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Las 10 atracciones principales de Londres

Las 10 atracciones más populares de Londres, en función del número de visitantes.

Acude a las atracciones turísticas más visitadas de Londres, muchas de las cuales son gratuitas. No importa lo que te guste, la historia o el arte moderno, lo encontrarás aquí, del noria moderna Coca-Cola London Eye al histórica Tower of London.

Nota: acceder a las colecciones permanentes de las siguientes atracciones es gratis, pero generalmente hay que reservar entradas para ver las exposiciones especiales en Londres.

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Top 10 London attractions

A trip to the capital wouldn't be complete without seeing the top 10 attractions in London. Make sure to tick these top things to see in London off your list.

From the modern Coca-Cola London Eye, to the historic Tower of London, the top 10tourist attractions in London are a must-see on any London sightseeing trip. Even better, many London landmarks are free to visit, while others are available with discounted entry or special offers when using a London Pass. Use the London attractions map to find them all. 

 There are also plenty of kid-friendly places to visit in London. Get up close and personal with underwater creatures at SEALIFE London aquarium or explore the Science Museum, London's interactive hub of science and technology. Both are perfect for fun family days out in London.

 You could also soak up some culture at London museums, visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, or take the perfect picture with Big Ben; just some of the many iconic places to go in London.

 The top 10 free London attractions list is based on visitor numbers: start your sightseeing in London now with these popular spots.

Don't miss out on some of London's best attractions during busy times. Book online to avoid the queues at the top 10 bookable London attractions and get fast-track tickets and easy access to London's sights.

3 in Rome

The Pantheon, a former Roman temple and now a present-day church, is known for its perfect proportions, which is amazing, seeing as it was raised in A.D. 120. While you're there, you can also pay your respects to Raphael, as well as Italian kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I, who are all buried there.

Pantheon

4 in Rome

The site of many bloody gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum, which was opened in 80 A.D., could then hold about 50,000 spectators. With a circumference of 573 yards and sitting on marshland, experts say the Colosseum is an engineering wonder… not to mention an animal- and human-rights atrocity.... more1 to 2 hours Time to SpendColosseum (Colosseo)

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

You'll find one of Vatican City's most notorious attractions housed within these walls – the Sistine Chapel (and Michelangelo's famous frescos). A tour of the Vatican Museums grants access to various sections of the palaces, the Sistine Chapel included. But don't overlook the treasures housed within the museums themselves, including the spiral staircase and the Raphael Rooms. The Vatican Museums are so immense that guided tours are highly recommended though they make the price of visiting pretty expensive. Audio guides are a much cheaper alternative.... moreVatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Find Tours  Perhaps one of the best known of Rome's public squares, the Piazza Navona dates back to the end of the 15th century. Today, it fills with modern people sipping coffees while watching street performers and artists. Cafes abound, and there are a number of shops too, although recent visitors said both tend to be expensive. You'll also find a number of impressive monuments, including one by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Fountain of the Four Rivers) and another by Francesco Borromini (Sant'Agnese in Agone).
    Piazza Navona

  • The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Constructed from 1887–1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited...
  • 1 Explore the Musee D Orsay

    Discover Degas, Renoir, and Manet at the Musée d’Orsay

    Housed under the soaring roof of one of Paris’s grand old Beaux-Arts railway stations, the recently renovated galleries of the Musée d’Orsay contain the world’s largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces by the likes of Cézanne, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Degas, Gaugin, and many others. With two excellent cafés and a magnificent restaurant original to the train station, dining is a breeze and guided tours of the museum highlights in English are available every day (see the museum website for times and scheduling). There’s also a fabulous bookstore for stocking up on gifts.

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  • 2 Visit the Musee Rodin

    Contemplate the Thinker at the Musée Rodin

    Once the great sculptor’s studio, this stately 18th-century mansion is one of Paris’s most beautiful museums and contains more than 6,000 of Rodin’s sculptures, including his great masterpieces The Thinker, The Kiss, The Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell, along with 8,000 drawings and gouaches. The lovely grounds of the Musée Rodin, complete with a fountain, rose gardens, and a pleasant outdoor café make for a delightful afternoon outdoors. The museum also hosts special exhibitions and a cycle of exhibits on contemporary works. Following three years of renovations, the museum fully re-opened in November 2015.

