It's the United Kingdom from the comfort of your couch.

By Andrea Romano
April 11, 2020
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Hop across the pond without even going through your front door.

Just because your travel plans have been put on hiatus due to a stay-at-home order or self-quarantine, it doesn’t mean you can’t globetrot around the world — virtually.

If you’ve been wanting to visit the U.K., you actually don’t have to wait months to try to plan a trip. In fact, you can go visit Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and even the Giant’s Causeway without moving from your couch.

Much like museums and national parks offering virtual tours, Parkdean Resorts in the U.K. rounded up some excellent ways to see the best of Britain while you’re stuck at home.

Buckingham Palace — London, England

Naturally, you can’t go to London without a visit to the famous Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth’s home is actually fully accessible via a video tour on YouTube. Now you can poke around the palace without dealing with crowds and ticket costs.

Stonehenge — England

This prehistoric World Heritage Site is estimated to have been built back as far as 3,000 BCE. Today, it’s a must-see for tourists and locals. Take a 360-degree tour of the famous landmark via video tour on YouTube.

Tower of London — London, England

This historical prison, founded in 1066, has been the final residence of many of England’s most famous figures, including Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, two of Henry VIII’s wives. Now, it’s quite a popular tourist attraction where you can go on a 360-degree tour of the castle and its grounds.

Roman Baths — Bath, England

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1.3 million people visit this historical site every year. And now you can see Bath’s iconic “healing” waters from your home computer. Using the site’s official virtual tour on its website, you can discover the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, and the Roman Bath House for yourself.

Giants Causeway — Northern Ireland

These peculiar, interlocking stones in Northern Ireland have made the Giants Causeway a popular natural wonder.  It gets its name from stories claiming Irish giant Finn McCool formed it in an attempt to cross the Irish Sea, according to ParkDean resorts. Thanks to the National Trust website, you can feel like you’re actually there.

Loch Ness — Scotland

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Made famous by the legend of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster, this freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is one of the most visited places in the U.K., filled with tourists hoping to get a glimpse of ‘Nessie.’ But the loch itself is also a beautiful part of Scotland’s stunning landscape. Take a virtual tour on Google Maps and see for yourself.

Hadrian's Wall — England

Another relic from the Roman Empire, Hadrian’s wall is estimated to date back to 128 CE. It stretches 73 miles coast-to-coast across England, and you can feel like you’re actually viewing the wall in real life thanks to English Heritage's 360-degree virtual tour.

Brontë Sisters’ Homes — Yorkshire and Derbyshire, England

Fans of English literature would jump at the chance of seeing the homes of Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Brontë in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Luckily, you don’t have to take a plane across the Atlantic to see them. Google Arts & Culture offers a virtual tour of the all places that inspired the Brontë Sisters.

St. Ives — Cornwall, England

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This artsy community is popular for its unique seaside views, cobblestone streets, and delicious, independent food and drink options. Not to mention, it’s a beautiful place to sit on the beach and get some much-needed R&R. Take a virtual tour online.

Edinburgh Castle — Edinburgh, Scotland

A historical fortress, Edinburgh Castle's elevated position allows it to dominate the city's skyline. Sitting on top of Castle Rock, it initially served as a royal castle and is an important monument in Scottish heritage.

This 360 arial tour not only takes you around the castle itself but also provides an opportunity to see across the whole of the Scottish capital.

Chatsworth House — Derbyshire, England

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This historic home in Derbyshire has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 but opened its doors to the public in 1708, said Parkdean Resorts. Now, you can go on a virtual visit and enjoy their beautiful gardens from your browser.

York Minster — York, England

York Minster is the largest cathedral of its kind in Northern Europe. Not to mention, it’s a truly beautiful and historic site. Marvel at its unusual stones and medieval stained glass via the York 360 website.

Abbey Road Studios — London, England

Audiophiles will love taking a virtual tour of this iconic studio that is, perhaps, famous for being the recording place for the Beatles, as well as many other British rock bands. It’s been a tourist hot spot since 1969, but now you can enjoy a tour from your home, presented by Google.

St. Paul's Cathedral — London, England

This Anglican cathedral is one of London’s most recognizable landmarks and hosts over 2 million visitors every year. Now, you can take a look inside without having to navigate through crowds via a virtual tour from 360 Cities.