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  • 1 The Circus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Circus GB - Bath

    Connected to Royal Crescent by Brock Street (built by John Wood the Younger in 1767), the Circus was one of Wood the Elder's first projects although not built until 1754. It consists of a circle of identical houses, pierced by three equidistant acces..

  • 2 Museum of Costume Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    st. Bennett GB - Bath BA1 2QH

    Situated in the Assembly Rooms basement, the museum presents a wide variety of styles, fabrics and patterns used in every sort of attire and accessory, from the Stuart period to the present day. Note in particular the museum's oldest garment, the Sil..

  • 3 Royal Crescent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1 Royal Crescent GB - Bath BA1 2LR

    This famous symbol of classical architecture, incurved in the form of an arc, is lined with a terrace of 30 houses with monumental façades, the lines counterbalanced by 114 giant Ionic columns, from the first floor to the balustrade. This symbol of B..

  • 4 Windsor Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Castle Hill GB - Windsor SL4 1NJ

    Windsor Castle is a fascinating transformation of a medieval castle into a sumptuous royal residence. It was William the Conqueror who had it built, in a move to reinforce London's defensive line, and Henri I made it his home as of 1100. The royal fa..

  • 5 Cambridge Colleges Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Trinity GB - Cambridge CB2

    The colleges are grouped together on the east bank of the River Cam. Each college has a bridge linking it with the other bank, known as The Backs, a broad expanse of lawn, planted with trees. The most illustrious include St John's, Trinity, and King'..

  • 6 St John's College Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. St John's GB - Cambridge CB2 1TP

    A tour of St John's College (founded 1511) is a walk through the world of architecture. It is Cambridge's second largest college; the gatehouse, decorated with coats of arms, is one of the finest in the city. The courtyards are predominantly Tudor. B..

  • 7 Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National ParkTrossachs Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Callander

    From Callender to Loch Venachar in the east and Loch Katrine and the shores of Loch Lomond to the west, the rugged mountains and wooded slopes of the Trossachs are reflected in the waters of countless lakes. Since 2002, this superb region, which rose..

  • 8 Chatsworth House Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bakewell GB - Derbyshire DE45 1PP

    On the edge of the Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House, a "second Versailles", according to Charles de Saint-Amand (1854), contains the extensive collection of works of art of the Dukes of Devonshire. The original Chatsworth was b..

  • 9 Cornwall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Plymouth

    Remoteness and wildness are the charms of the Cornish peninsula, which lies at the southwestern tip of England. Inland from the irregular coastline are its fishing villages, former haunts of smugglers, lush gardens contrasting with the desolate lands..

  • 10 Durham Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - Durham DH1 3EH

    The beauty of this cathedral resides in its architectural unity. Most of the building was completed in a short time (1095-1133); and despite later additions the whole remains harmonious. The cathedral dominates the palace square, the university build..

  • 11 Hampton Court Gardens Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    rd. Court GB - London KT8 9AU

    The 20ha of gardens at Hampton Court bear witness to various royal patrons from the houses of Tudor, Stuart and Orange, and their landscape architects and gardeners. Over the centuries, they have seen various schemes implemented, making today's garde..

  • 12 Royal Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Brighton BN1 1EE

    This incredible, Oriental confection in stucco and stone reflects the brilliant personality of George, Prince of Wales (1762-1811), later to become King George IV. A year after his clandestine marriage to the young Roman Catholic commoner, Mrs. Fitzh..

  • 13 Cotswolds Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Cheltenham

    Since ancient times, this region to the northwest of the Upper Thames Valley has been favoured by settlers for its climate and pastoral landscapes. Nowadays, the Cotswolds symbolise the essence of rural England, with airy open uplands, sheltered in p..

  • 14 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    9 The Close GB - Winchester SO23 9LS

    The cathedral stands in the place of the old Saxon cathedral from the 7C, whose foundations were discovered in 1960. William Alkaline, named bishop by William I, began building the new cathedral in 1079. Built from stone from the Isle of Wight, the l..

  • 15 HMS Victory Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    HM Naval Base PP66 GB - Portsmouth PO1 3NH

    Lord Nelson's flagship which led many victorious battles, including Trafalgar (1805) where the Admiral lost his life. In the 1920s, the Victory was brought into dry dock after 150 years of loyal service at sea and continues to serve as the flagship o..

  • 16 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - Lincoln LN2 1PX

    The style of the first cathedral (1072-1092) was Norman throughout. It was re-roofed in 1141 following a fire. In 1185, Hugh of Avallon, a French monk, built the present Early English cathedral following an earthquake which virtually destroyed the or..

  • 17 York Minster Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Deangate GB - York YO1 7HH

    The largest gothic church north of the Alps is 160 m long and 76 m wide at the transept. The vault is 27 m high and the steeple 60 m. The main façade, completed between 1430 and 1470 by the addition of the towers, gives it a French-style 13C shape. T..

  • 18 National Railway Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Leeman GB - York YO26 4XJ

    Adjoining the National Museum of Science and Industry, this museum is a fascinating journey through the history of the railway in Great Britain since its invention. The Great Hall houses numerous locomotives, including legendary models (such as Stirl..

  • 19 Fountains Abbey Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    GB - Ripon HG4 3DY

    Cut across by the River Skell, these Cistercian ruins provide a wonderful record of monastic life in the Middle Ages. A long row of buildings (dormitory of the lay brothers) extends on the right-hand side of the abbey, with no cover. Note the tower (..

  • 20 Old Man of Hoy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hoy GB - Stromness KW16

    The best moment to admire the breathtaking sight of the Old Man of Hoy (a 450m-high sea stack of red sandstone) rising out of the turbulent waters, is during the Pentland Firth Crossing, a 2hr ferry service between Stromness and Scrabster. The boat p..

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