Ten ways to leave home without leaving the couch

You’re stuck inside on lock down and these times can get pretty boring. But just because you can’t leave the house doesn’t mean you have to miss out.

While cultural institutions have been forced to cancel performances and close their doors to the public in the wake of coronavirus, many are now offering online experiences, from gallery tours to nature walks and even music livestreams you can tune into.

We’ve rounded up some of our favourites here:

1. Go for a (virtual) walk

Take a guided virtual walking tour through five of the world’s most stunning National Parks or the Royal Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO-recognised site in Kew, London. 

2. Listen to Shakespeare

Tune into a weekly livestream working through Shakespeare’s complete works with The Show Must Go Online.

3. Step into history

Step back in time with a detailed visit of Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, or the British Museum

4. Watch a sunset

Relax during golden hour by viewing the sunset off the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. 

5. Experience an opera

Head to the opera every night with the Met Opera.

6. Go to the zoo

Get up close and personal with some exotic animals with Edinburgh Zoo’s live animal cams.

7. Learn something new

Take a course in anything from Artificial Intelligence to Creative Thinking to Web Development. 

8. Experience space

NASA's free mobile app lets space-enthusiasts virtually step into mission control.

9. Admire art

Explore Paris’s Louvre art gallery to view their world-famous collections online. 

10. Dance the night away

Tune into a virtual party and rave night with live DJ’s in a Berlin nightclub.