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There are thousands of incredible places to visit in the UK and Ireland

Great for History, Cultural, British

10 Downing Street

London Region

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The most famous address in London is of course number 10 Downing Street, the home of the Prime Minister. There is no access to the house for the general public but you can view it from Whitehall.
Time to spend here: 10 minutes   More information

Great for Beauty

1066 Country Walk

South East England

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The 1066 Country walk (one of many great walks in the area) literally lets you walk in the footsteps of William the Conqueror along the 31-mile trail from Pevensey Castle near Battle Abbey to Rye, through beautiful hills, woodland and orchards.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, Essential

Aberconwy House

Wales

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Dating from the 14th century, Aberconwy House is the oldest house in Wales and the only medieval merchant's house in Conwy to have survived the turbulent history of the town. Furnished rooms and an audio-visual presentation present its history.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural

Aberfeldy

Scotland

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Aberfeldy is a small town in Perthshire where you can find a working water mill in the with demonstrations of oatmeal milling. You can visit the stunning Loch Tay where it is possible to take part in many water-based activities.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Family

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Wales

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Go on the longest funicular electric cliff railway and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Cardigan Bay with Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, situated at the end of Aberystwyth promenade. You will find a small museum with historical displays and a café at the summit.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Nature, Beauty

Achill Island

West Ireland

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A visit to Achill Island is not to be missed! Easily accessible by road bridge from the beautiful Currane peninsula and only one hour drive from Castlebar, Achill is Ireland's largest offshore island and encompasses dramatic land and seascapes which have provided inspiration for artists and writers for many years. The island has glorious cliff scenery, spectacular drives and walks and beautiful blue flag beaches. Achill is home of many archaeological and historical sites such as the famous Deserted Village at Slievemore and Kildamhnait Castle.
Time to spend here: 1 day   More information

Great for History

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Central England

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of Britain's leading working farm museums and is situated in the 18th century Home Farm of the Acton Scott Estate. Conceived by Thomas Acton more than a generation ago to keep alive the 19th century farming practices he grew up with, the farm was the first of its kind and has been much copied since. Today, the farm specialises in practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines. You can see farm life unfold on the land, around the farm yard and in the cottage with each day being rounded off with milking by hand.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Adare

South Ireland

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The beautiful and quaint village of Adare is nestled in a wooden and lush countryside setting, is arguably Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque village. Designated as a Heritage Town, has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty: its thatched-roof cottages and stone buildings are truly a gem and must not be missed if you want an authentic trip to Ireland! Adare Castle is regarded as a fine example of the medieval fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Agatha Christie Mile

South West England

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The famous crime writer Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and the Agatha Christie Mile takes in 10 landmarks associated with her, while being also giving you some excellent views as you walk.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Alcester

Central England

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Set amid the gently rolling hills of the Shakespeare Country, just eight miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon is the ancient market town of Alcester. It has a fine selection of historic buildings, pubs and tearooms.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Aldeburgh Seaside Town

Central England

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Aldeburgh encapsulates a typical British seaside town with its pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas lining the impressive promenade Inland, the High Street offers charming shops to browse through each offering an array of antiques and arts, an independent book shops. The town also has much variety when it comes to culinary temptations, from the renowned fish and chip shops, to fine dining and of course ice cream. You can visit the town's lifeboat station with museum and shop, and also visit the 16th century Moot Hall, which houses a museum taking you through the town's history from its Roman beginnings to present day.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Alnwick Castle

North East England

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The town of Alnwick is dominated by its impressive castle which began as a Norman mott and bailey castle only to be replaced by a stone castle in the 12th century. The castle is a favourite film location, notably doubling as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Alum Chine

South West England

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Alum Chine offers shaded paths; the popular Treasure Island themed children's play area, paddling pool, tropical garden, magnificent sea views and a blue-flag award-winning beach below.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Anfield Stadium Tour

North West England

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Go on a tour of the Anfield Stadium, home to the world famous Liverpool Football Club.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Archaeological Islands

Scotland

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Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre and Eynhallow are all very rich in archaeological history. These isles have more than 160 sites to explore! Rousay boastssome of the best preserved monuments in Scotland, earning a reputation as the 'Egypt of the North'. The distinctive hilly scenery on the isle was carved out when glaciers spread across the land. The smaller neighbouring isles are also intriguing. Egilsay houses a round-towered church in memory of St Magnus, on Wyre you can see a Viking chieftain's stronghold and Eynhallow was once a holy isle with evidence of a 12th-century monastic settlement.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Argyll's Lodging

Scotland

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The guided tours of Argyll's lodging (free when you visit Stirling Castle) just outside the castle show you the partial restoration of this impressive town house and give you a sense of how it would have looked during the 1600s.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Arley Hall & Gardens

North West England

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Arley Hall and Gardens is a place of enormous character, charm and interest. Visitors are frequently struck by the warm and intimate atmosphere and the feeling that Arley is a much-cherished family home. The Gardens, which are amongst the finest in Britain, are outstanding for their vitality, variety and historical interest and are particularly celebrated for the magnificent double herbaceous border. The Hall is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Armadale Castle

Scotland

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If you took the ferry from Mallaig, then you'll arrive at Armadale, where you'll find Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens which lead out on to some stunning views of the Cuillin Hills and the Sleat Peninsula. Within the same estate, you'll also find the Museum of the Isles which traces the history of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of the McDonald Clan.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Arundel Castle

South East England

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Arundel, set on a hill top above the river Arun, is dominated by its Norman castle and Gothic cathedral. Arundel Castle though originally built in the 11th century, suffered badly during the English civil war, so that what you see today was constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries. However, within the walls of the castle there is almost 1000 years of history, including the impressive remains of the keep, suits of armour and beautiful paintings. The 19th century cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts

Ashmolean Museum

Central England

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Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean museum displays art and archaeology spanning civilisations of east and west from the Neolithic era to the present. It houses the largest group of Raphael drawings, and the best collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ashton Memorial

North West England

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The Ashton Memorial, situated in the beautiful Williamson park, has a first floor outdoor viewing gallery offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside and across Morecambe Bay, as well as Lancaster Castle and the Priory Church.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

At-Bristol Science Centre

South West England

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At – Bristol is great fun for kids and adults alike. You can learn all about science in our world, visit the curiosity zone, understand about flight, visit a planetarium and become an animator for the day and see the latest 'Wallace and Gromit exhibition.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Athenry

West Ireland

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Athenry, 23km east of Galway City, is one of the most notable heritage towns that contains some of the finest town walls in the British Isle including five towers and a town entrance known as North Gate. The 13th-century castle has been recently carefully restored using the building techniques of its time and now hosts a very interesting exhibition inside.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Athlone Castle

West Ireland

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Dominating the town, Athlone Castle dates back to the 13th century. It was built in 1210 and served for almost 300 years as an extension of the military barracks. It is now the main attraction in the town and features exhibitions and audio visual presentations on the Siege of Athlone in 1691.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Athlone Shopping

West Ireland

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Have a stroll in Athlone's winding streets and experience the ambiance of history and colour reflected in its lovely shops, pubs and restaurants. If you're an antiques enthusiast, make sure you go on Main Street: its many shops will keep you busy for many hours!
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Avebury Stone Circle

South West England

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Avebury, 20 miles north of Stonehenge, provides a more intimate experience with history going back as far as 2850 BC. While Stonehenge can get a bit crowded, Avebury gives the opportunity to walk among the huge circle of stones. The beautiful village has a museum containing prehistoric archaeological collections. Admission to the stone circle is free.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Relaxing, Family

Avon River Cruise

Central England

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This 40-minute cruise on the River Avon aboard a traditional Edwardian passenger launch is a great and relaxing way to explore Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 40 minutes   More information

Great for Beauty

Babbacombe

South West England

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Babbacombe offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Torquay harbour, with an 'olde worlde' charm. You'll also find the Babbacome Historic Cliff Railway, which transports you up and down the 240ft cliff face. A short walk from Babbacombe will take you to the Victorian-style predestrianised precinct of St Marychurch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, British

Babbacombe Model Village

South West England

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Babbacombe Model Village is famous for its miniature landscaped gardens, and has become one of Europe's Premier Model Villages, with thousands of miniature buildings, plus railways, vehicles and even a hydroelectric dam.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Bagenals Castle

Northern Ireland

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Bagenal's Castle is a 16th century fortified house and adjoining 19th century warehouse. It houses Newry Tourist Information Centre and Newry & Mourne Museum. The museum's diverse collections include material relating to prehistory, Newry's Cistercian foundations, Ulster's Gaelic order and the relationship with the English Crown; the building of a merchant town and the first summit level canal in the British Isles.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Bakewell

Central England

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Bakewell, situated on the river Wye has attractive courtyards, independent shops and cafés. The famous Bakewell tart came about by mistake, when the cook at what is now the Rutland Arms Hotel was making a strawberry tart with a rich egg pastry. She assembled the ingredients incorrectly and poured the egg mixture on top of the strawberry jam, ending up with a barely set gelatinous pudding. Bakewell's three pudding shops all claim to possess the original (and supposedly secret) recipe!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Ballindoon Abbey

North Ireland

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Whilst exploring the surrounding area, you can visit the ruins of the 14th-century Ballindoon Abbey, a Dominican priory built in 1507. The architecture of the building is quite unique because it was built entirely in one architectural style, the Middle English Gothic aesthetic. The remains consist of a church with a nave, chancel, and tower.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Balloch

Scotland

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Balloch on the southern shore of the loch was a former Victorian resort town which used to lure day trippers from Glasgow who would descend on the town as the interchange point between train and the loch steamers. Today the town is still easily accessed from Glasgow by rail and is the main base for Sweeney Cruises who have been operating on Loch Lomond for over 120 years and operate both daily cruises and private charters. Balloch Castle Country Park, just outside the town offers woodland and lochside walks, nature trails and of course a castle. Close to Balloch is the Loch Lomand Bird of Prey Centre which is a rescue, conservation and educational facility with over 28 species of bird.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Ballycastle

Northern Ireland

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Ballycastle is a picturesque little harbour town situated on the most north-easterly tip of county Antrim surrounded with breath-taking beauty and steeped in cultural history. It is famous for being the home of the Ould Lammas Fair, one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and has been held without interruption for more than three centuries. It takes place every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of August
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Ballycotton

South Ireland

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Ballycotton is a pleasant and picturesque angling village steeped in a long maritime history. It was off the village that the first passenger steam ship to cross the Atlantic, the Sirius was lost in 1837.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Ballyhack Castle

South Ireland

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Ballyhack Castle alarge tower house is a well hidden gem that can trace its origins in Norman history was perfect to overlook Waterford estuary.
Time to spend here: 1 hours   More information

Great for History

Ballymote Castle

North Ireland

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Ballymote Castle, begun in 1300 by the Anglo-Norman, was the last and the strongest of the Norman castles in Connaught. A large rectangular "keepless" castle, it is almost square in plan with massive round towers at each angle and is nearly completely symmetrical.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Balmaha

Scotland

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Balmaha is a village on the eastern shore of the loch. Here you can hire a rowing boat and take part in numerous water sports. Just a bit further north from Balmaha is the village of Rowardennan (the furthest north you can take a vehicle) from where you can begin an ascent of Ben Lomond the most southerly of the Munro mountains.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Essential

Bamburgh Castle

North East England

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Further up the coast is Bambrugh Castle, one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain. This impressive and dramatic castle sits on the cliff tops by the sea and boasts beautiful views.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Banbury

Central England

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Banbury is a small historic town close to Oxford and a great base for visitors to the area. The centre has the famous monument 'Banbury Cross' Banbury has a market, some nice independent shops and a museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Scotland

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The Bannockburn Heritage Centre will give you a great insight into Robert the Bruce's famous defeat of Edward II's English army (which was 10 times the size of the Scots) at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, through a fascinating exhibition and audiovisual display.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Nature, Family, Beauty

Barmouth Wildlife reserve

Northern Ireland

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Not far from Portstewart, you will find the Barmouth Wildlife reserve which is an area of natural beauty and scientific interest. This reserve is an attractive habitat to migrant waterfowl, waders and nesting birds throughout the year and makes it an ideal place for bird watching.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Barnard Castle

North East England

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Barnard Castle, 25 miles from Durham is both castle and town. Set on a high rock above the River Tees, the ruined castle takes its name from its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol. It was subsequently used to keep out the Scots. The town itself has a number of atmospheric old pubs and quaint old shops.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Barnstaple

South West England

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Barnstaple was first settled by Saxons over 1000 years ago, when the settlement was known as Barum. Today it is Devon's principal market town with a great fusion of Medieval, Victorian and Georgian architecture. The Pannier Hall has held a craft market since 1855. The unusual Butchers Row is a line of open fronted shops selling speciality foods from meat and fish to traditional clotted cream.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Battle of Hastings

South East England

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The town of Battle lies on the site where William the conqueror defeated the Saxon King Harold in 1066. Legend has it that the altar in Battle Abbey was built on the precise spot where King Harold was killed. An audio tour and video introduction tell of the historic battle.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Battle of the Boyne Centre

East Ireland

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At the Battle of the Boyne Centre in Oldbridge, you can learn of the historic battle between two Kings which occurred on 1 July 1690 (11th of July according to our modern calendar), an event that shaped the course of Irish history. William had 36,000 men and James had 25,000, the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Family

Beamish Open Air Museum

North East England

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Beamish Open Air Museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside, tells the story of how the industrial revolution and the coming of the railways impacted the people of North-East England. See what life was like in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s with costumed folks, and period trams and buses wich help you move between the different museum locations.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

North West England

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The Magical Mystery Tour is a must for all fans of the Beatles. This 2-hour guided city tour will transport you to the childhood homes, schools and colleges of the Beatles as well as show you some of the places that inspired their hits such as Strawberry Fields and of course Penny Lane. The guided tour ends at the legendary Cavern Club where it all began for the band and here you will hear live music from the resident band. You can even pop back in the evening for free!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Essential

Beaulieu

South West England

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Beaulieu is set in the heart of the New Forest, the UK's newest National Park. Beaulieu is home to the world famous National Motor Museum – which houses many historic vehicles including the world landspeed record breaking 'Bluebird'. The estate also includes Palace House - home of the Montagu family, and historic Beaulieu Abbey.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Beaumaris Castle

Wales

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Beaumaris Castle is the most stylish example of medieval military architecture in Britain and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Beeston Castle

North West England

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Beeston Castle in Tarporley is a great day out. This 'Castle of the Rock' is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Belfast Castle

Northern Ireland

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Belfast Castle is situated on the lower slopes of Cave Hill Country Park in north Belfast, the Belfast Castle provides unobstructed views of the city. This magnificent sandstone castle was built by the Normans in the late 12th century. Its sense of history, the superb setting and its landscaped gardens ensure Belfast Castle is a 'must see' for every visitor.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Belfast city Hall

Northern Ireland

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Belfast City Hall was designed by Alfred Drumwell, and is sometimes called the 'stone Titanic' because its interior decorating was fitted by the craftsmen who worked on the Titanic, to which it shares many interior similarities. Today the grounds around t
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Belsay Hall and Gardens

North East England

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At Belsay Hall and Gardens you can first discover the grand medieval castle with stunning views from the top of the tower. On the same site, Belsay Hall is an architectural work of art inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its magnificent Pillar Hall. Finally, the vast grounds are crammed with a remarkable array of shrubs, flowers, ravines, pinnacles and exotic plants.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Ben Nevis

Scotland

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Climbing Ben Nevis is not for the faint hearted. The mountain at 4406 ft (1344 meters) does however offer spectacular views weather permitting. Even on a hot summer day there will be snow at the top! For the less energetic, you drive or walk into Glen Nevis which will provide dramatic views of the mountain. The gorge at the east end of the Glen gives access to the 100ft high waterfall at Steall Meadows.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for British

Betty's Tea Rooms

North East England

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No visit to Harrogate is complete without calling in at the local institution that is Betty's Tea room. You'll be spoilt for choice with over 300 breads, cakes and chocolates, as well as 50 different teas and coffees.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Betws-y-coed

Wales

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From the small village of Betws-y-coed deep in the heart of Snowdonia there are many good walks, especially around the Swallow Falls just north of the village. The village is also the start of some of the best mountain biking trails in Britain.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Relaxing

Bicester Village

Central England

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A huge favourite with many visitors, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping centre for all of Britain's designer labels. With instant tax refunds available on site for overseas shoppers and brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Gucci and Hobbs, the centre is an essential visit for all lovers of designer brands.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Birmingham

Central England

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Warwick is on the doorstep of Birmingham, Britain's 2nd largest city. The city has a number of attractions including its famous 'Jewellery Quarter' with a visitor centre telling the quarter's 200 year history and handmade jewellery to buy. The city has good shopping too, at the Bullring.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Birr Castle

West Ireland

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Birr Castle hosts some of the most attractive and wonderful gardens in Ireland. A visit to the castle is a perfect day out for families, as it's now home to the Historic Science Centre which reveals the wonders of early photography, engineering, astronomy and photography. There you will find the world famous Great Telescope. It was the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years and the oldest still working today.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Black Watch Castle & Museum

Scotland

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The Black Watch Museum is housed in the dramatic Balhousie Castle which is set in beautiful grounds. The museum displays a variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Black Watch, Scotland's oldest Highland regiment.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Blackgang Chine

South East England

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Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs, nursery rhyme characters, cowboys and Indians all set within rambling Victorian gardens overlooking a spectacular coastline.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Family

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

North West England

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The Pleasure Beach, the most visited amusement park in Britain, is a 16-hectare collection of more than 145 rides. As well as having the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Europe 'The Pepsi Max Big One', the Pleasure Beach is one of the few parks left in the world to operate a traditional wooden roller coaster. If it starts to rain there are over 6 major arcades located indoors including high-tech simulation, state-of-the-art video games and virtual reality systems. You'll also find a themed bowling alley called Blowladrome, and the ghostly walk-through attraction of Horror Crypt.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Family

