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Taj Mahal
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Amazing virtual tours of landmarks around the world

Stuck at home and feeling restless? Explore some of the world’s most beautiful sights and landmarks on these virtual tours

By Huw Oliver
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Never has our wanderlust felt so strong. Just as borders are closing, and planes are being grounded, so our desire to travel burns more wildly. In these times of lockdown, we can but dream of our next extravagant getaway.

For now, we’ll have to travel from within the comfort of our own homes. And these days, thanks to technology, that’s actually possible. With museums and art galleries shutting their doors in the wake of the current outbreak, many institutions have set up incredible virtual tours showing off the best of their buildings and collections. And the same goes for the bodies that look after landmarks, from Petra in Jordan to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Here are seven virtual tours of sights and attractions around the world that’ll make that dinky flat of yours seem much, much bigger.

Virtual tours of landmarks around the world

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

Explore some of the most photogenic sections of China’s most famous landmark on this virtual tour from The China Guide.

Virtual tour of the Great Wall of China

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu

It’s the gap yah attraction to beat all gap yah attractions. Drop by on this virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture.

Virtual tour of Machu Picchu

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Petra in Jordan
Petra in Jordan
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Petra

Google’s Street View Treks offer immersive, behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most elusive wonders. Our fave is Petra in Jordan.

Virtual tour of Petra

Acropolis
Acropolis
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Acropolis

Get clued up on some Hellenic history on this virtual tour-cum-guidebook.

Virtual tour of the Acropolis

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Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
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Giant’s Causeway

‘Game of Thrones’ fan? Take a trip to the rugged Northern Irish coast, where much of the series was filmed, and tour the striking basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway.

Virtual tour of the Giant’s Causeway

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is closed for the foreseeable. Check out the views from the top on this virtual tour.

Virtual tour of the Taj Mahal

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Great Pyramid of Giza
Great Pyramid of Giza
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Great Pyramid of Giza

Whack on some Frank Ocean on and get gawping. This bucket-list wonder is not quite, but almost, as striking online as it is in the flesh.

Virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles
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Palace of Versailles

Want to feel like a king? Take in the glitz and glamour of Louis XIV’s pad on this virtual tour from Google.

Virtual tour of the Palace of Versailles

More virtual tours by city

New York Botanical Garden
Photograph: Courtesy of the NY Landmarks Conservancy

Take a virtual tour of New York landmarks

News City Life

The Tourist in Your Own Town series can help you discover NYC's gems, including its parks, sacred sites, colonial landmarks, historic houses, museums and skyscrapers. 

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