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4 of the Best Museums to Visit in the UK

4 of the Best Museums to Visit in the UK

The UK is easily one of the best places in the world to find a museum of amazing things. In London alone, there is no dearth of museums to explore. Not to mention the many others outside the nation’s capital city. Whether it is history, culture, art, design, and more, here are just a few of some of the best museums to visit when in the UK.

Ashmolean Museum
1. Ashmolean Museum
Where: Oxford
Admission: Free
Why go: The Ashmolean Museum is dedicated to art and archaeology. It houses an impressive collection from around the world some of which date back to hundreds of thousands of years.

 British Museum
2. British Museum
Where: London
Admission: Free
Why go: Arts, history, culture, and then some — the British Museum dates back to 1753 and is home to an extensive and awe-inspiring collection. This is a place where you can marvel not just at artifacts and objects but also on how it provides a glimpse into human history. Some of the museum’s unmissable treasures are the Assyrian Lion Hunt Reliefs, the Colossal Granite Head of Amenhotep III, the Elgin Marbles, the Lewis Chessmen, the moai of Easter Island, the mummy of Mummy of Katebet, the Rosetta Stone, and so much more.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
3. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Where: Glasgow
Admission: Free
Why go: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is home to an impressive collection of some of Europe’s greatest works of art. It is one of Scotland’s top attractions and houses more than themed galleries with spectacular displays like the Ancient Egypt collection, arms and armours, artifacts and objects that showcase Scottish history and archaeology, Salvador Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross, and more.

Tate Modern
4. Tate Modern
Where: London
Admission: Free
Why go: Tate Modern is one of London’s most visited museums. It has an extensive collection of modern art that spans the turn of the 20th century to present time.

3 Underrated Places to Visit in the UK

3 Underrated Places to Visit in the UK

The UK may have many known tourist destinations. But not many travelers have ventured far beyond the usual touristy tracks to explore its hidden gems. If you are thinking of traveling somewhere off the beaten path, here are some of the underrated places in the UK you really should add to your list.

Glasgow
Glasgow
The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is a bucketful of surprises. It is a welcoming place where you will find plenty of attractions — many of which you can enjoy exploring for free. The city’s fascinating architecture, art, culture, and music scene plus the delicious food finds you will discover are just some of the best reasons to make that trip now.

Leeds
Leeds
History, art, architecture, food, and nature — you name, Leeds has it and then some. The city may be a fairly well known destination for locals, but it still remains under the radar for many foreign tourists. Leeds is not only your gateway to Yorkshire. It is also brimming with interesting attractions. From public art and galleries you will find along the Leeds Welcome Art Trail to the breathtakingly picturesque countryside, the city has plenty of things to offer to anyone who venture into its less beaten paths. Some of the sights you would not want to miss include the Abbey House and Museum, City Square, Harewood House and Gardens, Harrogate, Headrow, Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, the sculptures at the Henry Moore Institute, the shops in Briggate, and Temple Newsam House.

Nottingham
Nottingham
A castle, a city of caves, and a pub that dates back to 1189AD — these are just some of the things you will find when you wander around Nottingham. Explore the Robin Hood Trail and learn more about the legend of Robin Hood as well as the city’s rich literary legacy. Nature and outdoor lovers will likewise find that it is an excellent gateway to the Peaks. Not to be missed are some of the city’s best attractions like the City of Caves, Great Central Railway, Highfields Park, Old Market Square, the historic Lace Market, Nottingham Castle, Sherwood Forest Country Park, the 1,000-year-old Major Oak, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, and Newstead Abbey and the tomb of poet Lord Byron at the Newstead parish church.