Art History 101: Five Great Art Spots in England

Hi Everyone! Thinking about studying abroad? Or perhaps you are already abroad? Well here are my suggested art spots in England for those in search of a fantastic museum or stroll throughout history. Definitely worth a trip!

Catherine at the Scottish National Gallery

Catherine at the Scottish National Gallery

5. Liverpool – Home of the Beatles, the thriving port city of Liverpool is known for its rich culture of music and art. For those who are interested in reliving the story of the Beatles, a journey on the Magical Mystery Tour and exploring the Beatles Museum are a must do activity! However, what I found most impressive about the city is its inspiring collection of art. Located at Albert Dock, the Tate Liverpool houses an impressive collection of contemporary works of art. In addition, the Walker Art Gallery houses the largest collection of European art outside of London. The collection contains a vast array of works from medieval Europe to modern day, and its current exhibition Victorian Treasures displays paintings from Victorian England with an emphasis on the works of the Pre-Raphaelites.

4. Oxford – The city of ‘dreaming spires’, Oxford, contains architecture from the Anglo-Saxons to present day. Walking through the picturesque streets of Oxford, you will find buildings from the English Gothic, Neoclassical, Baroque, Palladian, Gothic Revival, and Postmodern periods. The cultivation of diverse architecture within the city is what gives Oxford its quaint charm and beauty.

View of Durham Cathedral, Durham

View of Durham Cathedral, Durham

3. Durham – Located upon a rocky hill and overlooking the river are the Norman Cathedral and Castle of Durham. The twelfth century Cathedral houses the relics of Saint Cuthbert and Bede, and exhibits a collection of Anglo-Saxon sculptural objects. The city of Durham is a must-see city for any person interested in medieval art and architecture. The cobbled streets of the city, medieval buildings, and Riverwalk views emphasise the city as a rich historical and cultural centre.

 

 

View of the facade of York Minister, York

View of the facade of York Minister, York

2. York – Located 30 minutes by train from Leeds, is well known for its Roman fortification walls, twelfth century Minister, and medieval architecture throughout the city. From walking along the Roman city walls to exploring the Viking history of York in the Jorvik Viking Centre to strolling through the cobbled stoned streets of the medieval Shambles, a visit to York transcends you throughout the history of the city, and England itself.

 

 

Gallery Room at the Wallace Collection, London

Gallery Room at the Wallace Collection, London

1. London – A historic yet greatly cosmopolitan city, the city of London is home to most impressive art galleries and museums in England. From contemporary art at the Tate Modern, to British art at the Tate Britain, to decorative art and objects at the Victorian and Albert Museum, and to paintings that span European history at the National Gallery London and the Wallace Collection, the city of London has galleries and museums that will intrigue the interests of any visitor.

 

 

P.S. For those who make it to Scotland – check out any of the Scottish National Galleries!