Blackpool Tower

North West England

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The world-famous Blackpool Tower offers a huge entertainment complex that will keep kids amused for hours with its aquarium, 3D dinosaur exhibition, the new Tower Eye which offers stunning panoramic views, and an adventure playground for kids called Jungle Gym. The Tower ballroom with its amazing murals, chandeliers, and of course the dancers themselves.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Blair Athol Whisky Distillery

Scotland

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Located near Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. The distillery offers guided tours all year round.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Blarney Castle

South Ireland

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You should pay a visit to one of Ireland's most picturesque village: Blarney. This village, steeped in history and full of magical charm is also known as "the biggest little village in Ireland". Blarney offers the visitor a host of wonderful things to do and places to discover. Blarney Castle is not to be missed; it was built some six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. It has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland's greatest treasures. There you will see the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Blenheim Palace

Central England

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Only 20 minutes away from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room - both are included in the Palace tour. Surrounding the Palace are over 2000 acres of beautiful parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens including the recently restored 'Secret Garden', the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Grand Cascade.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Blue John Cavern

Central England

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Situated in the Peak District near Castleton, the Blue John Cavern is a series of caverns, some of them being the finest in Western Europe. Discover how caverns are formed with fantastic tour which takes you through the various caverns such as the Stalactite Cavern, the Waterfall Cavern with its stalagmitic formations and the Bull Beef Cavern where you can see the largest pieces of Blue John Stones ever mined.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Blue Planet Aquarium

North West England

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Blue Planet Aquarium, just north of Chester, is full of fascinating and deadly sea creatures. Awesome sharks, man-eating piranhas, electric eels and many other weird and wonderful species all live in this vast underwater complex, next to Cheshire Oaks.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Boat Trip

Scotland

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The Skye's coastline provides many water sports opportunities with Sea Kayaking being particularly popular. You can also take one of the many boat trips where you can get close to and learn about the marine life in the area.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Bodiam Castle

South East England

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Built in 1385, Bodiam Castle is one of the most classic castles in Britain, with virtually all of the exterior walls complete, much of the interior survives, it also comes with a moat.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Bolton Abbey

North East England

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Bolton Abbey lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales on the banks of the River Wharfe. The abbey dates back to the mid-twelfth century, and while much of it is now in ruins, the nave was rescued and is now the Priory Church, which has some beautiful paintings inside as well as glorious stained glass windows.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Bosherston Lakes

Wales

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The Bosherston Lakes are 3 flooded limestone valleys, best known for their carpet of lilies (best in June) which covers the lakes. A footpath winds its way around the banks and takes visitors to the spectacular beach at Broad Haven South. These beautiful freshwater lakes are home to otters, wildfowl and dragonflies and part of a national nature reserve.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Bournemouth Beach

South West England

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Bournemouth Beach offers 7 miles of pristine golden sand, and together with one of the best climates in Britain offer a perfect beach holiday.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Bournemouth Lower Gardens

South West England

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Bournemouth Lower Gardens is the largest rockery in Britain. First created in the 1930s, it has constantly evolved to cater for the changing tastes of it visitors. The gardens are also home to one of the largest open air art displays in Britain.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Bourton-on-the-Water

South East England

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Bourton-on-the-Water is probably the most visited place in the Cotswolds and makes a great base for exploring the Cotswolds. The river Windrush flows through its centre and together with the attractive low bridges make an attractive scene. An unusual tradition here is the annual Water football match held in the river!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Bowes Museum

North East England

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The Bowes Museum is located in a French style chateaux, in a serene gardens and parkland setting. It has 3 floors worth of European fine and decorative arts going back as far as the middle ages plus the museum's most popular exhibit a life size mechanical silver swan, which operates at 2pm every day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Brecon Beacons National Park

Wales

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Located in South Wales, north of Swansea, the Brecon Beacons National Park incorporates remote wilderness, caves windswept uplands, sheltered ancient woodlands, reservoirs and breathtaking waterfalls. Caves and waterfalls abound between the villages of Pontneddfechan and Ystradfellte where the Rivers Mellte, Hepste and Nedd Fechan plunge their way down steep-sided, tree-lined gorges.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Family

Brighton Marina

South East England

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Brighton Marina has plenty of shopping, quayside bars and restaurants, leisure, fishing and sailing, offering something for all the family.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts, Essential

Brighton Royal Pavilion

South East England

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Brighton's most famous landmark. the Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace that houses furniture and works of art including original pieces lent by HM The Queen and a magnificent display of Regency silver-gilt. There's also a tearoom, with a magnificent balcony overlooking the splendid Pavilion gardens.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Brimham Rocks

North East England

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Brimham Rocks are some curious rock formations at scattered over 50 acres on Brimham Moor. The weird and wonderful shapes have been likened to elephants, hippos, bears and mushrooms! It's also a great place to enjoy some stunning views over Nidderdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Family

Bristol Zoo Gardens

South West England

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Bristol Zoo Gardens is the 5th oldest zoo in the world and one of Britain's biggest and best. It's a wonderful day out for the whole family with animals from all over the world and a great conservation programme.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Britain's Smallest House

Wales

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Conwy also has the smallest house in Britain at 72 inches wide and 122 inches high. The last tenant was a fisherman who was six feet three inches tall! The house was occupied until 1900.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for Sports, History

British Golf Museum

Scotland

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A visit to the brand new, award-winning British Golf Museum is not to be missed for any golf enthusiast! Situated just near the Old Course, the museum hosts some fascinating exhibitions, hands-on activities and stunning multimedia displays, which bring to life over 500 years of golfing history.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, British

British Motor Museum

Central England

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Located 20 minutes south of Warwick, the British Motor Museum houses informative and interactive exhibitions charting the history of British motoring from the 1890s to present day.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Brixham

South West England

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Brixham is a busy fishing port and pretty harbour, where you can find stalls selling fresh seafood such as whelks, mussels, cockles, prawns and crabs. You can also take fishing or angling trips from here.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Broadway

South East England

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Broadway's wide main street is lined with shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops. It's the narrow lanes off the main street with their stone cottages that have inspired artists, writers and composers over the years.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Brontë Parsonage Museum

North East England

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In Haworth near Leeds, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is where you'll learn about the lives of the Brontë sisters. Your 'stepping back in time' experience will be complete by taking a steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway through the heart of Brontë country.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Brownsea Island

South West England

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Brownsea Island is a small island nature reserve located within Poole Harbour. It has a number of walking trails from which an array of British wildlife can be viewed in an idyllic setting. The island is accessible by ferry.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Essential, History

Buckingham Palace

London Region

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Buckingham Palace was built in 1702 and is the home and offices of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the Queen of England. The Royal standard can be seen when the Queen is in residence and it is possible to visit certain areas of the Palace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Bucklers Hard

South West England

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Bucklers Hard is a small village set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. The Maritime Museum and Buckler's Hard Story give an insight into the history of the village, and you can enter a number of the houses in the village which show what life was like during the 18th and 19th centuries when many of the ships (including many in Lord Nelson's fleet) were being built there. You can also enjoy a trip on the river or a walk beside the riverbank which provides an opportunity to see some of its abundant wildlife.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History. Cultural

Bunratty

West Ireland

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Bunratty is a popular location for visitors to Ireland. Here you can visit the square and hulking Bunratty Castle which is only the latest of several constructions to occupy its location beside the River Ratty. Vikings founded a settlement here in the 10th century, and other occupants included the Norman Thomas de Clare in the 1270s. The present structure was put up in the early 1400s. Next to the Castle you will find the folk park - a reconstructed traditional Irish village with cottages, a forge and working blacksmith, weavers and pie-makers. There's a complete village street with a post office, pub and small cafe.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Bury St Edmunds

Central England

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The market town of Bury St Edmunds is truly a historic gem. At one time the settlement was home to one of the most powerful monasteries in mediaeval Europe. The town remains a beautiful and picturesque place with plenty to explore. There is traditional street market which takes place every Wednesday and Saturday where almost 100 stalls offer everything from ethnic clothing to fresh fruit and vegetables. The Theatre Royal – a Grade 1 listed Georgian building is full of history and is a must see for serious culture lovers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Relaxing

Bushmills Distillery

Northern Ireland

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Proud of its 400 year heritage and its five award-winning whiskeys, the Bushmills Distillery is the oldest official working distillery in the world. Situated in County Antrim, you can watch whiskey making take place and enjoy a little taster too.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Buxton

North West England

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Buxton, a small spa-town on the edge of the beautiful peak district is a short drive or train journey away. You will find plenty of delightful cafés, shops and restaurants there, the historic Georgian Crescent and the Winter Gardens Buxton. Buxton is a great base for exploring the Peak District.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Cadbury World

Central England

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Kids and chocoholics alike will love Cadbury World, south of Birmingham, which takes you through a journey of chocolate from its origins to manufacture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Caernarfon Airworld

Wales

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Caernarfon Airworld is situated 6 miles from Caernarfon and hosts a small museum which portrays the history of aviation in North Wales. A number of aircrafts are exhibited, together with displays of various aero engines.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Caernarfon Castle

Wales

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Caernarfon Castle is possibly the most famous of Wales' many castles and was constructed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family, Essential

Caerphilly Castle

Wales

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Caerphilly Castle is a beautiful medieval fortress, 7 miles north of Cardiff. It is the largest castle in Britain after Windsor, and its 3 moats and 6 portcullises make it one of the finest in Europe.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cairngorms National Park

Scotland

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The Cairngorms National Park is Britain's highest and most massive mountain range. It captures all the beauty of Scotland's best landscapes – you will find rivers and lochs with clear water, native mountains and exceptional wildlife. The history and heritage of this part of Scotland is well preserved, you will still find remains from prehistoric, Celtic and Pictish times.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Caldey Island

Wales

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Caldey Island is off the coast of Tenby in the south and can be reached by boat from there. Caldey Abbey which sits on the Island is home to Cisterian monks who farm the island and make the famous Caldey perfume and chocolate.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Caledonian Canal Cruises

Scotland

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Sail through the Great Glen along the world famous Caledonian Canal for an unforgettable experience of Scotland's mountains, lochs and glens.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Callander

Scotland

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West of Doune, the town of Callander is set against a beautiful highland backdrop serves as one of the gateways to the Trossachs. The town has many craft and woolen shops as well as the Rob Roy Centre which has an exhibition and film about the legendary local outlaw.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Camden Markets

London Region

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The Camden Markets are a unique London shopping experience. Camden Stables Market has the latest in adventurous alternative fashion, while The Camden Lock Market by the canal, was the original craft market, established in 1974, but now has a much wider spectrum of goods on sale.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Canterbury Cathedral

South East England

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The Cathedral, founded in the 8th century was rebuilt in the 1070s following a fire, is part of a World Heritage site, that includes Augustine's Abbey and St. Martin's Church. The cathedral is one of Europe's most popular pilgrimage centres, following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 within its walls.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Canterbury Heritage Museum

South East England

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The Heritage Museum reveals 2000 years of the Canterbury's history through interactive exhibits.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Canterbury Roman Museum

South East England

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Discover the Roman town that lays below Canterbury. The museum is home to a fantastic selection of everyday life objects, mosaics and treasures.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, History, Essential

Canterbury Tales

South East England

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Discover Chaucer's medieval tales with this award-winning attraction, a must-do in Canterbury! It's a great way to learn more about the city of Canterbury and the great 14th century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer. It's an engaging and highly entertaining experience for the whole family.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Cultural, History

Cardiff Castle

Wales

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Cardiff Castle is one of the most elegant and highly decorated places you will ever see. The opulent house tour takes you through rooms packed with unimaginable treasures and décor whilst under the castle you can journey through the secret tunnels. The Castle is a must-do attraction whilst in Cardiff and highly recommended.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Cardiff's Principality Stadium

Wales

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Home to the Welsh national rugby team, Principality Stadium is open for guided tours. Better still is the awe-inspiring experience of catching a match as Wales' rugby heroes do battle on the field.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cardigan Island Seal Colony

Wales

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Cardigan island coastal farm park is the best place in Wales to view seals in their natural habitat. A colony of Atlantic Grey Seals breeds in the many caves below the Farm Park.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Cardigan Market

Wales

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Cardigan Market is housed in one of the finest buildings in West Wales the Guildhall (1858) and is the focal point of the ancient market town.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

Wales

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One of Pembrokeshire's finest castles, this beautiful Norman stronghold later became and Elizabethan manor house before being partly destroyed during the Civil War. The site also houses a fascinating Tidal Mill which can be seen working today.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Carisbrooke Castle

South East England

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The well preserved Carisbrooke Castle near Newport is best known for being where Charles I was imprisoned.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Carrick a Rede Rope bridge

Northern Ireland

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For more than 300 years a rope bridge has provided the only form of access to Carrick-a-Rede island for local fishermen. It has now become one of Northern Ireland's best-loved attractions! Cross this 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm and enjoy the uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish islands with this amazing cliff-top experience.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Carrickfergus Castle

Northern Ireland

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Built by John de Courcy in 1177, conqueror of east Ulster, and garrisoned until 1928, this is a striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air. It represents over 800 years of military might. Besieged in turn by the Scots, Irish, English and French, the Castle saw action right up to World War II.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

North Ireland

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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, situated just 10 minutes away from Sligo Town, is the largest and one of the most significant megalithic sites in Europe. There you can find over 60 tombs, and the oldest is older than the Egyptian pyramids! There is a very interesting exhibition about the site housed in a restored cottage.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Cultural, British, Family

Castell Coch

Wales

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Castell Coch, set amidst a heavily wooded hillside (5 miles north-west of Cardiff), has a real fairytale feel about it. Complete with turrets, tall conical towers and a drawbridge, the castle seems to have more in common with a Bavarian palace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village

Wales

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Castell Henllys is an award-winning reconstruction of an ancient Iron-age village. The village has been totally reconstructed using Iron Age techniques and methods and is a real Welsh gem hidden away in the Valleys. Highly recommended by Great British Trips, visitors can step inside thatched roof houses experiencing life 2000 years ago.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Castle Combe

South West England

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Castle Combe; north of Bath is one of the prettiest villages in England with buildings dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Castle Howard

North East England

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Built over 300 years ago, Castle Howard is a beautiful stately home situated in 1,000 acres of parkland with gardens, lakes and woodland to explore. Children can also enjoy the adventure playground, discovery trails and boat trips on the lake.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Castle Island

South Ireland

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Castleisland is a busy town situated on the main Killarney to Limerick road is seen as the gateway to Kerry. The remains of the town castle lie in ruins in a field south of the town. Close to the town, you will find Crag Cave, one of the largest cave systems in the country and were only discovered in 1983. 3.8kms of cave have been explored running right under the town with about 400m open to the visitors.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Castlebar

West Ireland

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Castlebar is a town steeped in history situated in the centre of County Mayo. Established in the 11th century around the De Barra castle, Castlebar later became a garrison outpost during the Irish and French rebellion in the late 18th century. Nowadays, the town offers a wonderful array of interesting shops and leisure attractions to visitors to the region. The Sculpture Trail is a series of bronze, Museum of Country lifestone, steel, timber works of art in the town centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Nature

Causeway Visitor Experience

Northern Ireland

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2012 saw the opening of a brand new visitor experience at the Causeway coast. Though entrance to the stones themselves are free via the footpath, the eco-friendly and unique new centre provides a new way to experience the stones and understand just what it is you are seeing. The interactive exhibit demonstrates the way in which the causeway was created (for those who don't believe it was an actual Giant's Causeway!) and is a must do attraction for everyone visiting the area.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Cawdor Castle

Scotland

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The fairytale Castle of Cawdor dates from the 1300s and includes some interesting artefacts and outstanding tapestries. As well as three gardens and a big wood, there is a 9-hole golf course and there's also the chance to do some salmon fishing on the river Findhorn amidst some stunning highland scenery.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Charles Dickens Birthplace

South East England

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Nearby in Portsmouth is Charles Dickens Birthplace, where the famous author was born and spent his early life. This Regency home is furnished as it was in the 19th century, giving you a glimpse of what Victorian Portsmouth was like.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Charles Dickens Museum

London Region

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Visit Charles Dickens' home, which he occupied from 1837 - 1839, when he is said to have completed The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Charles Fort

South Ireland

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A National Monument, Charles Fort is a fine example of a star-shaped fort (a layout specifically designed to resist attack by cannon) from the late 17th century. As one of the largest military installations in the country, Charles Fort has been associated with some of the most momentous events in Irish history. The most significant of these are the Williamite War 1689-91 and the Civil War 1922-23.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Chatsworth House

Central England

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Chatsworth House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of Britain's best loved historic houses and estates. Set in 25sq miles of beautiful gardens with spectacular fountains and newly commissioned sculptures, the house itself includes: displays of rare treasures, art collections and a restored Georgian oak staircase.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cheddar Gorge

South West England

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Cheddar Gorge is a stunning series of limestone caverns. The caves were used for storing cheese, possibly as long ago as prehistoric times. Today you can tour the caves, or walk to explore the natural delights of the area home to Peregrine falcons, kestrels, and buzzards which nest in the gorge, and climb the 274 steps of Jacob's ladder for excellent views of the gorge.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Arts

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Central England

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Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum depicts the town's life through the ages with a great selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, archaeology plus many artefacts from all over the world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British

Cheltenham Spa

Central England

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A 'town within a park', Cheltenham Spa offers beautiful parks and gardens, tree-lined avenues and colourful floral displays, plus the Pittville Pump Room the grandest of the town's many spa buildings. The town is also birthplace of the composer Gustav Holst who now has a museum dedicated to his life.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

North West England

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Cheshire Oaks, just outside Chester is the largest designer outlet in the UK, with over 145 leading brands to choose from.
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Great for Christian

Chester Cathedral

North West England

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This ancient abbey which became a cathedral in 1541, is one of the most visited places in the North West. Admission to the cathedral is free, and you can take a facinating and extremely informative tour to you understand the history of this magnificent and awe-inspiring building with its high vaulted ceilings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Chester City Walls

North West England

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A walk around the 2 mile city walls is an absolute must! It's the best way to explore Chester, giving you a great insight of the city's historical past, from the Romans through to the Medieval Ages until today. Enjoy the view of the city down below and the landscape outside the walls. Check out its famous clock and the Wishing steps on the south-east of the wall!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Chester Zoo

