The best exhibitions outside of London this summer
Along with Paris, New York and Tokyo, London is one of the art capitals of the world. The city is over-brimming with internationally renowned museums and art galleries – but if you’re looking to escape the city for a week-end or head out of London for a day trip, there are some spectacular exhibitions up and down the country worth travelling for.
If you've done the V&A to death, or just fancy a few days away from the hustle and bustle, check out our guide to the best exhibitions outside of London this summer.
Heralded as 'extraordinary' and 'unmissible' Raphael: The Drawings is 2017's exhibition of the year.
Bringing together over 120 of the world's most celebrated old master drawings by the Renaissance genius and his followers, The Ashmolean has masterminded a once in a life time opportunity. Notable pieces include Raphael's study of the heads and hands of two apostles – hailed as the most beautiful drawing in the world – and Head of a Muse, bought by an American collector in 2009 for just under £30 million.
Just a short train ride from London, a trip to the dreaming Spires of Oxford is the perfect summer day out.
How far from London: It's just over an hour to Oxford from London Paddington
What to read on the train: Goodbye Vitamin, Rachel Khong
After splitting with her fiance, Ruth moves back home to find her father losing lucidity and her mother losing hope. This sweet and funny story of Alzheimer's and aging parents has just enough melancholy to make your sunglasses mist up, but won’t leave you sobbing into the sangria.