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TOP-10 places to visit in the UK

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TOP-10 places to visit in the UK

Looking at travel photos, one can almost always unmistakably recognize those that relate to Great Britain: the peculiar architecture of the capital and its iconic places, red buses and telephone booths, the special charm of the province and the leaden clouds of coastal zones, magnificent ceremonies, hats, a strict dark blue uniform public schools. A country with a very long and rich history, strict etiquette and almost one and a half hundred cities called Newtown, of course, cannot be described in just 10 places, so below are just some of the kingdom's attractions.

Windsor Castle in Berkshire

In the official country residence of the English royal house, which does not have the status of a museum, most of the premises are open to the public - with the exception of those chambers used by the Queen and her family members at this historical moment. The architecture and luxury of the interior of the castle built 9 centuries ago is striking, whose walls remember the era of the War of the Scarlet and White Rose, the meetings of the Knights of the Round Table and the Order of the Garter.

The halls and galleries of the palace are filled with priceless paintings: here you can see rooms with weapons and armor, the best examples of tapestry weaving, amazing porcelain sets, old tomes, get your own idea of what luxury and grace surrounded the English monarchs.

Especially noteworthy:

  • Observation tower
  • Hall and chapel of St. George
  • Dollhouse
  • Throne room
  • Waterloo Hall
  • Jubilee garden
  • Changing of the guard ceremony.

Stonehenge in Wiltshire

The complex consists of several circular and semi-circular lines of vertically set menhirs that had a ritual purpose. One of the most mystical places in the world still arouses heated discussion in scientific circles. After all, those who built this inexplicable structure of 25-50-ton megaliths, many of which were brought over many hundreds of kilometers, did not leave behind any documents or other evidence. Experts attribute Stonehenge to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the historical monument is taken under the protection of UNESCO.

Jurassic Park

A full Mesozoic immersion is created when you visit this unique open-air paleontological museum spanning a historical period of 185 million years - any stretch of the 155 km zone of the coast of Dorsetshire and eastern Devonshire. Scientists have established that over 100 species of dinosaurs lived here at different times, fragments of the remains of which can be found simply by walking along the beach strip.

Westminster Abbey in London

This UNESCO-protected spiritual site has witnessed many royal weddings and funerals. It seems that nothing has changed here for many centuries: such a strong impression is made by the design, the architectural ensemble of the abbey, the general atmosphere of solemnity and grandeur. The complex consists of the collegiate church, Westminster Palace and St. Margaret Church. The beginning of the construction of the modern building was carried out during the reign of King Henry III in 1245 on the site of the 7th century Benedictine church built here by King Sabert. In the last century, the appearance of the abbey underwent some changes: a stone was installed at the Great Western Door in memory of victims of repression, and sculptural images of 12 martyrs of the 20th century appeared on the facade:

  • Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna
  • Martin Luther King
  • Manche Masemola
  • Wang Zhiming and others.

"London Eye"

Installed on the south bank of the Thames, Europe's largest observation wheel can be seen even from distant districts of the English capital: its height is 135 m. This is one of the striking sights of London. Slowly floating egg-shaped capsules for 25 people create a feeling of something cosmic and unreal, but they carry a completely functional load - to entertain and give everyone the opportunity to see the beautiful views of the city. Developed with the participation of British Airways, the attraction is used for weddings, business meetings, transactions - everyone can rent a private capsule with personalized service.

Norwich city in Norfolk

The first thing that comes to mind when you mention Norwich is mustard. Even during the reign of Queen Victoria, the city was recognized as the official supplier of this seasoning to the royal table, and now mustard is supplied to the court of Elizabeth II from here. Every visitor to the city takes with him an easily recognizable bright yellow jar. But the city can be safely called a city of dragons - there are so many images of this mythical animal on the facades, weathercocks and gates, even a popular dragon festival is held, attracting residents of neighboring settlements and tourists from afar to the ancient streets of Norwich. The many truly unique buildings and the special English charm of the city will certainly be remembered for a long time. Among the most interesting places in Norwich are:

  • Norwich Cathedral
  • Center "Tombland"
  • Fortress of William the Conqueror
  • Dragon hall
  • Mustard Museum
  • Lake Park "Brods"
  • Bridwell Historical Museum.

"Gardens of Eden" in Cornwall

Designers for the world's most technologically advanced botanical garden, Tim Smith and Nicholas Grimshaw, are confident that the future lies in a strong connection between buildings and plants. Parts of the complex, which are located on the territory of the former quarry for the extraction of kaolin, similar to soap bubbles, are "glazed" with light-transmitting nanomaterial many times lighter than glass, which makes the biosad also the most "weightless" in a series of comparable sizes. The scale of the Eden Project domes is more than impressive: under one of them, covering the tropical part of the garden, the Tower could freely fit.

The basis of the giant greenhouses are 2 biomes - the tropics and the Mediterranean, the total number of unique plant species is close to 12,000. Various scientific and cultural events, festivals, fairs are held on the territory surrounding the botanical garden; here were filmed episodes of the 20th series of the James Bond film Die Another Day.

Mr. Holmes House Museum in London

The heroes of Arthur Conan Doyle's series of stories about the legendary detective lived at 221b on Baker Street. At the time when the adventures of Holmes and Watson were unfolding, such an address did not exist on the map of London, but letters from fans came regularly and in large volumes. After the reconstruction of the street, the approximate location of the legendary house fell on a complex of houses occupied by a construction company, the management of which had to hire a special person to handle correspondence sent to Mr. Holmes. Over time, the rights to open the museum were obtained.

The great detective's apartment is spread over four floors of a Victorian building. At the entrance, you can see a blue plate, which are installed on houses in which real historical figures lived.

  • On the ground floor there is an entrance hall and a souvenir shop
  • Second floor accommodates Holmes' room and living room
  • Mr Watson and Mrs Hudson's rooms occupy the third floor
  • On the fourth floor, you can see wax figures of heroes of cult adventures, a closet and a toilet room.

The interiors of the museum are so carefully designed that it feels like the famous detective is about to leave his room!

Bibury Village in Gloucestershire

All the charm of old rural England is embodied in the landscapes and the houses of Bibury, as if descended from ancient paintings. Mossy walls, ivy-braided fences, tiles that have darkened to blackness, skillfully laid out gardens, ominous dilapidated tombstones of family crypts - all this seems to be specially built scenery for numerous films that were filmed in this place. Interest in the authentic settlement is great not only among tourists: the inside of the British passport is also decorated with a pastoral image of an ancient village.

Royal Crescent Street in Somerset

The classical Georgian style in architecture was implemented in the period 1767-1774. architect John Wood, Jr. to design and build what is arguably the kingdom's most unusual residential street. 33-storey houses lined up in a crescent, representing a complex visually unchanged from the outside for several centuries. It was impossible to paint the door or window frame in any color at will, make an extension or change the shape of the attic window - these moments were strictly regulated. The English Parliament once considered a case on the color of the door of a house that violates the overall picture of the street! The interior decoration were different and changed periodically, as the owners turned to decorators and designers, and this was not forbidden. At the end of the XVIII century one of the houses fell into the possession of the Duke of York Frederick, and since then the word "royal" has been added to the name of the street.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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