urartu, 7000–300 BC
  • Room 55: Mesopotamia, 1500–539 BC
  • Room 56: Mesopotamia, 6000–1500 BC
  • Rooms 57–59: Ancient Levant*
  • Room 61: Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun ( The Michael Cohen Gallery )
  • Rooms 62–63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies ( The Roxie Walker Galleries )
  • Room 64: Early Egypt
  • Room 65: Sudan, Egypt and Nubia
  • Room 66: Ethopia and Coptic Egypt
  • Room 67: Korea (The Korea Foundation Gallery)
  • Room 68: Money
  • Room 69: Greek and Roman life
  • Room 70: Roman Empire ( The Wolfson Gallery )
  • Room 71: Etruscan world
  • Room 72: Ancient Cyprus ( The A.G. Leventis Gallery )
  • Room 73: Greeks in Italy
  • Rooms 90–90a: Prints and drawings displays
  • Rooms 92–94: Japan ( The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries )
  • Room 95: Chinese Ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection ( The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies )

*Limited opening: Rooms 7, 9, 10, 19, 20, 57 and 58 are open 11:00–15:00 daily.

For more information on access to the galleries visit our  Accessibility at the Museum  page. 

Planned gallery closures

Galleries in the Museum may be closed for maintenance, refurbishment or private events. Where possible, we'll list the time and date of the closures below. All planned closures will also be detailed on the affected gallery pages . Occasionally we may need to close galleries at short notice for safety reasons. We regret that in these cases we're not always able to alert the public in advance.

Due to regular maintenance, the following galleries will be temporarily closed: 

