We’ve crawled the web and selected our top 10 virtual tours (there’s a lot out there, but in our opinion these are some of the most interesting and best quality), including a journey to the edge of space and a VR tour of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
1. Live Tour of Chester Zoo
Every Friday learn about the world’s most exotic and endangered species at Chester Zoo, live on their Facebook or YouTube page from 10AM. Follow the zookeepers as they take you on an interactive tour through the animal enclosures, sharing fantastic facts about its 68 different varieties of animal species - from the inquisitive Aardvark to the cheeky Asian short-clawed otters.
2. Virtual Reality 180° Tour of Chernobyl
Join David Addis as he embarks on a private tour of Chernobyl, the site of the world's most infamous nuclear accident, which took place in 1986. Visit some of Chernobyl’s most photographed sights including the abandoned apartment blocks and amusement park of Pripyat. As this tour was filmed using a VR180° camera, you can also view it using a VR headset - if you have one! You can also use your mouse on the YouTube video player to explore the different angles shot, giving a more interactive experience to this tour.
3. A Day in Pompeii
This realistic animation gives students a feel of the drama and tension of the Mount Vesuvius eruption, which engulfed the ancient town of Pompeii in ash in 79 AD. Witness the different stages of the eruption - from the first faint rumbles to the eventual destruction of the town, where so many citizens lost their lives.
4. A 360° View of Windsor Castle
A short and sweet 360° video tour of Windsor Castle which showcases some of the Castle’s most elaborate halls and rooms, as well as treasured objects in the Royal Collection. This video also covers a brief history of the British Royal Family and how it is still occupied by the Queen.
5. Virtual School Trip to NASA
Make your way around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and answer a variety of interactive multiple choice questions along the way. Learn about some of the first astronauts to set foot upon the moon, discover how space technology has developed and even find out how a toilet works on a space shuttle.
6. No Man’s Land, Verdun, France
In the aftermath of the First World War, the No Man’s Land between the trenches of Verdun, were a scene of total devastation - human bodies littered the ground, the land was blown to pieces and poisonous gasses polluted the fields. In 360°, uncover the stories of the lost villages, from the local mayor and a handful of historians and locals who are trying to keep the distant memories alive.
7. Iceland in 5K - Great for Geography Students
A whistle stop tour of Iceland’s breathtaking natural landscape. Stop off at iconic sights including Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, the humongous Skogafoss Waterfall, Black Sand Beach and the Blue Lagoon.
8. Journey to The Edge of Space
Experience in 360° what it’s like to leave Earth, rising over 90,000 feet into the stratosphere. An amazing experience to enjoy from the comfort of your home and learn some interesting facts along the way, whilst viewing the globe from a different perspective.
9. 4-Day Virtual School Trip to Washington D.C.
Teaching American history and politics? Destination D.C. have put together a high quality and super educational virtual four-day school trip to Washington D.C., stopping off at the capital's most most popular attractions including the International Spy Museum, National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Zoo and even a ghost tour! Mix and match activities or explore the entire city with your class. There is so much to see in Washington D.C.!
10. One day in New York City: 360° Virtual Tour with Voice Over
Get up close to the Big Apple's top landmarks - from the bustling Times Square to the awe-inspiring Empire State Building. This short and captivating video covers a brief overview of each landmark, with the option to look around a whole 360°, either using your phone/tablet or clicking and dragging on a computer.
Virtual School Trip Activities to Try at Home
After you’ve viewed some of these virtual tours, why not get your students to have a go at these activities:
- Write up about what you learnt whilst watching a video
- Research more into the destination and write up some facts
- Write about a destination you would like to visit and why
- Make a list of all the cities/countries you have visited and try to write down some interesting facts you learnt about that destination
- Search for some recipes from that country and try cooking a local dish
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