Top Five UK Heritage Sites
Posted on March 20, 2014 by Admin
Britain is full of rich history and exciting culture, and we are lucky to still be able to see many of them. With so many historical monuments, royal palaces, and top museums, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to heritage sites. Whether you want to explore the dark history of the Tower of London, climb cathedral spires, or walk in the steps of ancient civilizations, it's all at our figure tips.
Birthplace of Winnston Churchill and home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is a stunning World Heritage Site that showcases some of the best 18th Century Baroque architecture. Located in the Oxfordshire countryside, surrounded by over 2000 acres of parkland and gardens, the Palace is a recommended attraction for adults and children alike. Whether you're enjoying a stroll through the beautiful gardens, exploring the history of this magnificent building on a guided tour or having a well-deserved bite to eat after a day of discovery, Blenheim Palace is a must see site.
5000 years on, and this ancient site is still an iconic part of Britain. The meaning or use of the ancient creation is still unknown, with several theories as to what it could have been- from a temple for worship, to a huge calendar. Now the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, Stonehenge has been turned into a visitor experience with a new visitor centre, housing museum-quality permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Built to guard the Roman Empire in England, Hadrian's Wall stretches across the North East and North West of England. This world heritage site is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire. Along the wall there are many impressive sites, from Roman garrison towns to the most complete Roman fort in Britain. As well as a fantastic historical site, there is world-class archeology, beautiful views, and rare wildlife in its surroundings.
The Tower of London:
Another world-famous heritage site, the Tower of London is one of the city's most popular tourist destinations and attractions. The Tower has a rich and dark history, used throughout the years as an armoury, a prison, an execution chamber, and a now a jewel house. Visitors are offered an insight into the diverse history of the Tower, as well as seeing the magnificent Crown Jewels, access to special exhibitions, and guided tours.
This well-known heritage site is a large church in the city of Westminster, London. It is one of the most notable religious buildings in the UK and has a rich history spanning more than one thousand years. The Abbey is the site of several Royal Weddings, Coronations of British Monarchs, and royal burials, and was built in the 10th Century. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day.
The Giant's Causeway is an area of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were placed as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Located on the North East coast of Northern Ireland, the Giant's Causeway is now a popular heritage site, with an award winning visitor centre. The Causeway has inspired artists, writers, and captured imaginations for years, and is now part of the National Trust. The Giant's Causeway is one of the greatest natural wonders in the UK.
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