North West England

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Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in Britain with over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered on the planet. Wander around exciting animal exhibits including the butterfly house, the Fruit Bat Forest and the newly opened Islands, which recreate the tropical environments of South East Asia.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Chichester Cathedral

South East England

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Chichester Cathedral was begun in 1076 under Bishop Stigand. The Cathedral manages to successfully combine modern art - including a window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and a painting by Graham Sutherland, while more ancient artefacts include the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs and the Lambert Barnard paintings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Chipping Campden

South East England

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Dating back to the 12th century, Chipping Campden has always been at the heart of trading. The wonderful 17th century Market Hall with its elaborate timber roof and gables and St James Church are well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Chislehurst Caves

London Region

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At nearby Bromley are the Chislehurst Caves, which were used as a huge air-raid shelter during the World War II. You can even have a church within the caves.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Christ Church Cathedral

South Ireland

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Christ Church Cathedral was first built by the Vikings in the 10th century, and the present building has been described as the finest 18th century ecclesiastical building in Ireland!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Christ Church College

Central England

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Oxford University has 38 colleges, the most famous and largest being Christ Church College. As well as 13 British Prime ministers being educated here, it has recently gained fame as a location for the Harry Potter films. Magdalen College with its strangely carved gargoyles is one of Oxford's most beautiful.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Church of St Peter and St Paul

Central England

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Lavenham's Church of St Peter and St Paul is probably the last of the great Suffolk 'wool churches' to have been completed by 1530 just before the reformation.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, British

Churchill War Rooms

London Region

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The museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of Winston Churchill. The war rooms were heavily used by Winston Churchill during World War II and are contained in the museum, along with the Cabinet Room and the Map room.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Cirencester

South East England

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With its narrow and winding streets, Cirencester has a certain elegance to it, and dates back to Roman times (an albeit grassed over amphitheatre still exists). The Corinium Museum explains these origins.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Cit Blackrock Castle Observatory

South Ireland

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CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory – the Space for Science is fun and exciting place to learn about the Universe. This science centre is housed in Blackrock Castle, a 400-year-old fortification built at the River Lee and has been part of Cork's history ever since. The award-winning exhibition Cosmos at the Castle is an interactive way to learn about astronomy and recent scientific discoveries.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

City Museum and Art Gallery

South West England

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The City Museum and Art Gallery has excellent collections of archaeology, geology natural history and art, all housed in a grand Edwardian baroque building.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

City of Wells

South West England

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The city of Wells - 20 miles south-west of Bath is England's smallest city. The main draws of this picturesque city are the magnificent medieval cathedral, with its wonderful astronomical clock dating from 1392, which can be heard to strike on the hour; and the moated Bishops Palace which dates back to the 13th century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

City Sightseeing Bus

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Cambridge.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the town can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Stratford-upon-Avon.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Central England

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Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Oxford.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Essential, Cultural, History

City Sightseeing London Bus Tour

London Region

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The most convenient way to see London is from the top of a double-decker red bus with the City Sightseeing Tour. These tickets are valid for 24 hours and the open top buses visit every major tourist attraction, landmark and museum in London. Commentary is available on the bus.
Time to spend here: 1 Day   More information

Great for History, Essential

City Walls

Northern Ireland

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A walk around the City walls in Londonderry reveals a splendid city crammed full with history, heritage, interest and vibrant cultural scene.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Claddagh

West Ireland

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Claddagh used to be a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. Since the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century, people have been gathering seafood and fishing in Claddagh in front of the Spanish Arch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Clava Cairns

Scotland

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Clava Cairns is the site of some well-preserved prehistoric burial cairns from about 4,000 years ago.
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Great for Arts, Sports

Clearsky adventure centre

Northern Ireland

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If you want a bit of adrenaline for all ages, Clearsky Adventure Centre situated in the stunning Castle Ward Estate on the shoreline of Strangford Lough can offer plenty of activities from canoeing, kayaking, abseiling, to rock climbing, coasteering, raft
Time to spend here: full day   More information

Great for Essential, Nature, Beauty

Cliffs of Moher

West Ireland

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The Cliffs of Moher will simply take your breath away – rising at 214 meters (the highest point) above the Atlantic Ocean, they are designated a UNESCO Geo Park and are part of Ireland's top attractions and is considered a top geotourism destination in Europe. From the cliffs, you can admire a stunning view and will even see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The Cliffs of Moher Experience Visitor is a winning eco-friendly visitor centre hosted in a subterranean building for minimal visual impact. The centre houses the Atlantic Edge exhibition exploring the different following elements and their connection with the cliffs: ocean, rock, nature and Man.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

Great for British

Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura, Cave

South West England

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An iconic piece of English Heritage, this old museum offers phenomenal 360 degree views looking down on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and is one of only two working Camera Obsura's in the UK. The nearby Giant's cave is included in the visit (children under 4 not permitted) of this famous landmark.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Clifton Suspension Bridge

South West England

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Clifton is a leafy suburb of Bristol with fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture. It is the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon gorge amidst delightful rolling countryside which most come to see. Designed by Bristol's great Victorian engineer Brunel the bridge has become symbolic to Bristol and is a must do attraction . The Bridge visitor centre is also open and free to enter.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Clink Prison Museum

London Region

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The Clink is a notorious prison in Southwark that functioned from the 12th century to the end of the 18th century. Originally used for detaining heretics, it fell into disuse after the English Civil War.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

West Ireland

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Clonmacnoise Monastic Site was founded in 548 and contributed to the development of Clonmacnoise as a major centre of religion, trade and political influence. The site is the burial place of St. Ciaran, and since then has attracted pilgrims for nearly 1500 years. The site now offers exhibitions, audio-visual show, guided tours, tearooms and tourist information services. The best way to get to Clonmacnoise is by ship! You can cruise the River Shannon on a replica Viking boat to Clonmacnoise or into magnificent Lough Ree.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Cobh

South Ireland

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Half an hour away from Cork is Cobh (formerly Queenstown). Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. This is a lovely waterside town, boasting brightly coloured houses where its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the massive Cobh Catherdral, St. Coleman's Cathedral with its carillon of 47 bells. The harbour in Cobh is very impressive: it is so large it can take the largest vessels afloat.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Cockington Court

South West England

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Cockington Court is a 17th century manor house, located just 1 mile from Torquay seafront. It houses craft studios where you can watch artists at work, before enjoying a delicious cream tea looking out on beautiful grounds.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Collection Museum

Central England

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An interesting archaeology museum, the Collection offers many historic exhibitions from the Stone Age to the Medieval era, as well as multimedia tour guides with images, audio clips and games to learn about the city and its history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, History

Cong

West Ireland

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Cong is a picturesque and intimate village lying on the edge of the Connemara. Make sure you see the remains of Cong Abbey, built in 1120AD, a great example of early architecture in Ireland. The area around the abbey is very charming; have a stroll through one of the loveliest forests in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Nature, Beauty

Connemara National Park

West Ireland

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Connemara National Park is situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway (1 hour away from Galway City) and covers nearly 3,000 hectares of rugged mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. The fauna and flora of the park is simply amazing: you'll ba able to find the famous Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife. Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin.
Time to spend here: Half day   More information

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Conwy Castle

Wales

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Conwy's town walls with its 21 towers and 3 gateways that enclose much of the town form a world heritage site and some of the best in Europe. Conwy Castle evokes a real medieval atmosphere. Breathtaking views from the battlements look out across mountains and sea, down to the roofless shell of the castle's 125ft Great Hall. A walk on the town walls is a must-do!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Coombe Martin

South West England

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Coombe Martin is a popular seaside resort which includes the unusual 18th century 'Pack o' Cards Inn' which has 4 floors to represent the 4 suits, each with 13 rooms, making 52 rooms to represent a full pack of cards.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Corfe Castle

South West England

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Corfe Castle is both dramatic and picturesque. Built high on a hill in 1080-1105 it offers great views across Purbeck.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Cork city Gaol

South Ireland

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Cork City Gaol is a visit not to be missed. Though this former prison can seem a little grim, it gives you a glimpse of how hard and difficult life was for prisoners a century ago. The wax figures and other displays in the museum bring you back into the day-to-day prison life of the 19th century and show you the hardness of the penal system at that time.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Cottage Museum

North West England

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The Cottage Museum, in an intriguing 18th Century cottage, uses 5 floors to give an intimate view of early Victorian life, including the many gadgets and utensils used in the 19th Century.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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County Tyrone

Northern Ireland

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County Tyrone to the south of Derry is steeped in history and culture. From Neolithic monuments and restored mills to National Trust properties and forest parks. The heather-clad Sperrin Mountains are the largest and least explored mountain range in Northern Ireland with dramatic landscapes, rivers teaming with life, mountains, valleys, forests and lakes. This area can provide you with peace and solitude, with a backdrop of beautiful landscapes and historic towns.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

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Coventry Cathedral

Central England

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Coventry Cathedral is a striking 20th-century building, with stunning 1950s art & architecture, rising above the desolate ruins of the medieval Cathedral destroyed by the air raids of German Luftwaffe in 1940.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Coventry Transport Museum

Central England

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Coventry was the birth place of the British cycle and motor industry and the Coventry Transport Museum houses a collection of over 240 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, plus numerous motorcycles.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Craggaunowen

West Ireland

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Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience is an award-winning prehistoric park. It's a great place to learn about the prehistoric and early Christian eras and the arrival of the Celts in Ireland with recreations of homesteads, animals and artefacts. You can see a replica of a Crannóg (Lake Dwelling), a Ring Fort, an Iron Age Roadway, and an outdoor cooking site.Craggaunowen Castle, built in 1550, is located right in the centre of the park. It's been restored and it is well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Craignure

Scotland

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At Craignure is where most visitors arrive on the island from the town of Oban on the mainland. The Mull Rail steam train runs 1.5 miles to Torosay Castle which occupies a beautifully sheltered south-facing location on the north-west side of Mull's Duart Bay. Kids will also enjoy clambering over the battlements of Duart Castle, perched on top of a rocky outcrop at the end of a peninsula near the easternmost corner of Mull.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Creswell Crags

Central England

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Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge with caves. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists plus Britain's only known Ice Age Cave Art, provide a glimpse into life during the last Ice Age.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Crich Tramway Village

Central England

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Crich Tramway Village is a wonderful day out for families and transport history lovers. With plenty to do and see for all the family, visitors can enjoy fascinating exhibitions, watch trams being restored in the workshop and take a ride on vintage trams as a unique way to see the spectacular surroundings.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Crook Hall and Gardens

North East England

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Crook Hall & Gardens are just a short walk from the city's bustling market place. With the 13th century medieval hall as a backdrop, you can enjoy wandering through the beautiful gardens and admiring the sculptures along the way.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Cuillin Hills

Scotland

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The spectacular Cuillin Hills present an array of opportunities for adventure seekers with some challenging hiking or rock climbing. It's also possible for the less adventurous to enjoy the fabulous scenery with plenty of lower level trails which still give a great impression of one of Britain's best mountain ranges.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Culloden Battlefield

Scotland

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At Culloden Battlefield (5 miles east of Inverness) you can explore the moorland battlefield where the last battle on mainland British soil took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and his supporters and the government troops and supporters in 1746.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Curraghmore House

South Ireland

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Curraghmore House has contained the home of the Marquis of Waterford and his ancestors since 1170. His ancestors came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover. Throughout Ireland's turbulent history, this family have never been 'absentee landlords' and they still provide diverse employment for a number of local people. The garden includes an arboretum, some beautiful terraces and a bridge built for King John to cross the River Clodagh in 1205.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Cutty Sark Museum

London Region

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Housed in Greenwich, the Cutty Sark is the world's only surviving tea clipper. Now serving as a museum, it is dressed to interpret the life or the officers and men who lived there.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sport

Cycling

South West England

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Cycling is one of the best ways to see and experience the New Forest which has over one hundred miles of sign-posted cycle routes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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D-Day Museum

South East England

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The D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated to all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on 6th June 1944. The museum will be open as usual through to 12 March 2017 inclusive, after which the refurbishment will commence. We plan that the museum will reopen in Spring 2018.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dartmoor National Park

South West England

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Dartmoor National Park offers you purple, heather clad moorland, wide open landscapes, rushing rivers and obscure stone tors, as well as picture postcard villages with narrow rambling lanes lined with thatched cottages and historic market towns.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Christian

David Livingstone Centre

Scotland

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The David Livingstone Centre can be found in nearby Blantyre – the birthplace of the Victorian missionary explorer. The museum tells the story of the explorer's life, including his 30 years of travel (mostly on foot!) through Central Africa.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dawlish

South West England

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Dawlish is a fascinating resort town nestled between the steep surrounding hills. There are several popular beaches here including Dawlish Warren - a wildlife haven with its own visitor centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Derryglad folk Museum

West Ireland

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Derryglad Folk Museum is an award winning museum hosting a 25 year collection showing the farm and folk life in Ireland from the 18th century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Dervaig

Scotland

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At Dervaig in the west of the island you can take sightseeing cruises to Fingal's cave on Staffa which is a haven for seabirds. Just outside Dervaig, Old Byre Heritage Centre relates the history and traditions of Mull, while the picturesque church, with its pencil steeple, has superb stained-glass windows. Further west Calgary has one of Scotland's finest beaches in a secluded bay.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Desmond Castle

South Ireland

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Built as an urban tower house by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500, Desmond Castle has served as Customs House, Prison, Ordnance store and a Workhouse. Since 1997, Desmond Castle has housed the International Museum of Wine. This exhibition documents the fascinating story of Ireland's wine links with Europe and the wider world. This is an essential half-hour all-weather activity.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Devils Dyke

South East England

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Devils Dyke is a historic beauty spot on the South Downs just north of Brighton. The large dry valley has been a popular place to visit since Victorian times. Originally an aerial cable-car (Britain's first) brought visitors to the dyke from Brighton.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Dingle Peninsular

South Ireland

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A trip to the Dingle Peninsula is a must, you can have a walk on Inch strand or an evening in the vibrant town of Dingle. This attractive and colourful fishing town is full of lovely craft shops, bars and restaurants. You can take a boat trip and explore to Blasket Islands or simply travel round Slea Head alongside magnificent views of the coastline and get stunning views of Mount Brandon and the Slieve Mish mountains.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

Great for History, Family

Discovery Point

Scotland

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At Discovery Point climb aboard Captain Scott's ship RRS Discovery where you'll follow in the footsteps of Scott and his crew, see how they lived and witness their hardships and triumphs in one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, British

Ditchling

South East England

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Ditchling really is a picture postcard village dating back to Saxon times. The Dichling Museum tells the story of a remarkable village and its community of 20th century artists and craftsmen.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Ditchling Beacon

South East England

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From Devils Dyke you can walk 5 miles to Ditchling Beacon. The chalk downland makes for a rich array of plant life and is also home to a great many birds including skylarks, warblers and yellowhammers.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Doagh Famine Village

North Ireland

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Doagh Famine Village is Donegal's top attraction. The excellent guided tour tells you the story of a Donegal family and community living on the edge of Donegal and surviving from Famine times right up to the present day. The village contains a wide selection of actual size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago.
Time to spend here: 2 hour   More information

Great for History

Doddington Hall

Central England

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Built between 1593 and 1600 by Robert Smythson and located in the West of Lincoln, Doddington Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion with walled courtyards where many events for children and adults are celebrated. There you can also enjoy a cup of tea or a homemade plate of fresh lunch in its restaurants and find the hidden ghost in its walls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dolgellau

Wales

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Dolgellau is a market town with many impressive listed buildings and the stunning backdrop of Cadir Idris (one of Snowdonia's highest mountains) to the south.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Dolphin and Whale boat trips

Wales

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St Davids Peninsula has some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in Pembrokeshire. A boat trip is a wonderful way to explore the coast and a guide will take you to the local Ramsey Island and coastal inlets where Atlantic seals and some of Britain's rarest seabirds live in abundance such as puffins and guillemots. Nearby dolphin and whale watching trips are also available.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Wales

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Boat trips and Dolphin spotting trips are offered by a number of companies in Newquay or Aberaeron. Coastal walks along much of the Ceredigion coastline can enable sightings of dolphins, seals, porpoise and many marine birds.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Donegal Castle

North Ireland

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Donegal Castle is located in the heart of Donegal town on the banks of the River Eske, Donegal Castle was built in 1474 by Hugh Roe O'Donnell. It has now been restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Donegal Waterbus

North Ireland

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The best way to visit Donegal Town is to take a ride on the waterbus! You will cruise around the historic town and take in sights like St Ernan's Island, the Old Abbey and Donegal Harbour on a one-and-a-half-hour trip.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Doolin

West Ireland

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Doolin is a quaint seaside village set on the rugged Atlantic coast and the limestone landscape of the Burren. It became popular thanks to one of the best Irish whistle players MichoRussel, who lived in Doolin which makes the village a great place for traditional music lovers with its numerous pubs offering Irish music sessions.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Doune Castle

Scotland

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Built at the end of the 14th century, Doune Castle is one of the best preserved castles of its era in Scotland. It was also used in filming Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and has subsequently become a place of pilgrimage for Python fans!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Dover Castle

South East England

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High above the White Cliffs of Dover is the impressive Dover Castle, where you can immerse yourself in the medieval world of King Henry II. More than just a castle, it also played a major part in WWII with its underground hospital.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Christian

Down Cathedral

Northern Ireland

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Down Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. It stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery, built in 1183. Saint Patrick's remains are buried in the graveyard. Magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and a beautiful organ case enhances this interesting building. The Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick is the starting point for any visitor who wishes to know more about Ireland's patron saint!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Drogheda

East Ireland

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The gateway of the Boyne Valley, Drogheda is the largest medieval town in Ireland. Drogheda was first an Anglo-Norman port and became their primary strongholds in the 13th century when the town walls were complete. Today, the town still has a village feel and a wealth of unique attractions within walking distance of each other.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dublin Castle

East Ireland

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Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dunbrody Historic Emigrant Ship

South Ireland

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The magnificent Dunbrody Historic Emigrant Ship, a full-scale replica of a ship built in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross, which carried thousands of emigrants from Ireland to North America
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Duncannon Fort

