Explore the world from your armchair

A number of virtual tours mean it’s still possible to go travelling even when in lockdown

The airports maybe closed and borders across the world closed to visiting tourists but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still possible to travel the world. Thanks to modern technology a number of the world’s most famous landmarks and museums are offering free virtual tours.

Central Park, New York  
Visit one of New York’s most visited hotspots and take in the virtual air. Starting off from the park’s West 72and entrance, ‘travel’ throughout 843 acres while a virtual guide takes you through significant moments in the park’s history.

The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions and following its closure because of the coronavirus pandemic has just launched a new interactive experience, Rijksmuseum From Home. Interact with various works including the museum’s three antique doll’s houses – one of which inspired the 2014 novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Buckingham Palace 
If you fancy staying a bit closer to home, then explore the home of Her Majesty herself. While the monarch may not be at home, a virtual tour allows you to explore three of the rooms - Throne Room, the White Drawing Room and the Grand Staircase. Click on the icons to learn more about the rooms and the objects in them.

Wanderlust in the Arctic 
Discover the Arctic wilderness and watch the northern lights from the warm surroundings of your own home. Created by specialist photography company, Lights over Lapland, there are a number of tours to choose from, including exploring the famous Icehotel as well as going dogsledding and reindeer sledding.