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  • 1 Hampton Court Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    East Molesey GB - London KT8 9AU

    On the left bank of the River Thames upstream from London, this royal palace was one of the favourite palaces of British monarchs from the 16C to the 18C. Some of the country's finest Tudor architecture blends here with Classical features; note espec..

  • 2 Palace Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Court GB - London SW13

    Hampton Court's 20 ha of gardens bear the mark of their designers, the Tudor, Stuart and Orange monarchs and their landscape gardeners. Over the course of the years several parts have been created and then suppressed. The 17 and 18C parterres bordere..

  • 3 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Brentford Gate GB - London TW9 3AB

    The finest botanical gardens in the country were begun by Sir William Chambers in 1756 at the request of Augusta, Princess of Wales. On 120ha bordering the Thames, they make up a wonderful tableau of woodland and green lawns with colourful parterres ..

  • 4 Maids of Honour Row Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Green GB - London SW6

    South of the Green is a famous row of houses set behind railings and embellished with pilasters and friezes, built in 1724 to "house the maids of honour of the Princess of Wales". Their brickwork has acquired a fine patina with time and the..

  • 5 City of London Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Fleet Street GB - London EC4

    The City of London is situated on the north side of the River Thames, and lies within the old London Wall (vestiges remain) which delineated the Roman and medieval settlement. Its old streets, hidden garden spaces and churches retain a tranquil ambie..

  • 6 South Bank Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Queen's Walk GB - London SE1

    With excellent access provided by the River Thames and the railways, this area saw the construction of factories and workshops from the 19C. Bombing during the Second World War destroyed large parts of it, and new developments sprang up. Riverside Wa..

  • 7 Westminster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Whitehall Parliament GB - London SW1

    An essential part of any first visit to London, Westminster lies at the heart of the nation's history and political life. It is the site of two principal state institutions: Westminster Abbey, where coronations and royal marriages take place; and the..

  • 8 Greenwich Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - London SE10

    Greenwich's name is synonymous with the Meridian, and its famously iconic observatoryb. The area is also very appealing on account of its huge park and museums, most notably the National Maritime Museum. A pleasant walk past historic pubs along the R..

  • 9 Kew Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kew Road GB - London TW9

    The residential district of Kew retains a village atmosphere; in 2003 it acquired global recognition when its Royal Botanical Gardens were granted Unesco World Heritage Site status, on account of their historical significance and the richness of thei..

  • 10 National Museum of Scotland Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Chambers GB - Edinburgh EH1 1JF

    Two adjoining buildings make up the National Museum of Scotland. The Royal Museum, housed in a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, exhibits disparate collections: fossils, furniture, decorative arts, stuffed animals etc. The Museum of Scotland, me..

  • 11 Charlotte Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    sq. Charlotte GB - Edinburgh

    Designed by Robert Adam in 1791, this square is delightful for the harmony and elegance of the its façades, especially on the north side. You will be impressed by the detail of the lattices enrich this square. If you would like to immerse yourself in..

  • 12 Royal Botanic Garden Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    20A Inverleith Row GB - Edinburgh EH3 5LR

    The origins of this garden, a veritable haven but also a research tool, dates back to the late 17C. The rhododendrons are one of the estate's main attractions. You can wander around the winding paths inside the futuristic greenhouses (1967) between t..

  • 13 National Museum of Wales / Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Cathays Park GB - Cardiff CF10 3NP

    The museum's remarkable collections are divided into three main sections. The Natural History section presents the nature and ecosystems of Wales; the Archaeology section exhibits objects and written documents that retrace daily life from prehistory ..

  • 14 Mousa Broch Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    GB - Mousa HS2

    The brochs are the end of a long tradition of small fortified farms built from 500 BC. Mousa dates back to one of the first centuries AD and was built more solidly than the 500 other brochs recorded in the Highlands and islands, as most are now rubbl..

  • 15 The Pleasance Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    B966 GB - Edzell DD9

    This classic walled garden - one of the rare ones to be seen in Scotland - was designed in 1604 by Sir David Lindsay who also planned the castle's interior courtyard. Its design comes from ideas that flourished during this time of peace that was the ..

  • 16 Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Hill GB - Caernarfon LL55 2AY

    Building work began in 1283 under Master James of St George who built for his royal patron a castle with walls decorated with bands of coloured stone and polygonal towers like those in Constantinople. Grandiose in design, it was to serve as the seat ..

  • 17 Trewithen Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Grampound GB - Truro TR2 4DD

    This estate is noted for its 11 ha of English-style gardens which, in season, include borders of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, several of which are house hybrids. The charming Georgian manor house (1715-1755) contains period furniture, pain..

  • 18 Snowdonia (National Park) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Beddgelert LL48 6LF

    Snowdonia was designated a National Park in 1951. Extending over an area of 2,180km2, it is the second largest national park in England and Wales. Its wild beauty and spectacular mountains near the sea are a breathtaking sight. At 1,085m, Yr Wyddfa F..

  • 19 Queen's View Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Pitlochry PH16 5BX

    Queen's View is a viewpoint up above Loch Tummel. There is a magnificent panorama over the loch and the cone-shaped peak of Schiehallion (1,083m). Queen Victoria visited this place in 1866, hence the name.

  • 20 Dunkery Beacon Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Porlock TA24 8JB

    Dunkery Beacon (519m), near the village of Porlock, is the highest point on Exmoor and is visible for miles around. It commands magnificent views of the moor and, it is said, sixteen counties.

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