London Vacation Ideas

London Vacation Idea #1:

At The National Gallery you can explore one of the most extensive collections of European art anywhere. There are over 2,300 pictures dating from 1250 to 1900. On display are masterpieces by many great artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt. There are many activities aimed at families and young people. If you travel to London, this national treasure is free to the public.

London Vacation Idea #2:

The Tower of London is a great place to get a taste of British royalty. This famous fortification is full of historical significance and is the home of the incredible Crown Jewels.

The Martin Tower has a collection of over 12,000 diamonds. See how former royals lived in the reconstructed Medieval Palace. The White Tower displays the armor of Henry VIII along with displays of tor

London Vacation Idea #3:

The National Maritime Museum is the largest of its kind in the world. There are over 2 million seafaring objects on display. Here you can get a real sense of the Britain’s global naval power. Royal Observatory has a state-of-the-art planetarium and galleries to help you learn and enjoy the wonders of space and time.ture instruments used on unfortunates in the past.

Vacation Ideas in London #4:

The Victoria & Albert Museum is home to art and design artifacts covering the last 3,000 years. This massive collection includes sculpture, paintings, drawings, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, photography books and more. There are hands on exhibits, family trails, holiday events, special programs and many activities for the kids.

London Vacation Idea #5:

The WaterWorks Nature Reserve and Golf Centre in East London provides a unique combination of Mother Nature, birds and golf. This nature preserve is home to many rare animals as well as a popular spot for bird watching. It’s the perfect locale for an 18-hole golf course along with five driving bays. The visitors center operates hands-on exhibits and bird watching facilities.

Vacation Ideas in London #6:

Every August since 1964, two million people have flocked to The Knotting Hill Carnival. They travel from all over to see Europe’s largest street festival. It features the National Steel Band competition, costumes, masquerade, Soul and Calypso. This eclectic party celebrates London’s rich cultural diversity.

Vacation Ideas in London #7:

The Globe Theater, in London, is where resident playwright William Shakespeare premiered all his famous masterpieces. Originally built in 1599, The Globe was torn down in 1644. It was rebuilt in the 1990's and now produces plays May through September. Besides taking in a play you can tour the theater when plays are not underway.

Underneath the theater, this London vacation spot also has live sword fighting performances. Exhibits show off period musical instruments and the tricks of the special effects during the Shakespearean period. The exhibitions are all devoted to Shakespeare and the London times that he lived in.

Getaway Ideas in London #8:

The London Eye is one of the biggest Ferris wheels anywhere and it gives you a panoramic bird's-eye view of the great city of London. It takes you 443 feet high in a stationary air-conditioned "pod", rather than the typical open air swinging chair that most other ferris wheels have. A full rotation takes a half hour so this is really more of an observation ride than a thrill ride.

On a clear day you can see up to 25 miles in all directions allowing you to spot such famous landmarks as Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London. It's the best observation spot in the city.

London Getaways #9:

You could spend your whole vacation trying to take in just a small portion of the 13 million objects on display at The British Museum. There's stuff here from all over the globe. One of the more popular items is the Rosetta Stone which dates from 196 BC. It contains important writing that is the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs.

And speaking of Egypt, you will find displays of Egyptian mummies. You can watch a 3D 'virtual unwrapping' of a mummy. Another 'don't miss' exhibit is the Elgin Marbles. This is a priceless collection of sculptures from the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of ancient Greece.

London Vacation Idea #10:

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of England. If your London vacation is planned for August or September, you can take a tour of parts of the palace including the throne room, the Picture Gallery and the state apartments.

There are 600 rooms in the palace, one of the world's most familiar buildings . You can also view the popular Changing of the Guard in front of the palace every other afternoon. Warwickshire Tourist Guide is a comprehensive guide to tourist, leisure, sporting, travel and business amenities in Warwickshire.

For something very different, take a tour of London's Highgate Cemetery. Begun in 1839, Highgate Cemetery is full of dramatic tombs and statues, catacombs, winding pathways and notable graves. Some of the notables buried here are Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Karl Marx, and Douglas Adams.

The Highgate Cemetery is an integral part of the last two centuries of London history. Sites such as Egyptian Avenue and Lebanon Circle show the popular styles of periods in the past.

There are two sections, West and East. The West section is the oldest and has the most dramatic atmosphere. The landscape is more difficult to navigate so children under 8 are not allowed. The only way to see it is with a guided tour. Plan ahead because the tours are quite popular and limited in capacity. The East section is open to all and you are free to explore on your own.

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