Virtual tours to take from home

With most tourist attractions around the world closed at the moment due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, it's possible to see some great sights and attractions without leaving the house.

Thanks to the technology of today, being stuck indoors doesn't mean we can't still explore. It's possible to see museums, galleries, cities and attractions by taking virtual tours. Quite often they can be more informative and they're a surefire way of avoiding the crowds and saving a few pennies in the process. Here are some good places to take a virtual stroll.

Petite Galerie du Louvre, Paris

The Louvre museum's virtual tour is smooth and allows you to choose where you would like to go. You can meander around four different virtual tours and check out the exhibits on display. The descriptions are in French but you can use the English room guides to explain whats in each one if you don't speak French.

The National Gallery, London

You can get panoramic views of London's famous gallery and immerse yourself in some of the world's finest art. There are more than 270 paintings that can be viewed in the Salisbury Wing as well as 300 more in the 18 gallery rooms. These can be viewed with a VR headset or from desktop, mobile or tablet. The tour links directly to painting pages so you can find out more about the paintings on view.

Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel

If you've ever been to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, it's likely you've been packed in there shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other tourists, shuffling your way through hot, sweaty corridors.

That no longer has to be the case as the smooth virtual tour has no crowds and you can zoom in and out on Michelangelo's masterpieces and stroll the hallways at your leisure. You can even change the type of camera lens you see it all with.

Rome, Italy

From this site by Airpano, you can whiz around Rome and the Colosseum with a 360 degree, panoramic view of this ancient city. Just click where you want to go and the high resolution images take you above and into the attractions as you explore.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This isn't the smoothest experience to be able to walk around as it uses Google's Street View but it's worth checking out to see the magnificence of this breathtaking temple and its surrounding areas.

Petra, Jordan

Another tour provided by Google's Street View, this one is a little slicker than the Angkor Wat tour as you can choose from an overhead view the areas you'd like to visit and it comes complete with handy English audio commentary.

New York

Begin with a 360 degree panoramic helicopter tour and then check out the rest of New York's attractions with an audio commentator and descriptions of the sights from The Stature of Liberty to Times Square.

Space, The Universe

It's a bit of a wildcard this one, but SpaceEngine is a realistic, virtual universe you can explore from a computer. You can travel from star to star, galaxy to galaxy and land on any planet, moon or asteroid with the ability to explore its alien landscape. The scope and scale of SpaceEngine is truly breathtaking. The procedurally generated universe is based on real scientific knowledge and uses accurate Newtonian physics. It's not free but £19.49 isn't a bad price to pay for a tour of the whole universe.

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