South Ireland

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Duncannon Fort is a wonderful star-shaped fortress built on an important promontory in Duncannon Harbour. It was built in 1588 to withstand an invasion by the Spanish Armada. Have a stroll around the ramparts and enjoy spectacular views across the estuary to County Waterford and to Hook Head.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family, Cultural

Dundee Science Centre

Scotland

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The Dundee Scien Centre is the only science centre in the UK based on the 5 senses. Science is brought to life in many child friendly and imaginative ways.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dunham Massey Park

North West England

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Dunham Massey Park is a magnificent 300-acre deer park great for taking a relaxing stroll around. As well as being able to see the deer, you can visit the Georgian house and learn the story of the owners and the servants who lived here and visit Britain's largest winter garden.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Dunluce Castle

Northern Ireland

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Dunluce Castle is a medieval castle dating back to the early Christians and the Vikings. This site of historic battles is set in breath-taking scenery along the North Antrim coast, 100 feet above the ocean on a panicle of basalt rock, and isolated from the coast by a 20-foot chasm. Over the years many changes and additions have occurred to the original structure - inside you will find Norman, Scottish, English and European architectural influences. Although the medieval castle is now a ruin, it still has partial remains of its round corner towers and outer wall. In 1639, during the time of Randal McDonald, the kitchen of Dunluce castle did fall in to the sea taking with it the cooking staff. Legend has it that out of all the kitchen staff, only one boy survived in a corner of the vanished room!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Dunmore Cave

East Ireland

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Just a 15-minute drive from Kilkenny is the National Monument of Dunmore Cave, steeped in history, geology and archeology. It comprises chambers formed over millions of years and contains some of the finest calcite formations found in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, History

Dunvegan Castle

Scotland

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Dunvegan Castle is the island's most historic building. Part of the building is thought to date from the 9th century and has been home to the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for 800 years, which makes it the oldest continuously lived in castle in Scotland. Inside you can see many fine paintings and clan treasures including the 'Fairy flag'. You can enjoy a tour of the castle and grounds which include some delightful gardens. You can also take boat trips out to view seals in Loch Dunvegan as well as fishing trips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Essential

Durdle Door

South West England

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The breathtaking Durdle Door is a natural arch carved out of the limestone Jurassic coastline by the sea, near to Lulworth Cove, which all form part of England's first Natural World Heritage site.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Durham Castle

North East England

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Durham Castle is now part of Durham University (England's 3rd oldest university after Oxford and Cambridge). The castle was commisioned by William the Conqueror in the 1070s but has undergone adaptations over the centuries and can be visited by guided tour only. (Please note that the entrance price is not included in the quote as it is payable on the day)
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Essential

Durham Cathedral

North East England

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Durham Cathedral is one of the few cathedrals in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship and original design. Even as you walk along Durham's medieval streets, the Cathedral's imposing beauty cannot be missed. Once inside the interior is striking.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Culture, British

Dylan Thomas Centre

Wales

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The Dylan Thomas Centre houses a permanent exhibition of his life.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Eastnor Castle

Central England

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Eastnor Castle is a fairytale Georgian Castle set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Malvern Hills. It is also surrounded by a deer park, arboretum and lake.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Eden Camp Museum

North East England

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The Eden Camp Museum (close to Castle Howard) is housed within the grounds and buildings of an original prisoner of war camp. You can experience the sights, sounds and even smells of life in wartime Britain and on the front line of battle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Edinburgh Castle

Scotland

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Edinburgh Castle is Scotland's number 1 visitor attraction. Sitting majestically upon a volcanic rock at the top of the famous Royal Mile. It includes St Margaret's Chapel from the 12th century and the Great Hall where the Scottish Parliament met until 1639. The One o'clock gun sounds at 1pm every day except Sundays, and is well worth seeing and hearing!
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Edmund Rice Visitor Centre

South Ireland

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Edmund Rice Heritage Centre tells the story of the educationalist and missionary Edmund Rice who devoted his life to the education, servicing the poor and the Irish republican cause. He began his mission among the poor of Waterford and his work was strongly supported by the people of the city.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Edradour Whisky Distillery

Scotland

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Situated in the little town of Pitlochry, Edradour is the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland. Dating back to the early 19th century, it is one of the rare farm distilleries still in production today. You can learn more about Edradour with a 1-hour guided-tour and witness the making of this unique single malt whisky.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, History

Eilean Donan Castle

Scotland

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The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands and can be seen on the way to Skye from Inverness or alternatively on a boat trip from the island. It has been used as a location for many Hollywood movies and is simply an idyllic Scottish castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Elcho Castle

Scotland

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Elcho Castle is set on an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tay. The castle is in fact a beautiful fortified mansion built in the 16th century, which is extremely well preserved.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Ely

Central England

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Ely, 12 miles north of Cambridge makes for a great day trip. The stunning cathedral is the city's main attraction, but a splendid array of medieval buildings, along with a beautiful waterside area and great selection of antique shops and fine cafes make it a pleasant place to stroll.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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English Markets

South Ireland

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Another great shopping destination in Cork is the English Market. This large building boasts a wide range of local and worldwide products from fresh fruits and vegetables, gourmet chocolates to tasteful bakery and meats.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Ennis

West Ireland

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Clare's county town is Ennis - a charming market town full of heritage, tradition and history. It's got a genuine friendly atmosphere with its numerous narrow winding streets, quaint shops and colourful houses. Ennis is famous for being the capital of Traditional Irish Music! It hosts many music festivals throughout the year and Irish music is being played live in many pubs and bars. Dating back to the 11th century, the town was built between two courses of the river Fergus forming an island – this is how Ennis got its name from, which is the Irish name for island.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Christian, History

Ennis Friary

West Ireland

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Ennis Friary is well worth a visit. In the middle of the town, this 13th century abbey has recently been renovated and reopened to public. The guides are very knowledgeable and will show you various 15th- and 16th-century sculptures, the very interesting figure of St Francis and an image of Ecce Home, the McMahon and Creagh's tombs plus real works of art.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Ennistymon

West Ireland

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Another slightly quieter base to stay or just to visit is the town of Ennistymon is a picturesque little market town in the north west of county Clare. There, you will find plenty of traditional shops which sell local crafts. The river Cullenagh flows through the heart of the town forming a beautiful cascade of waterfalls. Ennistymon makes a good base for visiting the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Eton College

London Region

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Eton College was founded in 1440 by Henry VI to provide free education for 70 poor scholars. Ironically today the school is one of the most exclusive in the world, having schooled many UK Prime ministers as well as Princes William and Harry.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Sports

Everton FC Match Tickets

North West England

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Match Tickets for Everton FC can be included in your package depending on fixtures and availability. These will be included as an additional extra in your tour price and itinerary.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Exbury Gardens

South West England

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Exbury Gardens are a spectacular 200-acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. The gardens are ablaze with colour in spring, while the summer sees some more tranquil colours followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. There is also a narrow-gauge steam railway which goes around the gardens which is very popular with families.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Exeter City

South West England

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Exeter was the Roman headquarters for the South-West, with an attractive quayside, which reminds you of a maritime past, while playing host to a range of summer events including the annual Dragon boat race. St Peter's Cathedral, built in 1133, is a beautiful medieval cathedral with fine examples of decorated Gothic architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Explorer's Garden

Scotland

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The Explorer's Garden celebrates the people that travelled the world to find plants and bring them back in Scotland for cultivation, commerce and conservation. Each section of the garden represents a part of the globe, displaying an amazing collection along with beautiful sculptures and artworks.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Eyam

Central England

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Eyam is the infamous small historic village known as the 'plague village'. During the Plague or 'Black Death' in the mid -17th century, a piece of material was carried from London to the Eyam tailor which brought the deadly disease with it. The village was quarantined and its fascinating story has lived on through centuries...
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Farne Islands Boat Trip

North East England

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The Farne Islands sit just off the coast of Northumberland and boast possibly Britain's greatest sea bird colonies with over 23 species making their home here. The Islands are also home to over 37000 pairs of Puffin and over a thousand grey seal pups are born here each autumn. A boat trip around the islands is the best way to see it and get close and personal with the animals.
Time to spend here: 2.5 hours   More information

Great for History, Arts

Fishbourne Roman Palace & Gardens

South East England

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This historic Roman Palace displays the remains of the largest and earliest Roman dwelling in Britain from the first century AD. Displays include beautiful Roman mosaics.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Fitzwilliam Museum

Central England

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The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world class exhibits from many great civilisations including Greek, Roman and Egyptian, including paintings, sculpture, armour, furniture, pottery and glass, oriental art, manuscripts, coins and medals from the 14th century to present.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Flambards Theme Park

South West England

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Flambard's is Cornwall's largest amusement and theme park for families in the South West. It has plenty of rides, roller-coasters, shows and attractions to keep all the family busy for all day. As if that wasn't enough, the park is also home to One2Eleven, a huge soft play area for babies through to Eleven year olds and a fascinating series of museums. The museum attractions provide a 'Britain in the Blitz' experience in which visitors can walk through a simulated Blitz environment on the streets of London and a Victorian Village which is great for all ages. The park also has an aviation and World War museum which houses classic planes and a commemorative museum to the soldiers who lost their lives for their country.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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Flying Boat Museum

South Ireland

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Down the coast in the town of Foynes the Flying Boat Museum recalls the period of the 1930's and early 1940's when Foynes was the fulcrum point for air traffic between Europe and America and flying boats were regular visitors with exhibits, illustrations and audio-visuals.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Formby Beach

North West England

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Formby is a stunning stretch of coastline with long sandy beaches and dunes, a pine forest and home to the endangered red squirrel.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Fort Nelson

South East England

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Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting Portsmouth from a feared French invasion. Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Fountains Abbey

North East England

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Fountains Abbey situated in the beautiful valley of the river Skell is Yorkshire's first world heritage site, which includes the largest abbey ruins in Britain with spectacular Georgian water gardens. The estate also includes a further 10 historic buildings in stunning open countryside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Family

Framlingham Castle

Central England

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Just 30 minutes north of Ipswich, Framlingham Castle is a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past, making it a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. The castle now hosts the 'From Powerhouse to Poorhouse', covering over 800 years of life at Framlingham Castle.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Freshwater West Beach

Wales

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This stunning piece of coastline is a beautiful, windswept exposed beach and one of the most consistent surf spots in Wales. This stretch of beach also boasts another claim to fame, it was used in both the recent Robin Hood movie and the Harry Potter finale movies. For surfers and movie buffs alike, this great location is a must on your specialised tour of Britain.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Frigate Unicorn

Scotland

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Launched in 1824, HM Frigate Unicorn was a fast and powerful warship, built in the period between the traditional wooden ship and the iron steamships, and remains one of the six oldest ships in the world.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Full Day Lake District Tour

North West England

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Whether or not you have a vehicle available, we highly recommend a full day tour of the Lake District on a minibus vehicle. These fully guided tours provide fascinating local insight and allow you to see the best views of all the lakes that you may otherwise have missed.
Time to spend here: 7 hours   More information

Great for History

Gainsborough Old Hall

Central England

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Built in 1460 by Sir Thomas Burgh, Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best preserved medieval manor houses in England, a hidden gem in Lincolnshire. Inside the many wonders include the impressive Great Hall, its original medieval kitchen, its different rooms and ghost corridor and original brick built tower.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Galleries of Justice

Central England

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Nottingham's Lace Market district is renowned for its opulence, breath-taking architecture and hotels, and restaurants and bars of outstanding quality. The Shire Hall building is home to The Galleries of Justice, which give a history of the judicial system in medieval times – when it was the only place in the UK where you could be tried, incarcerated and hanged on the front steps.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Irish

Galway Cathedral

West Ireland

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Located on the West bank of the river Corrib, the Cathedral is one of the largest and most dominating buildings in the city. It took 7 years to complete its construction started in 1958 which makes it the youngest of Europe's great stone cathedrals. The cathedral features a huge octagonal dome and inside the building, you'll find impressive rose windows and wall paintings.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Cultural, British

Galway City Museum

West Ireland

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Galway City Museum boasts interesting exhibitions about the history and heritage of the city, focusing on the medieval town, the Claddagh village and Galway. The building itself affords spectacular views of the Claddagh, the Spanish Arch, the River Corrib & Galway Bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Gap of Dunloe

South Ireland

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The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass of approximately 10 km long. It is renowned world-wide for being the finest example of glaciated valley in Europe formed some 2 million years ago. The Gap of Dunloe comprises five lakes which shaped the landscape of this magnificent area into a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Glamis Castle

Scotland

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Glamis Castle (12 miles north of Dundee) is a stunning and beautiful Scottish castle famed for being the childhood home of the late Queen Mother and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Glasgow Cathedral

Scotland

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Glasgow Cathedral dates mainly from the 15th century. The Cathedral has some magnificent stained glass windows as well as splendid gothic architecture. You can also visit St Mungo's Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Glasgow City Chambers

Scotland

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The City Chambers are located on the Victorian built George Square. Inside the impressive looking chambers building which houses the local government, you will find an even more extravagant interior. Free public guided tours run daily, Monday to Friday at 10.30am and and 2.30pm.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Cultural

Glasgow Science Centre

Scotland

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Glasgow Science Centre is orientated towards children. The museum includes hundreds of interactive exhibits all inside the impressive looking Science Mall. There's also an IMAX cinema and a planetarium.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Beauty

Glen Affric

Scotland

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Glen Affric (20 miles west of Loch Ness) is a very special place and has been described as 'the most beautiful glen in Scotland'. It contains one of the largest ancient Caledonian pinewoods in Scotland as well as lochs, moorland and mountains. It is also a haven for wildlife including many rare birds.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Beauty

Glencoe

Scotland

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Spectacular Glencoe (15 miles south) is one of the highlights of any trip to Scotland. Awesome mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters loom on either side, with dreamlike scenery at the bottom of the glen. The area is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter. Filming for the third Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", took place in and around Glencoe. The Visitor Centre affords the best views of the great glen and shows visitors how it was formed through an interactive display.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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Glendalough

East Ireland

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You wouldn't want to miss Glendalough! This is an enchanting place set next to scenic lakes and valleys in County Wicklow. The area is deeply wooded, with the hills and mountains rising from the valley. Glendalough is one of the most famous places in Ireland, where St, Patrick and St Kevin passed through and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral you, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Glengoyne Distillery

Scotland

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Just under 40 minutes from Glasgow on the scenic A81, the 200-year-old Glengoyne Distillery is open all year round for guided distillery tours, whisky tastings and in-depth blending sessions.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Nature

Glenveagh National park

Northern Ireland

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Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of Co. Donegal. Set in some 16,500 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, with a large herd of red deer, Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century, castellated mansion built between 1867 and 1873.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Gloucester Cathedral

Central England

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Gloucester Cathedral was built by Benedictine monks in the 12th century and lies at the heart of the city. Its fine craftsmanship with the peculiar fan-vaulted cloisters and beautiful wood, stone and glass was one of the locations in the movies 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Godshill

South East England

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Godshill is a beautiful old village with plenty of thatched houses and gift shops, tea rooms and two pubs with a church up on the hill.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Goodison Park Tour

North West England

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Go on a tour of the Goodison Park Stadium, home to Everton Football Club.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Gosport

South East England

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Gosport is a short ferry ride across the harbour from Portsmouth. Here the Royal Navy Submarine Museum lets you board a World War 2 era submarine – HMS Alliance, as well as finding out what it is like living beneath the waves. The lively Explosion! – The Museum of Naval Firepower is also in Gosport.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Gower Heritage Centre

Wales

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The Gower Heritage Centre situated in historical and beautiful surroundings is a vibrant crafts and rural life museum with a detailed history of the 12th century water powered corn and saw mill which has been renovated. There are many activities to take part in such as pottery, feeding the animals and blacksmith and woodturning demonstrations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Grand Opera House

Northern Ireland

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Since opening its doors in December 1895, the Grand Opera House has delivered an unrivalled programme of entertainment, playing host to some of the greatest names in theatre and music.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for British

Grasmere

North West England

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Further north Grasmere is the birthplace of Wordsworth. His home Dove Cottage is open to the public and an exhibition displays his manuscripts and memorabilia. You can taste the best gingerbread in the world at The Grasmere Gingerbread shop. From Grasmere you can walk to Alcock Tarn or Eskdale Tarn.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Grassington

North East England

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Grassington is a delightful village on the river Wharfe. Its cobbled square is home to lots of family owned shops, cafes and restaurants. The village is also becoming known as the arts and crafts capital of the Yorkshire Dales, with a number of galleries displaying local artist's work.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Great Malvern Priory Church

Central England

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Great Malvern Priory Church was founded as a Benedictine priory in 1085. It contains some fine gothic architecture, medieval stained glass and wall tiles.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Great Orme Bronze Age Mines

Wales

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The Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines date back nearly 4000 years. Over the past 30 years, mining engineers and archaeologists have been uncovering more tunnels and large areas to reveal what is now thought to be the largest Prehistoric mine so far discovered in the World.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Great Orme Tramway

Wales

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Llandudno's Great Orme Tramway, with its Victorian splendour and charm is waiting to take you on the picturesque, breath-taking, one-mile journey to the summit of the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Once you reach the top, relax and take in the amazing views and explore the surroundings.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Greene King Brewery Tour

Central England

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For those into their beer, the Greene King Brewery tour at the brewery in the town offers a 90-minute tour where you can get the best view of the town from the brewhouse, plus the chance to sample some beers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Grianan Ailigh

Northern Ireland

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Grianan Ailigh is a 4,000-year-old ring fort. The great stone cashel is thought to have been built by the Tuatha De Danann, God and King of Ireland, to protect the grave of his son Aedh.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Grosvenor Museum

North West England

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The Grosvenor Museum is Chester's biggest collection of local and international history. The museum has a section on Roman life and displays items found in the town from the ancient Roman settlement. You can also visit a period house with rooms from the Tudor, Steward and Victorian times.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Guided Tours

South West England

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Bath has a number of companies offering guided tours around the city though the best way to see the city is through an open top bus tour. Discounted tickets can be included in your Great British Trip
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Essential