  • Room 25: Africa ( The Sainsbury Galleries ) from 10–21 March 2025
  • Room 19: Greece: Athens from 19–30 August 2024
  • Room 20: Greeks and Lycians, 400–325 BC from 19–30 August 2024
  • Room 21: Mausoleum of Halikarnassos from 19–30 August 2024
  • Room 22: The world of Alexander from 19–30 August 2024
  • Room 23: Greek and Roman sculpture from 19–30 August 2024
  • Room 10: Assyria: Lion hunts, Siege of Lachish and Khorsabad from 2–13 September 2024
  • Room 13: Greece 1050–520 BC from 2–13 September 2024
  • Room 14: Greek vases from 2–13 September 2024
  • Room 15: Greece: Athens and Lycia from 2–13 September 2024
  • Room 16: Greece: Bassai sculptures from 2–13 September 2024
  • Room 18: Greece: Parthenon from 16–27 September 2024
  • Room 4: Egyptian sculpture from 13–24 January 2025
  • Room 6a: Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates from 13–24 January 2025
  • Room 9: Assyria: Nineveh * from 13–24 January 2025
  • Room 2: Collecting the world from from 27 January – 7 February 2025
  • Room 2a: The Waddesdon Bequest ( funded by The Rothschild Foundation ) from 27 January – 7 February 2025
  • Room 1: Enlightenment from 27 January – 14 February 2025
  • Room 6b: Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gate s from 10–21 February 2025
  • Rooms 7–8: Assyria: Nimrud * from 10–21 February 2025
  • Room 24: Living and Dying ( The Wellcome Trust Gallery ) partially closed from 27 February – 7 March 2025
  • Room 26: North America from 27 February – 7 March 2025
  • Room 27: Mexico from 27 February – 7 March 2025
  • Room 24: Living and Dying ( The Wellcome Trust Gallery ) partially closed from 10–21 March 2025
  • Room 33: China and South Asia ( Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery ) from 3–7 June 2024
  • Room 33a: India: Amaravati ( The Asahi Shimbun Gallery ) from 3–7 June 2024
  • Room 33b: Chinese jade ( The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery ) from 3–7 June 2024
  • Room 61: Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun ( The Michael Cohen Gallery ) from 3–14 June 2024
  • Rooms 62–63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies ( The Roxie Walker Galleries ) partially closed from 3–14 June 2024
  • Room 66: Ethopia and Coptic Egypt partially closed from 3–14 June 2024
  • Room 56: Mesopotamia, 6000–1500 BC partially closed from 17–28 June 2024
  • Rooms 57–59: Ancient Levant * from 17–28 June 2024
  • Room 63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies ( The Roxie Walker Galleries ) partially closed from 1–12 July 2024 
  • Room 64: Early Egypt from 1–12 July 2024 
  • Room 65: Sudan, Egypt and Nubia from 1–12 July 2024 
  • Room 66: Ethopia and Coptic Egypt partially closed from 1–12 July 2024 
  • Room 67: Korea ( The Korea Foundation Gallery ) from 15–26 July 2024
  • Room 95: Chinese Ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection ( The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies ) from 15–26 July 2024
  • Room 53: Ancient South Arabia from 30 September – 11 October 2024
  • Room 54: Anatolia and Urartu, 7000–300 BC from 30 September – 11 October 2024
  • Room 55: Mesopotamia, 1500–539 BC from 30 September – 11 October 2024
  • Room 56: Mesopotamia, 6000–1500 BC partially closed from 30 September – 11 October 2024
  • Rooms 92–94: Japan ( The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries ) from 7–9 October 2024
  • Room 41: Sutton Hoo and Europe, AD 300–1100 ( The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery ) partially closed from 14–25 October 2024
  • Rooms 42–43: The Islamic world ( The Albukhary Foundation Gallery ) from 14–25 October 2024
  • Room 46: Europe 1400–1800 from 14–25 October 2024
  • Room 47: Europe 1800–1900 from 14–25 October 2024
  • Room 48: Europe 1900 to the present from 14–25 October 2024
  • Room 68: Money from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 69: Greek and Roman life from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 70: Roman Empire ( The Wolfson Gallery ) from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 71: Etruscan world from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 72: Ancient Cyprus ( The A.G. Leventis Gallery ) from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 73: Greeks in Italy from 4–15 November 2024
  • Room 33: China and South Asia ( Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery ) from 2–13 December 2024
  • Room 33a: India: Amaravati ( The Asahi Shimbun Gallery ) from 2–13 December 2024
  • Room 33b: Chinese jade ( The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery ) from 2–13 December 2024
  • Room 67: Korea ( The Korea Foundation Gallery ) from 27–31 January 2025
  • Room 95: Chinese Ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection ( The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies ) from 27–31 January 2025
  • Rooms 38–39: Clocks and watches ( The Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Gallery ) from 24–28 March 2025
  • Rooms 92–94: Japan ( The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries ) from 31 March – 11 April 2025

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Your support is vital, now more than ever, and helps the Museum to share the collection with the world.


Tickets are available to book for Legion: life in the Roman army (1 February – 23 June 2024) and Michelangelo: the last decades (2 May 2024 – 28 July 2024).

Legion: life in the Roman army . Final weeks .

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Michelangelo: the last decades . Book now .

Full opening hours.

Please note that on Wednesday 5 June the Museum will be closing at 16.00. Our exhibitions, shops, cafes, cloakroom, families desk and all other facilities will be closed an hour earlier than advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Our opening hours are daily, 10.00–17.00 ( Fridays: 20.30 ) Last entry: 16.45 (Fridays: 20.15)

  • Box Office: 10.00–16.50, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Cloakroom: 10.00–17.00 (20.30 on Fridays). Last deposit is one hour before closing.
  • Families Desk: 10.00–12.30 and 13.15–16.30, weekends and London Borough of Camden  school holidays  only.
  • Ford Centre for Young Visitors: 10.00–16.30, weekends and London Borough of Camden  school holidays  only
  • Galleries: 10.00–17.00 (20.30 on Fridays). Please note: we begin clearing galleries 10 minutes before they close.
  • Great Court: 10.00–17.30 (Fridays 20.30)
  • Guide Desk: 10.00–16.30
  • Information Desk: 10.00–17.00
  • Ticket Desk: 10.00–16.30

Find out about upcoming  late opening on Fridays . There will be no late night opening on Good Friday (18 April 2025).

