Summer means sun, but it's still the UK - which means there's always the chance of rain. Fortunately, there's still something we love about a museum, whether it's the opportunity to see something truly unique - be it an apatosaurus or an absolute unit - or going home in the knowledge that you know more than when you arrived! So get set for summer and plan your next day out below.
We've put together some of our favourite museums on our network - and best of all, you can get 2FOR1 entry at many of them with your ticket!
The Natural History Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre with unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. Caring for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years with a mission to maintain and develop collections, and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.
This must see museum attracts more than five million visitors annually and admission is free!
History was made in Churchill War Rooms. It was here shrouded in secrecy beneath the streets of Westminster that Winston Churchill and his inner circle wrestled with the decisions that shaped the Second World War. Preserved untouched for the nation, there is no better place to immerse yourself in the inspiring reality of those darkest hours.
The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the world’s most famous nurse. Located on the banks of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament, the museum attracts visitors from all over the world who want to learn more about the Lady with the Lamp and her Victorian world.
Examining Florence’s legacy, her influence on nursing today and the continuing relevance of her work. The museum runs a busy learning programme for schools and families activities, as well as a lively events programme with regular afternoon and event talks.
Enjoy London Transport Museum in the heart of Covent Garden. Lively exhibitions explore over 200 years of history and reveal compelling stories about the influence transport has had on London’s society and culture, and how our travel experiences might change in the future. As well as 2For1 kids go free when you travel by train – bargain!
- Hidden London is London Transport Museum’s exclusive programme of tours and events at disused stations and secret sites across London. Led by experienced guides, ready to share unusual and little-known stories surrounding the stations’ varied histories, these limited-size group tours offer an exciting opportunity to explore locations rarely seen by the public.
- Love Your Line: Join the LTM for a fun-packed weekend as we explore London’s Underground lines. From their architecture and design, to the stories and communities that surround them, lines inspire passionate loyalty and debate from those who travel on them.
An iconic must-see, The Household Cavalry are world famous as HM The Queen’s mounted bodyguard and are seen on television worldwide. The sentries at Horse Guards have guarded the entrance to the Royal Residences since 1660.
Housing the best items from one of the world’s finest regimental collections, superb interactives and graphics. Watch the troopers at work through a large glazed partition. You can also try on parts of the uniform which makes for great photographs!
Witness ceremonial guard duties show unique British pageantry at its best.A visit to the Museum is complimented daily by colourful sentry changes on the hour and set piece guard changes at 11am (10am Sundays) The Changing of the Queen’s Life Guard and at 4pm The Garrison Inspection.
Expect a warm welcome at the Museum of English Rural Life, with fascinating galleries, a beautiful garden and a cafe and shop - a rural haven in an urban setting. The new displays show how life and work in the countryside past and present, is relevant to us all, wherever we live.
Discover the new interactive galleries and explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture and health. See how rural lives and our views about the countryside have changed over time. There's something for all age groups from a wonderful old Land Rover to wellies owned by Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, farm wagons and Ladybird books! Touch screen games, hands on activities and toys will help keep everyone entertained.
- The MERL Lates give you the chance to enjoy a great night out in the unusual setting of the museum galleries, to explore ideas and try out some unique experiences. Each event explores a different theme, inspired by the MERL’s varied collections.
The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth. Have a look for the heron stalking its prey and the brent geese coming into land after their 3000 km flight from the arctic. You can also learn about Portsmouth's geology and take a look at the Victorian Museum exhibition. The displays are designed to allow visitors a view of the natural world as they could never see it in real life - up close and in depth.
Discover Basingstoke and Deane's past from the rich archaeological heritage beneath our feet right up to the modern day. As you tour the museum, you’ll find out about Iron Age and Roman burials, will meet Pickaxe, a 19th century scavenger scraping a living from the streets and revisit the days of twin-tubs and teddy-boys in the 1960s sitting room. On the ground floor is The Sainsbury Gallery, which hosts a rolling programme of exhibitions from nationally important galleries and museums, as well as some of the finest artists in the region. The Basingstoke gallery on the first floor showcases the work of local artists, groups and societies. This gallery has been restored to reveal many original features, creating a stunning space.
- Elizabeth Blackadder: From the Artist's Studio tells the story of one of our greatest artists: the first woman to be elected both to the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy, she was given the prestigious title of Her Majesty’s Painter and Limner in Scotland in 2001.