Guinness Storehouse

East Ireland

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Located in the heart of the St James's Gate Brewery which has been home to the black stuff since 1759, Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland's Number One Visitor Attraction and you simply cannot leave Dublin without having paid a visit. The highlight for many visitors is the Gravity Bar®. Here visitors receive a complimentary pint of Guinness® and can relax and enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Haddon Hall

Central England

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Described as the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages, Haddon Hall has been used countless times as a backdrop for Hollywood period dramas. The beautifully preserved house tells the history of the ages and is well worth a visit for history lovers.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Essential

Hadrian's Wall

North East England

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Hadrian's Wall is a stone and timber fortification built by the Roman Empire across the width of what is now northern England. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire and built to draw a line to mark the edge of the Roman Army's Empire. Housesteads Roman Fort is a great place to discover more about the Roman Empire history. You can wander the barrack blocks and the hospital, and visit its fascinating interactive museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Hampton Court Palace

London Region

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Hampton Court Palace boasts more than five hundred years of Royal History. The 550 acres of gardens and deer-inhabited parkland are free of charge to enter and make a spectacular visit alone. The Palace itself was residence to Archbishop of York Thomas Wolsey in 1514 and was later the residence of King Henry VIII.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Harewood House

North East England

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Harewood House, built in the 18th century, contains many treasures such as furniture and paintings. There are also over 100 acres of Gardens full of plants from all over the world – all in a magnificent landscape created by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Harlech Castle

Wales

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Spectacularly perched on a rock, Harlech Castle looks out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. It forms a chain of a number of castles built by Edward I in the late 13th century, many of which can also be visited.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens

North East England

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The Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens have varied landscapes including woodland, streamside, alpine and wildflower meadows plus kitchen gardens and some generally inspirational planting.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Hastings Castle

South East England

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Originally a prefabricated wooden castle built in September 1066, making it the first Norman motte-and-bailey castle in Britain, William the Conqueror ordered that it be rebuilt in stone after his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The 1066 story at Hastings Castle lets you walk around the ruins, explore the dungeons, and enter the medieval siege tent to enjoy history about the castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Hastings Fishermen's Museum

South East England

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The Fishermen's Museum is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions. There you will find models, photos, paintings, nets, ropes and many other fishing artefacts.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Hawes

North East England

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Hawes is a bustling market town and a great base for exploring the Wensleydale area, with plenty of walks and tours available. The town is home to Wenselydale creamery (famous as being Wallace and Gromit's favourite cheese!) One mile north of Hawes is the spectacular Hardraw Force, England's highest waterfall with a 30-meter single drop.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British, Cultural

Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm

South West England

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Healey's Cornish Cider Farm south of Newquay produces over 40 varieties of delicious fruit products, including ciders, wines and jams. You can take a guided-tour of the farm and visit the museum all for free.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Heights of Abraham

Central England

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The Heights of Abraham is a cliff top Cable Car which transports passengers over a river valley which the spa town of Matlock sits in beautifully. Providing spectacular views of the area, the cable car is a must for visitors to the delightful town of Matlock.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Helmsley

North East England

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Helmsley is another picturesque market town situated at the south-west side of the national park. Like Pickering it has a Norman castle but also a very interesting walled garden which blends history and agriculture. 3 miles from the town of Helmsley is Rievaulx Abbey, one of the most complete and atmospheric of England's abbey ruins.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British, Cultural

Henley-on-Thames

London Region

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Henley is most well-known for its boating. Legendary for its Royal Regatta, held annually in July, the river frontage is an enchanting spot to picnic, take a river trip or visit the River & Rowing Museum.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

South West England

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The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located in the Georgian town-house where 18th century astronomer William Herschel lived and discovered the planet Uranus.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Hidden Valley Discovery Park

South West England

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Hidden Valley Discovery Park is a picturesque country park with miniature model railway, beautiful gardens, scenic walks, fishing lakes and the "Crystal Challenge" game.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Hill Top Farm

North West England

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Hill Top Farm is the famous little home that Beatrix bought for herself in 1905 as she moved from London to the Lake District. Here she wrote and painted many of her most famous and lovable characters. The 17th-century farmhouse has been well preserved and really brings to life the story of Miss Potter.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Holst Birthplace Museum

Central England

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The Holst Birthplace Museum has photographs, manuscripts and memorabilia all appertaining to the composer's life and a small exhibition space showing items from the Holst Collection.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Holy Island of Lindisfarne

North East England

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The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a road at low tide, and becomes an island again for the rest of the time. Lindisfarne is internationally famous both for its medieval religious heritage and also its more recent picturesque 16th-century castle. Many are also attracted by the peace and tranquility which pervades the Island and the remote Northern conservation area, with more than its fair share of quiet beaches and unique natural history. Lindisfarne Priory is one of the holiest Anglo-Saxon sites in England. Originally home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, it was an important centre of early Christianity, and the home of St Cuthbert. You can enjoy the ornate carvings on the ruins of the monastic buildings and the peace and serenity that first drew the monks here in the 7th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Holy Trinity Church

Central England

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Holy Trinity Church, possibly the most visited church in Britain is where Shakespeare is buried.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Holyrood Park

Scotland

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Holyrood Park is a Royal Park in Edinburgh open to the public. It contains parkland, lochs, hills and crags, and yet is in the centre of the city. You can take a walking tour of the park, visiting Salisbury Craigs, St. Anthony's Chapel, and also take the steep climb up to Arthur's Seat (251m) where you can be rewarded with fabulous views of the city.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Hook Peninsula

South Ireland

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Hook Peninsula is located at the most southerly point of County Wexford. It is steeped in Norman history. The lighthouse is one of the oldest still operating in the world and with its stunning views; the area is perfect for a romantic picnic. The peninsula is also famous for its wreck diving, and wild lan
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Horse Riding

South West England

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Horse riding in The New Forest is one of the best ways to really experience its natural beauty. A number of stables offer horse riding with various durations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Hospital of St Cross

South East England

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Just a 20-minute walk from the city centre, the Hospital of St Cross is a beautiful group of Grade I listed buildings dating from 1132. You can admire the medieval architecture, explore the gardens and receive the Wayfarer's Dole, which is a small beaker of beer and a morsel of bread.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Hove Lagoon Watersports

South East England

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Hove Lagoon offers water sports and a range of courses and taster sessions are on offer, in a safe, controlled environment.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Howletts Wild Animal Park

South East England

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Howletts Wild Animal Park includes close encounters with tigers, gorillas, clouded leopards, monkeys, tapirs, Iberian wolves, macaques, rhinos and many other rare and endangered species from around the world, all in large enclosures.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Ilfracombe

South West England

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Ilfracombe has been settled since the Iron Age. The resort has been popular since the 1830s when the Victorians started to visit the area and much of the architecture today is a reminder of that era. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October due to the town's growing reputation for its floral displays.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Imperial War Museum

North West England

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The iconicly designed Imperial War Museum situated by the Salford Quays focuses on how war affects people's lives. It has some unique free exhibits ranging from war planes to guns to a broken girder that once formed part of New York's Twin Towers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British

Imperial War Museum

London Region

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Until 1930 the museum was home to the infamous Bedlam mental asylum. It is now home to a fascinating museum depicting people's lives during the war, from World War I until today.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Central England

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The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, 9 miles north of Cambridge, has an outstanding Aviation museum, with a an aircraft hall containing over 30 historic British and Commonwealth aircraft.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British, Essential

Ingleborough

North East England

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Ingleborough is one of the 3 highest peaks in the National Park at 723 meters, and can be reached within half an hour walking from Clapham, an idyllic village with stone cottages lining the brook. Stunning views can be had as you look across to Ribblehead Viaduct, to the peaks of Whernside and Pen-y-ghent and southwest to the sea. Ingleborough Cave has tours taking you through the beautiful underground world of stalactites and stalagmites, sculpted by nature.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

North West England

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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (4.5miles) has some of the most spectacular waterfalls and woodland scenery in the North of England. You'll also find rare flora and fauna as well as interesting geological features. Ingleton is 18 miles (a scenic bus ride) from Lancaster.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

International Slavery Museum

North West England

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Located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, the International Slavery Museum is the only museum in the world focusing on the history of transatlantic slave trade. Here you can learn more about the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery through four galleries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Inverness Castle

Scotland

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Right in the heart of the city centre and dominating the River Ness, Inverness Castle was built in 1847 to replace the previous medieval castle blown up in 1746 by the Jacobites. Today it is the Court house and is not open to the public.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Christian

Inverness Cathedral

Scotland

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Built in 1866, Inverness Cathedral can be found on the riverside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Arts

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Scotland

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery give you the opportunity to explore the heritage of the Scottish Highlands, including contemporary arts and crafts.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential, British

Ipswich

Central England

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Ipswich is England's oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town. It has a long and proud history dating back more than 1,500 years. The town was awarded its Royal Charter by King John in 1200 and for centuries Ipswich was a major port and built fighting ships for the Crown. The town enjoys a stunning surrounding countryside and many historic buildings representing 800 years of heritage line the streets and include twelve medieval churches, the Unitarian Meeting House, Wolsey's Gate and the Ancient House. Stroll along its historic Waterfront and enjoy a leisurely drink or meal while soaking up the unique atmosphere.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ipswich Museum

Central England

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This museum gives a fascinating insight into the town and surrounding area's intriguing past. Explore Ipswich's past, wonderful curiosities from the natural world.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ipswich Transport Museum

Central England

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Ipswich Transport Museum boasts a fantastic collection of veteran buses, commercial vehicles, prams and bicycles, all located in an old trolleybus depot.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ironbridge Gorge

Central England

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Make sure you visit the Ironbridge Gorge, one of Shropshire's top attractions, known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has reclaimed most of the former industrial sites, leaving the gorge with a unique and beautiful wooded valley. The gorge is now a maze of footpaths, bridleways and country lanes. Built by Abraham Darby III and now recognised as one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution, the remarkable Iron Bridge still dominates the small town that bears its name. A visit to the Blists Hill Victorian Town is not to me missed! There you'll be able to meet the Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces, see all the animals, enjoy a horse and cart ride or a cone of traditional Fish and Chips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Isle of Anglesey

Wales

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The Isle of Anglesey is Britain's largest island, although it is connected to the mainland by the suspension bridges spanning the Menai Strait.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Natural

Isle of Wight

South East England

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The island has 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand. Inland the countryside is just as stunning, with gentle rolling hills and little lanes to explore. The island is a short 10-minute journey by hovercraft or catamaran from Portsmouth, while ferries from Southampton and the New Forest take around 30 minutes. A train operates down the east side of the island enabling you to explore the beach resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, while around the island bus service gets you further afield including the gorgeous bay at Ventnor, or to the western side of the island to Alum Bay and the Needles.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Essential, Beauty

Jacobite Railway

Scotland

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Often described as the greatest railway journey in the world, the Jacobite Train travels along the line used in the Harry Potter films for the 'Hogwarts Express' from Fort William to the port town of Mallaig. Enjoy some spectacular Scottish scenery from this traditional steam train.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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James Fort

South Ireland

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Right next to Charles Fort, you can find James Fort, built in 1607. Its strategic position enabled to guard and protect the small harbour of Kinsale. James fort, just like Charles Fort, is another great example of the military architecture of the 17th century offering wonderful panoramic views of the town and its surroundings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Jeanie Johnston

East Ireland

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Jeanie Johnston is docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin's city centre and is an accurate replica of the original ship which sailed between Tralee in Co. Kerry and North America between 1847 and1855. Make a step towards understanding the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the "New World" of North America.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Jerpoint Abbey

East Ireland

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Jerpoint Abbey is an impressive Cistercian abbey founded in the 12th century which kept its Romanesque details from this period. The ruins are just splendid, and well preserved, the Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition and a guided tour is not to be missed!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Essential

John Rylands Library

North West England

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In Deansgate, one of the main shopping streets, the John Rylands Library is definitely worth a visit if only for the Victorian Gothic architecture, but also has a number of interesting literary displays including a piece of the original John's gospel from the Holy Bible.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, History

Jorvik Viking Centre

North East England

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The world famous Jorvik Viking Centre is a 'must-see' for visitors to the city of York and is one of the most popular attractions in the UK outside London. You can journey through the reconstruction of Viking-Age streets, as they would have been in AD975. There is also the chance to come face to face with a 'Viking'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Kells

East Ireland

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Kells is the town where the famous Book of Kells, a highly ornate version of the four gospels in Latin, was written (it is exhibited in Dublin in the Old Library of Trinity College). The town, established by St Colmcille in the 6th century, was once one of the most important ecclesiastical centres in Ireland and the many High Crosses dating from as early as the 9th century still bear witness to the fact. Although Kells became an important Anglo-Norman walled settlement, it is its monastic heritage that best survived.
Time to spend here: 2 hours    More information

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Kells Augustinian Priory

East Ireland

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Near the small and picturesque village of Kells is Kells Augustinian Priory, one of the largest and most magnificent medieval historic monuments in Ireland. The Priory looks very much like a fortress because of its medieval tower houses along and within the walls covering more than 3 acres which gave Kells Augustinian Priory the local name of Seven Castles.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Arts, Beauty, Essential

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Scotland

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The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe's great civic art collections. Since its 2003-2006 refurbishment, the museum has been the most popular free to enter visitor attraction in Scotland, and the most visited museum outside London.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Kenilworth Castle

Central England

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Kenilworth Castle is not as popular as nearby Warwick, but it is no less grand and fascinating. More of a ruin than it's perfectly kept neighbour Warwick, this castle also has a beautiful garden and stunning views. A great audio tour enables you to wander through the dramatic ruins at your own pace.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Keswick

North West England

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Derwentwater is tranquil & beautiful. You can take out a rowing boat on the lake or even a trip on one of the ferries for a circular tour of the lake or you can walk part or all of the way around. For the best views of the area then Catbells has to be one of the best walks in the Lake District with beautiful views of Derwent Water and the Borrowdale valley. For a more strenuous walk you can climb the mountains of Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell – England's highest moutain. If the weather turns bad, Keswick's indoor attractions include The Puzzling Place, which is an exhibition based on optical illusion, where you can witness balls rolling up hill and more.
Time to spend here: 2 hour   More information

Great for British

Kettlewell

North East England

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The charming village of Kettlewell with its narrow streets and classic grey stone cottages looks down on valley pastures divided by the quintessentially English dry stone wall.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Kew Gardens

London Region

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Explore the magnificent glasshouses and discover fascinating treats like the oldest plant in the world or the tallest indoor plant; along with over 9000 other plants from deserts, rainforests and mountain cliffs.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Kielder Water and Forest Park

North East England

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Home to England's largest forest and Europe's largest man-made lake, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a place of pure tranquillity, yet also having a wide range of recreational activities at its disposal, such as walking, sailing, riding and fishing in and around the park.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Kilmainham Gaol

East Ireland

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Kilmainham Gaol is known for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. It gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Kilmore Quay

South Ireland

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Kilmore Quay is a pretty fishing village that offers original thatched roof cottages, a harbour and a marina as well as arts and crafts markets and festivals. Boat trips can be taken around the uninhabited Saltee Islands, popular with bird watchers.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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King Johns Castle

West Ireland

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Stroll along the heritage trail Limerick Medieval Heritage Precinct and explore the various landmarks in this historic district. You will find a most impressive Anglo-Norman fortification: the 800-year-old King John's Castle. It was built between 1200 and 1210 and was repaired and extended many times in the following centuries. The castle boasts loads of medieval artefacts and reconstructions to help you understand what life was like in the 13th century. King John's Castle will boast a brand new visitor centre in 2013, allowing you to fully explore the castle with interactive technology. Adjacent to King John's Castle, the Bishop's Palace is the restored home of former Protestant Bishops of Limerick.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

King's College

Central England

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Cambridge University contains 31 colleges, some of which can be visited. Kings College, famous because of its chapel, has beautiful stained glass windows and a gravity defying vaulted roof. St John's College has a replica of Venice's bridge of Sighs.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Kinsale Beaches

South Ireland

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If you're visiting Kinsale in the summer, you will probably want to go to some of the Blue Flag beaches in the area. The most popular are Garretstown and Garrylucas (White Strand) beaches, just over 8km from Kinsale.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Kinsale Museum

South Ireland

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The building in which the Kinsale Museum is housed can be dated back as far as the 1590s. The museum houses a large number of local artifacts relating to Kinsale's maritime, military and secular history from the Battle of Kinsale to the Kinsale Giant.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Kirkstall Abbey

North East England

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Kirkstall Abbey dating back to 1152 is one of the best preserved medieval Cistercian monasteries in Britain. The historic architecture can be enjoyed in a great parkland setting on the banks of the river Aire.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Kirkwall

Scotland

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Orkney's capital Kirkwall has a sense of magic, having stood for hundreds of years, and today you will discover a wonderful selection of craft shops, restaurants and cafés. This bustling market town and Royal Burgh was founded by Vikings around 1035. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. The distinctive red sandstone of St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Sports. Beauty

Knocknarea Mountain

North Ireland

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Knocknarea Mountain is situated just 4 miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. From its top of 1078 feet high, you can enjoy a breath-taking view of Sligo. It takes less than an hour on foot to get to the top and it is totally worthwhile.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Family

Knowsley Safari

North West England

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Knowsley Safari Park has a five mile safari drive, including the UK's only drive-through Baboon Jungle, Lions, Tigers, Zebras, Elephants, Rhinos, Bison, Ostrich, Camels, Wildebeest and many more.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Lancaster Castle

North West England

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Lancaster Castle's first phase was completed in 1090. Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Lancaster City Museum

North West England

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The City Museum has built up collections which stylishly illustrate the history and archaeology of Lancaster and the surrounding area, from the Neolithic age to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

South West England

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The Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay is actually three separate miniature railways running through a wonderful oasis of conservation, where wildlife thrives in a protected environment.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Beauty

Leeds Castle

South East England

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Leeds Castle set amidst a lake is often described as a romantic castle and is certainly one of Britain's most stunning. You can wander through the beautiful grounds to wander through as well as superbly restored rooms.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Arts, Cultural

Leeds City Art Gallery

North East England

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The Leeds City Gallery combines 19th and 20th century British artists with the more contemporary ones. Next door, the Henry Moore Institute also free of charge, showcases the best in international sculpture, both historical and contemporary.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Leeds Industrial Museum

