Often this cold winter weather can make it less desirable for us to go exploring the outdoors. So what can we do instead? Well, the great news is that the UK has so many places to keep you entertained, where you can engage with the local culture, practice your English and be able to escape the cold! We have found that one great way for you to learn more about the city and its culture, is by exploring its history. In London, Oxford and Brighton there is an impressive range of museums available that by exploring you can be transported on a trip through time.
London is one of the cultural capitals of the world and hosts a large amount of the world’s leading museums, many of which are free to access! Step back to ancient Greece, Rome or Egypt, discover the traditions of the Samurai, learn what life was like in medieval London, measure yourself against a dinosaur skeleton, or watch fashion evolve through the ages. London has a colossal range of museums to tickle your fancy.
Check out these five museums in London that you can visit right now:
- The British Museum
Immerse yourself in two million years of human history, art and culture.
Location: Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG London, United Kingdom
- The Museum of London
The Museum of London documents the history of the UK’s capital city from prehistoric to modern times.
Location: 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN, United Kingdom
- The Natural History Museum
Documents and exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.
Location: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
- The Imperial War Museum
Founded as the Imperial War Museum in 1917, the museum was intended to record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during war-times.
Location: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom
- National Maritime Museum
Discover epic stories of exploration and endeavour that have shaped our world today, and it’s only a 5-minute walk from our London school.
Location: Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NF, United Kingdom
Not to be outdone by the capital, Oxford also has a large range of museums documenting it’s local and international importance and showcasing some of the most impressive collections of artefacts available. Whether you want to learn more about the town of Oxford, discover its educational and musical history or excise the mind with some contemporary art, Oxford packs a lot in.
Check out these five museums in Oxford that you can visit right now:
- Ashmolean Museum
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Their collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
Location: Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH, United Kingdom
- Pitt Rivers Museum
Displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford in England.
Location: Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW United Kingdom
- Museum of Oxford
The Museum of Oxford is a history museum in Oxford, England, covering the history of the City and the University of Oxford.
Location: St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX, United Kingdom
- Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
A vast collection of historic musical instruments, mainly for Western classical music, from the Middle Ages onwards.
Location: University of Oxford, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1DB, United Kingdom
- Modern Art Oxford
The gallery presents exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, it’s only 3 doors up from our school and it’s free!
Location: 30 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP, United Kingdom
As a cultural hub, known for its liberal and artistic lifestyle Brighton is the free-thinking town where you can be inspired by its many exhibitions. From Royal history to birds, butterflies and beyond, Brighton’s colourful history is on full display.
Check out these five museums you can explore in Brighton
- The Royal Pavilion
Built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV, this historic house mixes Regency grandeur with the visual style of India and China.
Location: 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE, United Kingdom
- The Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
This diverse collection brings together the arts and history to tell stories about Brighton and the world we live in.
Location: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Pavilion Parade, Brighton BN1 1EE, United Kingdom
- The Hove Museum
Discover Hove’s role in the birth of cinema and explore the world of toys from the past.
Location: 19 New Church Rd, Hove BN3 4AB, United Kingdom
- The Booth Museum
Focusses on Victorian taxidermy especially of British birds, insects, as well as fossils, bones and skeletons.
Location: 194 Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AA, United Kingdom
- Preston Manor
Step back in time with this charming historic house, decorated and furnished in Edwardian style.
Location: Preston Drove, Hove, Brighton BN1 6SD, United Kingdom
No matter what the weather is doing outside, the UK has so many opportunities to learn about the world and expand your understanding of human history and beyond. With so many incredible education experiences where are you starting?
Studying in a beautiful building in a historic area of the city, students have the energy and excitement of Brighton on their doorstep.
With central London only a 10 minute train journey away, our students can easily explore the city whilst studying in a beautiful area away from the crowds.
Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is teaming with history, culture and learning but is also a bustling cosmopolitan city, allowing our students to truly immerse themselves and feel at home.