Escape to…art and culture

From intimate music venues to galleries full of Renaissance Masters, Britain’s cultural scene has just what you need to escape the everyday. And whether it’s contemporary exhibitions, vibrant street art or epic beach sculptures you’re after, you’ll come home with plenty of stories to share.

Grand Masters and epic spies

Interior view of the Great Hall of the Natural History Museum, London, England.

In Britain you can dive into the works of the Romantics and the destinations that inspired them, stroll the landscapes that shaped the work of Beatrix Potter and Agatha Christie, or feel like 007 on a James Bond walking tour. You could stand beneath great skeletons at the Natural History Museum, gaze up at the Old Royal Navel College’s Painted Hall or make like Mary Poppins at St Paul’s Cathedral. Music fan? Check out a concert at the Royal Albert Hall or relive Beatlemania at the renowned Cavern Club. As the birthplace of the Fab Four, Liverpool’s waterfront houses the British Music Experience and The Beatles Story, taking you on an immersive journey through a world-changing musical period. From history you can touch to places you’ve dreamt of, your escape to Britain really can have it all.

Historic playwrights and modern classics

Man standing in outdoor Minack Theatre, Cornwall, England.

Lover of literature? Embrace the words of William Shakespeare at his former home in Stratford-upon-Avon, walk the Yorkshire landscapes that inspired the Bronte sisters or learn about Bath’s most famous resident at the Jane Austen Centre. Satisfy your thirst for theatre and venture into the heart of London’s West End for show-stopping performances such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Moulin Rouge The Musical, or stop off in Cardiff to experience the magic of the Wales Millennium Centre. Heading to Scotland? Mix striking architecture with innovative exhibitions at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, stopping off for a dram or two of whiskey en route, or follow royalty aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Escape to the Highlands to re-enact scenes from Outlander, celebrate the arts at one of Edinburgh’s renowned festivals, or hit up the Midlands to uncover why Coventry is Britain’s City of Culture this year. Whether you’re recreating Bridgerton amid the Georgian terraces of Bath, or watching crashing waves provide the backdrop to a show at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre, you’ll find a land of cultural jewels just waiting to be discovered.

Legendary art and outdoor icons

Peaky Blinders street art mural in Digbeth, in Birmingham city.

Hungry for more? With captivating galleries and performance spaces, outdoor art takes centre stage In Britain. From touring the works of Banksy in Bristol to following Glasgow’s Mural Trail, there are inspirational works at every turn. Grab your flat cap and feel part of Peaky Blinders under the watchful gaze of the Cillian Murphy mural in Birmingham, stand in the shadow of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, or experience Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a thriving hive of creativity. Wherever you head in Britain, one thing is clear – when it comes to art and culture, there’s all you need to escape the everyday.

 

 

Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. You are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

16 Nov 2021(last updated)

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