This article was written by the Great British Mag editorial team on 13 Jan 2021

Don’t let Covid-19 stop you from exploring some of the UK’s famous attractions and legendary landmarks, so until you can start exploring the UK literally here are our recommendations on the best virtual tours available, and whilst they might not be as good as the real thing, they are completely free so that’s something, right!

Buckingham Palace

Royal fans will know that Buckingham Palace is normally open to the public for just a few months of the year but this year you can have a nosey around three of the most iconic rooms whenever you want, including the Throne Room which includes a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen surrounded by her beloved dogs  – Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Holly. And given Buckingham Palace attracts many thousands of visitors (15 million to be precise) we think the private, virtual tour is quite a nice way of visiting the Palace.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline of Edinburgh and attracts over 2.2 million visitors. It is a castle with a long, colourful and gruesome history. See the beauty of Edinburgh by  taking a virtual tour of the Castle and the City.

Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park, in Wales, is the UK’s 3rd largest national park and a magnet for hikers and mountaineers, so if you love the outdoors and fancy taking a virtual hike or at the least planning your route ahead of the summer months then spend some time escaping into the wilderness of Snowdonia and planning your next adventure.

The National Gallery

Whether you are an art lover or not The National Gallery is worth a visit because it is a breathtakingly beautiful building and home to some of the best pieces of European artwork in the world, including Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting of sunflowers

Click here to see the artwork at The National Gallery or just wonder and admire the building.

Lake District National Park

The Lake District National Park, which you guessed it is home to some of the most stunning lakes in the UK is absolutely a “must visit” destination when you get the chance. It normally gets around 19 million visitors a year but during lockdown you can get a good dose of its natural beauty and tranquillity by logging onto the live webcam to see Lake Windermere, Conniston Water and many more pretty locations within the Lake District.

10 Downing Street

Normally, 10 Downing Street, the place where the big political decisions are made and the official home of the Prime Minister is off limits to the public but not anymore because now you can take a 360 snoop around the cabinet room and the Prime Minister’s office amongst other rooms.

Stonehenge

If you have always wanted to visit this famous neolithic stone circle to ponder who built them and why, as many thousands of visitors have before you, then take an interactive tour of Stonehenge.

Edinburgh Zoo

Visiting a zoo makes a perfect day out at any age, so if you’re missing seeing the shenanigans of the natural world or marvelling at its magnificence then login to the Edinburgh Zoo webcam to see what some of their residents including pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas are up to during lockdown.

Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

The rugged landscape of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is a sight to behold – in real life and online. You can take a virtual tour of the landmark from four different angles – that include the Grand Causeway, Aird Snout, Giant’s Port and Port Noffer.

St Ives Beach, Cornwall

We all dream of leisurely walks on a sandy beach and it really is the tonic for good health and destressing, that’s why this virtual tour of the beach in St. Ives is just what the doctor ordered.

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PC: St Ives beach – Claire Graham