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Art in the UK

Britain has some great art attractions. So I am writing a list, just in case you are bored of partying, or need to get out of the rain! under construction

Updated August 20, 2012
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Museum is The British Museum. Depending on how right on you're feeling, or whether or not you're Greek (because of the marbles), it is either one of the finest collections of antiquities in the world, or a horde of stuff that the Victori…
  2. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Bristol, England, UK
    One word - Ichthyosaur! The City Art Gallery and Museum is a city museum at the top of Park Street, with free admission. And marine reptile fossils. There are two giant icthysaur fossils. It can't get better than that. There are also some ol…
  3. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Admission to any of the National Galleries is free, but special exhibitions may cost extra. There are several National Galleries in Edinburgh, including the national portrait gallery on Queen Street, the National Gallery of Modern Art near Dean …
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Tate Modern is one of the UK's best art galleries. It specialises in modern, twentieth century and contemporary art, although there are sometimes a couple of Monets around. Tate is arranged thematically, rather than by artist, country or era. The…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Winchester, England, UK
    Winchester Cathedral is a Norman Cathedral in the South of England. It is close to the M3 at Southampton, and well worth a short trip. The cathedral itself is not that impressive from teh outside, with a short tower and pleasant surroundings. In…
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Salford, England, UK
    The Lowry is a theatre and gallery complex in Salford, which is a city that is part of Greater Manchester. It is interesting architecturally, and focuses on contemporary and modern art. The gallery is free. Theatre ticket prices depend on the pe…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    I am a huge fan of the Botanics. I know you didn't come to Edinburgh for the gardens, but they are really well worth a trip. The botanics are in Inverleith, a short bus ride from the town centre. Admission is free, but you have to pay to go in t…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, England, UK
    Urbis has now shut, to be replaced with the national football museum. This is a good thing for the economy of Manchester, but a tragedy for people who are not the least interested in bloody football but are interested in Factory records and Manga. …
  9. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Manchester Art Museum is much bigger than it looks, and is free. There is a perfectly nice Gormley statue in the roof, some pleasant Lowrys and Vallettes, and some contemporary stuff that can be interesting in passing. Unfortunately, the muse…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Manchester, England, UK
    The Whitworth Art Gallery is one of the museums owned by the University of Manchester, and it is a much better gallery than the City Art Gallery. Located a short distance out of town, beyond the main campus of Manchester University, it is set in…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Library is a copyright library, holding one copy at least of every book that was ever published in the UK, as long as there still are copies. That alone is enough to get my pulse racing. But somehow, until now, I hadn’t realised that …
  12. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Wellcome Collection is the museum of the Wellcome Trust, and is a free attraction for "the incurably curious" right opposite Euston Station in London. It is an interesting museum, focusing mostly on the history of medicine with some art throw…
  13. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    The Kelvingrove is a large, grand museum in Glasgow. It has displays on a wide range of things, from fossil giant elks and ichthyosaurs through ancient Egypt to domestic violence, mental health and sectarianism in Glasgow and the art of the Scottish…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Often overlooked by tourists, the Museum of London shows the history of London itself, rather than the more international flavour of the British Museum. It’s a really interesting look at the people who’ve lived in London,from many centuries BC to…
    This review was featured on Thursday September 26th, 2013
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Liverpool, England, UK
    Tate Liverpool is the northern branch of the Tate Gallery, which has four galleries altogether – Tate Modern on Bankside, London, Tate Britain on millbank,, London, and Tate St Ives in Cornwall.  The Tate galleries have a sort of core mission to m…
  16. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) is a large museum in Kensington, South London.  Established with a specific mission as an educational resource for architects, artists and designers who could not afford to go abroad to study, it has a genuinely …
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    The Riverside Museum is a brand new museum on the banks of the Clyde, in reclaimed docklands.  It focuses largely on transport, although there are smaller displays on life in Glasgow, including the cinema, pawn shops, and children’s toys.  It wou…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    Whitechapel Art Gallery is in the East End of London, right outside Aldgate East tube station.  It is free admission, unless you are attending a special exhibition, and is open until 6pm.  The gallery is quite small, and won’t take long to vi…
  19. Expensive "Nightlife & Entertainment" in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    The Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Fringe (of which the Comedy Festival is a cleverly branded fraction), Art Festival and Book Festival run at the same time in Edinburgh.  With around 200 venues showing back to back shows, ranging from C…
  20. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Haslingden, England, UK
    For a sculpture designed to be visible from two separate motorways, it is surprisingly hard to visit the Haslingden Halo Panopticon.  It isn’t signposted from anywhere, and neither is Tip O’Slate, the park it is in.  Although when you eventuall…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Burnley, England, UK
    The Singing, Ringing Tree is a large sound sculpture on a bleak expanse of moor above Burnley.  It is a tree made of pipes, that “sing” in the wind.  By “sing”, read emit a chorus of spooky noises rather like those made by metallic aliens i…
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Rochdale, England, UK
      Touchstones is a small municipal museum in Rochdale.  It is a good place to get out of the stinging Lanashire rain for a half hour (in which time you can see most things), although probably not worth a special journey.    I love small munici…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    The Burrell Collection is a small museum in a beautiful country park in Glasgow. Founded by a private collector and gifted to the nation, it’s one of these wonderfully eccentric collections of stuff that someone very rich liked. This means that t…
  24. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    The Glasgow Museum of Modern Art is a museum in the Merchant city area of Glasgow, focusing on late 20th century and contemporary art. Admission is free. I enjoyed my trip to this museum. It focuses mostly on visual art and some sculpture,…
    This review was featured on Saturday September 1st, 2012
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