From history, to art, culture and architecture, Britain’s Museums are among the best in the world. The range in themes is enormous – museums in the United Kingdom offer the opportunity to learn about science, maritime history, mythology, natural history, archaeology and everything in between.
Thoughtful, carefully curated permanent and visiting exhibitions make learning interactive; history comes to life on a day out that’s fun for all ages and interests.
Finding Britain’s best museums
With hundreds of museums both big and small all over the United Kingdom, there’s no shortage of choice when you’re planning a day out. From local history to archaeology and art, Britain’s museums cover an impressive array of subjects – the UK’s biggest cities house large collections in major National museums, while in rural communities you can learn more about the history of the area and the life of people who lived there.
For inspiration, guides like the Independent’s 50 best museums and galleries are an excellent starting point and can give you an idea of some of the more popular destinations with both tourists and locals. MoneySavingExpert.com has also made it easy to browse by area with its comprehensive list of all the free museums and galleries in the UK – you can search by region or click to view everything arranged geographically on a map.
Museums in Scotland
Particularly in recent years, Scotland’s museums have taken a real step forward. The National Museum of Scotland and National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh have both recently been renovated, and in Glasgow diverse museums like the Kelvingrove still attract thousands of visitors each year. Visit Scotland’s guide to museums is a good place to start to learn more about the different museums all over the country.
Museums in England
England’s capital city is not only home to some of the best museums in Britain, but some of the best in the world – from the National History Museum to the British Museum, visitors from all over the world make a point of visiting London for all its historical and cultural attractions. Outside London is no less bustling; England’s major cities all have museums, many of them free, that highlight both the area’s unique history as well as world-class works of art and priceless artefacts. To get you started, browse Visit Britain’s list of free museums in Britain – many of the top 10 can be found in England.
Museums in Wales
While perhaps most famous for its scenery and outdoor adventure, Wales has plenty of history and culture to recommend it too. Wales boasts seven National museums, along with smaller private museums at points of interest around the country. You can learn more about what’s on at each museum at the National Museum of Wales website, or take a broader search and browse the list of museums and galleries on the official tourism website, Visit Wales.
Museums in Northern Ireland
The best place to search for interesting museums in Northern Ireland is through the official National Museums website – here you’ll find information about the four main museums in the country. Discover Northern Ireland also has a comprehensive guide of history museums, visitor centres and historical tours worth a visit – a particularly good place to start if you’re looking for museums that meet a specific interest.
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