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London is a Culture Vultures Paradise

London is a Culture Vultures Paradise

London is a city with history that stretches back for over 2000 years, it has four UNESCO world heritage sites, hundreds of theatres and live music venues, as well as loads of museums and visitor attractions.

In London you can quite literally walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, as well as notorious and savage serial killers such as Jack the Ripper. You can even visit the many Royal Parks for free of course, which were in the days of old, the playgrounds of the Royalty.

As most people are aware London is sometimes overly expensive and a wee bit of a rip off, which is one of the uncool things about this city, but I suppose you cant expect the coolest city in the world to come cheap.

However for the culture vultures out there, London offers plenty of free National Museums, which house some of the most amazing, beautiful, famous, historic and wonderful artefacts and paintings that you could ever imagine. I think that there are around 17 free National Museums in London that offer free entry.

Because I haven’t got all day to be slaving around in front of my lap top, I will list 5 that I have personally been too. Sometime in the near future I shall do a part 2 to the this list……..

Five National Museums In London

Tate Modern: Britain’s national museum of international modern art. This is the most visited museum in London, whether it is the best is another matter.

British Museum: This museum is a collection of human history and culture and is London’s second most visited. There are over seven million objects from virtually when time began till the present day. If you are going to visit one museum in London make it this one.

The National Gallery: A collection of over 2,350 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900, a bit of bore for me, but if you like looking at musty old pictures you will like it.

Natural History Museum: This museum houses a huge collection of over 70 million items, revolving around five mian collections, Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology.

National Maritime Museum: Quite possible the largest and one of the best martime museums in the world. It is well worth taking the trip to Greenwich to visit this place.

All the above museums really are free, however they usually have some special exhibitions running, which you have to pay to see.

London really does offer a wealth of free culture for those that like nothing better than looking around museums. On a rainy day in London, when I have nothing better to do, I sometimes find great solace in wandering around a museum or two.

2 Comments

  1. London is the sort of city where you go for a week and just barely scratch the surface of all the sights to see. You need a vacation after going there with all the running around trying to take in as much as you can. Great blog!

  2. Wow, I didn’t know it had 4 Unesco sites!
    I love London, I lived there for a while ages ago! It is a cultural dream.