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Natural History Museum

A London gem that warrants an intake of breath, is the Natural History Museum. First opened in 1881, the entire building is a homage to the natural world. Open every day of the year, except between 24-26 December it is a ‘true temple of nature’.

As you enter the building do not forget to look up at the ceiling of the Central Hall where you will discover beautiful panels, richly painted and gilded – it is a sight most often overlooked. Interior fittings are equally exquisite with sculpted flying fish, dragonflies, beetles and trilobites, while the exterior is protected by numerous gargoyles, statues and reliefs, each individually created and quite astonishing to behold.

With over 70 million specimens (from the microscopic to the truly magnificent), 9 million fossils and 6 million plant species, the Natural History Museum provides a fascinating insight into our world.