Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Great Britain Travel and Tourism Updates

For whatever reason, Britain does not see the importance of investing in tourist information offices. The Britain and London Visitors Centre near Piccadilly Circus has closed. Now the only publicly funded tourist office (and there an impartial one) is the City of London Information Center across from St. Paul's Cathedral.

The new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open its northern section on July 27, the one year anniversary of the opening ceremonies and will include footpaths, playgrounds and picnic friendly areas. The southern half is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2014.

Kensington Palace has just been refurbished and now hosts a worthwhile series of exhibits on its past residents, including William and Mary and the Hanovers. The highlight is the exhibit on Queen Victoria who was born and raised in this palace.

For Harry Potter fans, the wizarding world is abuzz over the opening of the "Making of Harry Potter" studio tour in Leavesden, a 20-minute train ride from London. The attraction lets Harry Potter fans see the actual sets and props used in the films, along with exhibits about how the special effects were created. Visitors must book a time slot in advance and it is recommended to book as far ahead as possible.

Advance tickets are now available online for the Roman and Medieval Bath in Bath, a 90-minute train ride from London.

Along England's southern coast, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will soon have a new museum displaying the 16th century warship Mary Rose (Henry VIII's favorite ship) along with numerous Tudor era items found inside the wreck.

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