You can visit these famous UK landmarks from home - here's how

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 5:05 pm

Since none of us can travel anywhere to see famous landmarks, including those in the UK, why not visit them from the comfort of your own home?

With current travel bans and lockdown restrictions - many of us have had to cancel holidays this year, including plans to visit parts of the UK. While we all set up camp in our living rooms there is still a way to experience the best of UK staycations from the comfort of our sofas.

Here we (with a little help from Parkdean Resorts) take a look at 14 landmarks you can visit virtually from home.

Buckingham Palace

The most iconic home in Britain, Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as a symbol of the British monarchy and is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip's London home. Currently, you can only visit the palace from July to October so it is a treat to have a nosy around a virtual Buckingham Palace with your own personal guide here.

The Buckingham Palace Expedition takes you on a virtual tour through the Palace’s State Rooms and highlights the works of art kept in the Royal home. The tour can be viewed in VR or 360 format and also offers some insight into the Palace as a residence - all for free.

Loch Ness

Made famous by its mythical inhabitant, Loch Ness is a freshwater loch in the Highlands. Often outshone by Nessie, the loch itself serves as an example of the beauty found in Scotland.

Luckily there's no need to wait for a clear day or sit through a long car journey to experience it anymore, as you can now take a virtual boat ride across the water here.

Edinburgh Castle

A historical fortress, Edinburgh Castle's elevated position allows it to dominate the city's skyline. Sitting on top of Castle Rock it initially served as a royal castle and is an important monument in Scottish history and heritage. Plus, it is often the focal point of firework's displays during the year.

This 360 arial tour not only takes you around the castle itself but also provides an opportunity to see across the whole of the capital.

Tower of London

Known for being a prison, treasury and even a zoo, the Tower of London is synonymous with British history.

Founded in 1066 and expanded on throughout the centuries to follow, the abundance of stories that are associated with the landmark can be heard through this 360 degree tour of the castle and its grounds. 

Abbey Road Studios

This notorious studio has been the go to for some of the biggest artists of all time and has become an icon of the British music scene.

The crossing, made famous by the Beatles LP, has been a tourist hot spot since 1969 and now there's no need to have a top ten album to get inside the studios themselves. Take the virtual tour here.

St Paul's Cathedral

This Anglican cathedral dominates London's skyline and serves as one of the capital's most recognisable landmarks. It has become so popular that it opens its doors to over two million visitors every year normally.

Take a look around the inside of this iconic monument and avoid the crowds with this virtual tour.

Stonehenge

Regarded as a British cultural icon, the prehistoric landmark Stonehenge is believed to date back as far as 3000 BC.

Named as a World Heritage Site the landmark site, its a must-see and is now even easier to access, even when stuck inside thanks to this video tour.

St Ives

Calling artists from all over the world, St Ives is a hub of creativity, cobblestone streets and independent food and drink havens.

Set up a picnic in the living room and pan through this virtual tour of the St Ives beach here.

Giants Causeway

The Giants Causeway is a collection of around 40,000 interlocking columns and sits on the North Coast of Northern Ireland.

The natural wonder has previously been named one of the best in the UK and gets its name from stories claiming Irish giant Finn McCool formed it in an attempt to cross the Irish Sea.

The National Trust has a virtual tour, which you can access here.

Chatsworth House

An iconic stately home set in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 but opened its doors to the public in 1708. Set in beautiful parkland and backed by woods a visit to Chatsworth is a must for both its gardens, the incredible house and the artwork it holds.

But with everything on hold, why not virtually visit Chatsworth House here, and enjoy their beautiful gardens from afar?

York Minster

One of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals, York Minster is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe. Its unusual handcrafted stone and medieval stained glass tells the story of Jesus Christ whilst the architecture is stunning.

You can virtually visit York Minster here on this 360 tour.

Hadrian's Wall

Serving as a defence for the Roman Empire the wall dates back to 128 AD and stretches for 73 miles from coast to coast.

English Heritage's virtual tour is accessible, less weather dependent than the real thing and provides an insight into its historical significance.

Homes of the Brontë Sisters

Taking a trip across Yorkshire and Derbyshire you can see the homes which inspired the sister’s great works. Including walks and homes that inspired the titles of their classic novels.

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture you can do a virtual tour of the places that inspired the Brontë Sisters here.

Bath's Roman Baths

Bath's namesake serves as one of the most popular historical sites in the UK with 1.3 million people visiting them each year.

The Roman Bath's were redeveloped in the middle ages after being destroyed upon the fall of the empire and now serve as a glimpse into hygiene habits of the past - unrecognisable to the measures we use today. See more on the virtual tour, here.