    Related: The 15 Best Museums in Paris

5 Stroll the Luxembourg Gardens

People Watch at the Luxembourg Gardens

Nothing says Paris like the Luxembourg Gardens. Bordered by Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, these lovely gardens are beloved by Parisians longing to bask on a lawn chair in the sunshine or enjoy an impromptu picnic. Children of all ages race their sailboats in the basin behind the Sénat, romp in the enclosed children’s’ playground, take in a puppet show, or ride the city’s oldest merry-go-round. A favorite circuit for joggers and amblers, the many paths are also perfect for an afternoon stroll past espaliered orchards and the old apiary, where beekeeping is taught and the honey is sold in the fall. Don’t miss the excellent art exhibits at the renowned Musée de Luxembourg.

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10 Notre Dame

Visit the Gothic Notre Dame de Paris

Looming above Place du Parvis on the Ile de la Cité, the Cathédrale de Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of Paris and, for many, of France itself. Napoléon was crowned here, and kings and queens exchanged marriage vows before its altar. There’s a multitude of things worth seeing inside the Gothic cathedral, especially its famous windows. But the exterior architectural details and the unforgettable views of Paris, framed by stone gargoyles, from the top of the south tower are major highlights too. Begun in 1163, completed in 1345, badly damaged during the Revolution, and restored by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century, Notre-Dame may not be France’s oldest or largest cathedral, but in beauty and architectural harmony it has few peers—as you can see by studying the facade from the square in front. Admission to the cathedral is free, but entrance to the tower (to the left as you’re facing the building) and the archeological crypt, dating back to the earliest Parisians, are well worth the small admission price.

The City of Paris is in the process of raising funds—a rumored 150 million euros—for a much-needed 20-year renovation that will begin in 2019.

Related: 8 Hotels Conveniently Near Notre Dame

13 View from the Eiffel Tower

Take in the View From the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is to Paris what the Statue of Liberty is to New York and what Big Ben is to London: the ultimate civic icon. French engineer Gustave Eiffel—already famous for his viaducts and bridges—spent two years working to erect this iconic monument for the World Exhibition of 1889. Today, it is most breathtaking at night, when every girder is traced in a sparkling cascade of lights originally conceived to celebrate the turn of the millennium. The glittering light show was so popular that the 20,000 lights were reinstalled for permanent use in 2003. The tower does its electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour starting at dusk and lasting until 1am.

Now surrounded by a protective glass wall, be sure to allow plenty of time for lining up. Or, better yet, make a reservation at Alain Ducasse’s gastronomic restaurant Le Jules Verne and forego the lines in the VIP elevator.

Related: 14 Classic Bistros in Paris Worth Visiting

17 Arc de Triomphe Champs-Elysees

Stroll the Avenue des Champs-Élysées Like a True Parisian

Make no mistake: the Champs-Élysées, while ceding some of its elegance in recent times, remains the most famous avenue in Paris—and, perhaps, the world. Like New York’s Times Square or London’s Piccadilly Circus, it is a mecca for travelers and locals alike. Some Parisians complain that fast-food joints and chain stores have cheapened Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but others are more philosophical, noting that there is something here for everyone. Anchoring the Champs is the Arc de Triomphe, Napoléon’s monument to himself. At the other end, the exquisitely restored Grand Palais plays host to some of the city’s grandest art exhibitions.

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Walk Along the Berges de Seine

Since Paris Mayor Anne Hildago took charge of the greening of Paris, the city has never been so flaneur-friendly. The Seine is a major focus: after opening the Berges de Seine in 2013, along the left bank between the Musee d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower, and the new Rives de Seine on both banks, it’s never been easier to stroll by the river and enjoy endless vistas without the noise of automobiles. Down in the sunken Petit Ceinture (little belt) park, an abandoned ring railway around the city, you can walk among ancient trees, wild greenery, bridges, street art, and neighborhood gardens. Sections in the 12th, 15th and 16th are open with others on the way. And up on the Coulée Verte (aka Promenade Plantée), atop an old viaduct, you can take a 3-mile stroll 30 feet above Paris, from the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, through beautiful lush gardens with terrific views of the neighborhood. Then visit the Viaduc des Arts’ 45 artisan boutiques set inside the viaduct’s arches.

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