The Museum is closed 24–26 December. 

Special exhibitions  are open daily 10.00–17.00 (last entry at 16.45) and on Fridays until 20.30 (last entry at 20.15). Please arrive at the time stated on your ticket – we cannot guarantee admission before or after your allotted time slot.

We begin clearing galleries 10 minutes before they close.

  • Bookshop: daily, 10.00–17.00
  • Family shop: daily, 10.00–17.00 
  • Collections shop and Grenville Room: daily, 10.00–17.00
  • Online shop : open 24 hours a day

Cafés and restaurants

  • Court Cafés: daily, 10.00–17.00
  • Great Court Restaurant : daily, 11.30–17.00 (last sitting 16.00).
  • Pizzeria: daily, 12.00–15.00
  • Coffee Lounge: 10.30–16.30
  • Outside dining: 10.00–17.00

Find out more about the Museum's cafés and restaurants . 

Library, archive and study rooms

Booking requests for the department study rooms at the British Museum main site can now be accepted. Opening hours vary. Our library  and  archive  are open by appointment: Tuesday – Thursday, 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.00.

Getting here

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Main entrance:  The British Museum Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG (what3words: ///young.verge.moves )

Second entrance: Montague Place London WC1E 7JW (what3words: ///cooks.waddled.cook )

We recommend using the Transport For London (TFL) Journey Planner to plan your trip to the Museum.

  • Bicycle racks are available inside the gates of the Main Entrance on Great Russell Street (please note that folding bikes are not allowed inside the premises). 
  • The Museum can't assume responsibility for damage or theft of bicycles left on-site.
  • You may wish to use the  Santander Cycle Hire scheme  on your journey. If so, a docking station can be found on the corner of Great Russell Street and Montague Street, a two-minute walk from the Main Entrance.

If you're planning to visit by car, please be aware that the Museum doesn't offer parking facilities, except for visitors with access requirements (visit the Accessibility at the Museum page  for details).

By taxi or minicab

  • Black cabs can be pre-booked, hailed on the street or found at designated taxi ranks around Central London.
  • There is a taxi rank on Great Russell Street at the Museum's main gates.
  • Minicabs must be booked in advance through a licensed private hire operator.
  • More information can be found on TFL's  London taxis and minicabs  page.

The following bus routes pass within walking distance of the Museum.

  • New Oxford Street: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
  • Tottenham Court Road (northbound) / Gower Street (southbound): 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
  • Southampton Row: 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188

Please refer to individual routes on the  TFL Bus Routes page  to find the best stop and to check for diversions.

The four tube stations closest to the Museum are:

  • Tottenham Court Road: 5-minute walk
  • Holborn: 7-minute walk
  • Russell Square: 7-minute walk
  • Goodge Street: 8-minute walk

Entering the Museum

  • Entry to the Museum is via the Main entrance on Great Russell Street or the Montague Place entrance. Please note at busy periods walk-up entry will only be possible at the Montague Place entrance, and entry is dependent on capacity.
  • On arrival please join the back of the queue, where you may be required to wait, as longer queues can form at busy periods. 
  • General admission ticket holders may enter the Museum anytime after their selected timeslot. 
  • Once you've gone through the Main entrance an easy access queuing route is available for disabled visitors, visitors with pushchairs and/or children under five, Members, exhibition and general admission ticket-holders.
  • All visitors must pass through a security check which involves a bag search.
  • If you require more information on accessibility for disabled visitors, please see our  Accessibility at the Museum page  for details.

Security and bag searches

Security, bag searches and large luggage.

  • For everyone's safety, all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be searched before entry.
  • Wheeled cases, sports equipment and large items of luggage are not allowed on British Museum premises.
  • Storage for luggage is available at major rail stations, including Euston, King's Cross and Charing Cross.
  • An easy access route is available for disabled visitors, Members and visitors with buggies and/or children under five.
  • If you require assistance or the entrance into the Museum poses an accessibility barrier, please let our uniformed staff know and they'll be happy to assist you.
  • Please don't leave your bags unattended at any point during your visit.

