Cultured City Breaks: London Museums

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London is brimming with brilliant museums, many of which offer free admission. Forget the pricey excursions for your next stay in the city; book a budget hotel in Holborn and start your museum tour at The British Museum.

The British Museum

Located on Great Russell Street, The British Museum holds several million artefacts relating to art, music, literature and human history. With such a broad range of works available to the public, The British Museum is considered as one of the most inclusive of its kind in the world.


Strictly speaking, Tate is a gallery rather than a museum, but its contribution to London culture means it simply cannot be ignored. Displaying an extensive collection of British art, from 16th century pieces to contemporary works, this is the ultimate attraction for any lover of the arts.

Natural History Museum

One of the most loved museums in London, the Natural History Museum is the educational day out that features on the itinerary of almost all family weekends in the capital. Displaying the history of our world, its animals and creatures, the museum’s exhibitions range from dinosaur discoveries to ocean explorations.

Museum of London

The Museum of London is an essential stop off for anyone who is looking to learn more about the city. Exhibitions range from primordial objects to current fashion galleries, and tell the tale of the capital from prehistoric times through to today.

Science Museum

As part of the National Museum of Science and Industry, the Science Museum in South Kensington attracts almost 3 million visitors each year. Offering eight floors of exhibitions and galleries relating to all things science, visitors can be enlightened on topics such as medical history, astronomy and computing.

Victoria and Albert Museum

As the museum itself states, ‘The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design’. With well over 4 million permanent objects including paintings, sculptures, textiles and more, the Victoria and Albert Museum is much more than a gallery, it tells an invaluable comprehensive history of worldwide art.

Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum was originally established as a museum to memorialise the effects that the First World War had on Britain, our culture and our services. Since, the galleries have developed to take account of all British conflicts which have occurred since the early 20th century.

The Design Museum

As you would expect, The Design Museum is the home of all things art and design. The exhibitions on offer here do change intermittently, however there are always a number of galleries open to the public. These exhibitions include, but are not exclusive to, works surrounding fashion design, graphic design, and architectural design.

Cartoon Museum

You may not have heard of it, but the Cartoon Museum is one of the most fun-filled museum trips you will ever take. The museum ‘exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day’.

So much to do, so little time! Book your hotel in Holborn today. Get set for one of the most enlightening trips of your life.

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