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Top UK tourist attractions you can visit from your own home


A nationwide lockdown doesn't have to mean missing out on the UK's top tourist attractions - that's because many have incredible webcams and virtual tours on their websites, which means you can explore them from the comfort of your living room. Here are 22 amazing online tours and webcams for royal residences, museums and galleries, national parks and more...

An incredible interactive panoramic image by britishtours.com allows you to explore the instantly recognisable graffitied sign and zebra crossing outside London's Abbey Road Studios - made famous by The Beatles. By zooming around, you can see the leafy streets of North London and a family trying to recreate the famous Abbey Road album cover. To check it out, visit: www.britishtours.com/360/beatles-abbey-road

Royal fans can venture inside Buckingham Palace and explore three of the rooms - from their own home. They can discover the Throne Room, the White Drawing Room and the Grand Staircase. Users can click on the icons to learn more about the rooms and the objects in them. To catch a sneak peek, visit: www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace

The Natural History Museum has a collaboration with Google Street View so naturalists can explore the venue from home. Large parts of the museum can be discovered, although some of the exhibits in the pictures may have changed since the tour was generated. To virtually visit the museum, visit: artsandculture.google.com/partner/natural-history-museum

No area of the Houses of Parliament is off-limits in this 360-degree virtual tour. Online you can discover parts of the grand, historic building, including the Central Lobby, the Peers' Corridor, the Robing Room, the Royal Gallery and both the House of Commons and House of Lords. To step inside, visit: https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/virtualtour/

Bring the mysteries of Stonehenge in Wiltshire onto your computer screen thanks to the English Heritage website 360-degree tour. It puts you inside the monument - with clickable white circles revealing more about the unfathomable structure. To explore, visit:
www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history-and-stories/stonehenge360/

Two of London's most famous parks, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens, can be explored via Google Street View. You can tour Hyde Park's education centre as well as meander around its footpaths and see Kensington Palace, the official home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. To get exploring, visit: www.royalparks.org.uk/learn/learn-in-hyde-park-and-kensington-gardens/planning-your-visit/our-facilities/virtual-tour

Edinburgh Zoo might be off-limits for now, but you can still keep an eye on the antics of some of the animals there thanks to a series of live webcams. The cams have been placed in the enclosures of the pandas, penguins, tigers and koalas. Don't worry if you can't see the animals at first - they may just be lurking out of shot. To keep up to date with the creatures, log on to: www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams

The rugged landscape of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a sight to behold - in real life and online. On the National Trust website you can take a virtual tour of the landmark from four different angles - the Grand Causeway, Aird Snout, Giant's Port and Port Noffer. To check it out, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway/features/take-a-virtual-tour-of-the-giants-causeway and remember it comes complete with the sounds of crashing waves and birds.

It's not just the Queen's official residence you can tour virtually. You can also discover three of the rooms at her official Scottish home, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The rooms you can explore are the Grand Stair, the Morning Drawing Room and the Royal Dining Room. To see the rooms, visit: www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-palace-holyroodhouse

The British Museum's collection spans over two million years of human history - and it can be explored online. Thanks to Google Street View, history buffs can view artefacts including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies. To step inside a digital version of the museum visit: artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-british-museum

A La Ronde is an 18th-century, 16-sided house located in Lympstone, Devon, that is owned by the National Trust. Online there is a virtual tour of its ornate shell gallery and cosy drawing room as well as a panoramic view across the River Exe from its gantry. To take a peek, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/a-la-ronde/features/a-la-ronde-virtual-tours

If you want to brush up on your art skills, The Royal Academy of Arts' website has an online life drawing tutorial. The anatomy class was originally broadcast in February 2019 and features a male model as well as a miniature horse. To have a go, visit: www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/watch-life-drawing-live-anatomy-class. And have some paper and a pencil to hand

Sissinghurst Castle, in Kent, has a stunning array of gardens and is best known for its blooms of white roses in the summer. And on the National Trust website, keen gardeners can explore both the rose garden and courtyard as well as the library in the castle's stable. To see more, visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden/features/sissinghurst-castle-virtual-tours

The works on display at the Tate Britain can be explored thanks to the gallery's collaboration with Google Street View. There are also more than 270 items in its collection that can be viewed on the site. To meander past the Tate Britain's works, visit: artsandculture.google.com/partner/tate-britain

Located in the Gloucestershire village of Hidcote Bartrim, Hidcote Manor Gardens is a series of outdoor spaces brimming with colourful plants and flowers. And thanks to a bloomin' marvellous 360-degree interactive feature on the National Trust website, you can wander amongst them from the comfort of your own lockdown HQ. Turn on the sound effects to hear birds chirping. To gaze upon the wonders of nature visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/features/hidcote-virtual-tours

Pretend you're really at The National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square with an online tour of its fascinating paintings across seven of its rooms and its central hall. Those logging on can look at 'Renaissance masterpieces from Northern Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany, including works by Titian, Veronese, and Holbein'. To take an online tour, visit: www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours

The stunning Lake District National Park has a series of webcams placed at its most beautiful sights. By logging on, you can see live scenes from Windermere, Conniston Water, Derwentwater, Ullswater, Keswick and Skiddaw. To check them out, visit: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/webcams-videos-and-photos/webcams

London's V&A Museum doesn't offer an interactive virtual tour, but you can browse static images of some of the stunning artefacts that it has showcased via its website. The museum says: 'From ancient Chinese ceramics to Alexander McQueen evening dresses, take an incredible journey through 5,000 years of human creativity with our online collections.' To peruse the V&A collections, visit: https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections?type=featured

Anglesey Abbey is a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working mill in Cambridgeshire. Online, you can take a tour of the original dining room, formal garden and tapestry hall. To start exploring, visit:  www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill/features/anglesey-abbey-virtual-tours

There are several areas of Canterbury Cathedral that the public can enjoy online.These are the crypt, the quire, the nave and Trinity Chapel. To start a tour, visit: www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/information/tour/

Brighton's Royal Pavilion has a virtual tour of four of its rooms, with each providing a 360-degree angle. Not only will those logging on get to see inside the banqueting room, great kitchen, music room and the usually off-limits red drawing room, you can also listen to an audio guide. To find out more, visit: brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/virtual-tour/ 

The RAF Museum in London has virtual tours of several of its collections and exhibitions.These include the Grahame White Watch Office, the historic hangars and Bomber Hall. To fly in, log on to: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/things-to-see-and-do/virt