American Culture and History Sites in the UK

Heading to the UK around the Fourth of July or Thanksgiving? Consider visiting some places that have a connection to the USA! Despite that whole revolution thing back in 1776, the US and the UK have since developed a great relationship and there are many monuments or tourism attractions that have a nod to the history or culture of the United States of America.

American Museum, Bath:

Started in 1961, the American Museum and Gardens remains the only museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America. The museum houses over 12,000 objects and represents a wide range of American cultures and nearly 2000 years of American history. 

Mayflower Museum, Plymouth:

Just over 400 years ago the Mayflower first set sail from Plymouth, England. This museum, set over three floors, explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower to the New World.

Ulster American Folk Park In Omagh, Northern Ireland:

An open-air museum with more than 30 exhibit buildings to explore, this museum tells the story of three centuries of Irish emigration. Focusing on those who left Ulster for America in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, you can even board a full-scale emigrant ship to experience the conditions faced by many as they set sail for a new life in America.

British Museum’s North American Gallery, London:

This gallery explores the different cultural identities of Native North American people from ancient times to the present, including the effect of European contact and colonisation on Indigenous North American communities.

An image of the main atrium in the British Museum

Benjamin Franklin House, London:

This residence was home to Benjamin Franklin for 16 years and is the only remaining home that he had once lived in. The museum there highlights many of Franklin’s achievements and information about the times he lived in.

The American Bar, London:

The American Bar is the longest surviving cocktail bar in London and is known for selling ‘American Style’ drinks or cocktails.  The bar which opened in the 1890s, was one of the first places to introduce American-style cocktails to Europe, hence the bar’s name. 

American Embassy, London:

While you may not be able to go inside, the exterior of the American Embassy is quite beautiful to see. It was recently moved from Grosvenor Square to the new location in Nine Elms so that it would be a more modern and energy-efficient building.

9/11 Memorial Garden, Grosvenor Square, London:

Opened by Princess Anne in 2003, the memorial plaque in the garden is dedicated to Britons who died in the World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks. The garden also includes a metal girder recovered from the devastation of Ground Zero is buried beneath the garden. According to the BBC, “the half tonne of rusted steel from One World Trade Centre was placed underground because it was too distressing to be displayed.”

So if you’re planning the perfect Thanksgiving Break, you happen to be here for the Fourth of July or you’re simply looking for some American heritage in the UK, get in touch and we’ll help with planning your perfect holiday. Every package is bespoke and can include as much or as little as you’d like from this list!

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