Restricted items

  • For security reasons, no large items of luggage can be brought into the Museum (bigger than 40cm x 40cm x 50cm and heavier than 8kg) or onto the premises.
  • Wheeled cases are not permitted regardless of their size and weight.
  • Folding bicycles are not permitted inside the Museum. 
  • Adult scooters, skateboards and musical instruments are not allowed onto the premises.
  • Pushchairs are permitted on-site. Fold-up prams and buggies can be left free of charge in the cloakroom, which is found by turning left immediately after passing through the Main entrance of the Museum.
  • Offensive weapons, dangerous chemicals, and other suspicious items will be confiscated before entry is granted.
  • You'll be able to retrieve any confiscated items when you leave, provided there are no legal barriers. 

Visitor regulations

  • All visitors entering the Museum agree to abide by the visitor regulations: 
  • The Museum reserves the right to vary or alter these regulations without prior notice.
  • Special exhibitions may have additional regulations.


We have a wide range of services for disabled visitors. 

Find out how to make the most of your visit and plan your trip in advance on our  Accessibility at the Museum  page. 

Visitor and Member cloakroom

  • Last deposits are one hour before closing time.
  • Please collect items 30 minutes before closing time.
  • The cloakroom can be found by turning left immediately after passing through the Main entrance to the Museum. 
  • Please see the restricted items section for full details.
  • Bags up to 4kg – £2.50
  • Bags 4–8kg – £5
  • Umbrellas – £1
  • Fold-up pushchairs – free
  • Members can use the cloakroom free of charge. The same restrictions apply.
  • You must retrieve items from the cloakroom before you leave the Museum site.
  • In the event of a fire evacuation, the cloakroom will be closed immediately and you must follow our fire evacuation instructions. Our staff will help to retrieve your items from the cloakroom as soon as possible after the Museum reopens.
  • Please note that the cloakroom has limited capacity, and when this capacity is reached, it cannot accept items until space becomes available again.
  • The Museum reserves the right to vary or alter these conditions without prior notice.

Lost property

If you've lost an item while visiting the Museum, please email [email protected]

  • Free wifi is available for all visitors to the Museum.
  • Please connect to 'British Museum WiFi' only.
  • You'll be required to supply your full name and email address before using the service.
  • Free wifi is funded by the Mayor of London and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Connectivity is supported by the Daisy Group.
  • Charging phones and plugging in any other electronics is not allowed.

Facilities for babies and children

For information about facilities for parents, babies and young children, please see the Family visits page .

If you need help during your visit, please speak to a uniformed member of staff.

Accessible facilities

For information about facilities and resources for disabled visitors please see the Accessibility at the Museum page .

If you need assistance during your visit, please speak to a uniformed member of staff.

Photography and filming

  • Hand-held flash photography and video recording is allowed in most galleries for private purposes only.
  • Signs will indicate where photography is restricted.
  • Tripods, monopods and selfie sticks may not be used inside the Museum building.
  • In special circumstances, a permit to use these items can be issued – if you have any queries, contact the Museum at  [email protected] or on 020 7323 8380
  • For questions regarding commercial photography or filming, please see our Commercial page .

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Seen the show? Now visit the location: Britain embraces surge in ‘set-jetter’ tourists

International visitors are pouring in to see where Wonka walked and Herriot practised

Set-jetting – flying off to see where a favourite movie was filmed – has long been a small but important tourism niche.

But while feature films such as Wonka and Napoleon are boosting visitor numbers in Bath and Blenheim, the growth of TV streaming is also fuelling a rise in screen tourism that is expected to transform the pastime into big business next year.

The Crown , All Creatures Great and Small , Ted Lasso and Slow Horses have all had fans visiting the starring locations, while there is anticipation about where Warner Bros will choose to shoot a new TV adaptation of the Harry Potter novels.

And Masters of the Air , a follow-up to Band of Brothers by Steven Spielberg’s production company, is likely to have people flocking to east Anglia and other parts of the home counties when it airs in January.

