Top UK Museums To Explore For A Great Cultural Travel Experience

With its rich heritage, the United Kingdom is steeped in history and is the ideal location for Singaporean travellers looking for a great cultural experience. To help you plan your itinerary for your upcoming trip, here’s a list of our personal top UK museums to explore in London, Manchester and Northern Ireland. Have fun! 

1. Top UK Museums – British Museum, London  

The “grand old dame” of museums, the British Museum is world-renowned for its extensive collection of artefacts and art spanning across centuries and cultures. With the exception of two World Wars, the museum has remained open since 1759. The museum has over eight million objects in its extensive collections spread out over one million square feet of space. Amongst its more high-profile collections are the Rosetta Stone, the Townley collection of classical sculpture and the Parthenon sculptures. You will be amazed at how time flies and history comes alive at the British Museum.

Admission is free. The museum is open daily from 10am till 5.30pm. Opens late on Fridays till 8.30pm


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2. Top UK Museums – Tate Modern, London

Tate has four major sites – Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.  Tate Modern is the mecca for contemporary art enthusiasts. Housed in a decommissioned power station, the gallery itself is a work of modern art with its beautiful brickwork, and concrete and rough wooden staircases. Tate Modern occupies seven floors of gallery space with collections dating from the 1900s to the present day. Level 5 is a must-see with its works of art from Picasso and Andy Warhol.

Admission to Tate Modern is free except for special exhibitions. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm (Sunday – Thursday), 10am to 10pm (Friday – Saturday)


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3. Top UK Museums – London Transport Museum

Head to the heart of popular Covent Garden to visit the London Transport Museum and learn more about the transport heritage of London from the last 200 years. From the iconic red double-decker buses to the complex network of London Underground. Highlights of the museum include the Jubilee Line simulator which allows visitors to become a conductor for the day and experience driving one of the London Underground trains. The museum also has a family play zone with a fleet of mini vehicles for children to climb into and play on. The Upper Deck Café is a convenient place to stop and enjoy a selection of food and drinks.

Admission to the London Transport Museum is £18.00 each for adults at the door. Book your tickets online for £16.50. The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm


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4. Top UK Museums – The National Football Museum, Manchester

Home to two of the most renowned English Premier League clubs, Manchester is the place to visit for football fans. The National Football Museum is located in the bustling city centre of Manchester. The museum opened in 2001 and has the largest collection of football memorabilia available including balls, boots and jerseys including the prestigious FIFA collection. Over 2,500 objects are on display and the museum has interactive games for visitors to try, including the notorious penalty shootout!

Admission into the museum is £10.00 each for adults. Open daily from 10am to 5pm

5.Top UK Museums – Titanic Museum Belfast, Northern Ireland

Located on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the ill-fated RMS Titanic was built, Titanic Museum Belfast is also a memorial to the city’s maritime heritage. The iconic building, shaped like a ship’s bows, is a sight to behold. As you walk through the doors you are transported back in time as the story of RMS Titanic is re-told – from her conception to her launch and her tragic fate. The galleries are innovative and interactive and the Titanic story is told in a fresh and insightful way.

Admission fee starts from £8.50 per child and £19.00 per adult. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm daily.


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We hope you find our guide on the top UK museums useful. Enjoy your trip and share with us your personal favourites in the comments section below!

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