North East England

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Leeds Industrial Museum, housed in a large restored mill, shows how people lived in the 18th century and houses exhibits from that period up to the present day, including the history of the textile, clothing, printing and engineering industries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Leeds Royal Armouries

North East England

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The Royal Armouries museum has a vast array of armour, swords and guns with lots of historical stories and background. It is family friendly with falconry shows, horse shows, including real jousting with knights in armour doing combat in the Tiltyard.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Legoland Discovery Centre

North West England

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The Legoland Discovery Centre is great for kids. They can learn how lego is made and build their own constructions taking advice from the master builder. The centre has some interactive rides and shows as well as incredible lego contructions.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Legoland Windsor Resort

London Region

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Legoland is a theme park offering a great number of rides, live shows, building workshops and of course over 40 million Lego bricks have been used to recreate scenes from Europe and North America.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Leicester Square

London Region

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Leicester Square was originally set out in 1670. The site was south of Leicester House a former royal building that has since disappeared. It's now a very popular place for eating and celebrity spotting at the regular film premieres!
Time to spend here: 10 minutes   More information

Great for Beauty

Leighton Moss Reserve

North West England

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Leighton Moss is a popular nature reserve with an abundance of unusual birds and wildlife. You can take nature trails which will take you to the heart of the reedbed, or along the coastal lagoons and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal at the reserve's tearoom.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Liffey River Cruises

East Ireland

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Liffey River Cruises vessel will take you on a relaxing, informative cruise through Dublins past, present and give you a glimpse of the future of this beautiful Capital City! Their guides are full of useful facts and interesting information about the buildings, bridges and history of Dublin.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Limerick City Museum

West Ireland

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Limerick City Museum is beside King John's Castle. Its collection illustrates the history of Limerick and its people and exhibits include Stone Age and Bronze Age artefacts, the civic sword, Limerick silverwork, and examples of Limerick's lace and kid-glove manufacturing.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Lincoln Castle

Central England

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This well-preserved Norman castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068, after the Battle of Hastings. It was used as a court and a prison and nowadays it houses one of the original Magna Carta copies.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Christian

Lincoln Cathedral

Central England

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The seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England, this cathedral was the tallest building in the world for 238 years, until the fall of its main spire in 1549. It played a significant role in English history and houses one of the earliest surviving copies of the Magna Carta.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Little Hall

Central England

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Little Hall is well worth a visit, this late 14th century Hall House on the main square mirrors the history of Lavenham over the centuries.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Christian, Essential

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

North West England

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A visit to the cathedral is a must-see! This breathtaking monument is the largest Anglican cathedral in the world, with the world's highest and widest gothic arches. The Grand Organ is also the largest in the UK.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Sports

Liverpool FC Match Tickets

North West England

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Match Tickets for Liverpool FC can be included in your package depending on fixtures and availability. These will be included as an additional extra in your tour price and itinerary.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Cultural

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

North West England

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This modern stunning and modern cathedral is the largest Catholic Cathedral in England and will simply take your breath away by its sheer beauty. Totally different in style from the Anglican Cathedral, this round building has a fascinating history and is well worthy of a visit.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural

Liverpool Sightseeing Bus

North West England

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A great way to see the city is through the sightseeing bus. This hop-on/hop-off bus provides a full tour of the city at all the major stops and also provides a running commentary throughout the tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Llandudno Cable Car

Wales

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The Llandudno Cable Car, the longest in Britain glides silently from Happy Valley to the Summit of the Great Orme (679ft) revealing breathtaking views of Llandudno bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Essential

Llandudno Pier

Wales

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Llandudno Pier, has a plethora of shops, cafes, bars and attractions to suit everyone. If you want to get out on the water, then there are plenty of boat trips leaving from the jetties on the promenade next to the pier. On Mostyn Street, the fully covered Victorian themed Victoria Shopping Centre includes great shops and a coffee house.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Wales

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is probably the most famous place here. You can stop to take a photo of the longest place name in the UK, and possibly the world, at its railway station.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Loch Linnhe

Scotland

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You can take a cruise on Loch Linnhe from Fort William which will offer superb views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains while also taking in fish farms, and seals basking on islands in the loch.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Loch Ness Cruise

Scotland

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You can take a cruise on Loch Ness and go in search of the Loch Ness Monster. You can also include a visit to the Urquhart Castle, the ruins of which are situated on a rocky peninsula on the banks of the Loch. Once one of Scotland's largest castles, the remains include a tower house that commands splendid views of the famous loch and Great Glen. The visitor centre has a number of fascinating artefacts discovered during excavations on the site.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Essential, Family

London Eye

London Region

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The London Eye is the world's highest observation wheel at 135m tall, with 32 capsules holding up to 25 people. The Eye gives you great views of London's most famous landmarks and on a clear day you can see for 25 miles in every direction during your 30-minute revolution on the wheel.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for History

London Fire Brigade Museum

London Region

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The museum holds a wealth of information and exhibits depicting the history of firefighting in London from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family, Essential, Cultural, History

London Pass (1 Day)

London Region

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With so many incredible attractions in London alone, there is a fantastic way to see them all without spending a fortune. The London Pass (1 Day) will gain you entry into over 55 of London's top attractions including Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hop-on/Hop-off Bus, Thames Cruise and many more.
Time to spend here: 1 Day   More information

Great for Family, Essential, Cultural, History

London Pass (2 Days)

London Region

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With so many incredible attractions in London alone, there is a fantastic way to see them all without spending a fortune. The London Pass (2 Days) will gain you entry into over 55 of London's top attractions including Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hop-on/Hop-off Bus, Thames Cruise and many more.
Time to spend here: 2 days   More information

Great for Family, Essential, Cultural, History

London Pass (3 Days)

London Region

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With so many incredible attractions in London alone, there is a fantastic way to see them all without spending a fortune. The London Pass (3 Days) will gain you entry into over 55 of London's top attractions including Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hop-on/Hop-off Bus, Thames Cruise and many more.
Time to spend here: 3 days   More information

Great for Family, Essential, Cultural, History

London Pass (6 Days)

London Region

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With so many incredible attractions in London alone, there is a fantastic way to see them all without spending a fortune. The London Pass (6 Days) will gain you entry into over 55 of London's top attractions including Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Hop-on/Hop-off Bus, Thames Cruise and many more.
Time to spend here: 6 days   More information

Great for History, Family

London Transport Museum

London Region

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Buses, trains and trams abound in this child-friendly museum. Exhibits date from the 1820s to the present day, bringing to life the evolving nature of the capital's famous transport system.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Long Melford

Central England

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If you are interested in historic buildings, antiques, lifestyle shopping and good food, then theisformer medieval wool town is the place to visit. Long Melford's wide, tree-lined village street is Britain's longest. It also has numerous fine buildings housing antique shops, art galleries and designer boutiques. The 16th Century Melford Hall and stunning church dominate the large green in the town, whilst the nearby Kentwell Hall is renowned for its Tudor re-creations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Longleat Safari Park

South West England

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Longleat Safari Park enables you to have some close encounters with some of the world's most amazing animals as you drive through the park. A Safari Bus tour service is available for visitors who come by public transport, or who do not wish to drive round.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

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Loop head Peninsula

West Ireland

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This lighthouse is a fantastic place of natural beauty and spectacular costal scenery. You can climb up the Loop head Lighthouse open during the summer and take some amazing views from the balcony. The are many villages on this peninsula including Kilkee, a well-known seaside resort with a golden sand beach, Kilbaha, the most westerly village, and the picturesque fishing village of Carrigaholt.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Lord Leycester Hospital

Central England

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Lord Leycester Hospital was founded in 1571 by Robert Dudley. Its timber-framed buildings which date back to the 14th century are clustered round the Norman gateway into Warwick with its 12th Century Chantry Chapel above it. Hidden behind the ancient buildings is the tiny but delightful Master's Garden.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Lough Gur

South Ireland

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Lough Gur is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites and is set in a peaceful and tranquil area near a beautiful lake. Traces of human activity can be traced back to 3000 BC! This ancient place hosts a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery. There are replicas of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur.
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Great for Beauty, Relaxing

Lough Ree

West Ireland

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Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the Shannon with numerous islands, bays and inlets offering the adventurous angler wonderful sport. Its waters, shores and islands of the lake have probably the richest concentration of wildlife in Ireland, and in summer many of the waterside flowering plants are very spectacular.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Loughcrew

East Ireland

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Loughcrew is a site of megalithic burial grounds dating back to approximately 3500 and 3300 BC during the Neolithic Age. The site contains about 30 passage, which makes it one of the most important and considerable prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Ludlow Castle

Central England

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Ludlow Castle is one of the finest and most interesting of medieval ruined castles in England. Its construction started around 1085, with many later additions in the following two centuries. Set in the heart of Ludlow, it enjoys a dominant and imposing position high above the River Teme.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Ludlow Museum

Central England

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Ludlow Museum tells the story of the town and includes some of the important events and the people who have lived and worked here; from Bronze Age farmers, through to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Lundy Island

South West England

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Lundy is a unique and unspoilt island off the North Devon coast, where cars are not allowed. You can take a day trip there by ferry and view the fascinating array of wildlife including deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. As well as walking, climbing and birdwatching on land there are water-based options including fishing, diving and snorkelling. There's even a 13th-century castle close to the island's small village.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Luss

Scotland

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Opposite Balmaha on the western shore of the loch is the picturesque village of Luss. A settlement has probably existed here since the 14th century. A few miles south of Luss is the famous Loch Lomond Golf Course, which has hosted the Scottish Open Championship since 1996. This challenging course in spectacular scenery provides a rich golfing experience for players and spectators alike.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing, History

Lyme Park

North West England

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Lyme Park is a magnificent estate on the edge of the Peak District. Its wild remoteness and beauty contrast with one of the most famous country-house images in England – the backdrop to where Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Lyme Park

Central England

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Lyme Park is similar in many ways to Chatsworth House but has a unique feel and is delightful in its own right. Used as Darcy's House in Pride and Prejudice, the house is wonderful for a visit, a walk or a picnic.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Lynch's Castle

West Ireland

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Lynch's Castle is remarkably well preserved. It was the historic home of Galway's most powerful family and is a great example of the Irish Gothic style and gives you a rare glimpse of old Galway. Now a bank, the ground floor is open during banking hours with panels detailing the history and architecture.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

Lynton and Lynmouth

South West England

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Lynton is a bright airy Victorian village with a selection of shops, tearooms and cafés, while Lynmouth, 500ft below, is the pretty harbour that nestles quietly beneath the cliffs where you can wander through the quaint fishing cottages that tumble down the street towards the quay and the distinctive Rhenish Tower. You can take the Cliff Railway (the most popular attraction in the area) which opened in 1890 taking passengers between the two places.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

Lytham St Annes

North West England

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Lytham is a traditional coastal village steeped in heritage, largely through the famous landmark windmill on the green. Neighbouring St. Anne's with its Victorian pier offers a haven of peace and tranquility after the busyness of Blackpool.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Macquarie Mausoleum

Scotland

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Australians will be interested to know that the remains of Major General Lachlan Macquarie who was made governor of New South Wales in 1809 and widely regarded as the 'Father of Australia' has he is buried on the island in the Macquarie Mausoleum on the island.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Madame Tussaud's London

London Region

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The globally famous wax museum is one of the most visited attractions in London and it's easy to see why. Constantly updated figures make a day trip to Tussauds a memorable experience for visitors from all round the world.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

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Malahide Village

East Ireland

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Half an hour drive North to Dublin is Malahide Village. The sea has influenced much of the development of this picturesque town and it is now a popular place for sailors visiting the area. Whilst in Malahide, you should visit Malahide Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland. It is set on 250 acres of park and was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British, Essential, Beauty

Malham Cove

North East England

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The countryside around Malham provides you with some of the finest scenery in Britain. Malham Cove is a limestone amphitheatre formed through ice and water erosion after the last ice age. At the top, there is a remarkable limestone pavement with its clints (small flat blocks) and grikes (deep crevices between), and a sensational view over the valley. Beyond, the Dry Valley leads northwards towards Malham Tarn, a great spot for a picnic.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Nature, Arts

Malin Head

Northern Ireland

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Malin Head is Ireland's most northerly point. It's a place of spectacular natural beauty and the surrounding area boasts craggy coastline and pristine beaches. The area recently shot to fame as a key filming location for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Arts, Cultural

Manchester Art Gallery

North West England

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Manchester's Art Gallery sits proudly in the city centre opposite the central library. The Gallery is home to some great international artists as well as more local artists such as LS Lowry.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Manchester Cathedral

North West England

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Manchester Cathedral is not considered one of the great British Cathedrals and yet it boasts incredible architecture, breathtaking views and is well worthy of an hour of any visitors time.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for Sports

Manchester City Match Tickets

North West England

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We are able to include match day tickets and VIP match packages as part of a Great British Trip as long as dates and times can be worked into your itinerary. We will include match tickets as a separate cost and option as they can vary with multiple options available.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Sports

Manchester City Stadium and Club Tour

North West England

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Go on a tour of the famous Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City FC, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes 70-minute guided tour of the club to learn more about the history of this iconic venue.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Manchester Museum

North West England

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Founded in 1821 and attached to one of Manchester's Universities, this is a wonderful free museum for all the family. With a 'bit of everything' from a T-Rex skeleton to Eqyptian Mummies, it is a popular and fascinating place to visit.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Manchester United Match Tickets

North West England

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We are able to include match day tickets and VIP match packages as part of a Great British Trip as long as dates and times can be worked into your itinerary. We will include match tickets as a separate cost and option as they can vary with multiple options available.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Manchester Walking Tour

North West England

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A Walking Tour of the city centre is a great way to orientate yourself as well as learn about some of the city's vast industrial and cultural heritage.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family

Marwell Wildlife Park

South East England

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Marwell Wildlife is a chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a part in helping to save them. The 140-acre zoological park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Mechanical Memories Amusement Museum

South East England

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Located on Brighton Seafront, the Mechanical Memories Museum has a collection of the early penny slot machines that would have graced the arcades decades before there were flashing fruit machines and expensive video games.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural

Mersey Ferry

North West England

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The Mersey Ferry is both practical - taking passengers across the Mersey River to the Wirral on the other side and doubles as a tourist attraction providing a running commentary and taking a short trip up on the river and back so that passengers can see Liverpool's historic waterfront from the sea as well as land. The ferry stops at the Spaceport Wirral and the U-Boat Story attractions as well.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Merseyside Maritime Museum

North West England

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The Merseyside Maritime Museum, located next to the Slavery Museum, shows Liverpool's central role as a port, including a gallery about tragedies such as the Titanic, ship models and story of the merchant navy.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Michton Chocolate Factory

Wales

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Take a tour of Wales' leading chocolate factory - Michton, and find out exactly how chocolate is made. Learn about the fascinating history of chocolate, just how and where the fantastic cocoa beans are grown, the guilty pleasures of the ancient Aztecs, Columbus' big discovery, and lots more. You will get to see a real working chocolate factory, smell delicious chocolate being melted in the giant chocolate kettles, and taste all the different types of chocolate provided. Michton is a wonderful day out for families and individuals.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family, British

Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

South East England

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The Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' has steam or heritage diesel locomotives, which take you through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside between Alresford and Alton stations. The return journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Millmount

East Ireland

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Drogheda Museum Millmount is one of County Louth's most significant heritage sites. Known as the 'cup and saucer', it offers spectacular views over the town and its majestic steeples. It is home to a military exhibition of Ireland's struggles displaying guns, swords and John Boyle O'Reilly's death mask.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Mizen Head Signal Station

South Ireland

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Mizen Head Signal Station is a dramatic place to visit. The path to the signal station goes down the cliffs and the 99 steps to the bridge at the end of the peninsula where you can enjoy spectacular views and out to the point and the former Keepers Quarters with its interpretive displays. Along the way there are several paths up to wonderful views north along the coast to the Sheep's Head and the Beara Peninsulas and south to the Sea Arch. This is a world renowned whale and dolphin watch location and often there are seals under the bridge.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Mompesson House

South West England

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Nearby the cathedral, across the Cathedral Close is Mompesson house, featured in the award-winning Holywood movie 'Sense and Sensibility'. Visitors can step back in time as they enter this perfectly proportioned Queen Anne house. The tranquil atmosphere is enhanced by the magnificent plasterwork, fine period furniture and graceful oak staircase.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Monasterboice

East Ireland

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Monasterboice boasts one of the tallest round towers and two of the tallest and well-preserved high crosses in Ireland. The crosses contain carved murals depicting biblical scenes which are fine examples of Celtic art. The monastery was founded in the late 5th century by St Buith, a follower of St Patrick. The site includes the ruins of two churches and a cemetery.
Time to spend here: 30 minutes   More information

Great for Relaxing

Morecambe

North West England

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Nearby Morecambe has a great new promenade, perfect for a stroll next to the 5 mile stretch of glistening sands. The innovative bird sculptures and public artworks give it a real character of its own. No trip to Morecambe is complete without seeing the larger-than-life Eric Morecambe Statue against the magnificent backdrop of Morecambe Bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Moreton-in-Marsh

South East England

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Moreton-in-Marsh has some fine buildings, including a rare Curfew Tower with its original bell dating back to 1633. It also has the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds every Tuesday. The town's annual show held in September celebrates farming life past and present.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Mount Stewart House

Northern Ireland

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Mount Stewart House is a remarkable 18th century house and 98-acre garden that reflects the rich history of the Stewart family who played a leading role in British social and political life. The gardens are part of the most spectacular and idiosyncratic gardens of Western Europe and universally renowned for the 'extraordinary scope of its plant collections and the originality of its features, which give it world-class status'.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Mousehole

South West England

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Mousehole (pronounced 'mouzall') is a typical Cornish village, once famed for its pilchard fishing. Cottages are clustered together above the high-walled harbour.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Muckross Abbey

South Ireland

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Muckross Abbey was founded by the Franciscans in the 15th century. Although a 'ruin', the building is in a remarkable state of preservation with the walls of the Cloister and its associated buildings in their original complete state.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Muckross Home and Garden

