1). Tate Modern – The national gallery of international modern art and is one of London’s top free attractions. It’s packed with challenging modern art and is housed within a disused power station on the south bank of the River Thames. The imposing brick building, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, has a superb permanent collection of modern art including masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Mirò, Pollock, Rothko and Warhol as well as regularly changing exhibitions by international artists.
2). National Gallery – Gallery displaying Western European paintings from about 1250-1900. Includes work by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
3). Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon – In Stratford, enjoy a performance by the world’s leading classical theatre company, the Royal Shakespeare Company. Experience the RSC’s spectacular 1030 seat Courtyard Theatre, specifically designed as a prototype for the thrust-stage auditorium which the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre will house.
4). Sculpture Park (Bretton County Park), North Yorkshire – Set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of a 500-acre, 18th century country estate, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is one of the world’s leading open-air galleries, presenting a changing programme of international sculpture exhibitions.
5). National Space Centre, Leicestershire – Launch yourself into the future at the National Space Centre, the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to Space Science and astronomy. From the minute you catch sight of the Space Centre’s futuristic Rocket Tower, you ‘ll be treated to hours of breath-taking discovery where the stories, personalities and technology of the past and present are used to explain our current understanding of space and how it will affect our future.
6). Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art, Norfolk – An inspirational public art museum at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. It houses the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury collection in a breathtaking Norman Foster building. Works by Picasso, Bacon and Henry Moore are displayed alongside African masks, Indian miniatures, Japanese scrolls, pre-Columbian pottery and ritual objects from ancient European art.
7). Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire – Located in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl (1916-1990) lived and wrote many of his well-loved books. There are 2 galleries telling the fascinating story of his life and displays featuring copies from his unique archive, showing how he worked. In the Story Centre there is a dazzling display to show how other contemporary authors work, with some fun and challenging interactive games.
8). BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyne & Wear – Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world – presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. BALTIC provides an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions and activities. BALTIC is the first non-Tate venue outside London to host The Turner Prize, widely recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.
9). The World of Beatrix Potter, Cumbria – The World of Beatrix Potter is a unique experience. All 23 Peter Rabbit tales are brought to life in three-dimensions, in a magical indoor recreation of the Lake District countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells!
10). Jane Austens House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire – The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of preindustrial England. She spent the last eight years of her life here at Chawton in the 17th century house which is now preserved in her memory.