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  • 1 King's College Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Senate House Passage GB - Cambridge

    Built between 1446 and 1515, this building represents the apogee of the Perpendicular Gothic style. Its scale is more in keeping with the chancel of a cathedral than a college chapel. Of twelve bays, the nave soars upwards supported by buttressing so..

  • 2 White Cliffs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Upper GB - Dover CT16 1HJ

    A 4km-walk along the clifftop leads to South Foreland lighthouse, from where there are extraordinary views of the cliffs, Dover, the Channel and, on a clear day, France.

  • 3 Chatsworth: Park and Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Derbyshire GB - Bakewell DE45 1PP

    At Chatsworth, the genius that was Lancelot "Capability" Brown created one of the finest parks of the 18C. The most astonishing feature is the cascade (1696), its waters feeding the Emperor Fountain on the southern parterre. The avenues lea..

  • 4 Castle Howard Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - York YO60 7DA

    The chapel has fine stained-glass windows designed in the 19C by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris in 1872. The subject matter is classic Pre-Raphaelite; from left to right: The Annunciation, The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi an..

  • 5 Castle Howard Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - York YO60 7DA

    The park is one of the greatest surviving examples of the golden age of landscaping. Various different compositions display views and architectural follies to best effect: the gateway into the park; the fountain of Atlas (to the south); the lake surr..

  • 6 Westminster Abbey: Henry VII Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - London SW1P 3PA

    Built at Henry VII's behest in the early 16C, this magnificent chapel is a fine example of the Perpendicular style. The pillars support magnificent fan vaulting on projecting keystones separated by a network of slender ribs. The entrance has bronze g..

  • 7 White Tower Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Tower Hill GB - London EC3N 4AB

    The Tower of London owes its name to its oldest building, the White Tower, which stands in the centre. This keep has been much modified since it was first built in the 11C. It acquired its name during the reign of Henry III when its walls were whitew..

  • 8 The Crown Jewels Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Tower Hill GB - London EC3N 4AB

    Kept at the Tower of London since the 17C, the Crown Jewels have since 1971 been displayed in the imposing 19C Waterloo Barracks. Most of the pieces are used in the coronation ceremony. The earliest date from Charles II's coronation at the time of th..

  • 9 Windsor Castle: St George's Chapel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Windsor Castle GB - Windsor SL4 1NJ

    The Order of the Garter's spiritual home, this chapel is also the resting place of 10 monarchs. Begun in 1475, the structure was completed by Henry VIII in 1528 and is a masterpiece of the Perpendicular style. Inside, don't miss the carved choir stal..

  • 10 British Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Great Russell Street GB - London WC1B 3DG

    The British Museum is one of the most remarkable institutions of its kind and its collections encompass a vast span of historical civilisation. At its heart lies Lord Foster's architectural wonder, the Great Court. Visitors will be uplifted by the ra..

  • 11 St Paul's Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    St Paul's Churchyard GB - London EC4M 8AD

    The dome of St Paul's is one of London's most iconic sights. The building's harmonious proportions, huge dimensions and majestic demeanour are breathtaking. Climb up to the Whispering Gallery to admire the dome's painted decorative scheme and get a v..

  • 12 Science Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    GB - London SW7 2DD

    This temple to the sciences - 5 floors covering 5ha in all - is remarkable for the richness of its collections, and for the methods it employs to engage visitors, through its exhibits, interactive displays and experiments. If pushed for time - and re..

  • 13 Imperial War Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lambeth Road GB - London SE1 6HZ

    A visit to this museum is a must; it tells the story of Britain and the Commonwealth's conflicts since 1914. The collection of weaponry, military vehicles, objects and uniforms is remarkable. On the second floor, there are around 10 000 pictures from..

  • 14 National Gallery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Trafalgar Square GB - London WC2N 5DN

    The focal point of Trafalgar Square, the perennially popular National Gallery is one of the capital's main attractions. Its collection of European painting is world class. From its portico, there is a splendid view of the square and Whitehall. With m..

  • 15 Regent's Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. Marylebone GB - London NW1

    Bordered to the north by Regent's Canal, fine terraces and splendid villas, this is a delighful landscape feature where natural beauty blends with refined artistic tastes. The attractions of its zoo will appeal to young and old alike. The rose garden..

  • 16 Tate Britain Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Millbank GB - London SW1P 4RG

    Tate Britain's imposing building is exclusively dedicated to British art from 1500 to the present day. Starting with 16C court artists, it culminates with David Hockney's Pop Art and conceptual art, taking in among others Turner, to whom the Clore Ga..

  • 17 Tower of London Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    33-34 Soho Square GB - London EC3N 4AB

    The Tower of London's romantic silhouette, so emblematic of British history, has been the backdrop for some horrific episodes as well as moments of royal splendour. A visit is a must in order to see the Crown Jewels, and to admire the Yeomen of the G..

  • 18 Victoria and Albert Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cromwell Road GB - London SW7 2RL

    Dedicated to decorative arts, this museum has some world-class treasures - drawn from all epochs, all corners of the world and all stylistic movements - making it a joy to wander around its labyrinthine corridors and galleries. Connoisseurs will have..

  • 19 Wallace Collection Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hertford House Manchester Square GB - London W1U 3BN

    The largest private art collection, bequeathed to the nation in 1900, can be found in Hertford House, a beautiful private mansion in Marylebone. Brought together by the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford, from the beginning of the 18C onwards, th..

  • 20 Palace of Westminster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Abingdon Street GB - London SW1

    With Big Ben soaring above it, the Palace of Westminster bewitched Monet, who was inspired to paint one of his most famous series of paintings by the combination of monumental stonework, river and sky. Cradle of British democracy, it is composed of t..

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