South Ireland

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A visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens is a one-Stop Shop for Killarney's Heritage. This popular attraction is a Victorian mansion built in the mid 19th century. The park around the house is well-worth a visit, you'll be able to admire the beauty of the gardens, the great collection of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, extensive water garden and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Relaxing

Murlough National Nature Reserve

Northern Ireland

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Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains, and it is reputed to be the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Museum of Childhood

North West England

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The award-winning Museum of Childhood, housed in the Grade I listed 'Judges Lodgings' has a fascinating collection of dolls, toys and games from the 18th Century.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Central England

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Located in an older barrack built in 1857 for the Royal North Lincoln Militia, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life's collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. In addition, it houses a real World War One tank named "Flirt" and offers different exhibitions and interactive galleries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Family

Museum of Liverpool

North West England

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The Museum of Liverpool is a brand new award-winning museum focusing on every aspect of the city of Liverpool, from its early beginnings as a settlement is the 1st-century A.D, to its strategic significance during WW2. Discover Liverpool's rich heritage through its many galleries covering the city's unique geography, culture and history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Family

Museum of Science and Industry

North West England

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Manchester has a fantastic selection of museums, most of which are free. At the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI) you will discover how innovation, science and industry shaped Manchester, from the Industrial Revolution which started here, to today and beyond.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Coal Mining Museum for England

North East England

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The National Coal Mining Museum shows you the inner workings of one of the oldest coal mines in Britain with a superb underground free tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

National Football Museum

North West England

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In March 2012 the Urbis Museum re-opened as the National Football Museum, a must for all fans of the beautiful game. The museum is housed in a beautiful modern building but houses artefacts and stories through the history of football to the modern game.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British, Nature, Arts

National History Museum

Wales

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The National History Museum on the edge of the city is a 100 acre park filled with restored and authentically furnished buildings from all over Wales, helping to illustrate the country's heritage.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Maritime Museum

London Region

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The largest maritime museum in the world. The museum is home to over 2 million objects related to Great Britain's maritime history. The museum is based in Greenwich.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural

National Media Museum

North East England

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The National Media Museum in Bradford near Leeds covers the history of television, film and photography right up to the current day, and looks at the future. The museum is extremely interactive and excellent for children.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Arts, British, Nature

National Museum and Art Gallery

Wales

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The National Museum and Art Gallery contains a wonderful collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art – the largest outside Paris. The natural history section contains a geological history.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Museum of Scotland

Scotland

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Discover some of the nation's most precious possessions alongside the everyday objects that throw light on Scotland through the ages.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Arts

National Portrait Gallery

London Region

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Founded in 1856 to save and appreciate the likenesses of famous British men and women, the collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
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Great for History

National Railway Museum

North East England

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The National Railway Museum is the largest railway museum in the world. With over 300 years of history including over 100 locomotives and almost 200 other items of rolling stock, the museum tells the story of rail travel from the 19th century to present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Slate Museum

Wales

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The National Slate Museum at Llanberis tells the story of slate, and recaptures what quarrymen's houses would have looked like. You can also see demonstrations of slate splitting.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

National Waterfront Museum

Wales

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The free National Waterfront Museum in Swansea explores the industrial heritage of Wales in 15 captivating galleries.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Family

Natural History Museum

London Region

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One of the most beautiful buildings in London, both inside and out, this museum should be top of your list particularly if you are visiting with your family.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Nevis Range Mountain Experience

Scotland

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The Nevis Range Mountain Experience transports you on Britain's only mountain gondola from 300ft up to 2150ft on the north face of Aonach Mor (the 8th highest mountain in Britain) to see breathtaking views of the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen and Ben Nevis. You can also try mountain biking or skiing at the Nevis Range, depending on the season.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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New Grange

East Ireland

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New Grange is a World Heritage Site and is one of the largest and most important prehistoric megalithic sites in Europe. Three large passage tombs dominate this archaeological complex: Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth, believed to be built in the late Stone Age about 5,000 years ago.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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New Ross

South Ireland

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New Ross is a port city located just half a hour west of Wexford.It is the ancestral home of the Kennedy family former US president John F Kennedy. The Kennedy Homested is an interesting attraction that can be visited here.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Newcastle Castle

North East England

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Newcastle Castle was built by Henry II between 1168-1178, is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman Keep in Britain, and is where the history of the city was shaped. It also has great views across the river Tyne and the bridges.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Newcastle, County Down

Northern Ireland

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The picturesque gateway to the Mourne's is the popular Victorian seaside town of Newcastle. Newcastle combines high mountain passes with beautiful sandy beaches and has been recently redeveloped making it the perfect base for exploring Murlough National Nature Reserve and the Mourne Mountains.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Newquay

South West England

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Newquay is the surfing capital of Great Britain. Its golden beaches and more importantly its plentiful supply of quality waves draw surfers here each year. The town offers party-goers a fine selection of pubs and clubs. There's plenty for the family too, with lots of exciting activities from adventure parks, to aquariums and zoos to fun in the sea or plain old sandcastle making on the beach.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Newstead Abbey

Central England

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Newstead Abbey was once home to the great poet Lord Byron. The beautiful house is set in landscaped gardens containing lakes, ponds and waterfalls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North East England

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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a steam train taking you from Whitby to Pickering (or vise versa) through the stunning countryside of the North York Moors National Park, stopping at charming stations along the way including Goathland, which was used for the location of Hogsmeade Station in the Harry Potter films.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, British

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Central England

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The Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery house historical and contemporary collections of silver, glass, ceramics and fine art. Set in beautiful Victorian gardens, you can see the old castle ruins and many man-made caves and tunnels under the castle, some of which date back to medieval times. Visitors can take a guided-tour into the caves, visit King David's dungeon and the old wine cellar.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Nunnington Hall

North East England

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Nestling on the banks of the river Rye in a picturesque location, Nunnington Hall has period rooms, the Carlisle collection of miniature rooms and an organic walled garden.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Sports

O2 Arena Roof Walk

London Region

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The O2 Arena, in North Greenwich has many regular sporting and entertainment events. One of London's latest attraction is the roof walk across the arena which affords incredible views of the City and has been compared to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk experience.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Oakham Treasures

South West England

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Oakham Treasures near Portbury is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in Britain. The vast collection of memorabilia from the last century includes vintage tractors and thousands of items displayed in the historic sweet shop, grocery store and chemist to help you on your nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Old Man of Storr

Scotland

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The Old Man of Storr is one of Scotland's most dramatic and most photographed landscapes. This massive pinnacle of rock stands high on the Isle of Skye. The walk up there is a bit steep but reasonable (1.5 hours approx. to complete), and the views across Raasay and Rona are spectacular.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Old Sarum

South West England

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Old Sarum was a huge Iron Age fort re-used by the Romans, Saxons and Normans before becoming a flourishing medieval settlement, which was the original site of Salisbury. You can see ruins of a castle, cathedral and Royal palace as well as enjoying views of the surrounding countryside.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Sports

Old Trafford Stadium Tour and Museum (Manchester United)

North West England

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Go on a tour of the famous Old Trafford Stadium, home of Manchester United, one of the greatest football clubs in the world. Go behind the scenes and discover more about the history of the venue with this 80-minute tour, and browse around the museum and the shop at your own leisure.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Oliver Cromwell's House

Central England

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Ely's most famous resident was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England who lived here for 10 years. Today his house has an English Civil War exhibition.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Oriental Museum

North East England

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Inside the castle the Oriental Museum is dedicated to the art and archaeology of the Orient. Highlights include one of the largest and finest collections of Chinese artefacts in Europe and an ancient Egyptian collection
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

Osborne House

South East England

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The extravagantly decorated Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845, as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself. A visit of this seaside home is must-see whilst visiting the Isle of Wight.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Outer Hebrides

Scotland

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From Skye you can take a ferry to the islands known as the Outer Hebrides which includes Uist and Barra to the south and Harris and Lewis to the north. To the west of the Isle of Lewis you'll find the Callanish Standing stones which date back to 2900 BC.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History

Oystermouth Castle

Wales

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Standing on a small hill in the village of Mumbles, the well-preserved Oystermouth Castle offers superb views of Swansea Bay as well as providing much to explore within its walls.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Padstow

South West England

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Padstow's colourful working harbour is surrounded by pastel-washed medieval houses. You can stop off at one of the high-quality restaurants or enjoy mooching through the boutiques in the town.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History, Essential

Palace of Westminster

London Region

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The Palace of Westminster is more commonly known as Big Ben and was the residence of the Kings of England from the eleventh to the sixteenth century. In 1834 almost the entire Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire. Westminster Hall and the remains of St. Stephens were then incorporated into the new Houses of Parliament, a building designed by Sir Charles Barry that took more than thirty years to construct. The Houses of Parliament were hit by an air raid during the Second World War and the House of Commons Chamber was destroyed. The Chamber has since been rebuilt in the image of the original. Audio tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics and stunning art and architecture.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Peak Cavern (Devil's Arse)

Central England

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You can find the Peak Cavern – locally named Devil's Arse in Castleton. This cavern offers a more natural setting compared to the other show caves in Castleton and has the largest cave entrance of the country, at an impressive 60 feet high and 100 feet wide! You can also enjoy the stunning surroundings with centuries old miner's cottages and a breathtaking limestone ravine through the lovely riverside walk leading to the cavern.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Pembroke Castle

Wales

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Pembroke Castle was the birth place of Henry VII and is one of the most magnificent medieval monuments in Britain, made even more popular by the 'White Queen' BBC series. Exhibitions and tableaux recount the castle's fascinating history, from the arrival of the Normans in 1093 to the present day.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Penrhyn Castle

Wales

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The spectacular Penrhyn Castle is a large Victorian castle (1820-45) with a park and garden overlooking Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

People's History Museum

North West England

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This fairly unknown fascinating museum tells the story of the social class struggles faced by local residents through the Industrial Revolution and beyond.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts, History

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Scotland

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Perth Museum & Gallery is where you can find out about the natural and social history of Perthshire through the ages with a variety of changing exhibitions.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural

Peveril Castle

Central England

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he village of Castleton is overlooked by medieval Peveril Castle. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England's earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176 and a climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Pickering

North East England

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Pickering is an ancient market town and is known as the gateway to the North York Moors National Park. As well as being the terminus for the North York Moors Railway, the other main attraction here is its Norman castle.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Pittville Pump Room

Central England

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The Pittville Pump Room is the grandest of the town's many spa buildings. Built in 1825, it overlooks the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes of Pittville Park. The spa waters can still be tasted today from the original marble and scagliola pump, although now they are pumped electronically from the well, 80 feet below, rather than by the traditional hand pump method. The unpleasant tasting liquid supposedly had the power to cure all ills!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Pollok Country Park

Scotland

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Situated just 3miles from the city centre, Pollok Country Park is Glasgow's largest park and boasts gardens, woodlands and plenty of wildlife including highland cattle. Within the park, you will find Pollock House, ancestral home to the Maxwell of Pollok for the past 700 years. The house contains much original furniture as well as some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain. Also in the park is the Burrell Collection which houses a world-famous collection of art, tapestries, furniture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass, and sculptures from Medieval Europe and beyond.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Polperro

South West England

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Polperro lies at the end of a steep narrow valley. Tiny houses and enchanting narrow lanes cling to the steep hillsides surrounding the picture-perfect harbour.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for British

Poole

South West England

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Poole like its neighbour Bournemouth has some great blue-flag standard beaches. It also has the second largest natural harbour in the world, used by the Romans on their initial invasion of southern England. The town boasts some attractive historic buildings, including the Customs house and the Town cellars, a medieval warehouse.
Time to spend here:    More information

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Port Isaac

South West England

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Port Isaac is a small Cornish fishing town which is ideally located in a small bay. The town has been made famous as the filming location of Tv's 'Doc Martin' and has also played host to a number of Hollywood movies. The town holds on to ancient tradition and its picture postcard views are simply delightful.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Portchester Castle

South East England

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Portchester Castle was built in the 3rd century, and is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6-meter height, complete with most of their original twenty towers. Later housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Portmeirion

Wales

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Portmeirion is an Italianate village, which have been made with amazing attention to detail to create a real fairytale setting next to the sea. It is also where the cult TV series The Prisoner was filmed.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Family, Nature

Portrush

Northern Ireland

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In Portrush you can enjoy more sandy beaches as well as visit the famous Dunluce Castle. Portrush is close to both the Giant's Causeway and the famous Bushmills Whiskey Distillery. Once just a small fishing village, it is now a bustling seaside town with superb restaurants, clubs, quality hotels and family entertainment venues providing the perfect base for a family vacation in Northern Ireland or to explore the surrounding region.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, Family, History

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

South East England

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The Historic Dockyard offers a fantastic 6 attractions in 1 ticket. The unique attractions include the chance to board Lord Nelson's flagship Battle of Trafalgar warship the HMS Victory. The 1860 HMS Warrior was one of the first iron clad ships which is now open for full exploration. Recently opened is the incredible opportunity to view the remains of Henry VIII's warship the Mary Rose which sunk in 1545. The ship was recovered from the sea bed in the 1980s where it sat beneath the sandy sea bed - beautifully preserved the ship was raised and has undergone a preservation programme which was completed in 2013. The ship can now be viewed in its new museum along with thousands of artefacts also recovered from the seabed. The Dockyard also has a naval museum, a harbour tour and Action stations which offers child-friendly interactive experiences.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Family, Sports

Portstewart Beach

Northern Ireland

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Between Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies the golden sands of Portstewart Strand. Holding the Seaside and Blue Flag awards, Portstewart provides a great beach location, and offers plenty of activities to suit everyone, from water activities such as surfing and swimming to land-based pursuits such as horse riding and walking.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Prior Park Gardens

South West England

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Prior Park Gardens on the outskirts of Bath, has one of only four Palladian bridges of this type in the world. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. You can take a 6-mile walk through beautiful woodlands, meadows and an iron-age fort.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Family

Punting in Cambridge

Central England

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Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a 45-minute guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 45 minutes   More information

Great for History, Beauty, Essential, Family

Punting in Oxford

Central England

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Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Quarry Park

Central England

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Quarry Park in Shrewsbury is a beautiful 29-acre parkland that used to be a rough place, where tanneries were sited and stone was dug and the local women used to do their washing. The good gentlefolk of Shrewsbury decided to transform it and create a riverside promenade for their refined Regency ladies. The Quarry is still use it for precisely the same purpose nowadays!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park

Scotland

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Adored by walkers, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park is around 10 miles to the west of Callander. Nearby is Loch Katrine which is in the heart of the Trossachs. You can sail onboard the historic Steamship Sir Walter Scott and have the legends of the beautiful loch narrated to you by a member of the ship's crew.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Reginalds Tower

South Ireland

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Reginald's Tower is home to an exciting exhibition that uses a superb collection of historic and archaeological artefacts to give you a glimpse into the fascinating Waterford's Viking heritage. Reginald's Tower, the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, is a circular defense tower built at the beginning of the 13th century and at various stages in its rich history has been used as a mint, a prison and a military store. To this day, it remains Waterford's most recognisable landmark.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Ring of Kerry

South Ireland

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The Ring of Kerry, situated on the Iveragh Peninsula, is probably the most visited attraction in Ireland outside of Dublin. This tourist trail is part of the mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
Time to spend here: full day   More information

Great for History

Ripley Castle

North East England

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Ripley Castle and Gardens lie just 3 miles north of Harrogate. You can take a tour of the 700-year-old castle from one of the extremely knowledgeable guides.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Ripon

North East England

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Ripon, around 10 miles north of Harrogate can be reached easily by bus and train from Harrogate. The city is most famous for its 1300-year-old cathedral. But the city which goes back as long has much to offer the visitor, with a great blend of historic buildings, quirky shops, cafés and pubs.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Christian

Ripon Cathedral

North East England

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Ripon Cathedral is thought to date back to 672, although only the crypt of the original church survived several destructions by English kings in the 10th and 11th centuries.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Family, History, Relaxing

River Stour Boat Trip

South East England

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Taking a boat trip on the River Stour gives you a different view of Canterbury. Expert guides will point out buildings of interest as well as providing you with some notable facts and figures about the cathedral city.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Beauty

Robin Hoods Bay

North East England

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Robin Hoods Bay, 6 miles to the south of Whitby is one of the most picturesque fishing village in Britain, and was notorious for smugglers in the past. The village has tearooms, pubs and craft shops a plenty along the narrow winding streets that come down the cliffside.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Roman Baths

South West England

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A visit to The Roman Baths gives you a fascinating insight into Roman times 2000 years ago. Walk amongst the ruins with an audio guide, enjoy a public guided tour (every hour) and discover hundreds of archeological finds in the museum. Don't forget to take a sip of the spa water in the Pump Room!
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British, Family

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

South East England

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The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway near Rye, is a narrow-gauge railway with miniature steam engines running 13.5 miles from Dungeness point to Hythe. Visitors can hop off at one stop and visit a small wildlife reserve and education centre.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Roodee Racecourse

North West England

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To the west of the walls the Rodee is Chester's Racecourse. Every May there is a race week, but during the summer there are a number of meetings.
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Ross Island

South Ireland

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A visit of the region is not complete without going to Ross Island. Contrary to its name, Ross Island is not an island but a peninsula. This place provides a peaceful haven away from the bustle of town. You can stroll through the mystical and ancient woodlands along the lakeshore and see the remains of copper mines visible through bright blue pools.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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Rothe House

East Ireland

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Rothe House is a brilliant example of a middle-class house from the Tudor period, built for his new bride by merchant Prince John Rothe in the early 17th century. The House is open to the public as a museum, displaying some of the 2,500 historic artefacts related to Kilkenny heritage throughout the ages and some date from pre-historic times. The Rothe Garden has been open since 2008, and is a reconstruction of an early 17th century urban garden, and has become a very popular garden to visit in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, British

Royal Air Force Museum

London Region

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A Museum celebrating the history of Great Britain's Air Force, complete with plenty examples of war planes throughout the ages.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Royal Ascot

London Region

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The Royal Meeting at Royal Ascot racecourse, established in 1768 by Queen Anne, is a national institution in the British summer social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best horseracing in the world. (June)
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for Arts

