Why Visit Victorian Britain?

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Jessica Peterson

Victorian Britain is one of the most famous and recognizable environments in history. The challenges and rapid development during this time of change has left society inspired, with countless stories, television shows, books and films set in the Victorian Era.

The name ‘Victorian Britain’ is a reference to the Queen of the United Kingdom during the time, Queen Victoria. Before Britain’s current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria was the longest reigning monarch in the country’s history and during her 64 years as Queen, the country saw a huge amount of change which still has influence today.

Over a century after the end of Queen Victoria’s reign, you can still see remnants of the Victorian Era dotted throughout the United Kingdom. In this post, let’s talk about why visiting the leftovers of Victorian Britain might be a great holiday for you to enjoy.

Architecture

Whilst this isn’t the first type of attraction that people talk about, you can’t deny that an impressive or beautiful building is almost always worth visiting. Many of Britain’s most important or prestigious buildings were built during the Victorian Era and have been carefully looked after, preserving as much of the original building work as possible.

These Victorian masterpieces are influenced by the architectural movements of the time, which focused on being eclectic and varied, combining different European styles with traditional, classic designs and a resurgence in the gothic approach to architecture.

You can still visit many of these famous buildings and enjoy how they differ, especially considering they came from the same time period. Some of the most notable examples The Royal Albert Hall and The Houses of Parliament, both of which are located in London so you can tick them both off in a single visit.

Invention

There are few things as interesting as making a new discovery or creating a useful invention and during the Victorian Era, the people of Britain created countless new and useful technologies. Many of the systems that we use today are based upon Victorian developments and creations, adapted to work across the world.

In particular, the Victorians completely revolutionised our ability to travel and communication. From a communication perspective, these years saw the development of the telephone, an item that we now consider indispensable for everyday living. There are multiple museums across the country dedicated to the telephone’s development, all of which are worth a visit if you’re interested.

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Similarly, the transport developments of the Victorian age were incredible. Bicycles and cars were both developed and produced during this time, whilst railways were upgraded to utilise electricity, revolutionising how goods could be moved and having a huge effect on the country’s economy. Many of these classic railways still exist and all of the states in the United Kingdom have museums filled with classic transportation devices.

Crime and Punishment

For the lovers of true crime stories, Victorian Britain has plenty to offer. Whilst Victorian Britain was a very progressive place, it was also a very challenging place to live. There were many impoverished citizens, living in poor conditions and struggling to make ends meet. This led to an increase in crime and to this day, many of the most notorious Victorian killers remain unknown but the cases and investigations surrounding them inspire gruesome tales.

One of the most infamous serial killers of all time, Jack the Ripper, is still a recognised name that nearly everyone knows, even one hundred years after his series of brutal murders in London’s Whitechapel District.

Humans have always been fascinated by the gruesome and horrible, which is why you can find countless tours and talks about the killers, conditions and police system during the Victorian period.

No matter your tastes, visiting areas of the United Kingdom that feature remnants of the Victorian Era is bound to reveal something new or interesting that you didn’t. Many countries have similar periods of time that they are still heavily influenced by, maybe it’s time to explore them too?

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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