Getting sick of sitting on the couch? Have you replaced your morning coffee with an afternoon tea? Are you suddenly seized by the need to escape to a faraway land filled with castles, palaces, and history dating back thousands of years?
Well, fear not, quarantined traveler, because while you may have to wait to experience authentic fish and chips in person at a quintessential British beach resort, there's no reason to deny yourself that much-needed escape across the ocean right now! It is entirely possible to visit Britain from the comfort of your own home. Plus, virtual travel today is a great way to plan for tomorrow's in-person trip. It enables you to narrow out your must-see list.
A good place to start is with these great virtual travel sites that will let you while away the days exploring the land of Shakespeare and King Arthur.
The Visit Britain virtual travel page is a great jumping off point for all things Britain. They have links and suggestions for places to go, things to do, where to shop, as well as practical information and tips. Their blog is an excellent source of information as well.(visitbritain.com/us/en)
They may share and island and a queen with England, but Wales is a country all her own. Perhaps that explains why everyone from invading Roman armies to Edward I built castles to control the local populace (hint: they never truly succeeded in their goals). The Visit Wales site is a great place to explore this lush land with a rich history. (visitwales.com/)
Want to get a real first person point-of-view tour of everything from Wembly Stadium to Abbey Road? Then 1Turn is the site for you. They feature an extensive collection of travel videos on their YouTube page. Their panoramic videos provide a breathtaking experience.
British Tours' Virtual Tours of Britain 360 is another great source for visiting sites throughout Britain including Anne Hathaway’s cottage to York Minster. Visit the Roman baths at Bath or famed Portmeirion Village in Wales, site of the cult BBC program The Prisoner.
Visit Bristol is an excellent source for exploring this storied seaport from the comfort of home. While a significant number of historic buildings were destroyed during the blitzkrieg of World War II, the city still has plenty of sights such as the church of St. Mary Redcliffe, a 14th century Gothic structure, and the Bristol Cathedral which was founded in the 12th century.
Britain Express is as much a virtual travel site as it is a great educational source on the histories of England, Scotland, Wales. It’s possible to spend days exploring and digesting the information and sights contained in their data base boasting three hundred thousand photographs.