Royal Cornwall Museum

South West England

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The Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro has some fine and decorative art collections by Cornish artists, designers and makers but also contain significant works by nationally and internationally important artists from other parts of the world.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Essential

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

Scotland

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The Royal Edinburgh Ticket is a favourite with our customers. It gains passengers 2 days of sightseeing bus travel on all 4 of Edinburgh's tour bus companies as well as entry into Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyrood House and the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Time to spend here: 2 days   More information

Great for Sports

Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

North West England

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Royal Lytham & St Anne's Golf Club is a venue for major golfing events, such as the Open Championship, and sits between the two seaside resorts of Lytham St Anne's and Blackpool.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Royal Observatory Greenwich

London Region

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The Royal Observatory is the historic home of British astronomy. Here you will find the famous Meridian Line, dividing the earth's eastern and western hemispheres. This is a popular and fascinating attraction in Greenwich, east of London.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Central England

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The Royal Shakespeare Company have been performing his works in his home town since the 19th century. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre have performances here daily which enable audiences and performers to participate in his work in a 1000 seat space Shakespeare would have approved of.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Rupert Bear Museum

South East England

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The Rupert Bear Museum, on the same site as the Heritage Museum, contains themed games and workshops for children.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Rye Castle Museum

South East England

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Rye Castle Museum housed partly in the Ypres tower covers local history and exhibits include firefighting equipment, trade changes caused by the sea's retreat, maritime history and shipbuilding, antique toys and games plus many photos.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, History

Ryedale Folk Museum

North East England

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Hutton-le-Hole is home to the Ryedale Folk Museum, which records the daily life of North Yorkshire people from the earliest inhabitants to 1953. The tranquil village of Hutton-le-Hole is also worth a visit in its own right.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Saint Patricks Cathedral

East Ireland

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life throughout its long history. Built in honour of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick's Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Cultural, Family

Salford Quays

North West England

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Just a short tram ride away from Manchester city centre, you will find plenty of leisure and cultural activies at the Salford Quays, such as The Lowry Theatre and the Imparial Museum, or the Lowry Outlet Mall with a great variety of shops. You will also find the new home of the BBC, MediaCityUK. You can even take a tour and see the studios and understand more about how TV and Radio work.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Salisbury Cathedral

South West England

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Salisbury Cathedral has been called England's most perfect Cathedral. Set within eight acres of lawn, the 13th century cathedral has England's tallest spire, which can be climbed. The cathedral also offers hidden artworks, including the best preserved original Magna Carta. The cathedral was the inspiration and filming location for the bestseller and TV drama Ken Follett's 'Pillars of the earth'.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Saltaire

North East England

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The village of Saltaire was built between 1851 and 1872 by Titus Salt, who wanted to build a Victorian village giving industrial workers decent housing and good amenities, rare in towns of the day. Now a World Heritage Site, you can wander through the unspoilt mill and houses in the village.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Sandcastle Water Park

North West England

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Sandcastle Waterpark is UK's biggest indoor water complex with 15 different slides and rides.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Family

Sandown Beach

South East England

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Sandown beach, situated in the South East of the island, is popular with families and water sport fanatics. Its large pier has many small attractions including amusements, crazy golf, children's rides to name a few.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Family

Science Museum

London Region

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The Science Museum contains more than 15,000 exhibits from the nation's collection ranging from the Panhard et Levassor car to the Apollo 10 Command capsule. Find out about the science behind crime detection, spying and security.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for History

Scone Palace

Scotland

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Scone Palace was once the site of the crowning of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, and has been the seat of Parliament. It houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and lies in some outstanding grounds with the Grampian Mountains in the distance.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

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Scott Polar Research Institute

Central England

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The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, clothing equipment, paintings, photographs, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Great for Sports

Scottish Football Museum

Scotland

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The Scottish Football Museum is a must-see for all football lovers. Located at Hampden Park, Scotland's National Stadium (2 miles from the city centre) you can take a guided-tour of the stadium and enjoy memorabilia and video clips.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, British

Scottish Parliament

Scotland

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The Scottish Parliament building opened in 2004. It is an absorbing building with some unusual architecture and offers a fascinating tour.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

SEA LIFE Manchester

North West England

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New for Manchester, the SEA LIFE Centre is based in the Trafford Centre complex and is a great rainy day activity for families interested in marine life and creatues, from sharks, seahorses, to rays and octopus.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Seans Bar

West Ireland

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Sean's Bar is the oldest pub in Ireland and the British Isles, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2004! Excavations beneath the current pub have revealed wattle and daub walls, bits of crockery (mugs and the like) and self-minted coins the bar would use for trade with clients dating back to 900 A.D.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Segontium Fort

Wales

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Visitors to Segontium Fort can see Roman remains as well as a fascinating museum which tells the story of the conquest and occupation of Wales and includes fine examples of the finds excavated from the site, giving you a vivid idea of life in this part of Roman occupied Britain.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, British

Settle and Carlisle Railway

North East England

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The Settle and Carlisle Railway is a great way of getting between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District national parks. The 72 miles of track take you through the Yorkshire Dales, over the 24 arches of the splendid Ribblehead Viaduct, through the gentle rolling hills of the Eden Valley, with rural villages and market towns before arriving at Carlisle.
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Seven Sisters Country Park

South East England

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The Seven Sisters Country Park comprises 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk grassland. You can take a walk along the top of eight cliffs with continuous views of the ocean, and the cliffs themselves as they curve round.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Culturual, British, Family

Seven Stories Museum

North East England

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The Seven Stories is a the National Centre for Children's Books. Each of the 7 levels has something different, including exhibitions, activities and events.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty, Relaxing, Family

Severn Valley Steam Railway

Central England

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A good way to discover the scenic Shropshire countryside is to take a ride on a steam-hauled passenger train. You can have a wonderful day out travelling down the beautiful Severn valley from Bridgnorth to Bewdley then Kidderminster.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for History, British, Cultural

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

London Region

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Housed underneath the famous Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition is dedicated to Shakespeare and his vast effect on the theatrical world, as well as historical artefacts from his time.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Cultural, Essential

Shakespeare's Houses

Central England

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The Shakespeare's properties include his birthplace at Henley Street where he also grew up, which also includes an exhibition on his life; Anne Hathaway's Cottage – where he courted his wife; his mother Mary Arden's Farm, Hall's Croft – where his daughter lived; and New Place – where Shakespeare ended his days. They are open all the year round and feature rare period furnishings and domestic items of the day.
Time to spend here: 4 hours   More information

Great for British

Shanklin

South East England

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Shanklin - Old Village has a small road winding its way through it passing small gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, some of them thatched. The main town of Shanklin has a great long beach ideal for families.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Shipston-on-Stour

Central England

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Shipston-on-Stour was once an important centre of the wool trade. Today the market town is very attractive for browsing around and has many houses dating back to the 17th century.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Shrewsbury Abbey

Central England

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Shrewsbury Abbey was founded in 1083 by the Norman Roger de Montgomery. The abbey was firmly put on the tourist map because of the famous monastic detective Brother Cadfael in the medieval mystery series Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, written by Ellis Peters. Inside, the Abbey retains four of the massive drum-shaped columns from the original Norman church, and fragments of the shrine of St. Winifred, the 7th century Welsh martyr.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Shrewsbury Castle

Central England

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Shrewsbury Castle as it can be seen today is a Norman red sandstone construction originally built in 1070. Today Shrewsbury Castle houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum including spectacular collections of pictures, weapons, uniforms and other memorabilia from the 1700s to the present. If you head up to Laura's Tower on the motte, you'll be standing on the site of the first Norman castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Sightseeing Bus

South West England

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A hop-on hop-off bus will give you a tour of the forest stopping at all the main locations.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

Skara Brae

Scotland

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With a variety of attractions, wonderful wildlife and some amazing scenery, the West Mainland is difficult to rival. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into in the mid-12th century by Viking crusaders who carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Don't miss a visit of the Ring of Brodgar, the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland!
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for Nature, Beauty

Skomer Island

Wales

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Skomer Island is an incredible marine life reserve which is home to a variety of seabirds including the puffin as well as a large grey seal colony.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Sports. Nature, Beauty

Slieve Donard

Northern Ireland

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Slieve Donard is Northern Ireland's highest mountain, which sits beautifully in the stunning Mourne Mountains – a range which sweeps directly into the sea. The Mournes are close to Dublin and Belfast and very easy to access yet in contrast to these great cities it is like entering another world.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

Sligo Abbey

North Ireland

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Sligo Abbey founded in 1252 is sligos most beautiful historic buildings. It was built by the Normans is is only medieval building which survives in the city.The site contains a great wealthof cavings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 5th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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Sligo County Museum

North Ireland

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Sligo County Museum is divided between a yeats collection ans a accumulation of local artefacts and geological samples showing Sligos rich geritage from the stone age to the present.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History. Family

Sligo Folk Park

North Ireland

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Sligo Folk Park, located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th century. The Folk Park is set in the grounds of the authentically restored Millview House, which was originally built in 1873.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Family, History

Smugglers Adventure

South East England

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This must-see attraction allows you to immerse yourself in the fascinating and dark world of smugglers, with tunnels, caverns, life-sized characters and special effects.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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Snowdon Mountain Railway

Wales

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Walk up Mount Snowdon via one of the many ascending paths, or if this sounds too energetic, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway up there from Llanberis. Although the highest, Snowdon is not the only mountain in the area, and indeed there are 15 peaks over 3000ft to explore and climb. The Welsh 3000 is a tough but popular challenge to climb all 15 peaks within 24 hours without using any form of transport!
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

South Devon Steam Railway

South West England

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The South Devon Steam Railway is a 7-mile train line built in the late 19th in century in Buckfastleigh, which passes through some of Devon's most beautiful countryside. Down the line you'll discover sleepy Staverton, where time really has stood still, and on to historic Totnes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

South Downs National Park

South East England

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The South Downs National Park, covering an area over 1600 square kilometers, offers an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and enjoy. Activities include walking, mountain biking, horse riding and paragliding.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Southsea Castle

South East England

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Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by Henry VIII to protect the country from invaders. The famous Mary Rose warship sank right in front of the castle in 1545 whilst defending England from the French invasion.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Family

Southwold Pier

Central England

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Spend a day out at Suffolk's most popular attraction, Southwold Pier. It has been awarded the prestigious title of 'Best Tourism Experience' and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The pier's amusement arcade, is home to a Whack-a-Banker machine (hit their bald heads with a mallet), and the Quantum Tunnelling Telescope enables you to see mermaids, shark attacks and explosions out to sea.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Speke Hall

North West England

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Speke Hall is a rare Tudor manor house, in a most unusual setting, surrounded by fragrant gardens protected by a collar of woodland.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

SS Great Britain

South West England

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The SS Great Britain was the world's first ocean going propeller driven iron ship. Brunel's historic vessel, restored to her former glory, can be seen in the dockyard where she was built back in 1843.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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St Andrews Medieval Centre

Scotland

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The medieval centre of St Andrews has many narrow alleys and cobbled streets, one of which leads to the now ruined St Andrews Cathedral, which was once the largest in Scotland. Next to it, the Church of St Regulus, has a spiral staircase which you can climb to the top of an 108-foot tower offering stunning views of the town and its surroundings.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History

St Andrews University

Scotland

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Founded in 1412, St Andrews University is the oldest in Scotland and still one of the top universities in Britain, often compared with Oxford and Cambridge. It's had a number of famous graduates including Prince William.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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St Annes Church

South Ireland

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The city of Cork is dominated by St Anne's Church, also called the 'Four-Faced Liar' because each of the tower's four clocks used to tell a different time. The church was built in 1722 with two different types of stones: red sandstone and the limestone. You can even ring the bells on the 1st floor of the tower and continue the up to the top for 360-degree views of the city overlooking the River Lee.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Canice Castle

East Ireland

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St Canice's Cathedral was completed in 1285 and it is a great example of the magnificence of the medieval masons' art. The Round Tower (only open in summer season) is one of the only two round towers in the country that people may climb. On a clear day, it offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside from its summit and the surrounding area.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for Christian, History, Essential

St Davids Cathedral

Wales

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The 12th-century cathedral, built from beautiful local stone that gives it an unusual pink and grey colouring, is a must-see. There have been cathedrals built earlier on the site, but Viking attacks destroyed several earlier structures. The Bishop's Palace built in the 14th century lies across the river from the cathedral and the grand architecture shows the power and wealth of the medieval church.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Central England

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Pilgrims and tourists have been visiting the site of St Edmundsbury Cathedral for over a thousand years, and you should do too!
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

St Ives

South West England

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St Ives is famed for its world-class beaches, but there's more to the town than just this. Narrow alleyways and cobbled lanes, amidst the tightly packed granite cottages and houses eventually bring you out into a harbour which was once a major fishing centre in medieval times, while the locally mined tin was also exported from here. The construction of the railways towards the end of the 19th century brought tourists to the region and also included a number of artists who wanted to paint the beautiful scenes they saw, so art has shaped much of the culture in St. Ives, which has a number of galleries, as well as craft shops. In nearby Penzance, there are a number of interesting buildings such as the exotic Egyptian House formed from two 1830s cottages on Chapel Street.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for History

St Laurence Gate

East Ireland

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St. Laurence Gate was built in the 13th Century. Originally one of ten gates which allowed entry and exit to the medieval town, it stands almost 20 metres in height, and is one of the most impressive examples of its type in Europe.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

St Laurence's Church

Central England

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St Laurence's Church is one of the largest churches in the country. In its present form, the church has stood in the centre of Ludlow for some 550 years! The tower of St Laurence's contains one of the finest rings of 10 bells in England.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Marys Cathedral

West Ireland

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St. Mary's Cathedral was founded in 1168 by Donal Mór O'Brien, king of Munster. This is the oldest building in Limerick and is well known for its beautiful architecture.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Marys Cathedral Killarney

South Ireland

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Designed by the famous neo-Gothic designer, Pugin, the foundation stone of St. Mary's Cathedral was laid in 1842. Building was suspended during the worst period of the Great Famine, when the partially completed building was used as a shelter & hospital for the sick and dying. It was not completed until 1855. Killarney's Cathedral is reputed to have been one of Pugin's favourite buildings.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for British

St Michael's Mount

South West England

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St Michael's Mount is an iconic island which rises gracefully to the church and castle at its summit. The island is accessed on foot at low tide across a causeway or at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

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St Multose Church

South Ireland

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The historic St Multose Church dates back to 1190. Though the building has undergone changes since medieval times, many of its original features survive and it continues to be used as a house of worship today.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

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St Patricks Street

South Ireland

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St. Patrick's Street, in the heart of Cork is probably the best shopping street in Ireland. It's a paradise for the shopping enthusiasts who will find an abundance of shops to suits every tastes.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for History, Essential

St Paul's Cathedral

London Region

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There has been a Cathedral in London dedicated to St. Paul since as early as the seventh century. The present cathedral is the fourth to occupy the site and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to replace the one that was destroyed by the great fire of London.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History, Essential

Stirling Castle

Scotland

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Stirling Castle is probably the grandest castle in Scotland, and a symbol of Scottish independence. Great Scottish figures such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots have all been associated with the castle. The Visitor Centre includes a great audiovisual presentation about the castles history and architecture.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for History

Stockport Air Raid Shelters

North West England

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Stockport plays home to Britain's largest World War 2 Air Civilian Air Raid Shelter network. Carved out of the limestone hills by the town centre, the shelters provide a fascinating insight into war time Britain that is un-paralleled across the country.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Stokesay Castle

Central England

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A visit to Stokesay Castle is not to be missed. It is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group. It is one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Essential, History

Stonehenge

South West England

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Stonehenge is Britain's most iconic archaeological site and is also one of Britain's greatest mysteries. Despite a number of theories nobody really knows why the Pre-historic Britons built it some 5000 years ago. Stonehenge is understandably one of our most popular destinations and can be visited easily from Salisbury, Bath or London.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for British

Stow-on-the-Wold

South East England

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Stow-on-the-Wold has a large and impressive town square with buildings all in the traditional local stone. While the medieval cross is a reminder of the market's heyday – placed to encourage traders to do business fairly under the sight of God, today the town is more renowned for its antiques trade.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Stromness

Scotland

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The rambling, winding streets flanking the town of Stomness have changed little since the 18th century and the flagstone-paved main street curves along the waterfront, amid attractive stone cottages. The town has been a safe haven for mariners for centuries and still has a strong connection with the sea.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Great for British

Stroud

South East England

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Stroud boasts many shops, cafés and restaurants and has an award-winning Farmers' Market every Saturday. Rich of its industrial past, a visit to the textile working mills is a must.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Great for History

Sutton Hoo

Central England

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If it's archaeology you are into, then a little detour inland from the coast will bring you to one of Britain's most important archaeological sites - Sutton Hoo. The site contains the burial chamber and funeral ship of the early Anglo-Saxon warrior king, Raedwald.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Family

Swanage Steam Railway

South West England

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Swanage Steam Railway runs for 6 miles between Swanage and Herstonthrough, and goes through some picture-perfect Dorset scenery with stunning views of Corfe Castle and reminders of the bygone era of steam.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Beauty

Tarbet

Scotland

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Further up the western shoreline, Tarbet is a great base for sailing, pleasure cruising and cycling. The 16-mile route between Balloch and Tarbet with railway stations at both ends mean you can travel just one way by bike and take your bike on the train to return. Arrochar, just west of Tarbet, is a village at the top of Loch Long. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Scotland, Arrochar has become a magnet for hill walkers of all skill levels.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Great for Arts

Tate Britain

London Region

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Tate Britain is the national gallery of British Art, 1500 to the present, as well as the home of the Turner Prize.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Cultural, Arts

Tate Liverpool

North West England

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The Tate Liverpool situated on the Albert Docks presents displays of work from the Tate collection alongside special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. The Collection features the work of artists including Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Paul Cézanne.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Great for Arts

Tate Modern

London Region

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Britain's national museum of modern art, housing the Tate's varied collection. With works from famed artists like Dali, Warhol and more, all under the roof of an old power station, Tate is becoming a London icon.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Great for Relaxing

Tatton Park

North West England