When you say “Europe” to many men visions of unending cathedrals and art galleries spring to mind and the rumbling begins. Take heart, gentlemen! Europe is oozing with man cave delights. Following are a few suggestions from men that will have men anticipating a trip to Europe. These are not pure man caves if you define them as TV screen filled with recliner chairs. However, these are places in which men will feel comfortable.
The RAF (Royal Air Force) Museum London, is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome, is dedicated to the history of aviation and the British Royal Air Force. Free admission and over 100 historic aircraft, a special Battle of Britain hall await the aerophile.
The museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm every day, except Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day. Last entry into the museum is at 5:30 PM. You can reach the museum by car, it is 20 minutes from Junction 4 of the M1, or 30 minutes from Central London by tube and a seven minute bus ride from Colindale Underground Station. Gatwick is only 26 km away and this could make for an interesting way to spend some time with a long flight layover.
Nelson’s “Victory or the HMS Victory currently fills dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord, and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy. The Historic Dockyard is open every day throughout the year, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. And, there are occasions when due to service commitments (the Victory remains a commissioned ship), that the Victory may be closed to the public.
Site tickets to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard average 21 pounds, but you can save money by purchasing tickets online. The Dockyard is an all-day event as it includes the HMS Victory, the world’s oldest commissioned warship, the Mary Rose Museum, one of King Henry the VIII’s fleet, the Royal Navy Museum, the HMS Warrior, the world’s first iron-hulled, steam propelled warship and a boat tour of the harbour!
I had asked several male friends for their input about their favorite man caves and places in Europe and the answers were wide ranging, here are a few:
From David Sanger, photographer, “seat 4B in a 777.” Yes, first class can have a bit of a cave like atmosphere.
From Dr. Theo ten Brummelaar, astronomer:
Amsterdam and Paris are his favourite cities but as a guy he says tooling around on the canal boats of England was very high on the list. You actually run the boat yourself and the more macho types tend to overseer but it spoke to his inner captain to get the steering (huge time lag for turning) just right. Working the locks (again DIY) was also a great tinker. In the Netherlands the dyke works were a great "man" thing to do. Not just the dyke but a monstrous lock that can actually keep out the North Sea.
Then there's the astronomical clock and excellent street sausages in Prague and the castles of Wales are much more "real man's fighting castle" than the palaces of mainland Europe.
From Brian Welling, my 22-year old nephew: Switzerland.
As you can see, there is no one definition of a man cave in either Europe or North America. But there are oodles of places where men can be comfortable and enjoy a European trip.