For all the latest news about the coronavirus, click here.

LONDON, March 26 (Xinhua) — Britain’s famous tourist attractions, from palaces and castles to galleries and zoos, have closed their doors to visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic…

So instead of visiting the attractions on foot, millions of people from around the world are taking virtual tours of tourism hotspots across Britain, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) said Thursday in a new report.

ALVA said millions of people are discovering the breadth, depth and diversity of Britain’s visitor attractions through websites and digital galleries, science podcasts, virtual tours of the Houses of Parliament, through to web-cams of zoos and safari parks, as well as being able to take part in church and cathedral services and watching opera and theatre.

ALVA said the British Museum, Natural History Museum, V&A, and National Gallery have all seen a substantial increase in visitors to their websites.

Virtual tour of the British Museum

WIN a R 2,000 Woolworths Voucher

Subscribe to our Free Daily All4Women Newsletter to enter

Virtual tour of the Natural History Museum

Virtual tour of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Virtual tour of the National Gallery

Emma Martin, senior curator at National Museum Liverpool’s World Museum said: “Staying at home doesn’t mean you miss out on visiting our museum. Thanks to public feedback on what people would like to see while our doors are temporarily closed, we’ve created a virtual tour of the World Cultures gallery with our friends at John Moores University.”

Science Director Dr Roger Highfield from the Science Museum in London has even published an in-depth look at the science of the coronavirus, exploring what we know and don’t know about the virus and examining its ongoing impact. His work brings into sharp focus the biggest ever shutdown since World War II of Britain’s famous tourist sites.


Accommodation offers from

20,000 listings in 2,000 locations with 10,000 reviews.

18% DISCOUNT – From R1222 p/night

Hudsons on Twelfth

Rivonia, Gauteng

Valid until April 30 2020

66% DISCOUNT – From R1440 R518 p/night

Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa

Helderberg, Somerset West

For stays between 1 Jul & 30 Sep 2020

35% DISCOUNT – From R1524 p/night

The Atrium 30

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Valid until April 30 2020


Author: ANA Newswire and A4W Staff