5 Regional Galleries & Museums Worth Stopping Off For

By Olivia Emily

2 weeks ago

Olivia Emily uncovers five of the UK's best cultural spots

Travelling in the UK this summer and looking for a cultural pit stop? Here are five of the best UK galleries and museums worth the detour.

Best UK Galleries & Museums

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Lady Lever Art Gallery © Pete Carr

1. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool

Founded by William Hesketh Lever and dedicated to his wife, this is home to his collection of 20,000 works of art, from Chinese ceramics to ancient Greek vases, Pre-Raphaelite paintings to the world’s largest collection of Wedgwood jasperware. Lower Rd, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral CH62 5EQ; liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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2. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Bundled inside the grand neoclassical Fitzwilliam Museum are more than 500,000 objects and artworks, spanning artistic gems from the likes of Rembrandt and Van Gogh to treasures from antiquities. Time your visit with one of its world-renowned exhibitions – in 2024 centring on Botticelli, the Paris Olympics and Glenn Ligon. Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB; fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

V&A Dundee Scotland

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3. V&A Dundee, Dundee

With a striking design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, inspired by Scottish cliff edges, V&A Dundee celebrated its fifth birthday in 2023. Perched on the River Tay waterfront, a rotation of exhibitions delve into Scottish and global design, from tartan to kimonos, plastic to video games. 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee DD1 4EZ; vam.ac.uk

4. Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin

In Newman House in the heart of Dublin, delve into Ireland’s rich literary history through immersive exhibitions, audio displays and a permanent James Joyce collection, including ‘Copy No. 1’ of Ulysses. UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 86 St Stephen’s Green, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin D02 XY43, Ireland; moli.ie

St Fagans National Museum of History

5. St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Wander through a series of buildings frozen in time, including farmhouses, cottages, a medieval church, a Victorian school, and a chapel – all the while admiring the lush surrounding formal gardens. Cardiff CF5 6XB; museum.wales