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Visiting Museums across the UK

September 06, 2012

The UK is a museum lover’s paradise. With more than 2500 museums, as well as innumerable historic houses, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and ancient monuments, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to learning about the history of Britain. Not only are the museums in the UK world class institutions, many of them are also free to visit! On December 1, 2001 admission charges to national museums in the UK were scrapped, which made the heritage of the nation free for all to enjoy. The free entry policy remains today, so not only will you get to see many of the nation’s most impressive treasures, but it won’t cost you a penny.

The British Museum
No list of the top museums in the UK would be complete without the British Museum in London, the granddaddy of them all. This mammoth museum houses artefacts from around the world, including the controversial Elgin Marbles from Greece. You could easily visit this museum every day for a month and still not see it all so make sure to give yourself ample time.

National Museum of Scotland
Don’t be tricked into thinking that there are no museums worth visiting outside of London, because this couldn’t be further from the truth. The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh features world culture, art and design, science and technology and Scottish history all under one roof.

Museum of Witchcraft
If you’re looking for a slightly unusual museum experience, than the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall is for you. Devoted to all things witchy, this museum houses the world's largest collection of witchcraft related artefacts and regalia, and has done so for more than 50 years. The Museum of Witchcraft will make anything but your average day out.

National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum in York makes a perfect museum destination for the whole family, with lots for everyone to enjoy. The kids will love climbing all over the old-fashioned steam engines and taking a ride on the model railway, while adults will find the history of the railways in Britain fascinating.

HMS Victory, Hampshire
Lord Nelson’s flagship vessel for the Battle of Trafalgar today serves as a floating museum devoted to Georgian Navy. You can step aboard this impressive wooden ship at the Historic Dockyards in Hampshire and take a tour with a member of HMS Victory's professional Corps of Guides, or simply go ‘free flow’ and explore this magnificent historic ship on your own.

This is only a small selection of the museums that are waiting to be discovered on a trip to the UK. Whether you are interested in natural history, animals, art, or mustard (yes, there is a Mustard Museum in Norwich), there is a museum for you somewhere in England.

About the Author: Amanda is a writer at Web Cottages, an online self-catering holiday cottage guide with independently owned holiday cottages located across the UK and Ireland. If you are looking for holiday accommodation while on a museum tour of the UK, visit to view a great range.

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