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Top 10 Virtual Tours - See the world from your sofa

Published: 2nd April 2020

We might not be able to travel right now, but these 10 amazing online tours and experiences - from cyber beer festivals, to scaling Machu Picchu, to a tour of a space station - mean you can enjoy some of the world's greatest sights and some fun cultural stuff without having to leave the house.

Visit Stonehenge

Get a spectacular 360 degree view from the centre of the stone circle with this English Heritage virtual tour. Switch to the 'skyscape' view and you can track the passage of the sun, moon and stars around the henge. Stonehenge Virtual Tour


Watch Wildlife on Webcams

See what the wildlife of Britain is up to in our absence with these amazing live webcams. You can watch nesting ospreys in Scotland, badgers in Cumbria, barn owls in Essex, puffins on the Channel Islands and lots more. Wildlife Trust webcams

Take Part in a Virtual Beer Festival

Beer52's CyberFest is the world's first online beer festival. It's a drink-along experience - a case of 12 beers is delivered to your door and you enjoy them from the comfort of your sofa along with the live-streamed festival, featuring tastings and Q&A sessions with brewers. CyberFest, 17th April, 6pm - 10pm.


Tour 10 Famous Artists' Studios

Photo by libby rosof

Google's Arts and Culture site has put together a great Streetview tour of 10 artists' studios from around the world. Visit Basquiat's loft in New York, Frida Kahlo's colourful Mexico City house, Jackson Pollock's Long Island barn and lots more. 10 Artists' Studios


Take a Virtual Tour of Buckingham Palace

See how the other half live with this virtual tour of some of the most splendidly lavish state rooms in Buck House, including the throne room itself. Buckingham Palace virtual tour


Tour Machu Picchu

Take a virtual tour of one of the wonders of the world, the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, hidden high the Andes mountains. The excellent virtual tour gives you stunning 360 degree views and features an interesting narration, so you can see this incredible city without the hordes of tourists, or the trek up any mountains. Machu Picchu virtual tour


Stroll Around Kew Gardens

Google's Streetview cameras filmed Kew using a special tricycle, meaning you're now able to explore every avenue of these beautiful gardens, wander round the lake, among the trees, see the Great Pagoda and almost smell the roses. Kew Gardens on Streetview

Watch a Play

Photo by David Samuel

The National Theatre is releasing a hit play from its back catalogue every week, starting at 7pm on Thursday 2nd April. First up is One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden, and after that stage productions of Jane Eyre and Treasure Island are set to follow. National Theatre at Home

Go up the Eiffel Tower

Experience the world's most visited monument with this Google tour of the Eiffel Tower, find out how it was built and enjoy the truly iconic views of Paris from the top deck. Visit the Eiffel Tower

Go into Space

You can take a tour of the International Space Station, thanks to the wonder of Google Street View. Scroll around different areas of the space station and you can see in incredible detail where the astronauts live and work. Visit the International Space Station


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Claire Wills
Claire is the International Editor for CoolStays. It's her mission to scout the globe for new amazing places to show you. You can follow her on Twitter, @clairelewills

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