Reading about history can be a challenge. The textbooks are seldom written in an interesting manner and pictures of the areas can be quite small. Exploring historical areas as a family is a great way to teach your children history that they will remember. And for any of you that follow the Wyld Family Travel website and social channels, you will know we love history. Here are 5 historical tours the whole family will enjoy.
Ancient City Walls, Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a beautiful city in Croatia that is fabulous to explore. The ancient city walls are called the Walls of Dubrovnik which are a series of stone walls that surround the old town of Dubrovnik. The walls around the city stretch for about two kilometres and usually take about two hours to complete the walk. The scenery is spectacular along the way and you will see the Lovrijenac Fortress and the Minceta Fortress, the highest point on the city wall. You can also see the Island of Lokrum Great Onofrio’s Fountain, Bell Tower, Sponza Palace, Dominican Monastery and Dubrovnik’s Cathedral. Another popular tour in this city is the Game of Thrones Tour that takes you through the sets of the fictional Kings Landing.
Dublin City Tour
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland and is known for its architecture, art and spectacular scenery. There are several tours available of this exciting city. You can take a walking tour and stroll through the historic sites, fantastic food trails and scenic parks. You can also take a tour on a bus and visit the many attractions this city has to offer. A few popular attractions to visit here are Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, St Stephen’s Green, Kilmainham Gaol, Christ Church Cathedral, Ha’penny Bridge, Dublinia, Irish Whiskey Museum and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Even just during the transfer from Dublin airport to the city centre, you’ll see an interesting array of landmarks, you could ask your driver to detour by some of the ones you’re most interested in so you can find out where they are.
The Tower of London, London
There are many historical things to see in London, the Tower of London is one of them but if you have the time it is worth seeing as many attractions as possible. The Tower of London is a Royal Palace, Fortress and an infamous prison. You can visit the Tower of London and be a part of the 700 years of Ceremony of the Keys; you can go through the Tower of London schedule on their website and decide to plan a day trip based on what event you want to see or take part in. You can also visit to watch the daily attractions such as the collection of crown jewels and the Armoury where you can shoot arrows and assemble firearms. There is also an interesting exhibition of the Royal Mint. Here are some other great UK destinations for a great family holiday, the UK is filled with fascinating historical spots so it is worth spending as much time here as possible.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat stretches 162.6 hectares and is a UNESCO Heritage Site. It has many temple complexes that construction began on in the early 12th century. The temple’s complexes were originally designed to pay homage to the Hindu God Lord Vishnu. Angkor Wat became a Buddhist Site in the 16th century. The Angkor Wat temple contains over 3000 carvings of heavenly nymphs or apsaras. You should visit this temple to see the spectacular architecture that was built with quarried sandstone blocks which were carried from a distance of over 50 kilometres away. It was built by more than 300,000 workers and 6,000 elephants.
The Kremlin, Russia
The Kremlin is a complex of museums in Russia’s capital of Moscow. It is also a presidential residence. Most visitors take tours of The Kremlin during the months of May through to September and due to its popularity, it is usually better to book your tickets in advance through the Kremlin Website or a guided tour operator. The Museum includes the following attractions, The Armoury Museum, Russian Diamond Fund, Patriarch’s Palace and The Twelve Apostles Church, Tsar Canyon, Tsar Bell, artillery pieces and various other attractions. It is a great place to visit to see the spectacular onion-domed architecture of its buildings.
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