Tag Archives: uk

Tower of London

After a post about probably the smallest and quietest museum/historical site I’ve ever visited, this post is about the busiest museum/historical site I visited in Europe: the Tower of London.  After two visits to London and not going in (budget student travelling) I decided it was high time I forked out the entry fee and went inside.

Tower of London

Continue reading

Advertisements

1 Comment

Filed under Museum Visits

Alone in the little ‘Big House’ (Wales)

I’m very keen on visitor participation, I’m happy about high visitor numbers and I think a busy museum is a vibrant museum.  But sometimes I just really love to be alone in a quiet empty museum.  I think the most special moments can happen when you’re alone with a museum.  It doesn’t mean the whole museum needs to be empty, just the space you’re in.  Especially when they’re historical sites.

When I was travelling in the UK I visited a National Trust site in Northern Wales with some friends.  It was ‘Tŷ Mawr’ or ‘Big House’ translated from Welsh.  This lovely historic site was nestled in an isolated part of the country side and manned by a keen and knowledgeable guide.  The site had an old magic to it, which the guide helped bring to life.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Museum Visits

Beamish (Durham, UK)

Overview

Beamish  is an open air museum near Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northern England.  The museum covers a range of eras from 18th century farming to the turn of the 20th century mining.  It sits on a vast rural property with different sections/eras connected by a vintage bus and tram loop.  Luckily for me, the days I visited (the first week of May), the lovely spring sunshine bathed the museum in warmth.  This obviously added to my enjoyment of the outside spaces.  Like all outdoor museums, Beamish is at the mercy of the weather in this regard!

The museum is a lively and fun place, which also offers a comprehensive historical immersion.  The staff are a great highlight of the museum.  I met so many who eagerly and voluntarily spoke about their area of the museum.  Their enthusiasm and knowledge really added to the experience.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Museum Visits

National Museum of Scotland

This is just a brief entry about a very brief visit to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. I enjoyed my short visit here. It seemed fun, relaxed and interesting. It was rather quiet too, which was a welcome change from the museums I’d just visited in the US.

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Museum Visits