Victoria & Albert Museum.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is a museum of art and design located in London, England. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. The museum has a collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity.

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The museum’s collection includes a wide range of objects from various cultures and time periods, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and fashion. Some of the most famous objects in the collection include the Raphael Cartoons, a series of large-scale designs for tapestries by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, and the Great Bed of Ware, a 16th-century bed that is said to be able to sleep 10 people at once.

V&A South Kensington (map) | V&A Dundee (map) | V&A Wedgwood Collection (map) | Young V&A (map) | V&A East

The museum also has a number of galleries that are dedicated to specific areas of art and design, including the British Galleries, which showcase British art and design from the 1500s to the present day, and the Asian Galleries, which house one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art and design outside of Asia.

In addition to its permanent collection, the V&A also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, which showcase the work of contemporary artists and designers as well as historical objects from the museum’s collection.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the most popular museums in London and attracts millions of visitors each year. Admission to the museum is free, although some temporary exhibitions may have an admission fee.

The museum houses the National Art Library, a public library containing over 750,000 books, photographs, drawings, paintings, and prints. It is one of the world’s largest libraries dedicated to the study of fine and decorative arts. The library covers all areas and periods of the museum’s collections with special collections covering illuminated manuscripts, rare books and artists’ letters and archives.

 

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in Great Britain.

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON – is a government organisation responsible for all public transport. Their website contains maps plus an excellent journey planner. The Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. (+ Connections map)

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BUS: National Express. By far the largest domestic coach operator and operates services throughout Great Britain. London’s coach hub is Victoria Coach Station (map), an Art Deco building opened in 1932.

TRAIN: National Rail network, with 70 per cent of rail journeys starting or ending in London. + Train – Planning trip.

AIRPORT: Heathrow Airport, in Hillingdon, was for many years the busiest airport in the world for international traffic. Gatwick Airport is second airport, also serving a large spectrum of places world-wide. ⇒ airportguides.co.uk – list of airports.

FERRY: River boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers, which offers both commuter and tourist boat services. + River Transport Services.

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

Costume design: Moulin Rouge! The Musical – Satine’s Sparkling Diamond costume.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a spectacle of romance and cabaret, set in the heart of Paris’ bohemian scene during the Belle Époque era. Bringing Baz Luhrmann’s landmark film to life on stage, the production is a musical mash-up extravaganza, immersing you in a world of splendour and glory.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Ways to visit the UK. Visit for tourism, business or a short stay (up to 6 months), airport transit visas. + Visa & Entry (visitbritain.com)

Visit London.

Our article about the city of London. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

TRAVELINE.

We can help you making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

London Walks: A website where you can book walking tours in London, led by knowledgeable guides who can show you the city’s hidden gems.

Time Out London: A comprehensive guide to events, attractions, restaurants, and bars in London, as well as reviews and recommendations.

Culture Whisper: A website that covers the best cultural events in London, from art exhibitions to theater productions and concerts.

The London Pass: A website where you can buy a pass that gives you access to over 80 attractions in London, as well as discounts and special offers.

OpenTable: A website where you can book restaurants in London, read reviews, and find special offers.

NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.