Visit Britain has teamed up with the British Film Commission to launch Starring Great Britain in the new year, and will be working with studios and production companies to promote films, TV series and their locations.

Adrian Wootton, the chief executive of the British Film Commission, said: “Rather than simply attracting people to seek a ‘chocolate box Britain’ experience, it’s the very widest range of genres that’s attracting people to visit our locations.”

While House of the Dragon , Outlander and the Bond films are strong draws, the shows which “don’t necessarily depict locations in a ‘positive’ way – take Broadchurch , Peaky Blinders , Slow Horses – are driving people to visit where they were shot,” he added.

Around half of general international visitors remain in London during the stay, and most of the rest follow a tourist trail to Cambridge, then Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, York and Edinburgh. Screen tourism can help persuade visitors than there is more to Britain than London, Oxbridge and Shakespeare.

Timothée Chalamet in costume as Willy Wonka waves with his hat while two men walk by on the top of an old stone harbour wall, with the sea and blue sky in the background

VisitBritain said that 34% of international visitors say they want to visit locations from their favourite film and TV shows. Patricia Yates, VisitBritain’s chief executive, said: “By shining the spotlight on film- and TV-inspired experiences you can only have in Britain, we’re encouraging visitors to come and discover more of our amazing destinations, putting themselves in the picture.”

Seren Welch, a screen tourism consultant who has been working with UKinbound, the trade association for UK tourism, said the UK benefited from the sheer volume of production.

“Places like the Royal Naval College in London – it easily boasts over 150 feature films by now. The slow burn of a TV series is very effective, though. Call The Midwife now has a permanent tour at Chatham historic dockyards.

“Quite often, the streamers are keen to tell the narrative behind the locations as well, especially Netflix. There was a spike in bookings within 48 hours of Emily in Paris being released. People are watching and scrolling and booking.”

Set-jetting has a surprisingly long pedigree. Thomas Coryate, the 17th-century English writer who walked to India, asked the Mughal emperor Jahangir for safe passage to Samarkand to visit the tomb of Timur. Coryate’s request was almost certainly inspired by Christopher Marlowe’s play Tamburlaine the Great , which dominated Elizabethan London’s emerging theatre scene.

Nowadays, screen tourism is rather quicker. “We had a girl recently – she came from China, specifically to see Grassington,” said Linda Furniss, owner of the Stripey Badger bookshop in the north Yorkshire village. “She was on her own as well – she flew in, she stayed one night and flew back. That is the extreme extent of the popularity of All Creatures Great and Small .”

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Grassington has always been “a magnet for visitors”, said Furniss, who is one of the local business owners who works with Channel 5 and the show’s producers. They transformed the village’s shopfronts into 1930s period style to create an authentic setting for the veterinary drama. But it was when the show began to air in the US that things really took off.

“The impact of visitors is just colossal,” Furniss said. “I have a map of America in my bookshop now so we can talk knowledgeably about where people are from. The village has got used to it, now that we know how the filming works. The crew are all so friendly – it’s a messy experience but enjoyable at the same time.”

Two men pose for a photograph beside a classic ed phone box with its door open

The impact can be enduring. Local Hero was critically acclaimed on its release in 1983, but the movie was only a minor hit at the box office. Even so, 40 years later there is still a stream of visitors to Pennan, a seaside village near Aberdeen, to see the phone box where the main character used to call his bosses in Houston.

Bill Pitt and his wife, Lynn, from Charleston in South Carolina, were among those visitors in 2005. “We stayed in Crovie [four miles away] but really we were coming to see the phone box,” Pitt said. He joked to her during the holiday that they should retire to north-east Scotland. Now the Pitts live in Pennan, running a self-catering cottage business, and Bill is responsible, along with his friend Eddie Hayes, for painting the phone box to protect it from sea spray.

“I contacted BT and said, ‘We’ve got a dynamite phone box here, people come here to see it – would you mind if I painted it?’

“They said, ‘Sure – we’ll even send you the paint’.

“It’s such a special place. And when the weather’s nice, people stop and they look, and they get their picture taken. All because of the movie.”

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